Top let: grand designs on the rental market
A trio of busy villages lies in an almost straight line in Meath, around 20 minutes each from their respective exits off the M50 (N2 and N3), which makes them popular for commuters, given the excellent satellite roads.
Dunshaughlin, Ashbourne and Ratoath are already home to many Dubliners - some pushed out by city house prices, others availing of the relative tranquillity of a country setting - and, over the years, have built up some great amenities in sporting and retail sectors.
Many new schools have also been given the go-ahead for the baby boom that grew during the Celtic Tiger. Indeed, Ratoath at one stage boasted the highest population of under-13s per capita in the country.
This is where Rathcoole House, which sits outside the village near Kilcloon, is located. It is a modern house, but built in an English country cottage style, sometimes referred to as 'chocolate box' houses - pretty, with an undulating red-brick roof line.
This is definitely not aimed at an IFSC executive, but a family who enjoys a lot more space than they'd get for the same price nearer to town, including two acres of grounds in what is very much horsey country. This is a four-bedroom detached property. Two of the bedrooms are ensuite and all bathrooms are modern, one featuring a walk-in shower and separate stand-alone tub.
The main space is a huge open-plan kitchen/dining/living room just off the hallway, which is fully tiled with an interesting curved staircase rising to the upper level.
It is split level and finished with a contemporary look. Floored in tiles and wood, on the upper level it has the fitted kitchen, which comes with appliances, an island unit, plenty of storage and the dining table.
A few steps down is the seating area and there are wrap-around windows giving plenty of light. But it's hard to miss the enormous open-pit fireplace and chimney feature which splits the room.
There is a separate, smaller sitting room with fireplace for solitude. The gardens are very nicely landscaped and there are plenty of play areas, mature trees and shrubbery and patios.
Everything is behind wooden gates for privacy, with a cobble-lock and gravel driveway leading to the house.
LEASE: One year
Enquiries: REA Coonan (01) 628 6128