What can you buy for €250,000 in Sri Lanka, the Caribbean, Italy and Kerry?
Take Five: A four bed in Kerry or a tea and coffee estate in Sri Lanka?
Gary O’Driscoll & Co is seeking €250,000 for this four-bedroom bungalow in Knocknahilla, Kilflynn, Co Kerry.
France, Poitou Charente
On the edge of Roumazieres-Loubert town, this five-bedroom, 199sq m (2,142sq ft) house has a well in its garden which is planted with fruit trees and magnolia, camellia and cedar. Period features include fireplaces, parquet and marble floors. The house has a dining room, bedroom/study, kitchen and double-height living room with double doors to the garden and stairs to the first floor. Upstairs are four bedrooms and two bathrooms. A building attached to the house could be made habitable.
In north Tuscany, in the Lucca province, near Molazzana, this house comes with 4 hectares (9.8 acres) of land. The property includes a main house which needs work, plus two outbuildings of 100sq m (1,076sq ft) and 60sq m (646sq ft), and a barn of 80sq m (861sq ft). The house has a living/dining room, kitchen with fireplace, a bathroom and four bedrooms. Amenities in a nearby village are walkable at under 1km away.
On the island of Bequia, this house perches above the ocean and is designed to be cooled by sea breezes ascending the valley. Known as Cedar Retreat, it comprises a main building of 135.6sq m (1,460sq ft), a cottage, an office, and land. The house is a geodesic dome with an open-plan living area and a spiral staircase up to a mezzanine bedroom and more steps to a viewing/chilling tower. There’s a plunge pool where, the agents suggest, you might enjoy skinny dipping at night and a fish pond whose residents helpfully eat mosquitoes. The garden includes fruit trees, such as banana, papaya and oranges.
Price: $300,000 (about €240,600)
Sri Lanka, Hill Country
In the Sri Lanka’s southern heartlands, east of Colombo, south of Kandy and close to Nuwara Elia, this tea and coffee estate in Maskeliya comes with 17 hectares (42 acres) of land. Tannin and caffeine imbibers are both catered for because four hectares (10 acres) of the land are planted with tea and four with coffee: the rest is jungle. There is a rambling, colonial-style house which needs work, although it does have electricity and water. The surrounding area has many plantations, beautiful hills and copious waterfalls crashing down them.
Price: $295,000 (about €236,600)