Four on the market: County Wicklow cottages
A choice of four cottages currently on the market in the popular county Wicklow.
Whispering Brook, Kilquade
€645k Sherry FitzGerald Greystones, (01) 287 4005
The Old Russian Village in Kilquade is an enclave of houses designed by the Russian artist Bayan Giltsoff in the 1940s, inspired by the vernacular architecture near his home city of Archangel. The features of Whispering Brook, for instance, include beamed ceilings and lead-paned windows, although it needs a little modernising inside now. It's 1,572 sq ft with three bedrooms - one on the ground floor and two upstairs, one with a balcony. The stairs rise from the living room on the ground floor, where there's also a dining room and kitchen. It's on a third of an acre of pretty lawned garden with a detached garage.
Little Earth, Knockmiller
€295k Lambert McCormack, (086) 395 1167
The Woodenbridge Hotel claims to be Ireland's oldest, having been established as a coaching inn in 1608. The owners also inform us that Eamon De Valera spent his honeymoon there in 1910, and Michael Collins stayed in 1922. If the walls have ears, you'll be able to find out with relative ease from Little Earth, a sweet cottage on an elevated 1.73-acre site a couple of kilometres away. This 592 sq ft mountain bolthole has had a recent refurbishment and consists of a living room with a stove, a dual-aspect kitchen and two bedrooms. The grounds also include a studio and a 409 sq ft workshop.
Woodview, Kilavaney, Tinahely
€299k Sherry FitzGerald Myles Doyle, (0402) 32367
Woodview stands at the junction of two narrow country roads, with long mountain views in almost every direction. It's a traditional cottage that's been extended to 1,130 sq ft, with a bright glass passageway connecting the old part to the new. It's charmingly fitted out inside, with a sitting room, dining room, kitchen, utility and bathroom. The main bedroom is downstairs and has patio doors, and there are two more bedrooms upstairs, one with an en suite shower. It's on an acre of gardens at the end of which - at a suitable remove from the suction of domestic concerns - is a detached artist's studio measuring 270 sq ft.
The Barn, Ballymacahara, Ashford
€450k Lambert McCormack, (086) 395 1167
The Barn is an easy walk from Ashford - about 1.5km from the village, which is home to Mount Usher Gardens. This means it's less than an hour's drive from Dublin city centre via the N11, and there's even a bus from Ashford to take you to Dublin airport. It's a fully renovated cottage measuring 840 sq ft, with a reading nook in the glazed front entrance porch, two bedrooms and an open-plan living room and kitchen. Here there's a brick fireplace with a raised stove, exposed stone walls, a vaulted ceiling and double doors to the garden which stands at just over a quarter (0.27) of an acre.