Thursday 17 October 2019

At home on the Dingle peninsula: A 10-minute stroll from a scenic beach

Cappaclogh East, Camp €250k

This spacious bungalow has two reception rooms - a lounge and dining room
This spacious bungalow has two reception rooms - a lounge and dining room
The lounge

While it lasted, the Tralee & Dingle Railway made for a good day out, if occasionally a risky one; back in days when Ireland had railways lines running to almost everywhere.

For some five decades its trains plied a short 50-kilometre route along the southern coast of Tralee Bay, seldom making a penny and apparently derailing at the slightest provocation.

The worst accident was in 1893, two years after it opened, when one of its trains went out of control on its descent into the village of Camp, crashed over the newly-constructed railway bridge at Curraduff, and fell 40ft down into the Finglas River. A few years later another train was derailed by nothing more than a stiff wind.

At Castlegregory Junction a tiny branch line veered north and made its way 10 kilometres to Castlegregory village, taking its sweet time about the journey at a maximum speed of 20kph.

The lounge
The lounge

This detached bungalow is on a cul-de-sac in the townland of Cappaclogh East, about 150 metres from the old (vanished) branch line, which closed in 1939. And more usefully for its modern occupants, it's a 10-minute walk from Camp beach, a scenic golden sandy stretch which is popular both with swimmers and walkers.

The bungalow was built in the late 1990s and is quite a bit bigger than it might look, at 2,000 sq ft. And there's plenty of room for expansion too, as it's on a site of 0.4 of an acre. It has four bedrooms with one en-suite, and two reception rooms - a lounge and dining room or breakfast room with a range, which is off the kitchen and there are sliding doors to the patio at the back.

The kitchen is fitted and has a tiled floor and this home comes with an attached garage to protect the family transport from the elements. Tralee, though no longer reachable by train, is about a 15-minute journey by car.

The agent is Sherry FitzGerald Stephenson Crean in Tralee (066) 718 0822 and the asking price is €250,000.

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