'I was smitten straight away' - Owner puts her beloved Wexford thatched cottage up for sale
Grange, Kilmore, Co Wexford €225,000
The owner of Grange, a picture-perfect thatched cottage in Kilmore, Co Wexford, says that she fell in love with her house before she ever went inside.
"I saw the photo and I was smitten straight away. It was just so cute. I'm a very impulsive person and I decided to buy it immediately."
That was in 2000 and she has lived there since, making the cottage a permanent home for herself and her children. She says that she has done little other than decorative work to the house during that time, though she did put on a new thatch roof two-and-a-half years ago.
"I went for the reed version rather than the straw one," she says. "It costs more, but it lasts much longer. The roof shouldn't need to be done again for abut 40 years."
Now that her children are approaching college age, the vendor plans to move back to Dublin, where she is from originally, so that she can be closer to her parents and her children will be able to commute to third level.
"It has been a great house and a great area in which to bring up young children," she says. "It's so safe and peaceful and they have been able to spend so much time outdoors."
On the ground floor, Grange has a country-style kitchen/dining room and a living room with a wood-burning stove and solid wood floor, as well as two bedrooms and a shower room.
"I spend most of my time in the kitchen," says the vendor. "It's just so warm and cosy. I love it."
Upstairs there are two further bedrooms and the family bathroom, as well as a study. The cottage has oil-fired central heating and a BER of G.
Outside there are attractive gardens to the front and rear, with little stone walls and plenty of mature shrubs surrounding a patio area that's ideal for barbecues and eating outdoors when the weather permits.
There is room to park several cars. The cottage has a mains water supply and private sewer.
For those on the hunt for a property where they will be able to keep horses, the four stables and the tack/feed room will be of particular interest. Directly across the road from the cottage, a four-acre field with a sand arena and large shed is available for an additional €60,000.
"My love of horses started as a hobby," says the owner, "and it developed into a bit of a business. I've been able to do livery and also operate as a small stud farm and do a bit of breeding. I was very lucky when the field came up for sale. I could have been looking for something for years, trying to persuade a local farmer to sell to me.
"Most of the roads around here are very quiet and suitable for riding out, even with very young horses. You just have to watch out for the drivers down from Dublin at the weekends."
A 10-minute drive from Grange is Wexford Equestrian Centre, one of the finest in the country, with facilities for dressage, show-jumping and cross-country, and a Mecca for horsey people in the area and further afield, with regular events and competitions.
As well as equestrians, Grange is likely to be of interest to young families and downsizers, and also comes to market at the start of the holiday-home season.
As soon as there's a whiff of spring in the air, and it has been a long time coming this year, city dwellers begin to fantasise about having a little place in the country to escape to at weekends. Its location - a 10 to 12-minute walk from the village of Kilmore, and a five-minute drive from Kilmore Quay - places Grange in the heart of the sunny south-east, close to sandy beaches like the one at Ballyhealy ("best for swimming") and The Burrow ("best for walking; there's a bit of a current so it's not as safe for swimming").
Kilmore village has the largest primary school in the area and has shops and restaurants. The owner's favourite is Mary Barry's, known for its seafood. There are plenty of other restaurants in Kilmore Quay, including The Silver Fox, and Kehoe's pub is a popular spot. Kilmore Quay has a busy marina, so the new owners of Grange would have the possibility of keeping a boat, and it is a base for angling and sailing; there are also daily trips to the Saltee Islands.
The nearest secondary school is in Bridgetown, and there are others in Wexford town, a 20-minute drive away. Dublin is two hours away.
Size: Approx 130sqm
Agent: Keane Auctioneers (053) 912 3072
Viewing: By appointment