Trading up: Ballydehob, West Cork €245,000

Sq m: 170 (1,820 sq ft)
Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2
BER rating: B3

IT might look like quite a standard dormer home, albeit painted in a cheerful bright yellow hue, but Willowbank has a few eco trick up its sleeve. Or, at least under its polytunnel plastic sheets.

Set on 1.5 productive acres at Gortnagrouph, Ballydehob, this modern three-bed home scores a very good B3 BER energy rating. That’s thanks in part to its ground-source renewable energy geo-thermal heating system, with piping run underground covered (and warmed) by a large 45’ by 20’ plastic polytunnel.

It was a retro-fit measure put in by its vendors, along with a solid fuel stove, says selling agent Micheal Duggan of Sherry FitzGerald O’Neill in Skibbereen. He adds that the 1,820 sq ft well-finished home also has a double-glazed windows, conservatory, workshop and carport, with gardens in lawns and paddocks, with native trees, veg beds and a hen run.

Location is north of Ballydehob, off a country road, and the larger Skib and Bantry towns are easily reached too, says the selling agent who seeks offers around €245,000. One of its three bedrooms is at ground level, next to a shower room and a 23’ by 15’ main living room.

VERDICT: Hot to trot.


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