New home view: Lodge an interest in Ashbourne
Long before its metamorphosis from a quiet country village to a mainstay of the greater Dublin commuter belt, Ashbourne was known as Killeglan.
After his participation in the Norman invasion of Ireland, Hugh de Lacy was granted the lands of the Kingdom of Meath by Henry II in 1172 and, once settled, he divvied up the lands amongst his army. In 1220, a large tract of Killeglan land was given to the Wafre family, which lived there until 1420. The last member of the family built a tower house there. The structure, known locally as Killegland Castle, fell into ruin.
Wafre Lodge, the name of a new development of 20 four and five-bed homes on the Dublin Road, is a nod to this chapter in Ashbourne's history. The scheme is on the south side of the town, just 500m from its centre. It is being developed by the Mullen Group, which last weekend released The Elms, a new section to the Archerstown Demesne estate near Ashbourne's sports grounds.
All the homes at Wafre Lodge are detached - a rarity in new schemes in the Co Meath commuter town. They also have future-proof attic spaces that enable an easy conversion in the future, should would-be residents require extra living space.
The selling agent released the first eight homes to the market last weekend, after which four were snapped up. But the agent is registering enquiries for the later phases.
Prices at Wafre Lodge range from €440,000 to €500,000, and sizes go from 1,556 sq ft to 1,858 sq ft. There are three different house types available, including two types of four-beds and one five-bed style that overlooks the large open landscaped green to the front of the estate. The agent says first-time buyers have unexpectedly accounted for most of the interest in the scheme, though it is also appealing to trader-uppers and cash buyers.
The façade of each house is finished in Kingspace brickwork. That's complemented by Barleystone cobble-lock paving to a front driveway and garden surrounded by decorative railings. There is feature glazing around the grey composite front door. All the grey-framed windows and French doors from the kitchen to the private rear garden are futureproof PVC and double-glazed. The back garden can also be accessed via a treated timber side-gate.
Inside, the shaker-style fitted kitchen comes with solid quartz worktops with upstands and soft-close doors and drawers, lending a contemporary feel to the room. The separate utility rooms are completed to the same standard.
The bathroom and ensuites have stylish sanitary ware with soft-close toilet seats, heated towel rails, waterfall mixer taps, and a choice of tiling finishes. Buyers also have a selection of colours for the fitted wardrobes in the bedrooms. Other internal finishes include walnut doors with feature clear glazing and satin chrome ironmongery, as well as contemporary architraves and skirting and a timber stairs with a solid walnut hardwood handrail.
All the houses are A3 BER rated, with PV panels integrated into the electricity supply and a gas-fired central heating system that can be controlled at separate floors.
Wafre Lodge is 22km from Dublin city centre and a 400m-walk from the nearest bus stops. Commuters to Dublin can use the M2 motorway, which connects to the M50, while any buyers working in Navan can use three Bus Eireann bus routes.
Viewings of the showhouses will be held tomorrow and Sunday, between 2pm and 4pm, and on Wednesday, from 12:30pm to 1:30pm. For more information, visit www.wafrelodge.ie.
Wafre Lodge, Ashbourne, Co Meath Asking price: €440,000-€500,000 Agent: Rea Grimes (01) 8350392