House of the week: Douglas, Cork €475,000

This home was designed for the current owner by South Mall architect Bill Mullins and was built in 2004 by Crowley Homes of Midleton.

House of the week: Douglas, Cork €475,000

Size: 157sq m; 1,700sq ft

Bedrooms: 3

Bathrooms: 4

BER: C1

People might once have come to Castletreasure to look for riches believed to have been buried there in Cromwellian times, but these days they mostly come searching for properties such as Willow Lodge.

The 1,700 sq ft detached house with half an acre of gardens can according to selling agents DNG Creedon be considered quite “ a find” by a family looking to trade up in the Douglas area.

Located within a five-minute drive from Douglas village, the three-bed property comes to the market with a guide of €475,000.

Auctioneer Shane Finn of DNG says this offers good value, particularly because of the site size.

“In this area you will find larger properties but with much smaller sites selling for €550,000”.

Located amid a number of individually-built detached houses on the road beyond Donnybrook Hill, this was designed for the current owner by South Mall architect Bill Mullins and was built in 2004 by Crowley Homes of Midleton.

Historically, Castletreasure Castle or Manor home in this outer-Douglas hinterland was listed in Cromwell’s civil survey of 1654.

It suggested that during the Cromwellian Wars of 1641 to 1652 the owner of the castle was in fear of an imminent attack, and buried his wealth and treasures outside the castle walls, in a sack.

“As you can imagine frantic digging all around the area followed. In particular, a wild old woman that went by the name Shelagh the Dreamer used to promise locals that she was able to find the treasure by pointing as stick,” says Mr Finn.

“She said she had the same dream three nights running of where the treasure was to be found on the spot and for a feed of whiskey and tobacco she would point it out.

"Well, 360 years on I have found the lost treasure with this golden nugget of a property. I don’t need whiskey or tobacco to point it out to people,” is the DNG agent’s schtick.

More prosaically, the big draw for families seeking to move out of an estate house will almost certainly be the gardens which are well laid out and mature with plants including a willow tree.

It has gardens at both back and front and to the rear, looks out on to farmland where cows occasionally come to graze.

The house is well kept and spacious and has solid oak flooring in most of the ground floor rooms.

To the front there’s a living room with a redbrick fireplace with a stove and across the hall, a playroom or study.

To the rear there’s a diningroom as well as a separate tiled kitchen with oak shaker style units and a breakfast bar.

In a single storey section, the property has tiled sunroom at the front and at the rear, off the kitchen, a utility room and guest bathroom. Upstairs there’s a bathroom, a spacious landing and three bedrooms including one with an en suite.

Out front there’s a driveway and a graveled area providing ample parking for quite a number of cars.

On the eastern side of the property, outside the sunroom, is a sandstone patio, which the owners say is a good place to take the sun.

With space enough for trampolines, play equipment or games of soccer, the gardens might also be used to extend the property, should a buyer require something larger.

One option would be to build over the single storey building which has the utility room and sunroom, another would be build at the back.

The Property Price register shows that individually built detached houses in the Castletreasure area don’t come on the market very often.

It records just one sale of a house not in an estate in 2015 and none in 2014.

There are a variety of stories about how Castletreasure got its name, including the Cromwellian line or legend, and centuries later it’s a popular and pleasant residential suburb where planning permission for a new build would be almost impossible to obtain.

It is also, according to Google maps just 2.7km or a four-minute drive, without traffic, from Douglas village.

VERDICT: Spacious house with gardens enough for any family’s requirements

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