An Poitín Stil, a thatched pub and restaurant on the Naas Road in Rathcoole, built on the site of an inn house that dated back to 1649, has for centuries been a landmark for people making the journey to the west.
Rathcoole was once on the periphery of the Pale and was a hotbed of activity during the 1798 Rebellion. These days, it is more accessible from Dublin thanks to the N7 and the Luas stop at nearby Saggart, and has become a hub for home-buyers keen on a taste of rural life without living too far from the city centre.
Just 150m from An Poitín Stil, off the main road, lies Croftwell, a new development of three and four-bed semi-detached homes and townhouses that will have 60 properties when it is complete. It is being built by Milanville Ltd, which also developed Aubrey Manor in the village.
More than half of the Croftwell homes have already sold off the plans since the four-bed showhouse was opened in September without any publicity. There are now 10 units available in the School Road scheme as part of a second phase.
There are three house types in the latest batch of homes at Croftwell, all laid out over three floors.
The cheapest are the three-bed semi-detached homes, which have 1,600 sq ft of space and are priced from €395,000. These will probably prove popular with both first-time buyers and local downsizers, according to the selling agent.
Trader-uppers will likely be attracted to both the four-bed townhouse, which costs from €350,000 and measures 1,700 sq ft, and the semi-detached version, which is the same size and selling for €420,000.
There is only a showhouse available for the four-bed townhouse, with the three-bed and four-bed semi-detached styles still selling off the plans.
All the homes at Croftwell have attractive red-brick fronted elevations with silver granite sills and surrounds for the windows, including the feature box bay window to the ground floor.
There are driveways to the front and seeded and top-soiled gardens to the rear, where an outdoor tap and socket have also been fitted. The gardens for the townhouses can be accessed through a secure communal side exit shared with the neighbouring property.
Would-be buyers at Croftwell will have a choice of finishes for the fitted kitchens, which come with soft-close drawers and doors, quartz worktops, a chrome mixer set and an extractor hood as standard.
There are fitted wardrobes - also with soft-close drawers and doors - in all bedrooms. The bathrooms and ensuites are tiled as per showhouse and come with thermostatically-controlled pumped showers, heated chrome towel rails and a range of sanitary ware and fittings.
There is a tiling allowance available and the homes come with a built-in vacuum system.
The properties have energy ratings of either A2 or A3, depending on the house type selected by buyers. The eco-friendly credentials include triple-glazed low U-value windows and external doors that maximise heat retention, as well as an air-source heat pump located outside that supplies energy-efficient central heating and hot water.
The village of Rathcoole is off the N7's Junction 4 and is a few minutes' drive from the M50 motorway and the Red Cow. Avoca is also nearby.
The showhouse at Croftwell will be open for viewing this weekend, between 2pm-3.30pm tomorrow and Sunday.