4 of a kind: Unique homes with daring interiors

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Anna Shelswell White 25/08/2022
From floral wallpaper to tile-effect ceilings, these four homes dare to be different.

THERE’S NOTHING LIKE being face-to-face with some out-there interior design choices if you’re someone who likes being surrounded by inspiration and the motivation to be a little daring.

This week, we’ve found four properties around the country that have, no doubt, been homes to people that haven’t been shy when it comes brave design decisions. If you’re looking for a home that doesn’t follow the herd, check these options out.

Dundalk, Co Louth – €385,000

Lisdoo Villa on Armagh Road is a detached four-bedder with history so it offers a blend of period features and elements of surprise. A townhouse that’s just a short walk from the centre of Dundalk and has easy access to the M1 making it ideal for the commuter as well as the home bird.

Spread over 150 m², this Georgian property comprises a kitchen and dining room that makes up the extension to the back of the house, a large lounge with another dining area, a utility room and also a separate sitting room. Upstairs sits four bedrooms and a family bathroom while outside has plenty of off-street parking and a nicely-sized back garden complete with decking.

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Coolgower, Waterford – €535,000

Coolgower House sits between Tramore and Waterford city on a 1.5 acre site. This spacious family 238 m² home that’s ideally located with the city as well as the seaside both just short drives away.  The grounds surrounding the house have an orchard, a detached garage and a large workshop. There’s also a pretty patio area and fire pit for entertaining late into the evenings.

Inside comprises an entrance hall, a shaker-style kitchen, two living rooms, a sunroom, and four bedrooms – the main has an en suite while the others share a family bathroom. The rooms, all located on the ground floor, are large and elegant. A bright, large L-shaped sunroom leads from the entrance hall and connects to the back garden. From the kitchen double doors lead to the south-facing patio. 

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Killinick, Co Wexford – €685,000

Ballyfinogue House is a well-restored 200-year-old former hunting lodge with a wine cellar, a secret servants’ passageway, and even an extra granny flat. Formerly part of Johnstown Estate, this five-bedroom home also offers a delightful mix of modern finishes and historic features. Spread across 288 m², the granny flat has a bedroom, kitchen, dining area and loft, but there’s also a coach house, garage, and utility building for added storage and renovation opportunities.

The property is about fifteen minutes to Wexford town by car, and less than two hours to Dublin. A ten-minute drive will have you in Rosslare for the ferry to mainland Europe or the UK if you need to venture further afield.

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Frenchpark, Co Roscommon – €159,500

The most affordable option of this week’s collection fo homes, Rose Cottage is a three-bed home with one bathroom that sits outside Frenchpark village. While traditional on te outside, this house has contemporary flair inside and features bespoke wood finishes in all rooms, interesting wallpaper choice and the flooring has been newly stained and varnished to keep things fresh.

The cottage sits on about half an acre that’s home to an array of shrubs, trees and flowers along with a lawn that has been newly seeded lawn. A patio area and dining area, plenty of parking and a timber fence completes the outdoor area.. Sligo, Athlone and Longford are all under an hour’s drive away.

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