Glandore home offers stunning views in West Cork for €1.1m
Stunning inside, one of this home's big selling points lies outside, writes Eithne Tynan
In the townland of Drombeg, near Glandore in West Cork, is the Druid's Altar, probably Ireland's most famous - and most visited - stone circle.
It's a ring of 17 standing stones, of which 13 remain, and when it was excavated in 1957, they found a pot containing the cremated bones of a youth.
The portal stones are aligned to the midwinter solstice at sunset, and hordes of visitors converge on the place at that time, to marvel at the engineering skills of the ancients. However, the alignment of the stones is widely reported to be "good, but not precise". Take that, Bronze Age draughtsmen.
These days, the architecture in the Glandore area is more likely to be accurate, at least, if perhaps less likely to bring about a sense of wonder among the people of future millennia.
Glandore is also much less famous these days for druids than for millionaires and celebrities - people such as Carol Vorderman - who take up part-time residency when the village is at its most charming, which is not in midwinter, it has to be said.
Satellite photos of the neighbourhood are a dead giveaway here, as they'll show you all the tennis courts and swimming pools at houses around the village.
About three kilometres from the Druid's Altar is a property called The Lookout, at Rushanes in Glandore. And it's so-called because it commands an arresting view of the natural harbour of Glandore below.
This harbour is "extremely picturesque", wrote Samuel Lewis in his Topographical Dictionary of Ireland in 1837, "and from the beauty of its situation and the salubrity of the climate, the village has become a favourite place of residence, and much frequented during the bathing season". So, not very much has changed, then, in almost 200 years.
The scenery is so picturesque, in fact, that Jonathan Swift was minded to write a poem in praise of it in 1723, having spent some time in the locality. It's called Carberiae Rupes In Comitatu Corgagensi, or Carbery Rocks In County Cork, and it's entirely in Latin.
The Lookout was built in 2008 by its current owners, and they put in floor-to-ceiling windows all over the place to make the most of that view. And they've helpfully arranged seats around the windows, where a person might sit and compose a bit of doggerel.
The house is fairly vast, at 4,900 sq ft, with four bedrooms or possibly five, if you like, and with living spaces on each of its two floors. There's an open fire in the entrance hall on the ground level. From there, you enter a drawing room to the left, with wooden floors, and windows on three sides.
This leads through double doors into a dining room, also with solid wood floors, which is open-plan to a family room and kitchen, where there's a tiled floor, cream-coloured cabinets and a centre island.
There's also a utility room off the kitchen, and a small study off the hallway, as well as a guest toilet under the stairs.
There are another two reception rooms up on the first floor. One is a living room at the corner of the house, opening on to a balcony, which the selling agents suggest could be separated off, along with one of the bedrooms, into a sort of granny flat.
The other is a library or home office at the opposite corner. As the house is wired for broadband, you might actually get some work done in this room, and it doesn't have the same view, so there should be nothing to distract you. Alternatively, it could be the fifth bedroom, through it doesn't have an ensuite.
The four main bedrooms, all ensuite, are also on this level, and the master bedroom has a walk-in wardrobe and a Jacuzzi bath in its ensuite.
The house is on a sloping site high above the harbour, with a south-facing deck overlooking the sea, and a lawn to the side. There's also a garage on the property.
The Lookout has oil-fired under-floor heating, with individual heating controls in each room, and solar panels, giving it a B2 energy rating. This means that when it's not beautifully warm and sunny in west Cork - which it actually sometimes isn't - it won't cost all that much to stay comfortable indoors. The house is connected to the public sewerage main but has its own well, so there's a saving on water charges too.
Apart from being a playground for the rich and a mecca for New Agers, Glandore is also well-known for its sailing. There's the biannual Glandore Classic Boat Regatta, which kicks off this year on July 18, and the Glandore Harbour Yacht Club offers sailing courses for all levels, should you want to put your landlubber days behind you.
You can get to Glandore from Cork City by car in a little under an hour-and-a-half. The village is also close to Union Hall (less than three kilometres), Rosscarbery (seven kilometres), and Skibbereen (12 kilometres).
Estate agent Ganly Walters, (01) 661 3255, is handling the sale of The Lookout, with an asking price of €1,100,000.
Glandore, West Cork
Asking price: €1.1m
Agent: Ganly Walters (01) 661 3255