Sunday 25 June 2017

King of the hill near Glandore

Top of the Hill €625k

Top of the Hill's south-facing deck provides pretty views of the harbour and the countryside
Top of the Hill's south-facing deck provides pretty views of the harbour and the countryside
One of the reception rooms in the 5,200 sq ft of living space

Poulgorm Bridge, built in 1890 to span Glandore Harbour, is a picturesque spot, which is partly why it was chosen to feature in the 1994 film War of the Buttons.

It's also a good spot for a film about battles, as it's only wide enough for one car. This means you have to wait for oncoming traffic to clear it while your patience ebbs dangerously away.

There will be clear views of any ensuing conflicts from the appropriately named Top of the Hill, a large detached property overlooking the harbour, in the townland of Aghatubrid.

Top of the Hill reportedly began life as two semi-detached farmhouses, but the neighbours have been successfully dispatched, so you have the place to yourself.

One of the reception rooms in the 5,200 sq ft of living space
One of the reception rooms in the 5,200 sq ft of living space

After a complete architect-designed renovation in 2005, it's now a sprawling 5,200 sq in size, including a living room on the first floor to get the best of the views. There are several balconies off the upstairs rooms too, put in with the same intention.

There are five bedrooms and five bathrooms, and features inside include oak floors, built-in wardrobes and integrated appliances.

It's on an acre of grounds with a lawn, a gravelled driveway and parking area and some mature trees and hedging. The best feature of the garden is undoubtedly the deck facing south, which gives you very pretty views of the harbour and the countryside.

It's an easy walk from Top of the Hill downhill to Glandore village, which is less than a kilometre away. Sadly, this means it will be an uphill journey home. By crossing Poulgorm Bridge you'll be in Union Hall after about five minutes' drive, and Cork city is about 70 kilometres away.

The house is for sale with Charles McCarthy in Skibbereen (028) 21533 and has an asking price of €625,000.

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