Taste of things to come

LAUNCHING today, the 12-house Gort na hEornan scheme in Ring, Co Waterford, has a very chic showhouse on hand for its expected audience.

This high-end cul-de-sac development of four-bed detached houses by builder and developer Denis Lehane should bring out the buyers in force, says selling agent Siobhan McGrath of Sherry FitzGerald Reynolds.

In fact, the showhouse has already been sold and the remaining 11 units are currently under construction, with an expected completion date of 2005 says Ms McGrath.

Denis Lehane, who hails from Macroom in Co Cork, has a very good reputation as a builder locally, she adds, which should see strong interest and, as the sales push for Gort na hEornan was very low-key up to now, the launch of the showhouse should inject some razzmatazz into the marketing.

Starting at €349,000 and with a conservatory and a high spec finish included in the overall price, these properties will appeal to commuters to Dungarvan, Waterford and even Cork, she adds.

Each house has a fifth of an acre site and all are aligned to allow sea views and views of the Comeraghs.

Cunnigear, a local wild life sanctuary is nearby and it's only a short drive to Helvic Head.

Dungarvan, with its charming harbour, quaint layout and new shopping centre, is five miles away and the N25 a mere three miles.

The showhouse will open between 2pm and 4pm today, and viewers will be able to see the practical, light and fresh style by Enniscorthy-based Orla Murphy-Brady of Turnkey Interiors.

Finishes are more or less standard throughout the scheme, with expensive, solid walnut flooring used in the lounge, living room and entrance hallway the same hardwood is also used in the Shaker-style kitchen.

Porcelain tiles are fitted on the floor of the add-on conservatory, which runs to apex height and is finished in floaty voile to soften the effect.

Windows are in Nordic pine and there are double, stained glass doors in the living room/dining room and conservatory.

The living rooms are also fitted with stylish, Kilkenny fireplaces. Porcelain tiles are also standard in the kitchen, which includes a hob and oven and the utility comes fitted and with plumbing in place.

The list goes on: mosaic and porcelain tiles, a chrome towel rail and Jacuzzi bath are part of the fittings in the main bathroom, while bedrooms one and two are en suite with hot water provided through a pressurised, combi-boiler system.

Recessed lighting is also fitted in the living rooms and kitchen and the house has a fire and burglar alarm, and a generous amount of sockets, phone and TV points.

The stairs are in red deal (painted white in the showhouse) and the carpeting here and in the bedrooms are also standard.

The houses at Gort na hEornan run to 2,200 square feet and all have mains services.

Each detached property will be handed over with a tarmac driveway and landscaped grounds.

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