Starter homes: Aherla, Cork Price: €180,000

Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 1

Starter homes: Aherla, Cork Price: €180,000

There’s enough space in the adjoining paddock at this Aherla village cottage to keep a pony on — but it might need to be a Shetland, Falabella or some other miniture: the site’s just half of an acre.

The chance or space to have a pony is flagged by selling agents Sherry FitzGerald as they pin an affordable €180,000 price guide to this extended 1,075 sq ft dwelling a short commute west of Cork City, in the well-serviced Aherla village off the Cork-Macroom road.

The half acre accommodates the house, drive, garden and some outbuildings, and this Rathard home set just above Aherla will have an appeal to couples, families, traders-down, traders-up who might extend, and lifestyle relocaters.

Likely to have been an original two-up two-down cottage, it’s had modernising touches applied when extended at ground level, but it was done lightly, in deference to its age and character.

So, it now has a third bedroom at ground level, some high ceilings and an old solid fuel range in the kitchen, and there are two reception rooms.

“It’s kept its old world gravitas and has wonderful character and features throughout,” says agent Norma Healy of Sherry FitzGerald

VERDICT: It’s country, but commutable with village services and school right on tap.

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