Where life really can be a beach

KEEP the sweeping brush on standby: sand on the floors is going to be a feature of your new life at this Woodstown, Co Waterford home.

A one-time sweet, ice-cream and bucket and shovel shop right on the beautiful beach (great for cockle picking) facing across the water to Wexford is up for sale. It has latterly been a family home, and in its next guise, who knows?

There’s only one certainty with this auction offering, and that is you cannot get closer to the beach than this property. Just hop over the low front wall, lay out you towel, and soak up the rays. Or, the rain. And there’s no excuse for not having a daily dip either.

Auctioneer John Fogarty is selling this rare offering, which goes under the auction hammer on July 30, with a guide of €450,000. It has come under quite strong viewing pressure to date, and from two different camps. There are those who would use it as a holiday home and beach-side bolt home, and who don’t see the need to spend much more on it once they get the chance to buy it.

And, there are those with more ambitious and long-term plans for the property, seeing it as a place for a permanent home in a special setting. They’s spend more on making even more of it, suggests Mr Fogarty.

It is set across the road from mature woodland and Woodstown House, a fine Regency period home and grounds that provided hospitality for Jacqueline Kennedy in 1967. Alongside this modest-sized beach house/ex-shop are a handful of larger homes.

The three-bed cottage, on a walled-in site with scope for rear extension (subject to planning permission) is in good condition, has oil central heating and is a well-known landmark on Woodstown Strand — and not just to those with a memory of the red Coca Cola sign and a hankering for an ice-lol.

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