There’s a lot more to this coastal cottage than its considerable beauty, writes Trish Dromey
There’s a lot more to Lemon in Passage East than its pretty country cottage exterior — it also has an acre of mature private gardens as well as expansive views over the Suir Estuary across to Duncannon Fort on the Hook Peninsula.
Guiding at €450,000, the extended and renovated four-bed property is attracting interest from Dublin holiday home hunters as well as Waterford city buyers looking for a coastal trade up.
Keith Palmer of Palmer Auctioneers thinks Lemon will most likely be bought as a family home because of its space, gardens and its proximity to both the city (12 kilometres), and the beach which is situated below the cliffs at the end of the garden.
“This cottage is probably around 200 years old and has character and charm in abundance. It was extended and renovated by its current owners in 2002, has been very well maintained and has great space for expansion,” he says.
The extension at the rear was used to create open plan living space with a double height ceiling and large windows offering scenic sea views. On one side of this there’s a tiled kitchen with tiled flooring cherry wood units and a dining area. On the other is a sitting room with a Velux window, a solid fuel stove and French doors opening on to a raised patio which offers even better views of the garden and the estuary.
Overall there is 1,700 sq ft of space which includes four carpeted bedrooms, two en suite, as well as a good sized utility room and a shower room. The property also has a large garage which could be converted into additional living space.
Fitted with double glazing and heating, it has dual oil and solid fuel central heating and an E2 energy rating.
Behind the single-storey cottage is a long, private garden enclosed at the sides by mature trees. Features include a greenhouse, a gazebo, a pond, and, at the bottom, there’s a separate area cordoned off by hedging where the owners grow both vegetables and herbs and where they have also planted some apple trees.
Because of the height of the cliff, you can’t access the beach from the garden but, according to Mr Palmer, one of the properties in the area has put in steps, so this could be a possibility. Located at Newtown, Lemon is 3km from Passage East and around one kilometre from Woodstown Strand.
VERDICT: The charm of the cottage, the size of the gardens and the expanse of the views make this an attractive proposition for a trade-up buyer.
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