Not so bijou cottage in D4

40 Pembroke Cottages, Ringsend, D4. €560,000


Artisan cottages sound so appealing on paper yet they can be small and dark to live in.

Happily, 40 Pembroke Cottages offers light and space that will let you photosynthesise like plants.

What started out as a 37sq m (400sq ft) cottage, is now a swish, contemporary four-bedroom 148sq m (1,600sq ft) house thanks to a two-storey extension that overlooks Dublin Port and the River Liffey.

From upstairs you can see the East Link toll booths and the Ringsend towers.

Architect David Moran oversaw the redesign, which was completed in 2005.

The house has walnut floors throughout its reception area. Just off the entrance hall are two bedrooms, both with en suite bathrooms.

The main bedroom is to the right and includes a slick wet-room that is smartly concealed behind a set of wardrobe doors.

A spiral staircase leads up to an open-plan kitchen/living room with views across the River Liffey to Dublin Port and the O2.

A gorgeous deck, measuring 1.85sq m (20sq ft), looks out at the small-craft and ship action on the River Liffey. The deck also lets you earwig in on gigs at the O2.

On this floor there is also a well-fitted bathroom with a Vogue multi-jet shower cubicle complete with radio and a Tylo sauna that can fit up to four people.

Downstairs there is a lovely open-plan kitchen/sitting room with double doors opening out to a timber deck that is south-east facing.

A set of steps takes you up to a room that is used as a dining room, where another set of glazed doors open outside. This could become a bedroom, although at it lacks a door at the moment.

Off the sitting room is the fourth bedroom, looking out onto Pembroke Cottages. Across the hall is a smart bathroom that includes a wall-mounted television.

Estate agent Owen Reilly estimates that the property would command a rental income of at least €2,500 a month.

The house has a E1 BER rating. Parking is on street.

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