Four Irish properties with absolutely incredible views
Four Irish properties with amazing views as chosen by Sunday Independent Property
Ard na Mara in Ardnaturrish Beg, near lovely Glengarriff on the Beara Peninsula in West Cork, featured in the RTE Home of the Year television series, which acknowledges homes of unique design and character.
The coastal property sits behind electronic gates on a one-acre site of mature grounds with magnificent panoramic views of Bantry Bay, Hungry Hill and the Sugarloaf mountain in an area of exceptional natural beauty. Built 20 years ago, the house has been upgraded in recent years and the interiors are now properly luxurious and filled with light.
A large open-plan area on the ground floor functions as a combined living room, kitchen and dining area with a multi-fuel stove, contemporary kitchen units and polished concrete work surfaces on the central island. A handy back kitchen/utility room is designed to keep mess to a minimum. The bathrooms are fitted with high-end sanitary ware and there are quality finishes throughout. The house is made cosy by double-glazed windows and a high level of insulation.
The master bedroom with its en suite bathroom is at ground-floor level, as are two guest bedrooms and the family bathroom.
The mezzanine floor features a den-style living room positioned to take advantage of the sea and mountain views - and there is also a study/studio with en suite bathroom.
Outbuildings include a garage/games room with an upper floor area that could, subject to planning permission, be converted into a studio or guest apartment. The property also includes a large, wood-clad workshop. The gardens are landscaped to maximise privacy and enhance the views.
The permanent population of Glengarriff village is approximately 800 people, although this is boosted in the summer months when it is a popular tourist destination. Located 17km west of Bantry, and 30km east of Castletownbere, Glengarriff is popular with walkers and kayakers.
- Agent: Sherry FitzGerald O'Neill (023) 883 3995
17 Pakenham House in Spencer Dock, adjacent to the IFSC, is a 84sqm turn-key apartment on the sixth floor of this waterside development. The apartment has a contemporary kitchen, three bedrooms and two bathrooms. There is a balcony running alongside two of the bedrooms with a spectacular view over Dublin's north city as far as Howth, while from the south-facing balcony there is a courtyard view. There is a centralised heating and water system, concierge service and 24-hour security, as well as proximity to the Luas and underground parking.
- Agent: Owen Reilly (01 ) 677 7100 / Hooke & MacDonald (01) 631 8402
Built in the mid-19th Century, Hartt House occupies pride of place on the picturesque main street of Castletownshend, with a south-facing patio garden to the rear overlooking the harbour. The house has been extended, remodelled and upgraded and now marries period charm with modern luxury. The flexible layout includes open plan areas ideal for family living or entertaining, and five en suite bedrooms. The kitchen is state-of-the-art with granite worktops and an Aga. Castletownshend is on the Wild Atlantic Way and was built around the Townshends' castle, which dates back to the early 1600s.
- Agent: Sherry FitzGerald O'Neill (028) 21404
Black Islands beauty
The Black Islands are an archipelago of seven low-lying sheltered islands on the western side of Lough Ree in Co Longford with a total area of over 23 hectares. The largest island is Kings Island which has three farm cottages, two of which are still intact. The other islands are Nut Island, Sand Island, Long Island, Horse Island, Red Island and Girls Island plus two further smaller islands. They are accessed via boat from two harbours nearby - Portanure to the east side near Newtowncashel and Carrownure to the west. This is an idyllic location with excellent trout fishing and abundant wildlife.
- Agent: Ganly Walters (01) 662 3255