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Ard na Lir, Scilly, Kinsale €1.2m

Published 13/11/2015 | 02:30

Extended and refurbished, Ard na Lir now offers 2,500 sq ft of accommodation.
Extended and refurbished, Ard na Lir now offers 2,500 sq ft of accommodation.
A south-facing sun terrace makes the most of the harbour view.

The townland of Scilly, on a peninsula across the harbour from Kinsale, reportedly takes its name from the Cornish sailors who visited the place and never left.

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It's not surprising they stayed, as the district is quaint and picturesque, and now forms the start of a scenic trail known as the Scilly Walk - on which ramblers can probably not resist enacting a certain Monty Python sketch.

Ard na Lir is a 19th century semi-detached house on an elevated spot overlooking the harbour on the Lower Road in Scilly.

About 15 years ago, it was completely refurbished and extended, taking the accommodation up to 2,500 sq ft and adding a large curved sunroom and balcony at the back, facing south.

There's a flight of steps up to the front door, leading to an entrance hall that's open to a lounge on the right, where there's a gas-fitted fireplace.

To the left is the kitchen, with fitted wooden cabinets and a centre island with a sink, and straight ahead is an open-plan living room and dining room running the full width of the house.

One wall of this room is mostly given over to windows, one of which is a French window opening to the curved sunroom, with its harbour views, and, from there, to a lower patio outside.

There's also a utility room, guest toilet and pantry to one side of this ground-floor level.

Upstairs, there are five bedrooms, three of which give on to the first-floor sun terrace. The master bedroom has an en-suite shower room, and another of the bedrooms comes with a dressing room.

The refurbishment has also boosted the house's energy efficiency; it now has a B3 rating. Out the back is a good-sized lawned garden. Ard na Lir is for sale for €1.2m with Sherry FitzGerald Cork, (021) 427 3041.

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