Charming Monkstown cottage needs TLC

A tired but promising home comes with sweeping views, writes Tommy Barker
Charming Monkstown cottage needs TLC

Parkgarriff Cottage in monkstown.

What’s the future now for Parkgarriff Cottage, a close neighbour to Monkstown Golf Club, as it comes to market on an elevated site, with views down over Cork harbour?

Set on a deep site roadside site of 0.57 of an acre, with possible site potential to the back, this is a relatively compact dormer-style cottage which originally was two adjoining very small Famine-era cottages; at one stage, one side even served time as a local shop.

The beautiful scenery surrounding Parkgarriff Cottage.
The beautiful scenery surrounding Parkgarriff Cottage.

It’s now an executor sale after the death a few years ago of the hard-working, stoic woman of the house, and charged with handing it on is estate agent Lawrence Sweeney of Savills Cork.

Parkgarriff Cottage.
Parkgarriff Cottage.

Mr Sweeney guides  Parkgarriff Cottage at a broadly manageable €260,000, acknowledging that even while completely habitable, it needs work sooner or later.

The livingroom inside Parkgarriff Cottage.
The livingroom inside Parkgarriff Cottage.
A bedroom inside Parkgarriff Cottage.
A bedroom inside Parkgarriff Cottage.

Now, some may envisage larger Veluxes, or pop-out balcony ones, or big-box dormers. Subject to planning approval, might it go full two-storey? Might it even be knocked and replaced? Might the generous site (the back half is quite jungle-like by now) yield up a second site?

VERDICT: All options are here at the already charming, but currently ‘tired,’ Parkgarriff Cottage.

Monkstown, Cork Harbour

€260,000

Size: 121 sq m (1,308 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 2

Bathrooms: 2

BER: F

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