Amid acre of gardens, a caring home grew

Ladysbridge, East Cork €425,000

Amid acre of gardens, a caring home grew

THE owners of this East Cork home may well have been among the best customers of the nearby Carewswood Garden Centre, as its acre of gardens has all the hallmarks of horticultural care.

The four-bed family home is just outside Castlemartyr, beyond the five-star hotel and golf course, and just off the route to the seaside and beach at Garryvoe. It is for sale for its owners who’ve lavished time and funds on the gardens, which back into mature woodland, while the house itself is immaculate inside and out, with a great sunroom.

Estate agent Michael Piggot of Sherry FitzGerald O’Donovan guides the 2,000 sq ft single-storey house at €425,000, and says its setting is most private.

It’s surrounded on two sides by rich East Cork tillage fields, with fresh growth contrasting in this season with the maturity of a decent tree-lined avenue approach (bulky conifers stand like burly sentinels along its length) past stone entrance pillars, and there’s an old stone estate back wall, too, along the parking and garage areas.

There’s been lot of tree and shrub planting for a decade and more, all colouring in the house’s immediate surrounds, plus there’s a pear-shaped lily pond, just within vision of the house’s high-ceilinged sun room, near a large patio.

Once past the electric/ intercom access cast-iron gates, the grounds within are extremely well-kept, and Mr Piggot says the house is in pristine condition throughout, with a good balance of day and night-time rooms.

There’s an oak-floored hall, modern 20’ by 19’ kitchen/ dining room with black granite tops and pale timber units, a solid fuel stove, and a double oven among the integrated appliances.

The living room is even bigger again, at 25’ by 15’, also oak floored, and opens into a very bright sunroom. There’s a good flow going on, with sliding patio doors to the outdoors.

The largest of the four double bedrooms is en suite, with an oak floor and two other bedrooms are carpeted.

VERDICT: This Bridgetown home and its acre is a bit of an enclave, within a very short drive of Castlemartyr, by the N25 Cork-Waterford/Rosslare road, a half-hour spin from Cork City.

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