Marston Cottage is within five miles of the M8 and a city commute

DON’T spare the rods — as a special hook there’s fishing to be had on the River Blackwater, from the edge of the gardens at pretty Marston Cottage.

Marston Cottage is within five miles of the M8 and a city commute

Set in Cloonbeg at Ballyduff Upper, on the Cork Waterford border and five miles from Fermoy and the M8, this is an upgraded cottage of about 1,000 sq ft, plus converted barn, which has been enjoyed as a holiday and fishing retreat by its owners, who don’t have to stir from their property to try their hand at catching a salmon, or trout, and/or 40 winks from this sleepy setting, on a 0.75 acre site.

With c 100 metres of river frontage, Marston Cottage has a special niche: it featured here a decade ago, and again last year with different vendors: now, it’s had a slight price drop of €10k to €225,000, with Paul O’Driscoll of Thomas J O’Driscoll & Co jointly with Sherry FitzGerald O’Donovan

Earlier owners extended the original cottage a bit, and now it has two bedrooms (with cast iron fireplaces,) and they also put in double glazed sash windows and oil central heating, so it has solid D2 BER now: the separate one-bed cottage/barn conversion has river views, a further 430 sq ft, ideal for guests, and has electric storage heating.

The main house (with cellar) has a good-sized living room with a solid fuel stove, wood-floored dining room with French doors to the back garden and with river views, a galley-style kitchen, bathroom and two bedrooms.

The grounds are mature, with lawn, fruit garden, glasshouse and cottage-style shrubs and flower beds.

VERDICT: A-lure-ing.

Ballyduff, West Waterford

€225,000

Size: 1,076 sq ft + 430 sq ft

Bedrooms: 2 + 1

Bathrooms: 1 + 1

BER: D2

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