Quirky Midleton boathouse worth a punt

Two-bed conversion in Midleton for €120,000 has scope for an extension.

ALL aboard, all aboard, or, prepare to scuttle the boathouse? Those are options at this east Cork boathouse conversion overlooking the water at Ballinacurra. This quaint, quirky-looking property has had plans drawn up for demolition, and replacement with a more contemporary design.

But potential buyers may fall for its charm as-is, with its views, history, galley kitchen, and porthole window, all in keeping with a nautical theme.

Set on the Bailick Road, just south-east of the bustling town, and with the tidal waters linking to Cork harbour just across the road, it’s an unusual market offering in the vicinity; it has a €120,000 price, via agent Trish Stokes, of Lisney.

Most of its space is upstairs, with one of its two bedrooms, plus store and WC, on the ground level, behind the front, street-level garage.

Main living area is above, with a conservatory entrance and the best water views of the estuary, and the front kitchen/dining section has a bow window for similar, framed views. There’s also a bedroom at this level, wrapped around on two sides by the L-shaped living room, which has a high, cathedral ceiling, with apex, glazed section for lots of light, and a curved back wall, with open, brick fireplace. Trish Stokes says it’s a room for all seasons, but, come winter, the fire will be much appreciated. Right now, the property scores a lowly F BER energy rating, and has electric storage heating. There’s scope to convert the garage, and the garden above has space for an extension.

“With a bit of thought, this rear garden, with mature boundaries, could become an oasis of charm, with patio and landscaping,” says Ms Stokes.

VERDICT: Anchor’s aweigh.

Midleton, Cork €120,000

Bedrooms: 2

Bathrooms: 1

BER Rating: F


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