4 of a kind... By the Sea
Apple Tree House, Gortflugh, Rathmullan, Co Donegal: €1.25m
There are houses that are 'by the sea', and there are houses that are really by the sea, and Apple Tree House falls definitively into the latter category, its lovely gardens leading directly down to a sandy beach.
The main house, with 374 sqm of living space, dates to the 1980s, and was completely renovated and extended a decade ago. Now it's a luxurious modern home positioned to take advantage of its spectacular situation on a small mound right on the water, with 360 degree views of the sea and the rolling hills in the distance. The property is close to the village of Rathmullan.
The design is split-level, with the living accommodation arranged over two floors, and floor-to-ceiling windows positioned to maximise light and the views out over the water and its plethora of wildlife.
The main entrance is at first-floor level, where the main reception rooms and three bedrooms are arranged off the central hallway. At ground floor there are further reception rooms and a guest bedroom suite, which open out on to private terrace and two acres of gardens beyond, which have been landscaped to provide a number of sheltered, sunny spots as well as a secluded gazebo. There is a large balcony designed for outdoor eating.
The centrepiece of the garden is the large pond which has its own island connected by a bridge. Raised beds are producing fresh vegetables and there are a number of old fruit trees including apples and plums.
A two-storey solid oak barn building has the potential, subject to planning permission, to be converted into a separate four-bedroom guest house.
Agent: Savills (01) 663 4350
Gybing in Glandore: €1.29m
Bridgewater House lies within a short walk of Glandore Harbour village in Co Cork and is a modern four-bedroom, three-bathroom house built approximately 20 years ago. The elevated position of the house allows for magnificent views over the harbour to the coastline and Union Hall across the bay. There are two acres of beautifully landscaped gardens traversed by a couple of streams and planted with shrubs, semi-tropical flowering plants, and a rockery. The village of Glandore is home to a primary school and a good range of shops, pubs and restaurants. Bridgewater House will be of interest to those in search of a substantial family home or holiday house within easy reach of a thriving sailing club.
Agent: Charles McCarthy Auctioneers (028) 21533
Bathing at Bartra: €820,000
17 Bartra Rock on Harbour Road in Dalkey is a smart duplex apartment with uninterrupted sea views out over Dublin Bay. The development is gated and the apartment has 111 sqm of living space. There's an entrance hall with guest lavatory, a fully fitted kitchen with granite worktops and integrated appliances and an open plan living/dining room with large windows that flood the space with light and views. On the first floor there are three bedrooms; the master has large built-in wardrobes, a fully tiled en suite and direct access to a balcony. There is also a family bathroom. Dalkey village remains the jewel in the crown of South County Dublin, with a fine range of shops, pubs and restaurants, and a DART station which makes for an easy commute into the city centre.
Agent: Sherry FitzGerald (01) 275 1000
Gallivanting in Galway: €800,000
For a little less than the price of a duplex apartment in Dalkey, at Bru na Mara in Mace, near Carna in Co Galway, you get not one but five properties and the opportunity to give up the rat race and start a new career in tourism on the Wild Atlantic Way. The primary residence is a five-bedroom house, which was operated as a successful guesthouse from the early 1930s to the late 1970s. In addition there are two apartments, a one-bedroom and a two-bedroom, a detached two-bedroom cottage and a four-bedroom house. There are five well-maintained outbuildings, parking for up to 10 cars, mature gardens with plenty of room for outdoor eating and an existing self-catering business that's ready and waiting for new owners to take it over.
Agent: Ganly Walters (01) 662 3255