Tuesday 17 September 2019

Heaven scent at County Wexford's eco-friendly B2 rated family home

Curragh, Inch, Gorey €510k

The house has solar panels and underfloor heating
The house has solar panels and underfloor heating
The kitchen/dining room

Short of having a lavender farm of your very own, which admittedly would be the ideal, the next best thing must be to live downwind of one.

Wexford Lavender Farm opened in 2014 not far from the village of Killanerin. Four acres of lavender are grown there organically, wafting their scent around the locality.

In the nearby townland of Curragh is a large, recently-built detached house which is about 500 metres from the lavender fields as the crow flies, or the scent wafts.

On a warm day, when the breeze is westerly, you should be able just to open the windows and save a bomb on air freshener.

The kitchen/dining room
The kitchen/dining room

It was built in 2005 to up-to-the minute standards of eco-friendliness, with solar panels and underfloor heating, and its energy rating is a very creditable B2.

Unusually enough it has a basement workshop, wherein you might concoct something or other out of essential oils. There's also a detached garage on the grounds, and a converted attic consisting of two skylit rooms.

By way of more orthodox living spaces, there's a living room with a solid-fuel stove, a conservatory with doors to a patio and built-in barbecue, and a kitchen/dining room, also with a stove.

There's one en suite bedroom on the ground floor and another three bedrooms (two en suite) on the first floor.

All this brings the total floor area of the house to 2,885 sq ft.

The townland borders Curragh Woods, an old forest containing mixed broadleaf trees including oak, holly, ash and birch above a blanket of wild flowers and mushrooms. A looped walking trail meanders through the wood down as far as Kilanerin village. Gorey is about 10 minutes' drive away.

The agent is Property Partners O'Brien Swaine in Dundrum (01) 298 8508 and the asking price is €510,000.

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