Thursday 22 June 2017

This seaside home in Cork is the escape haven of dreams for €400k

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The Coast Guard Station at Roberts Cove has its own slipway and beach
The Coast Guard Station at Roberts Cove has its own slipway and beach
The Coast Guard Station at Roberts Cove has its own slipway and beach

Alison Gill

The home, which is a former coastguard station, is on the market in Cork for €400k.

The house

The station's distinctive bay window feature
The station's distinctive bay window feature

As it currently stands, the Coast Guard Station is a two-bed property with a floor area of 1,250 sq ft.

The interior has been designed to include a long, open living section with a kitchen at the back which is fitted with hand-painted timber units with tiled splash back, and has an electric oven and hob.

Roberts Cove
Roberts Cove

The living area has a wooden floor and solid fuel stove. The main feature of the room has to be the projecting bay window above the boathouse doors, that provides a fantastic view out to the cove.

There is a bathroom with shower, and a double bedroom behind the kitchen, and another bedroom down half a level.

The kitchen with hand-painted units
The kitchen with hand-painted units

The boathouse underneath this living space is calling out for attention and could bring some extra magic to this unique property. Any alterations would, of course, be subject to planning permission.

The site itself is really something special. Not many homes come with their own slipway and private beach. There is also a garden plot and plenty of space for parking.

One of the two bedrooms
One of the two bedrooms

The locale

The station is just beyond the beach wall at Roberts Cove. The picturesque village is home to a small terrace of cottages and a bar.

The home, which is a former coastguard station, is on the market in Cork for €400k.
The home, which is a former coastguard station, is on the market in Cork for €400k.

Across the water from the property is a holiday park with about 60 mobile homes.

The village is about 5km from Minane Bridge, which has a local food store for your basic needs. Carrigaline is 12km away and has a good choice of supermarkets, independent shops and cafes.

The reception with solid fuel stove
The reception with solid fuel stove

The house is only 25km from Cork city and its airport, so commuting is definitely an option for future owners. Kinsale is 20 minutes away by car and is worth every minute of the journey for the choice of restaurants and shops.

Things to do

For anyone interested in water sports, this location is heaven. The cove is quite sheltered, making it ideal for swimming, snorkelling, diving, fishing or kayaking. The cliff path walk, which starts just 100m from the station, is popular and could easily become a daily ritual.

If you can tear yourself away from Roberts Cove, a visit to Charles Fort in Kinsale is recommended. Designed by William Robinson, the 17th century fort played a part in the Williamite War (1689-91) and the Civil War (1922-23). The public can take a guided tour of this historic site and end it with lunch in the tearooms. The setting is so dramatic that is has become a popular spot for civil wedding ceremonies.

The Coast Guard Station at Roberts Cove has its own slipway and beach
The Coast Guard Station at Roberts Cove has its own slipway and beach

All but possibly the designated driver will enjoy a tour of Blacks Brewery, just outside Kinsale, opened by Sam and Maudeline Black in 2013, an enterprise triggered when Maudeline gave Sam a beer-making kit for Valentine's Day. A guided tour and plenty of sampling costs €12.

Eating and drinking

The Harbour Bar is just across the road from the Coast Guard Station and is now the only option, albeit a good one, for a pint in the village.

The other pub in town, Roberts Cove Inn, closed its doors in June 2015 when its owner Denis Quinn passed away. It's now on the market with a guide price of €700,000, for anyone interested in buying a home and a business.

The Overdraught Restaurant and Pub is only a couple of miles away in Tracton, just outside Minane Bridge. This is a grand spot for lunch and dinner, with a good menu and a barbecue area. It's run by John and Lisa Cronin, who came back home after 15 years in New York to raise their young family in Carrigaline.

The road to Kinsale will be well-travelled for its outstanding restaurants. Some of the best are Bastion on the Main Street, The White House on Pearse Street, or The Poet's Corner, where you can read, buy or exchange books while enjoying coffee and cake.

The crowd

Roberts Cove is very quiet out of season, when the holiday park is shut and the weather is cold. In summer, though, the beach gets very busy, with daytrippers coming out from the city.

The holiday home market is south Cork is ever-changing. UK buyers have stepped back and this slack has been taken up by the Irish, either returning home or retiring. There is a lot of wealth around Kinsale, with buyers willing to spend whatever it takes to get their hands on an unique, coastal property, that is private and close to the airport. Actor Matt Damon recently told reporters he fell in love with the area after a drive from Kinsale to Galway two years ago with his wife and children. "I have this image, this dream of sitting atop a lighthouse, looking out to sea, and how beautiful and peaceful that must be. Watching the Atlantic crashing over the Irish cliffs, the rain coming down, the grey skies. I love the weather," he said. Interested buyers had better get in there before Mr Damon does.

What's not to like

The property is perfectly habitable as it is but new owners would probably have to invest more money in it to take it to a higher standard.

Coast Guard Station

Roberts Cove,

Britfieldstown, Cork

Asking price: €400,000

Agent: Sherry FitzGerald O'Donovan, Carrigaline, (021) 4372384

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