New home view: to the Manor born
Hawthorn Manor, Coill Dubh, Co Kildare Asking price: €320,000-€420,000 Agent: Sherry FitzGerald O'Reilly (045) 868412
The dream of a self-sufficient Ireland turned sour during World War Two which created fuel shortages and prompted minister for supplies Seán Lemass to introduce labour camps to cut turf. The Turf Development Board, later to become Bord na Móna, advertised in local newspapers across Ireland for workers to come to Kildare and harvest the bogs.
Thousands of men answered the call and lived in specially built camps around Kildare. Once the Emergency ended, Bord na Móna realised it still needed a workforce in the area for its peat-fired power station in Allenwood and accommodated staff at Coill Dubh, a village built by the company.
These days, Coill Dubh is part of the commuter belt to Dublin, 40km away. And housing continues to be added to the village, including Hawthorn Manor, a development of 53 three- and four-bed family homes that launched in February.
The Deerhurst-built scheme is located at the edge of Coill Dubh, down a country road lined with cottages and trees, and is surrounded by stretches of peatland nature reserves. The homes, which were designed by John Cross Architecture, are arranged around two landscaped green areas and the six house types within the development are all named after species of trees.
A new showhouse is opening this weekend to market the second phase of Hawthorn Manor, which comprises nine properties. Prices start at €320,000 for The Laurel, a four-bed semi with 1,464 sq ft of living space, and at €335,000 for The Birch: this three-bed semi-detached style, which extends over 1,400 sq ft, comes with planning permission to expand its living space by 300 sq ft with a pre-designed attic extension. The Ash, a double-fronted four-bed detached design measuring 1,604 sq ft, costs from €370,000. The 1,873-sq ft Elm and the 1,851-sq ft Oak, two further four-bed detached styles, are priced from €410,000 and €420,000, respectively.
Thanks in part to the hot weather this May and June, construction has advanced well, so they will be ready between August and September.
The new showhouse is in the Oak style, a double-fronted design with a half-plaster, half-stone facade. There is a feature porch around the Malmo Ultra Tech composite front door and UPVC to the windows. To the rear is a patio paved in Indian sandstone and a garden divided from neighbouring gardens by solid block walls. There is room for two cars in the paved front driveway.
Internally, there is a wood-burning stove in the sitting room, a dual-aspect space to the right-hand side of the house. To the left-hand side is a storage area, a cloakroom and a study, while the rear is home to an open-plan dual-aspect kitchen/diner with a breakfast bar. French doors open from the dining space to the patio.
Also on the ground floor is a further storage area, a separate utility room and a guest WC. There are four bedrooms - three of which are ensuite - and further storage on the first floor. Timbercraft supplied the fitted kitchens and bedroom wardrobes. Bathrooms are fitted with heated towel rails and modern sanitaryware.
The A2-rated homes are equipped with roof-mounted PV panels to top up electricity supplies and a Hitachi air-to-water heat pump.
Hawthorn Manor is 25 minutes by car to the M50 in light traffic. There is also a regular Bus Éireann service from Coill Dubh, while Sallins train station is 14km away and Naas is 15km.
Viewings will take place tomorrow and Sunday, from 2pm to 4pm.