West Cork bolthole with private beach on the market for €2.4m
This West Cork estate has 94 acres, its own beaches and pier, and there’s even room to land a helicopter
If the people who won that enormous EuroMillions jackpot a few weeks ago are looking for a very private retreat in which to hide away and enjoy their new-found wealth drinking Cristal and feasting on foie gras and truffles, watching Catfish on a continuous loop without any risk of being judged, then they could do worse than Ard na Mara.
The waterfront estate sits on 94 acres against a backdrop of glorious mountain scenery and enjoys magnificent views across Bantry Bay towards Adrigole lighthouse and the Sheep’s Head peninsula. In the summer months, the landscape is covered in the purple rhododendron that grows wild in these parts.
Ard na Mara was built by the current owners and, although they own other homes in Europe, they have used it as a permanent residence rather than holiday house. The grounds are beautifully landscaped and feature sandy beaches, rocky cliffs, mature forests and a beautiful lake setting, plus large expanses of lawn on which helicopters can land if the 90-minute drive from Cork Airport proves too taxing.
There are paddocks suitable for horses, a network of proper roads on which to put the Lamborghini through its paces, and a turf field, just in case the new owners feel the need to nod in the direction of keeping things real and get down and dirty by cutting their own turf.
The private shoreline is 2km long with numerous spots suitable for safe swimming. Deep water in front of the house, along with the boat shed and pier already in situ, will make Ard na Mara of particular interest to sailors and anglers. The Beara peninsula coastline is rugged and exceptionally beautiful.
There are two houses on the property: the main house and a separate log cabin used as a guest house. Privacy and seclusion have been priorities for the current owners and the layout of the estate has been developed with this in mind.
The architect-designed main house was built in 1994 and has 279 sqm of living space spread across two floors, and across two stone cottages. The property was built to make the best of the waterfront setting and to maximise the views. The house cannot be seen from the road, and can only be glimpsed from the water or from one or two houses in the far distance. As currently configured, the main house has only two bedrooms, although there is plenty of space available to provide for additional bedrooms. The current owners have located the master bedroom suite in the stone cottage nearest to the water. There is a second bedroom in the cottage located further away from the sea that forms the second part of the main house. The interiors are comfortable, stylish and modern but without ostentation.
The separate guest house, built in the early 2000s, is 375m away from the main house as the crow flies and 1 km by road. The Finnish-style log cabin was made in Germany and has three bedrooms and an open-plan living area with fully fitted kitchen and a large feature fireplace. One of the bedrooms opens out onto a terraced area to the front of the house. The main house cannot be seen from the guest house, and is suitable for either staff or guests.
The nearest village to Ard na Mara is Adrigole, a few miles down the road, which has an art gallery and coffee shop and a couple of pubs. The closest town is Castletownbere, about a 45 minute drive away, location of the famous McCarthy’s Bar.
The town has a well-stocked SuperValu, but this remote location is not, as selling agent Ron Kreuger of Engel and Volkers points out, somewhere from which you’d want to be nipping out for a forgotten litre of milk, particularly on a stormy winter’s night. The best restaurant in the area, Mulcahy’s, is to be found in Kenmare, over the hair-raising but very scenic Healy Pass. It’s one of only two restaurants in Kerry to be included in this year’s McKennas’ Guide Top 100 Restaurants in Ireland and is well worth a visit — although it’s probably not a journey to be undertaken in the Lamborghini.
Ard na mara, Reenabulliga, Adrigole, Co Cork