Idyl­lic river­side home

Tr­ish Dromey hears this Cahir Lodge prop­erty, on River Roughty at Ken­mare, would be worth land­ing

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If you had a li­cence you could fish in the River Roughty for salmon, or sea trout from the bot­tom of the gar­den at Cahir Lodges near Ken­mare. And while you were there you could also re­lax and en­joy the tran­quil gar­dens and the views of the­green­coun­tryside­and­wooded hill­sides. If you had a kayak or a boat, you might even con­sider tak­ing a trip down the river to Ken­mare.

View­ers of No 1 Cahir Lodges, will find much to ad­mire both in the 2005-built ar­chi­tect-de­signed prop­erty and its sur­round­ings.

In fact the builder, Paudie Kelle­her, ad­mired it so much that he changed his mind about sell­ing it and de­cided to live in it him­self. It is one of three iden­ti­cal prop­er­ties in a small gated de­vel­op­ment close to the river, which have all re­mained in his fam­ily’s hands.

The prop­erty mar­ket was still boom­ing when he pur­chased the site and asked a French ar­chi­tect “to de­sign some­thing dif­fer­ent” for it .The re­sult was three Ushaped prop­er­ties with a shel­tered cedar clad pa­tio at their cen­tre which all have open plan liv­ing ar­eas with vaulted ceil­ings and roof beams.

And be­cause build­ing took place dur­ing the boom, tim­ber dou­ble glazed win­dows for it were im­ported spe­cially from Ger­many. Paudie says this made them three times more ex­pen­sive than they might have been. In fit­ting out the in­te­rior of this prop­erty, he en­listed the aid of the archi- tect who chose an “ivory colour scheme with a hint of green” for the open plan liv­ing area.

The largest space is an el­e­gant, high-ceilinged liv­ing din­ing room which has painted tim­ber beams and cream floor tiles. At one end there are dou­ble doors open­ing out to the cen­tral pa­tio and at the other a raised stove.

Along­side the liv­ing area, is a kitchen with mod­ern off-white units, a Range­mas­ter oven and a mix of gran­ite and hard­wood coun­ter­tops. From the kitchen there is ac­cess to a util­ity room and a guest WC.

The spa­cious mas­ter bed­room has views of the river, slid­ing doors to the pa­tio as well as an en suite shower room and a dress­ing area.

The other two bed­rooms also have en suites — one with a bath and one with a shower.

The three bed prop­erty of­fers 2,260 sq ft of liv­ing space as well as 726 sq ft in the at­tic which has three stor­age rooms with Velux win­dows and lam­i­nate floor­ing. The back pa­tio which has cedar clad walls on three sides and views of the river from the other — is al­most shel­tered enough to qual­ity as a room.

It has a BBQ and looks like a good spot for en­ter­tain­ing.

The prop­erty shares an elec­tric gated en­trance with the other prop­er­ties at Cahir Lodges, and is on a site of over half an acre which is en­closed by hedg­ing and stonewalls.

Run­ning down to the river at the rear is an expanse of lawn with some ma­ture trees. Lead­ing down to the wa­ter there’s a set of steps which the own­ers use when they are go­ing kayak­ing.

Paudie says it takes about 30 or 40 min­utes to get to Ken­mare, de­pend­ing on how hard you pad­dle.

The jour­ney to Ken­mare takes just five min­utes by road, as it’s just four kilo­mte­tres away.

Guid­ing the prop­erty at €495,000, Sherry Fitzger­ald Daly say 1 Cahir Lodges is at­tract­ing in­ter­est from the UK and the US.

“Prop­er­ties on the River Roughty are rare to the mar­ket and this one is fin­ished to very high stan­dard, ” says auc­tion­eer John Daly.

VER­DICT: Idyl­lic.

Ken­mare, Kerry €495,000

Sq m 210 (2,260 sq ft) Bed­rooms: 3 Bath­rooms: 4 BER:C2

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