Four on the market: with a vegetable patch
Four properties which will appeal to the green-fingered home owner as they come complete with their own vegetable patch.
Carragh Lodge, Garristown, Co Dublin
€750k REA Grimes (01) 835 0392
Green-fingered house-hunters in rural North County Dublin would have plenty of space to practise the Good Life at Carragh Lodge - its 7.3 acres of land includes a well-maintained vegetable garden with a glasshouse and raised flowerbeds. The 3,855 sq ft, four-bed detached home, which is situated between Garristown and Ashbourne, also comes with a feature gazebo, manicured gardens, a secluded patio, paddocks and a stable block, all set behind electric gates. The dramatic entrance hallway features a double-height atrium, a centrepiece staircase, and porcelain floor tiling to the floor.
The Forge, Shielbaggan, Co Wexford
€215k Brian Wallace Auctioneers (051) 560 958
The prospects of a semi-sufficient life are ripe at the 0.75 acre grounds of The Forge, a 2,000 sq ft farmhouse in the Wexford countryside with vegetable beds and pear, apple and plum trees. The four-bed farmhouse is just outside the village of Shielbaggan, close to Ramsgrange. Its kitchen comes with a traditional wood-panelled ceiling with recess lighting and free-standing country-style kitchen units, while the living room is fitted with a solid wood mantel over a solid-fuel stove. Creative types could work from home in the adjoining workshop/artist studio, which was totally rebuilt in recent years and has a new slate roof.
Ballycarnan, Clonad, Co Laois
€495k Jordan Auctioneers (045) 433550
A winding gravelled driveway leads to Ballycarnan, a Co Laois home that overlooks its 14.5 acres of farmland and grounds, including a kitchen garden interspersed with shrubs, hedging, and fruit trees. The two-storey-over-basement property, which extends over 3,681 sq ft, was designed and built in 2005 by a Canadian company using Insulating Concrete Formwork (ICF), a method originating in Germany in the 1950s that uses large, hollow, Lego-like polystyrene blocks that lock together to create instant formwork that is then filled with concrete to make structural walls. The energy-efficient B1-rated home also has a derelict cottage on site that could be renovated.
Derrynaneal, Feakle, Co Clare
€310k Moovingo (01) 5169999
The gardens at Derrynaneal, an eco-home in the East Clare village of Feakle, have been carefully planned and maintained by the vendor, a botanist and ecologist. Built in 2005, this three-bed home is timber-framed, timber-clad and sits on 3.25 acres in a natural heritage area. The garden is home to some 70 species of native medicinal herbs, red squirrels, otters, hares, hedgehogs, and the rare marsh fritillary butterfly. The front garden is laid to organic vegetable and fruit beds and comes with a large productive polytunnel. The locality has enough naturally regenerating birch, beech, ash, hazel, rowan and oak to supply fuel year-round for the stove in the kitchen/diner.