Monday 26 June 2017

Four idyllic homes on the market in Cork

Ringarogy Island idyll

Carrig Aonar
The Paddock
Came Point Berehaven Irish Rural Homes Newsdesk

Four enviable properties on the market in Co Cork

Ringarogy Island idyll

For Sale: €295k

Gortnalicky is a four-bedroom home full of character, set in 1.3 acres of lush gardens on Ringarogy Island, off the West Cork coast close to Baltimore. Ringarogy is accessed via the Lag Bridge, off the main Skibbereen to Baltimore road, and has views looking towards Roaring Water Bay, the Caha Mountains to the west and Lough Hyne to the east. The island has numerous shoreline and countryside walks.

Gortnalicky is contemporary and eco-friendly, with geo-thermal heating and double-glazed windows to keep things cosy. The rooms are generously proportioned, and there is a large studio, which will be of interest to prospective purchasers of a creative bent.

There is 180sqm of living space made up, on the ground floor, of an entrance porch, open-plan kitchen/living/dining room, study, studio, bedroom, bathroom, utility and pantry. Up on the first floor, there are three double bedrooms, storage space and built-in cupboards, all off a bright landing.

The house has beautiful gardens, with woodland walks bordering a rose garden, specimen trees, shrubs, flowers and a vegetable garden for those who fancy the challenge of growing their own, and sunbathing spots for those who prefer to take things at a more leisurely pace. There is a garage, which has potential for residential, workshop or other use.

Baltimore is the main ferry port to Sherkin Island, Cape Clear Island and the eastern side of Roaring Water Bay (Loch Trasna) and Carbery's Hundred Isles. It has a large summer population and is popular with those interested in sailing, fishing and, latterly, scuba diving, thanks to the number of shipwrecks in the bay.

Agent: Sherry FitzGerald O'Neill (028) 21404

Coast life in Castletownbere

For sale: €199,999

Came Point Berehaven Irish Rural Homes

Came Point in Castletownbere is a two-bedroom, two-bathroom end-of-terrace house right on the water in the West Cork fishing port. There's half an acre of land and direct access to the water, with a pontoon belonging to the house, where the new owners will be able to moor their boat.

There are views across the harbour and out to sea. Castletownbere is on the up these days, and the old Cametringane Hotel has a new lease of life - it's now called the Beara Coast.

The town is home to one of the most famous pubs in Ireland - MacCarthy's Bar, celebrated in Pete McCarthy's book - and tourism is growing down the peninsula, with a few nice shops and cafés appearing.

Agent: Irish Rural Homes (085) 739 9250

At home in Aughadown

For sale: €420k

The Paddock

New to the market, The Paddock in Aughadown, near Skibbereen, has six bedrooms, four bathrooms and magnificent views over Roaring Water Bay. Located on an inlet of the bay, the panorama takes in Kilcoe Castle, the islands and the Fastnet Rock. The house was built in 1996 to a high standard and has been well-maintained ever since. Features include high-quality flooring, double-glazed windows and solar panels. The Paddock is well-insulated and a new condensing boiler has recently been installed. There's half an acre of grounds laid out in lawn with mature hedging, trees and shrubs, and a detached garage/store room that could be put to good use. Lively Skibbereen is less than eight kilometres away, as is Ballydehob in the other direction.

Agent: Charles McCarthy (028) 21533

Going to Goleen

For Sale: €350k

Carrig Aonar

Carrig Aonar at Leenane, near Crookhaven, Goleen, is a three-bedroom, two-bathroom house, with 102sqm of living space located 90 minutes' drive from Cork Airport. The house sits on a private elevated site, with wonderful sea views. One of the three bedrooms is en suite and there is a large open-plan kitchen/dining room, a separate utility room, a family bathroom and a detached garage. The best views are from a paved patio area to the front of the house. The property comes with the benefit of shared access to a small cove adjacent to the property, and there is a mooring included in the sale. The house is located 6.4 kilometres from Goleen, and the blue flag beach at Barleycove is within easy reach.

Agent: Charles McCarthy (028) 21533

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