That’s the description used by Margaret Harty to define this collection of three properties at Ballyvecane in Lismore, just two miles outside the heritage town.
Used seasonally by anglers and once part of the Fortwilliam estate, these picturesque houses are smack dab in the Blackwater valley and have lush countryside as a backdrop, with the best of salmon fishing a walk away.
This sale is unusual in many ways: firstly because the houses have changed little since they were built, probably some time in the 1930s and because they are being sold as one lot. The configurations are also unusual, with two-storey and single-storey dwellings included. One of the two-storey houses comes with two reception rooms, a kitchen, two bathrooms and three bedrooms, while the house next door has one bathroom less.
The one-bedroomed cottage is described by Ms Harty as a “love-nest”.
All in mint condition and with perfect sash windows, the houses also have utility and tackle rooms and, according to Ms Harty, would function as an excellent country house/ restaurant business or as a holiday home or main residence.
Site-wise, the three houses come with grounds of just over an acre and there are “any number of golf courses” in the vicinity. Lismore, of course, is an attraction in its own right.
The entire lot is guided at the mid to late €300,000s and there could be the possibility of the properties being sold separately, but only in the event of not being sold in their entirety.