A tasteful slice of rural idyll

ALL simply and tastily done is this Inch cottage on its half-acre rural site east of Cork city near Killeagh, Youghal and the sea.

Refurbished about four years ago, the two-bed house and its grounds offers a taste of rural idyll for a €255,000 or so guide via Heagarty Properties in Midleton.

It has a bright and warm charm, with buckets of white paint applied to the walls and timber-beamed ceilings. The windows are fairly modern in white PVC, and both the sitting and dining rooms have wood-burning stoves, with a back boiler in the dining room. The sitting room is the full width of the end of the house and has windows on facing sides, with French doors on the gable for a third glazed aspect.

The property has basic outhouses for storage and general pottering about in, and they’re also fine for storing and drying timber for the stoves.

The site is sloping, south facing and mainly in grass, and the property has views over a stream to Inch village, which is seven miles from Youghal and beaches and 10 miles from Midleton.

The basic two-storey structure is slender, with a single-storey flat-roofed extension to the front housing the kitchen, with a dining area beyond in the main section, with a painted wood floor.

The owners worked with the character rather than against it, and the cheery blue-hued bathroom at first floor level has a high wood-sheeted ceiling, with painted wood floor.

Inch is a few minutes’ walk away, so there are local services as well as a school and a church, and the grounds will suit someone with green-finger ambitions: grow-your-own food will be back in vogue as the plots thicken, with healthy and cheap produce.


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