Grist for the mill in Kerry - 18th century cottage
AN 18th century cottage with attached mill at Knocknagoshel, Co Kerry, has been on the market for almost three years now, and the price has been dropping steadily since then. (It was first listed for sale at €295,000.)
Potential buyers perhaps fear that the mill might prove something a millstone around their necks. Because while the cottage has been renovated, with double glazing and oil-fired central heating, the mill is all but in ruins.
Living accommodation in the cottage includes a sitting room (17'9" by 13'6") with patio doors to the garden, a dining room (which could alternatively be used as a fourth bedroom), and kitchen measuring about 17'8" by 14 feet.
The cottage has three bedrooms and two bathrooms. The master bedroom has its own bathroom ensuite (including a Jacuzzi bath), and the other two bedrooms have a shared bathroom.
The property sits on an around an acre of land, including a garden and a wooded area with a path leading down to the river Owveg.
The really captivating thing about this property, though, is the vast, three-storey mill adjoining it, complete with mill wheel. Another derelict stone building stands behind the mill. It would take some imagination - although undoubtedly a great deal of money - to press those building back into some sort of service.
Though the postal address is Tralee, the nearest town is Abbeyfeale, on the other side of the border with Limerick and about a ten-minute drive away.
Around three kilometres away is the hillside village of Knocknagoshel, which has a church, a school and a few pubs, as well as an annual Halloween ghost trail that reportedly draws thousands of visitors.
Horgan Properties in Listowel (068 65402) is handling the sale of this cottage and mill, and the asking price is now €160,000.