Four on the market: On an Irish island
If island life appeals to you, then here are four properties currently for sale.
10 Cable Terrace, Co Kerry €250k
Pauline Sugrue Auctioneers, (066) 947 4310
THE houses at Cable Terrace on Valentia were built by Western Union in the 1920s to house employees. Number 10 is the last in the terrace, down the road from the ferry pier at Knightstown, looking east over the sea to the mainland. It is 1,561 sq ft, with four bedrooms, all on the first floor, where there's also a shower room. On the ground floor there is a sitting room, lounge, a kitchen with a larder, and a utility room, as well as a bathroom.
Teach Johnny, Inishbofin €149k
REA McElhinney, (074) 915 3414
Inishbofin Island, off north-west Donegal, has a population of 11, and to live here you'll need to speak Irish or be prepared to learn. It is about two-and-a-half kilometres from the mainland, and there are no pubs or shops, though there is a boat service to Magheraroarty. Teach Johnny is a restored two-storey house near the pier, with views of the Donegal coast. It has five bedrooms, one of which is en-suite, as well as a living room, dining room and kitchen.
Casa Nueva, Cape Clear, Co Cork €240k
Engel & Voelkers, (021) 477 3200
Casa Nueva is towards the north of Cape Clear Island. You can see Roaringwater Bay and watch the passing ferries from Baltimore. It is a timber-frame house, built in 2007, and is 1,582 sq ft on two storeys. The maple-floored ground level has a kitchen, utility room, living room, a study or extra bedroom and a bathroom. Upstairs there is the master bedroom, with en-suite, two other bedrooms, and a bathroom. The house is on a little over half an acre.
Tí Ann George, Co Galway €185k
DNG Martin O'Connor (091) 866 708
Though technically an island, Lettermore is linked to the mainland by bridges, making it a bit easier to reach civilisation. Tí Ann George is a two-bedroom cottage on 11.5 acres of land at Trá Bán that has been recently renovated and extended. There are two bedrooms and one main reception room. The ground floor also has a kitchen/dining room and a bathroom, and upstairs there's a loft with a skylight and gable window.