Maple Hill’s a woodland beauty

Tommy Barker says this split-level residence has lots of decking and a wonderful setting.

A MOVE back to the US beckons for the owners of this woods-side Waterford home: it is a reluctant departure, they sing the praises of its scenic setting.

The family, half Irish, half American, bought Maple Hill, near Colligan Woods in Dungarvan a few years ago, charmed by its natural beauty and woodland.

They’ve had to uproot, being transferred to the US once more, hence this split-level house’s market arrival, on 1.5 acres, guided at €630,000 by agents Sherry FitzGerald Reynolds.

A notable, sturdy dormer design with a good heft of slated roof, it has 2,200 sq ft of space, four bedrooms, very good painted kitchen, and lots of decking, positioned for great rural views.

Maple Hill is about four miles outside Dungarvan, near the noted Colligan Woods, whose scenic bridge over the Colligan River is often used for wedding photography shoots. The amenity woods, with rare trees and picnic areas, run along both sides of a valley, with conifers and hardwoods, including ancient oak trees.

The maple name applies to this property offering, with its good site and gardens recently upgraded in landscaping terms and “it is as picturesque a setting as you’d want”, say the agents. The split-level layout was set out for entertaining and rooms include a 19’ by 14’ lounge which opens to the dining area, the 15’ by 11’ sun room has French doors to a patio, the kitchen/dining room is extremely well kitted out and finished, with utility off, and then the four bedrooms are spread on three different levels. Two have en suite bathrooms and there’s a quality main bathroom as well.

Dungarvan is a five minute drive away and “this is a wonderful area of west Waterford in which to settle”, says Siobhan McGrath of Sherry FitzGerald Reynolds.

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