Poetry in motion at Ashford development
Ballinahinch Wood Ashford, Co Wicklow
Asking price: From €340,000
Agent: Sherry FitzGerald New Homes (01) 667 1888 or Clarke Auctioneers (0404) 40421
The late Seamus Heaney rented Glanmore Cottage near the Co Wicklow village of Ashford in the 1970s, when the Nobel laureate's wife Marie was teaching in the old Ashford national school.
Even after moving to Sandymount, the poet continued to divide his time between Ashford and Dublin, and when Glanmore Cottage went on the market in 1988, the Heaney family purchased it. The poet used it as a retreat to write, with the location serving as the inspiration for the Glanmore Sonnets.
The cottage is just down the road from Ballinahinch Wood, where some 50 properties have been sold since the development's launch in February. A second phase of the Ardstone Homes scheme goes on release this weekend, with 26 homes available. When it's finished, Ballinahinch Wood will consist of 169 houses, including bungalows.
Prices in the latest tranche start at €340,000 for a three-bed semi-detached home, at €385,000 for a four-bed semi, at €465,000 for a four-bed detached style, and at €650,000 for a five-bed house.
Each of the three-bed semis extends over 1,129 sq ft, while the four-bed semis measure 1,274 sq ft and the four-bed detached designs span 1,537 sq ft. The five-bed double-fronted detached style has two living rooms, a sunroom off the kitchen, and a total of 2,305 sq ft of living space.
The block-built houses have a traditional-style front exterior, albeit with a modern render finish, with alu-clad windows throughout. The kitchen, from Fitzgerald Kitchens, features stone-effect worktops. Fitzgeralds also supplied the built-in wardrobes to the bedrooms.
Three showhouses, fitted out by Arlene McIntyre of Ventura Design, will be on view from 12pm to 2pm tomorrow and Sunday.