SOUTH-FACING GARDENS typically get the maximum amount of sunlight hours during the day, compared to any other orientation. That bodes well if you’re a fan of al fresco dining, like a sit outside with a glass of wine after work, or have kids who need to run off some energy before and after dinner.
This week we’re looking at four homes around the country with southerly orientations – from a five-bed by the beach in Co Galway to a unique property in Co Wexford…
Measuring 2,580 sq ft, 2 Seacliff is a spacious and bright family home. It’s located in a cul de sac of just three properties, while the coast is just a 15-minute walk away. No 2 boasts a south-facing, landscaped rear garden, complete with a large lawn, decking area and covered sandpit.
Inside, there’s a well-appointed living room, an open-plan kitchen, dining and living area, and a home office. There are four bedrooms in the bungalow, with a walk-in wardrobe and en suite bathroom extending from the master bedroom. Wicklow town is a handy five-minute drive away, with a train running to Dublin city centre from here.
Located on 0.75 acres of landscaped grounds and with an attractive stone facade, The Gables makes a lasting first impression. The four-bed, three-bath property spans 3,175 sq ft, while there’s also a detached log cabin which would make for an ideal home office or study.
The heart of The Gables is the open-plan kitchen, dining room, living room and sunroom, where there are vaulted ceilings, wooden beams, exposed brickwork and retro-style units. Double glass doors open from the sunroom to the south-facing courtyard. Each room in the property is filled with natural light, while various notable features throughout its two storeys add a unique touch. Gorey town is a 15-minute walk away, with the M11 just a five-minute drive from here.
Tucked away on a quiet country lane by the coast, The Beach House lives up to its name. The five-bed property boasts private access to Tracht Beach, while the main living areas are designed to enjoy panoramic views of Galway Bay. The Beach House also benefits from a large garden with sea views, a detached garage and a polytunnel.
Inside, the 3,229 sq ft interior is homely and inviting with a contemporary touch. Features include a handcrafted kitchen, a jacuzzi bath in the master en suite bathroom and bi-folding doors from the living area to the patio. For days when you can drag yourself away from The Beach House, Kinvara village can be reached in 10 minutes.
A five-bed property, 18 Castleknock Cross is a detached family home with a showroom-worthy interior. The stylish house comes with many impressive features, including solar panels, engineered oak flooring and mood lighting. The ground floor comprises a spacious reception room, an open-plan kitchen, living and dining area, a guest bathroom and a utility room.
On the first floor, there are three bedrooms (one of which is currently used as a second sitting room), an en suite bathroom and a family bathroom. The master bedroom and en suite bathroom is on the second floor, as is the fifth bedroom. No 18 includes a south-facing rear garden, and a paved driveway with off-street parking to the front.