Dro­more, Bantry, €395,000

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MA­TURE gar­dens, a decked view­ing ter­race half way down slop­ing land­scaped grounds, wood­land and a stream at the bound­ary add to the plea­sures of West Cork’s Ar­dar­a­van House.

Set out at Dro­more, near Dri­moleague and about eight miles from Bantry, this sur­pris­ingly big and well-kept qual­ity dormer has over 3,100 sq ft of space, with two of its its five bed­rooms up­stairs, each with bath­rooms along­side, plus a study. Its up­per deck rooms are un­usual in hav­ing ex­tra-high and ex­ten­sively glazed dorm­ers, seem­ingly door-sized, so there’s space to sit at a ta­ble into the win­dow and look out over the grounds and coun­try views.

But, it’s at ground level that the space is most read­ily ev­i­dent, with a 30’ by 13’ qual­ity kitchen, along­side is a con­ser­va­tory which is al­most as large with glazed apex and wood-sheeted ceil­ings, and there’s also a sit­ting room, a lounge, util­ity, guest WC, bath­room linked to a bed­room, and the other two bed­rooms are en suite.

The qual­ity of the many bath­rooms is su­pe­rior to most, with top tiling, good shower en­clo­sures and one has a fea­ture glass block wall. Also above stan­dard is the qual­ity of joinery, wood floors and drapes

Sell­ing agent for the pri­vately and pic­turesquely-set Ar­dar­a­van House which also has a de­tached an­nex build­ing is John Hod­nett of Hod­nett Forde, and he guides at €395,000, say­ing “it’s im­mac­u­late and it of­fers a great op­por­tu­nity to ac­quire a qual­ity res­i­dence.”

VERDICT: A lovely re­treat.

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