Trading up: Waterloo, Blarney, Cork - €415,000

STRAWBERRY Fields are forever — or, at least, the memory of them can be. Up for sale in the Blarney/Waterloo area is Carrigdara, a mid-1990s build at a spot called Knocknasuff, and it stands on productive gardens of half an acre.

For quite a while, the land was used for growing fruit, especially strawberries. Now that its owners are trading down, a lot of those coming for viewings are locals who remember the days when they’d come out to Knocknasuff to do their own strawberry picking.

Knocknasuff’s about a kilometre north of Blarney, on an elevated site, with lots of privacy, and has a detached garage. Selling agent Norma Healy of Sherry FitzGerald guides at €415,000, and says the 20-year old detached four-bed is close to 2,000 sq ft of well-built home and “represents good value, on a sunny, half-acre site which is absolutely perfect for those looking for all the benefits of country living, yet within 10 minutes’ walk of Blarney village, and 20 minutes by car from Cork city.” A two-storey build, with attached sun room with vaulted ceilings, Carrigdara has two reception rooms each with solid fuel stoves, a study, a sun room, and a ground floor bedroom near a guest bathroom.

Overhead are three more bedrooms, one en suite. Handily for busy families, there’s a shower room next to the main family bathroom, which has a bath.

VERDICT: Pick of the crop

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