Trish Dromey finds a gardener’s dream tucked away inside the historic thirteenth century core of Youghal.
Youghal, Co Cork €250,000
106 sq m ( 1,140 sq ft)
Viewers of the The Coach house in Youghal are likely to be charmed by the renovated property but captivated by the beautifully laid out walled garden at the rear which has grape vines, olive trees, a hundred-year-old apple tree and medieval stone walls.
Built in 1784 – it is an original coach house – the last property standing in what used to be a row of coach houses on a laneway off de Valera Street, close to Youghal’s historic quarter.
Bought as a rundown properly with a galvanized roof by an Australian couple seven years ago — it’s now been completely renovated.
They kept the traditional feel and some of the old stone work at the back but added double glazed windows, a Stanley range, a cream country style kitchen and two bathrooms.
Topping off the property with a new slate roof they also build on a garden room at the back.
When they bought the property it’s back garden was neglected and overgrown.
But, enclosed on two sides by the Medieval walls of the town, it did have an old apple tree in the middle which the owners suspect may be well over 100 years old.
Time and effort has been spent transformed this 20 ft by 30 ft space into something that that’s plant and feature filled and seems more like a small park than your average back garden.
The old apple tree is a focal point but attention is also drawn to a circular graveled area surrounded by a circle of miniature box hedging.
There’s also a circular stone patio, a garden seat with a rose arch and an abundance of plants including vines which the owners say has actually produced grapes, herbs, dwarf fruit trees, some fragrant roses and blue Australian flowers.
Overlooking the garden at the rear is a garden room, which is used as the dining room and it’s where the owners can sit and enjoy the sight and the smells of the green oasis they have created.
To the front of the house there’s a tiled kitchen living room with a Stanley stove which heats the water and the radiators and a kitchen area with a Belfast sink, cream units, granite worktops and a hand made Australian hard wood plate rack.
The property also has a ground floor bedroom with an en suite wet room. On the first floor there are two timber floored bedrooms including one with a walk in wardrobe as well as a bathroom.
The front of the Coach House is situated on a private laneway with a gated entrance.
The only remaining house on this laneway —it shares its use with other owners who use their properties for storage.
Guiding the Coach House at €250,000 Fiona Hennessy says it’s charming and unique.
“The garden is beautifully done – it’s barely 70 yards from the main street but is an oasis of quiet and could be anywhere.”
Given the history, the charm and the location of the property and its garden, she believes it will have appeal as a holiday home or second home, or retirement home.
The Coach House is located within a minute’s walks from Yoghal’s historic area which has now been called the Raleigh Quarter and includes St Mary’s Collegiate Church dating from the 13th Century which has five acres of gardens.
It’s also within a short walk from shops and amenities on the main street in a great, central location.
Verdict: This could be a dream home for a gardener
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