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Let there be light: full-height windows at transformed cottage

Damson Cottage, Grangecon €400k


Damson Cottage exterior

Damson Cottage exterior

The two-storey extension with full-height windows

The two-storey extension with full-height windows


Damson Cottage exterior

The village of Grangecon in West Wicklow is a remote enough spot nowadays, but there was a time when it afforded easy access to other far-flung towns.

In 1886, the Cork to Dublin line of Great Southern & Western Railway broke off a branch at Sallins, Co Kildare and sent it to Tullow in Co Carlow, via Naas, Dunlavin, Grangecon, and Baltinglass, among other stations.

There were 10 trains a day at first, which must have transformed the villages along the route, and the lives of the people who lived in them.

Damson Cottage in Grangecon was built not very long after the arrival of the railway in the village, back in 1901, but it has fared rather better than the railway experiment, which ended in 1947.

In 2015 it was completely renovated and extended to a design by architects Ronan Rose Roberts, who transformed a rather gloomy-looking but not unpromising stone cottage to a swish, roughly L-shaped modern home measuring 2,002 sq ft.

They added a two-storey extension with a vaulted ceiling and full-height windows opening to the garden.

Here there's an open-plan kitchen and dining room with granite countertops and a Belfast sink, as well as a lounge, also with a vaulted ceiling and patio doors.

In the interests of posterity, the original cottage is still much as it was. It has a sitting room with beamed ceilings and a stove in the brick fireplace, and has one downstairs bedroom (en-suite) and one upstairs. There are also two bedrooms upstairs in the new part of the house, along with a study.

It's on a one-acre site with lawns, a Liscannor flag patio, and a garage. The mature trees dotted about the grounds including damsons, as you'd expect.

The agent is Dowling Property (045) 482 189 and the asking price is €400,000.

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