On the harbour in Donegal
Pier Cottage is a traditional stone-built cottage dating from the 1830s located on Bunbeg Harbour in the West Donegal Gaeltacht. The cottage has one bedroom, one bathroom and 37sqm of well-maintained and attractive living space, so it's a perfect retreat for a couple. The cottage looks out over the busy working harbour, Clady River and Loughlin Island, and there are three slipways so local residents are able to keep a boat and launch directly into the harbour. Sandy beaches, lake and sea fishing, hiking and mountaineering on Errigal and Muckish mountains are all close by, with golf at Magheragallon, Cruit Island and Dunfanaghy. There's oyster farming in the adjacent bay, and rumours of wild salmon in the Clady.
Agent: Sherry FitzGerald Rainey (074) 912 2211
FOR SALE: €220,000
On the Ring of Kerry
Seana Thig, located close to Kells Bay beach near the village of Cahersiveen on the Ring of Kerry, looks like a traditional thatched cottage but, in fact, dates from 1996. The modern house is the second-last house in a quiet cul de sac so is peaceful but not isolated, and surrounded by mountain and countryside scenery. There's 90sqm of living space with an open plan kitchen/ living/ dining configuration and two en-suite bedrooms. The cottage has spectacular uninterrupted views over the Atlantic Ocean, Dingle Bay and the Dingle Peninsula, and 0.8 acre of gardens with some considered planting and several terraces around the house from which to enjoy the beautiful sunsets. In the grounds are a traditional stone outhouse and a new stone garage.
Agent: Engel & Voelkers (021) 477 3200
FOR SALE: €420,000
On the beach in Wexford
Kilmore Quay lies 10km south of Wexford Town and is a place in which it is tricky to secure planning for a new house so Sunnyside - a traditional thatched cottage in a cul de sac, occupying a two-acre site with direct access to the beach - is something of a one-off. The cottage has been refurbished to a high standard and has an entrance porch, open plan kitchen/dining space, conservatory, utility room, and a circular living room with spectacular views out to sea, taking in the Saltee Islands and St Patrick's Bridge. There are four bedrooms, two bathrooms and 212sqm of living space. Kilmore Quay has a new marina, traditional pubs, good fish restaurants and lovely coastal walks; it's a two-hour drive from Dublin and 20 minutes' from Rosslare.
Agent: Kehoe & Associates (053) 914 4393
FOR SALE: €525,000
West Cork waterfront
Occupying a prime waterfront site of almost seven acres on the Cork side of Castletownbere in West Cork, Otterbank was constructed in 2005 along several hundred metres of indented shoreline, with shingled swimming coves. The 415sqm house is located behind electric gates at the end of a gravelled driveway. The main entrance leads directly to the principal living space, which opens on to a terrace with spectacular views of the water. There is an open plan kitchen/ dining area, as well as a separate dining room and two en suite bedrooms on the ground floor, with two further bedrooms and a sitting room upstairs. Otterbank comes with its own private quay, boat shed and decking area making access to the water a breeze.
Agent: Sherry FitzGerald Country Homes (01) 237 6402
FOR SALE: €1.65m
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