East Cork cottage has the charm

THIS extended and reconstituted cottage on more than an acre of East Cork coastal land could be the perfect full-time home, or else an ideal second home, according to the selling agents.

The cottage, at Ballyhimikin near Ladysbridge, overlooks Ballycotton Bay, a couple of miles from the sea.

It has been painstakingly renovated and upgraded by its owner of the last number of years. Extra space has been added on using lots of salvage materials and timbers in the process.

Giving real value to the property is the 1.25 acre site, so there may be future scope for a second dwelling, subject to planning permission.

Selling agent William Wallace of ERA Wallis auctioneers in Midleton guides it at €425,000-plus, and says there is strong demand for Ballycotton area homes from local, Cork city, Dublin and other relocating markets.

Because of the extra space, he reckons this two-bed has about 900 sq ft of living space, slightly more than the typical 'cottage on an acre' which averages 750 sq ft, and there's an attached garage to boot.

"It oozes charm and character, with all its original features and some add-on's, including vaulted ceilings, exposed stone and brick walls, Victorian loo cistern, traditional half-doors, solid fuel stove, and the location is absolutely breathtaking, with spectacular views of the rolling countryside and Ballycotton Bay and lighthouse," he enthuses.

Rooms include high-ceilinged hall with quarry tile floor, a living room with pitch pine floor, brick fireplace, Liscannor hearth and cast iron surround with solid fuel stove inset,

The kitchen has a similar traditional feel (Belfast sink and marble drainer) and open fireplace with an old crane.

There are two bedrooms, plus a tall, slender loo with a high level Darnley cistern and a marble-topped old sink with extended brass taps.

The utility and laundry features are in the garage area, and the cottage has oil central heating for snugness.

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