What will €695,000 buy? Three-bed Dublin semi or period six-bed in Kilkenny

A three bed in Mount Merrion or a six-bed Victorian in Co Kilkenny

97 Trees Road, Mount Merrion, Dublin

Agent: DNG Stillorgan

This three-bedroom semi-detached house, measuring 110sq m (1,184sq ft) has a garage to the side. Downstairs are two interconnecting receptions – one with a fireplace – and a kitchen. The three bedrooms (one with a basin) are upstairs along with a bathroom and wc. The front garden has flower beds, a lawn and parking space while the back garden has a lawn, trees and shrubs. BER: E2.

Plus: Good location, near schools and a two-minute walk from Deerpark.

Minus: Nondescript sheds and storage to back of house compromises the relationship between living space and garden.


Donaguile House, Castlecomer, Co Kilkenny

Agent: Sherry FitzGerald Country Homes, Farms and Estates

About two acres of land surround this home that comes with stables and a mews house. The six-bedroom, 556.9sq m (5,994sq ft) Victorian house has been renovated while keeping its traditional character. There are three reception rooms, one with bay window. The kitchen/breakfast room has an Aga island. An orangery overlooks a courtyard and has a sauna beside it. Upstairs are six bedrooms (one en suite) and a shower room, bathroom, study and studio. BER exempt.

Plus: Well-kept, handsome country pile with a house for guests attached.

Minus: The hot-press gobbles up quite a bit of space in the mews house bathroom.

Emma Cullinan

Emma Cullinan

Emma Cullinan, a contributor to The Irish Times, specialises in architecture, design and property