Trading up: Raffeen, Cork €350,000

THE dash exterior of the bungalow Fernaig, near Monkstown and Raffeen above Cork harbour, belies what’s going on underfoot in its captivating gardens.

The low-slung, upgraded 1960s single-storey house is home to someone green-fingered and who likes their gardens, prepared to think outside the box.

So, this property on half an acre comes with an embracing Mediterranean-like large courtyard garden, with Indian sandstone paving and pebbles, has raised beds, colourful planting, and outdoor dining area, all inside sheltering walls, with arches placed for strategic distant harbour and closer countryside views.

There’s also a polycarbonate roofed lean-to glasshouse, a real all-weather spot, clipped lawns, colourful shrub beds, pergola and a whole host more growing spots.

Inside, the 1,615 sq ft house is no slouch either, home to the house-proud, and rooms include a smart 16’ by 13’ living room, a kitchen/diner, four bedrooms, main bathroom with Jacuzzi and separate shower room, and off the garage/utility are a store, and playroom. Selling agent is Catherine McAuliffe of Savills, who says it is immaculate inside and out.

VERDICT: One especially for gardeners, there’s no end of places to while away the hours.

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