Trading up: Emmet Square, Clonakilty, €595,000

There’s only a handful of modern homes at Clonakilty’s elegant Emmet Square, an award-winning Georgian timepiece, one which has been gently updated by Cork County Council’s architects’ department. 

Size: 353sq m (3,800sq ft) 

Bathrooms: 7 

Bedrooms: 5+ 


And, the square by the church is also home to the Emmet Hotel and the new Michael Collins museum.

Now, the chance to buy a very comfortable five-bed, all en suite home just off the highly-regarded Emmet Square has come to market with Ray O’Neill of Sherry FitzGerald. 

He seeks offers of €595,000 for the hospitable Wytchwood, a well-finished c 20-year-old build, on a corner site by the up-market Glebe Gardens, with private garden.

Wytchwood has three reception rooms, a bright, corner- set sun room, large kitchen with wood-stained units and quality appliances, and utility. 

Plus, there’s plus a ground floor en suite bedroom, and overhead all five other beds are en suite, so it could well be bought and operated as a B&B.

To suit such a use, there’s also potential to hive off one end which currently has three bedrooms as a self-contained apartment area, so options for new owners could include Airbnb, or other guest use.

Given its niche setting, it’s an ideal town centre living base, says Mr O’Neill, and has been finished to a top standard throughout, with high ceilings, quality en suites, has several stoves, and the grounds include a south-west facing patio garden with shrubs by the conservatory. 

VERDICT: Be-wytched


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