Channelling the New England beach-house feel in Doonbeg
With its casement windows, external shutters and painted timber bargeboards, Bunker Lodge may look a little incongruous in its neighbourhood, which is the townland of Doonmore, near Doonbeg in Clare.
But that incongruity is no bad thing, this area being typically more noted for the boxy and rather joyless dormer bungalows that Clare County Council planners take to be vernacular architecture.
By contrast, Bunker Lodge has a New England beach house feel and, indeed, it's only half a kilometre from the coast and has great sea views. Ten minutes' drive brings you to the magnificent Doughmore Beach, where Donald Trump has his local golf interest.
Bunker Lodge consists of two buildings united by an L-shaped sunroom, and it's full of unusual and tasteful features. One is the sunroom itself, glazed on both sides to bring in the view and giving a bright heart to the house. Another is the first-floor living room, which has windows on three sides and double doors giving on to a decked balcony, where you can absorb the view of the Atlantic.
The living room has a fireplace and the balcony also has a fireplace for sunset cooking out of doors. Handily enough, there's a dumb waiter in the living room which is connected to the kitchen, for when you've forgotten the ketchup.
Back on the ground floor, the open-plan kitchen and dining room is off this room, and has its own French doors to the patio.
There are three bedrooms on the ground floor as well, and all three have French doors and ensuite wet rooms. The main bedroom also has a walk-in wardrobe. In all, the house measures 2,085 sq ft, surrounded by lawns and shrubs. The agent is DNG O'Sullivan Hurley (065) 684 0200.