Four on the market: cottages in Co Wicklow
If you fancy living in the garden county, then here are four cottages in Co Wicklow which are on the market.
Merriton, Kinlen Road, Greystones
€1.095m Sherry FitzGerald Greystones, (01) 287 4005
According to the national Inventory of Architectural Heritage, Merriton was built in 1905 (but it's not on the 1910 OS map). At any rate it's a classic Edwardian villa-style cottage, although it's not nearly as petite as it looks from the front. The internal floor area is 1,904 sq ft in a dormer arrangement, with three bedrooms upstairs. A fourth bedroom is on the ground floor and might become a reception room instead. It's next to the dining room on one side of the hall, while on the other side are a living room and an open-plan kitchen and family room. Merriton has a really pretty cottage garden with two detached garages and other outbuildings.
The Galley, Five Mile Point, Newcastle
€270k Dooley Auctioneers, (01) 201 0300
Local historians will tell you Five Mile Point was a dangerous spot in the 18th and 19th centuries, teeming with smugglers and pirates. The Galley is said to be part of a terrace of former coastguard cottages that were later occupied by railway workers, and it's right on Newcastle beach. The property consists of a 532 sq ft cottage with two bedrooms, a kitchen and a living room with a solid-fuel stove. Also on the grounds there's a separate outbuilding known as the lofthouse, which is 546 sq ft and partly converted, and there's an adjoining 0.32 plot going with it.
Hillside, Glen Road, Aughrim
€349k DNG Somers Properties, (0402) 20066
The hillside that gives this detached dormer bungalow its name also gives it quite commanding views over fields and hills towards the village of Aughrim. It's on a quarter of an acre with lawns, a patio and raised deck, and the house itself is showing signs of a young beard of creeper. It's 1,730 sq ft with four bedrooms, one with an en-suite shower. By way of reception rooms there's a sitting room, with a cast-iron fireplace with a marble surround, which opens into a skylit dining room, a conservatory, and a living room with a solid-fuel stove which opens into a fitted kitchen, there's also a utility room.
€375k Sherry FitzGerald Myles Doyle, (0402) 32367
Thomas Moore was clearly taken with the Meeting of the Waters in Wicklow when he wrote his lyric about it in 1807. But verse three of the song reveals that it was not the scenery that inspired him so much as the company of friends. It's a comparison you can contemplate as often as you like from this detached house less than a kilometre away from the site. Designed by an architect and built in the early 2000s, it's 2,035 sq ft with five bedrooms (two en-suite). There's also a big (22ft by 17ft) bay-windowed kitchen with adjoining dining room, and a dual-aspect living room with a stove and patio doors to the 0.89-acre garden.