Sea pinks, fuchsia, and escalonia beyond a stone wall, welcome you to this home in Killeenaran, Kilcolgan, Co Galway. This deceptively spacious, four bedroom stone-clad cottage is full of character and charm with the warmth of an Aga cooker at its heart. It demonstrates that there is still at least one location where it is possible to live the rural seaside dream within easy access of schools, local towns, cities, and airports.
Galway city, with its lively arts scene, is just over half an hour away, Limerick city and Shannon Airport are one hour away, while Dublin’s M50 is within two hours. Local residents may work from home or locally while others regularly commute to international locations, yet picturesque Kinvara, famed for traditional music and the red sails of the remaining Galway hookers, is just down the road.
The generous living accommodation extends to 2,600sq ft over two levels and at ground floor level includes a front sitting room with French doors opening into a bright and airy kitchen with bespoke, solid pine, kitchen cabinets and traditional oil fired Aga cooker adding to the wonderful character of this family home. From the kitchen double doors open onto a sun drenched patio bordered by a variety of lush and colourful flowering plants and shrubs. A generous sized utility, with custom fitted wall and floor cabinets, provides indispensable storage space for a busy household.
Two of the four bedrooms are at ground floor level and both are en suite, one has the benefit of a walk-in wardrobe. There is also a guest toilet.
At first floor level, the family room, by virtue of its sheer size and brightness, will surprise and delight the viewer. The two remaining bedrooms, one of which is en suite, are, at minimum, double in size. One comfortably takes a double and two singles. There is also a family bathroom with bath and overhead shower attachment.
A south facing garden summer house with a further window west offers a welcome haven of retreat from the toils of everyday life and an opportunity to catch a glimpse of the occasional pheasant strutting across the grass before disappearing into the copse at the end of the garden.
You can walk to the local pier where mussels and oysters are farmed and exported — there are those who swim there all year long — savour shifting shades of grey, green, yellow and purple headed reeds along the roadside every time you travel home, and enjoy the peace and large variety of wildlife and walk alongside the sheep on the shoreline.
Don’t let this house pass you by without at least taking a look, and if you have children who might live here with you, or visit to enjoy the magic, then it is an absolute must.
Guide price is €395,000. Contact Yvonne Sweeney auctioneers at (091 ) 795698 or (086 ) 2603889 for further details, or see www.ysauctioneers.ie