Cot­tage in same fam­ily for 200 years

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Rus­tic feel

“It’s a lovely, lovely place,” the ven­dor says, “full of good mem­o­ries and on a great site.” The site, with 0.5 acre to the side, known as “the field”, ripe for de­vel­op­ment (pend­ing plan­ning per­mis­sion), has lux­u­ri­antly ma­ture gar­dens and an or­chard.

A fam­ily mem­ber who grew up in Stick­ens re­mem­bers when “the ceil­ing went all the way into the thatch, when the floors were packed mud and the mud walls held up with 40 years of wall­pa­pers.” The 21st cen­tury Stick­ens is a turnkey home – al­beit with the fit­tings of a con­tem­po­rary house and the mood of a tra­di­tional cot­tage.

The fit­ted kitchen in par­ticu- lar has a rus­tic feel, with an old chim­ney breast ready to house a stove, a door to the gar­den and tiled floor.

The liv­in­groom has an open, brick-sur­round fire­place, pol­ished wood floor and, like most other rooms, a wood-beamed ceil­ing. A bright bath­room has a sep­a­rate shower and bath, the bed­rooms have fit­ted wardrobes, and there is at­tic ac­cess from both the study and bath­room.

Stick­ens has been well main­tained over the years, in­clud­ing pe­ri­odic re­pairs and work on the thatched roof car­ried out by a lo­cal thatcher. Be­cause of its pro­tected struc­ture sta­tus, grants are avail­able for thatch­ing and other work re­lated to its preser­va­tion.

To the front, there is a lushly planted car-turn­ing cir­cle as well as park­ing. Nearby are Naas, New­bridge, Sallins, Clane and Pros­per­ous, and ac­cess to the M7 and M4 mo­tor­ways .

‘‘ Stick­ens is a turnkey home – al­beit with the fit­tings of a con­tem­po­rary house and the mood of a tra­di­tional cot­tage

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