Scandinavian-style log house in Glengarriff on the market for €645k
New Place Iskanafeelna, Glengarriff, Co Cork €645,000
When the current owners leave New Place, their Swedish-style timber house three kilometres east of Glengarriff on the Wild Atlantic Way, they will, they say, be departing what they describe as the "driest, warmest house we have ever lived in".
Built in 2005 as a show home for a Scandinavian log house company, New Place is made from treated Arctic pine.
The owners - who work from home as an independent scholar/editor and the proprietor of a small publishing company - bought the property in an unfinished state in 2012 and carried out completion works that included work on the bathrooms, and installing a new water treatment system designed to accommodate the needs of up to 12 people, to make the property suitable for year-round occupation.
The underfloor heating at ground floor level is, they say, so efficient that it warms the whole house, so that they never have to turn on the upstairs radiators, even in the depths of winter.
Outside, the owners undertook extensive landscaping work - New House comes with 1.2 acres of sheltered gardens - and planted a number of specimen trees that "seem to be doing well". The front garden is a south-facing sun trap, its deck being protected from the wind.
At ground floor level, the house has an entrance hall, reception room and a spacious living room with cathedral ceiling and a wood-burning stove.
The kitchen is well-equipped: "It's the kind of room that makes you want to spend time there, cooking delicious food," - and there's also a desirable walk-in pantry.
In addition, the downstairs floor has a dining room, utility room, office, two bedrooms and a bathroom.
Upstairs, the master bedroom is en-suite and has a walk-in wardrobe and a balcony. There are two further double bedrooms and a family bathroom. Two large attics offer significant storage space.
Having lived at New Place full-time for the last five years, the owners are planning to move closer to Dublin, and its airport, for work and family reasons. They will leave with no small amount of regret, having come to love the area and its community of like-minded residents - a happy mix of locals and blow-ins like themselves.
"Within a few minutes' walk of our house," says one of the current owners, "there are an English couple, a German couple and a Belgian couple.
"Pippa Middleton and some Rockefellers are coming to a wedding down the road over the summer. It's very cosmopolitan!"
None of the neighbours are close enough, however, that the owners have had to hang any curtains.
Although you can't see the sea from the house, it is five minutes' walk from Craveen Point, which is regarded by the locals as a nice place to swim. The owners say that they haven't been in yet this year, but that their dog takes a regular early morning dip and enjoys an evening walk in Glengarriff Woods.
"The village itself is lovely," they say, "laid-back and friendly. It's a year-round place, which means that although it's quieter in the winter, it's never dead. We eat out at the Park Bistro, Casey's and the Blue Loo, where everyone gathers with their pets.
"For shopping, there's a Spar in the village, and we are equidistant, about 20-30 minutes, between Kenmare and Skibbereen, both of which have good restaurants.
"Bantry is great for a quick shop. When we have visitors, we take them to Bonane Heritage Park, which has dolmens and Celtic ruins, and beautiful Garnish Island which is a real treat for horticulturalists. Barley Cove has a lovely beach, and the whole Beara peninsula is just gorgeous."
For prospective purchasers interested in capitalising on the area's popularity with tourists, the fact that New Place has a large detached garage which could easily be converted, subject to planning permission, into a small house for letting will be of interest.
Agent: Sherry FitzGerald O'Neill (028) 21404
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