Get away from it all in an hour
An Cloch Bán €270k
Tradition dictates that your weekend road trip to your holiday home should appear to last a lifetime. It's not a holiday, after all, until the dog has been sick in the car, the children are fighting on the back seat and you've had to endure at least one stop at a petrol station bathroom.
For that reason, Ballyknockan in County Wicklow might seem a little too close to Dublin for people from the capital, as a journey to this destination should avoid the above complicatons.
It's only 50 kilometres away from the city, so your weekend road trip to your holiday home will be all over in under an hour, before anyone has even realised they need to go to the toilet.
Yet despite its proximity to Dublin, Ballyknockan is something of another world. It's Blessington Lakes country, and An Cloch Bán, at Valleymount Road just outside the village, enjoys lovely views of the lake.
It's a detached cottage with three bedrooms, and also has a one-bedroom annex with its own entrance so you can accommodate guests as well. The main house is 1,474 sq ft and has two ground-floor bedrooms and one in the attic. Also downstairs there's a living room with a wood-burning stove, a country-style kitchen with an archway to the dining room and double doors to a conservatory with lake views.
The annex is 721 sq ft and has a living room with another wood-burning stove, a fitted kitchen, one downstairs bedroom and an attic room.
The garden has a patio reached by French doors in the conservatory of the cottage, and there's close-planted shrubbery and mature trees. Apart from Dublin itself of course, the nearest sizeable town is Blessington, about 13 kilometres away.
Ganly Walters, (01) 662 3255, is handling the sale and the asking price is €270,000.