Trading Up: Milltown, Kerry €375,000

NOW coming on on its 120th birthday is this fine, upstanding Victorian Kerry residence — a former presbytery, on the edge of Milltown and close to the sea by Castlemaine harbour just by the Ring of Kerry, as well as right alongside a newly-built national school.

The Old Presbytery is up for sale on three acres, with lofted coachhouse and courtyard buildings, combining to give c 4,000 sq ft of property, on private grounds, reached up a long curving avenue past a stone-pillared entrance.

Estate agent Michael Coghlan of Sherry FitzGerald Coghlan guides the imposing five-bed house with rear annexe and lots of original detailing at €375,000. While it’s all quite sound (the coach-house and stabling is is less so), it needs moderning and extra investment, he adds. Features include tiled floors, oak joinery, pitch pine stairs, high ceilings, feature double height bay window —and a chapel, with stained glass window. It has five bedrooms, three reception rooms, and a housekeeper’s quarters.

It’s suitable for private domestic use, guest accommodation, a combination of home and work space, etc, say the agents. Despite proximity to the new school, it’s relatively private, and the three acres it’s on is an extra bonus.

Milltown is almost equidistant from Tralee and Killarney, convenient to Kerry Airport, and is Kerry’s fastest growing small community, its population doubling to 800-plus between 2006 and 2011, according to Census 2011.

VERDICT: A lot of property for the sum, but will need more cash to complete a project


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