Beach life: Four homes by the sea on the Wild Atlantic Way
Swimming into Sneem
Tahila Cove Country House near Sneem in Co Kerry stands on a site of 1.9 acres with views over Kenmare Bay, Rossmore Island, the Caha Mountains and the Beara Peninsula.
The house has been a guest house and has a private pier, private beach and direct water access. In total, there is 600m of shoreline, and the sheltered cove is home to wildlife including seals, otters and sea birds. The house dates from the 1940s and is designed in the style of a Greek villa, with three reception rooms plus a television room, kitchen, bar and five en suite bedrooms. The garden is filled with exotic plants thanks to the warm influence of the Gulf Stream. A further amount of land, bringing the total to 10.7 acres, and a guest cottage, are available by separate negotiation.
Agent: Sherry FitzGerald Daly (064) 6641213
FOR SALE: €995,000
By the beach in 'Bofin
Inis Bo Finne means Island of the White Cow, and is at its loveliest at this time of year, particularly when the sun is shining. The island, accessible by ferry from Cleggan village, is designated a special area of conservation on account of its outstanding natural beauty and preservation of a way of life that exists in very few other places. Beach Cottage is - as its name suggests - located right by the beach, and sits in a spectacular landscape with magnificent views of the Atlantic. The house was built to a high specification in 2004, and is a stylish and characterful home. The property is fully furnished and has been meticulously maintained throughout, with the original stone barn adjacent to the property restored and retained.
Agent: Sherry FitzGerald Mangan (095) 21888
FOR SALE: €495,000
Wave-jumping in West Cork
Trawnahirree at Rosskerrig, near Ahakista, on the Sheep's Head peninsula on the Wild Atlantic Way stands on a coastal site of 3.9 acres and has direct access to the adjacent beach via a registered right of way. The four-bedroom bungalow has 143sqm of living space and is in turn-key condition; it overlooks Dunmanus Bay all the way to Three Castle Head on Mizen Head. The house is approached by a private drive between the minor public road and the sea, and the gardens are laid out in lawn with ornamental borders. The sun terrace, which can be accessed from the living room and main bedrooms, is positioned to take advantage of the views. Trawnahirree lies between the villages of Ahakista and Kilcrohane and is within walking distance of both.
Agent: Charles McCarthy (028) 21533
FOR SALE: €700,000
Dipping-in in Donegal
Sainte Anne's was originally a stone cottage but has been extended and upgraded in recent years and is now a contemporary house designed by the current owners to be a haven from the busy-ness of modern life. The house has 231sqm of living space and spectacular views over St John's Point Beach, Inver Bay and Donegal Bay. Sainte Anne's sits on an elevated site above the beach, which can be reached on foot in a couple of minutes. The house has four bedrooms and three bathrooms, with one of the sitting rooms - a bright dual aspect space - positioned on the first floor to make the most of the view. There are solar panels and an integrated garage. The location is 16km from Killybegs and a 20-minute drive from Donegal town centre.
Agent: DNG Dorrian (074) 973 1291
FOR SALE: €335,000
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