Antiquity preserved in Cork
Top Cottage €550k
The townland of Lissaclarig West, near Ballydehob in Co Cork, is dotted with ancient monuments, although not all of them have fared very well over the centuries.
There's a standing stone at the corner of one field and a ringfort at the corner of another. Near the standing stone is a souterrain which has been partly filled with sand and hardcore, and near the ringfort is a stone row, which was partly smashed to widen a field entrance.
A couple of hundred metres from the stone row is Top Cottage, which has been modified in such a way as to preserve its antiquity to some extent.
Essentially it consists of two houses linked together, which means it has an unusually large floor area of 3,498 sq ft, with two flights of stairs.
The main house has a living room with a stove in the fireplace, and a formal dining room, as well as an open-plan kitchen and breakfast room. There's one ground-floor bedroom and two more bedrooms upstairs - both en-suite and one with a dressing room as well.
The cottage adjoining is linked to the main house but has its own entrance as well.
It has a sitting room and a kitchen on the ground floor, and stairs rise from the sitting room to two bedrooms and a bathroom with a separate toilet upstairs.
It's on two-and-a-half acres, with a terrace behind the house and lawns and shrubbery elsewhere, and there are distant sea views towards Roaring Water Bay, three kilometres to the south.
It's about eight kilometres from here to Ballydehob, and 12 kilometres to Skibbereen.
Cork airport is about an hour and a half away by car.
Top Cottage is for sale with joint agents Charles McCarthy (028) 21533 and Pat Maguire (028) 22822. The asking price is €550,000.