Gandy's Pad: more than a cottage

Although Gandy’s Cottage in Clashmore sounds as if it might have some connection with the word’s most famous advocate of non-violent protest, it was in fact built by a local West Waterford Gandy.

Gandy's Pad: more than a cottage

Although Gandy’s Cottage in Clashmore sounds as if it might have some connection with the word’s most famous advocate of non-violent protest, it was in fact built by a local West Waterford Gandy.

And despite the name, it’s not really a cottage but more of a large, modern, and highly individual two-storey property with an air-to-water heating system and a B1 energy rating — things which are practically never found small in older cottages.

Careful inspection reveals that one small section actually is an old cottage which has now been turned into a large high-ceilinged modern kitchen with a mezzanine area above it.

Auctioneer David Reynolds of Sherry FitzGerald Reynolds says the property and its site of over half an acre was previously owned by a local named Gandy who built on a very sizable two-storey section in 2004.

Mr Reynolds adds that Gandy also put in two stoves and finished his home to a high standard, putting down semi-sold timber flooring. Interestingly, the BER certificate records the property as having been built in 1899, although the original cottage only accounts for quite a small percentage of the floor area.

Apparently Gandy lived (presumably warmly and comfortably given the BER rating) in his very large cottage until two years ago when he sold it to its current UK owners.

“They have since redecorated and changed some of the colour schemes and put in contemporary grey kitchen units,” says Mr Reynolds, who is now seeking offers of €229,000 for Gandy’s Cottage.

Entrance is through a high-ceilinged sunroom-style room which connects the old and new sections of the property and is used as a dining area.

Off this space on one side, is a large modern timber-floored living room, which has several tall windows, recessed lighting, and a fireplace with a stove.

Across on the other side of the entrance hallway/sunroom, there’s a door opening in to a modern kitchen with its vaulted timber- panelled ceiling and, as a central feature, a double-sided stove.

At one end of the kitchen, a spiral staircase leads to a first-floor mezzanine which overlooks the kitchen, and seems to be in use as a study. An interesting and modern space, it will immediately require railing if the property is purchased by a buyer with children.

Off the kitchen, there’s a small utility area while, across in the new house, there are two ground-floor bedrooms, one of which is used as a gym, as well as a shower room.

Upstairs in the new house are two large timber-floored bedrooms including one with a patio door which lets in a lot of light but would be unsafe to open. Off this room at one side is en-suite with mosaic tiling and an antique-style slipper bath.

Located 4km from Clashmore village and 7km from Villierstown, the property is within a 20-minute drive from Youghal. Noting that this unique modern property has views of the Comeragh Mountains, Mr Reynolds says it has been attracting diverse interest.

“We are showing it to two sets of retired couples, one from Dublin and one from the UK, as well as two first-time buyer couples in the area,” he said.

VERDICT: Gandy did good.

LOCATION: Clashmore, West Waterford

PRICE: €229,000

SIZE: 188 sq m (2,030 sq ft)

BEDROOMS: 4

BATHROOMS: 2

BER: B1

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