Trading up: Castlepark, Kinsale €200,000

The setting’s the star at April Cottage, a ground floor two-bed home/investment by the sea, a marina, a beach and a bar — all in Kinsale harbour to boot.

Trading up: Castlepark, Kinsale €200,000

The offer, basically the self-contained ground floor of a renovated 1850s stone cottage divided up into two units, goes to auction on March 12, via local agent James Murphy who has it listed in the Munster Property Auction (see www.munsterpropertyauction.ie ), in the Rochestown Park Hotel. He seeks offers around €200,000.

In earlier decades the building was a popular chef-ocupied restaurant/residence, but went back to private occupation, and it’s near James Fort, next to a busy marina and up-market homes at Castlepark, as well as being close to the Dock Bar (facing Kisnale over the water) and a sandy beach facing over harbour to Charles Fort.

Mr Murphy describe the character-filled cottage as “a rare diamond,” and says it’s a chance to buy into a niche sector, with of Kinsale Castlepark residents’ services, and parking and private garden, either for holiday or permanent use.

It has two double bedrooms, an open-plan kitchen/sitting room with exposed stonework, wooden beams and a steel support column with ropes coiled around for a maritime feel.

VERDICT: Home ahoy.

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