Price sea change may hook buyer

THE price drop seems huge — but the truth is it might have been a bit too pricey in the first place.

A year ago, the immaculately turned-out Cove Cottage on Ballycotton’s Church Road went up for sale, hoping for offers around €650,000. They didn’t come: the declining property market had its say, and it sung dumb.

Now, with a revised asking price of €395,000, there may well be a chorus of interest, and bids even. That’s the hope of agents Property Partners Burke Wall, who say it is a quality package, with lots of extra elements.

There’s plenty beyond the modest enough cottage-like exterior, and in simple room stakes, there are up to four bedrooms, two reception rooms and two bathrooms, all done to a decorative high standard as the owners, who bought back in 2000, have an interior designer background.

Not remote, it has neighbours alongside, there’s a site of 0.75 of an acre, with sea views over Ballycotton Bay. There’s also full planning now in place to redevelop an old building alongside as a two-storey residential annex conversion to allow for extra family space, as a granny flat, guest suite and holiday rental.

“It’s suitable for a variety of uses, from extended family or dependent relatives, cottage lets or even working from home such as offices, studio, gallery or salon,” says estate agent Lawrence Sweeney.

The original cottage portion, on the Ballycotton coastal route, where planning permissions are rare, dates back a couple of centuries and he says old features have been retained, such as a stonework, inglenook fireplace, oak beams, window seats, etc.

All the main rooms have been done to a high standard, upstairs and down with a crisp contemporary take on the country look. The kitchen/dining room is a good 28’ by 13’ with Alder units, Aga Range master cooker and a trendy Smeg fridge freezer.

The main bathroom, has feature roll-top bath, and separate double-size shower, with quality tiling all around.

Apart from the main dwelling, there’s a block-built lofted double garage with pit, two-tier timber decked areas with swing chair, barbecue area by a herb garden, and a treehouse.

Location is a mile or so from Ballycotton village, and views stretch from nearby Garryvoe beach to the wink of the Old Head of Kinsale lighthouse, over 30 miles away to the west. In fact, at €395,000, a sale at Cove Cottage is also possibly coming into view.


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