The new home view: Work from home in Wicklow countryside
Contemporary-style four-beds over three levels feature office space
Most of the tourists who flock to the picturesque village of Ashford do so for one main reason - to visit the Mount Usher Gardens.
This 19th-century arboretum, laid out on 22ac of land on the banks of the River Vartry, is home to more than 5,000 species of plants and shrubs from all over the world, as well as an Avoca garden cafe.
Now visitors to Ashford, who are keen to stay for longer than a day trip, can enjoy a permanent slice of this lush countryside by buying one of the new family homes on an elevated site close to Mount Usher Gardens.
Mount Usher View, as the development of spacious homes in the heart of Ashford will be called, is due to be launched on December 5 and 6. The four-bed contemporary-style properties, which are currently under construction, will have 1,593 sq ft in floor space spread over three levels.
There will be a dormer window on the top floor of the terraced properties, while a feature box window juts out from the first floor of every second dwelling.
To the rear of the properties, there is a balcony off the first-floor living room, a landscaped back garden and designated parking.
Mount Usher View is being developed by Wexford-based A-Therm Construction, which built or refitted a string of pubs and restaurants in Dublin and developed the Walsheslough scheme in Rosslare.
It also rebuilt and restored Marconi House, a building in Rosslare Strand where the company owned by radio communications pioneer Guglielmo Marconi set up a wireless transmitting station in 1901.
A-Therm specialises in energy efficient garden rooms fitted with broadband and power aimed at people who work from home.
It has applied some of that concept to the properties at Mount Usher View, as the fourth bedroom on the ground floor, which has its own entrance, can be used as a home office. Buyers who have to commute, however, could instead rent out the ground floor to generate extra income, as it also has a shower room, a utility room, and another room that could be used as a living area.
On the first floor, there is a living room, a guest WC, and a kitchen/dining room, while the second floor has three bedrooms - one of which is a master ensuite - and a bathroom.
The homes will come with fitted kitchens, bathroom suites and built-in wardrobes, and buyers will have a choice of flooring, tiling and paint colours throughout. In addition, the A2-rated properties will have gas-fired central heating and double-glazed windows.
The harbour towns of Greystones and Wicklow are both within a 15 minute drive from Mount Usher View.
The closest Dart station is at Greystones, which links the village with Dublin city centre and towns as far as Malahide.
It takes about 35 minutes to drive to Dublin from Ashford, while Dublin Airport is an hour's drive.
There is a slew of amenities around Ashford, where the TV series Vikings is filmed.
For instance, the 5km stretch of sandy beaches and dunes at Brittas Bay are a 20 minute drive away and nearby golf clubs include Druids Glen and Powerscourt.
For more details on the development, such as floor layouts, visit www.mountusherview.ie.
Mount Usher View
Asking price: From €299,950
Agent: Murphy Mullan New Homes (01) 4515511/McDonnell Properties (0404) 42828