Balconies beckon at old Kinsale convent site
Convent Garden, Kinsale, Co Cork
High above the upmarket seafaring town of Kinsale and its harbour sits Convent Garden, a scheme being built on the grounds of a former Mercy convent on Winter's Hill.
Blarney-based Cumnor Construction is developing Convent Garden on a site once home to St Joseph's Convent, founded right before the Famine to educate and feed local children. It later fell into dereliction and, in the early 2000s, Cumnor was granted permission to convert the austere, grey buildings into apartments and to build houses on its grounds. The project stalled for years, but building work eventually resumed in 2015.
There are three four-bed detached homes still on the market from the last phase, known as Harvest Walk. Starting prices for these three homes range from €585,000 to €595,000, reflecting not just their size but the popularity of Kinsale amongst international buyers.
All have 2,067 sq ft of living space laid out across three floors. The star attraction is a balcony off the rear living area on the first floor: it overlooks the back garden and paved patio. The ground floor is home to the kitchen and another living room that looks out onto the front garden.
The A3-rated homes are just a few minutes' walk from the centre of Kinsale, the first town on the Wild Atlantic Way. Cork city and Cork International Airport are within a half hour's drive.
Enquiries to: Savills Cork (021) 4271371