Sonas Cottage, Mullen, Scartaglin, Co. Kerry: € 169,000
This attractive, low maintenance property would be ideal for an artist, writer, poet, retiring couple or those interested in a pretty holiday house located in a beautiful scenic location close to all amenities.
Sonas Cottage is built on a plateau in the foothills of Knockanefune Mountain in south-east Kerry, with a half acre of land sloping away from the house to the south leaving the owners with breath taking views of the countryside to the south, east and west from the dining room or from the extensive timber decking which runs the full width of the house.
The kitchen/livingroom has a 4.3m high cathedral ceiling as well as a multi fuel stove that can heat the entire house with or without the oilfired central heating.
The windows and doors are all double glazed
There are three bedrooms, the master with en-suite. One of the bedrooms is on a mezzanine floor accessed by a spiral stairs, adding another touch of character.
Next to the adequate utility room there is a modern tiled shower room with powershower and a bidet.
There is a large Mediterranean style courtyard at the rear of the house, a suntrap, sheltered on four sides from any breezes.
Across the courtyard there is additional utility space currently being used as a gym.
The manageable garden areas are planted with mature shrubs and trees for low maintenance and there is a small timber tool shed.
The cold, fresh water is supplied from a deep well on the property and a septic tank takes care of the effluvium.
The BER rating is D2
The key words here are snug, comfortable and private.
Conservatory/Dining area: 3.15m (10′ 4”) X 3.84m (12′.7”)
Living/Kitchen Area: 6.63m (21′.10) X 4.50m (14′.9”)
Showeroom: 2.26m (7′.5”) X 1.75m (5′.9”)
Utility: 2.6m (6′.9”) X 2.11m (6′.11”)
Additional utility space: 3.23m (10′.7”) X 2.72m (8′.11”)
Master Bedroom: 3.89m (12′.9”) X 3.05m (10′.00”)
En suite: 1.83m (6′.0”) X 1.83m (6′.0”)
Bedroom 2: 2.92m (9′.7”) X (2.62m (8′.7”)
Bedroom 3/ Mezzanine: 2.97m (9′.9”) X 2.24m (7′.4”)
Total: 117.26m2 (1261sq. ft.)
A History of Sonas Cottage;
The cottage is rich in history, having originally been built in 1911 by Tralee Rural District Council under the 1906 Labourers Act. The act empowered councils all over Ireland to acquire land by negotiation or compulsory purchase order to provide homes for local farm labourers and their families so that farmers would always have access to a supply of labourers.
This act improved the lives of hundreds of thousands of peasants all across the island and brought about a major upturn in the Irish economy and because of its success the act was replicated across Britain and Europe.
In the summer of 1911 Tralee Rural District Council appointed local man John Fitzgerald as the tenant to, the then, 3-room cottage where he and his wife produced and reared 14 children.
All around the county there were Rambling Houses, family homes were local and travelling musicians would gather for ceol, rince agus craic. The Fitzgerald home was known as a rambling house and Mrs. Fitzgerald was an accomplished melodeon player who loved to play. But because she had so many children, she could no longer travel to other Rambling Houses, so for many years, in consideration of Mrs. Fitzgerald’s circumstances, the Fitzgerald home became the premier Rambling House in this part of the county.
In 1988 two of the sons, John and Sonny were the last two members of the family to leave the cottage when they moved into a nursing home in Tralee.
In 1998 builder, James O’Sullivan from down the road in Millstreet, county Cork, bought the property and over the following two years, he renovated and extended the cottage.
The present owners came to view the cottage in July 2000 and from the moment they set foot inside the door they could sense the love, happiness and the music emanating from the old walls.
They bought the property from James O’Sullivan and moved in on Saturday 9th September 2000. They named the house Sonas Cottage which in Irish means peace and tranquillity and that is what they have experienced here for the past 16 years.
The communities of Mullen, Scartaglen and its environs are made up of a gentle and welcoming people.
The village of Scartaglen is exactly three kilometres from Sonas Cottage.
In the village square there are three family owned and run public houses where traditional Irish music can be enjoyed along with the best Guinness in Kerry. There is also a community centre where local theatrical groups put on plays and musicals throughout the year. There is also a catholic church and across the road there is a family run petrol station, mini super market and post office and around the corner a large primary school.
The town of Castleisland is ten kilometres away and has everything you would expect to find in a large town, including Supervalu supermarket, Lidl and Aldi as well as hotels, pubs, restaurants, banks, doctors, dentists, library, fashion shops, furniture shops, lighting shops and builder’s suppliers etc.
From Sonas Cottage it is eleven kilometres to Kerry Airport, twenty kilometres to Killarney, thirty kilometres to Tralee and two hundred and eighty kilometres to Dublin.
For further details, maps, plans, and brochure please contact Joint Agents:
Helen Cassidy, MRICS B.A.(Mod)MSCSI, Auctioneer and Valuer, Clonbur House,
Clonbur, County Galway, Ireland. www.premierpropertiesireland.com www.daft.ie/HelenCassidyAuctioneers
00 353 949546868/ 00353 87 2463748
Declan Woulfe, Property Professionals Woulfe & Co
Main Street, Abbeyfeale, Co Limerick, Ireland
T: + 353 68 32141 M: +353 87 7617573
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