Earthly paradise in West Cork for €1.8m
Shambala, or Shambhala, is a mythical kingdom referred to in ancient Buddhist and Hindu texts - a place of paradise which only the wise and pure of heart can reach.
'Shambala' is also the name of a quite heavenly property in west Cork, with limitless sea views, a mile of private beach and even a helipad. And while you may not have to be wise and pure of heart to live there, you will need powers of a more worldly kind - the ability to get your hands on around €1.8 million.
The recently-built house is in the townland of Ballyrisode, at the entrance to the Mizen peninsula, some 11 kilometres west of Schull.
Shambala is on 35 acres but you can forget about putting yourself to the trouble of farming any of it. This is rocky maritime land, sloping away from the house and down to the sea, and there's a private road running through it, leading from the house to the shore, where you can frolic on your own sandy beach and look for marine life among the pools and coves.
The house itself faces south, with the principal rooms all oriented that way and looking towards the ocean. As well as the helipad, it has expensive features such as antique pitch-pine floors and exposed ceiling beams inside, and a lavishly landscaped garden outside.
The floor area is 4,200 sq ft in total, though that includes only three bedrooms, the rest being made up of roomy, open-plan living and entertaining areas.
Directly outside the main reception rooms there's a terrace facing south and so getting the sun - when there is sun - for most of the day, and with a built-in barbecue.
Elsewhere the grounds include natural rock pools and water features with semi-tropical plants interspersed throughout the gardens.
The agent is Charles McCarthy in Skibbereen (028) 21533 and the price is €1.8m.