Four on the market: in west Cork
A selection of four very different properties which are currently up for sale in West Cork.
Ballinclashett, Belgooly, Co Cork
€170k Charles McCarthy (028) 21533
A 100-metre avenue leads up to this detached house about one kilometre from the coast near Church Cross, and the lack of tall trees thereabouts gives it the air of a little house on the prairie. It is actually quite little, measuring some 700 sq ft and needing modernisation, but it has about an acre of ground so it could feasibly be extended. It has three bedrooms - two on the first floor and one downstairs, where there's also a sitting room with a fireplace, a kitchen, and an 8ft square conservatory/ porch facing due south.
Kilsarlaght, Skibbereen, Co Cork
€325k James Murphy & Co (021) 477 7999
This former schoolhouse and headmaster's cottage stands at the mouth of Ballinclashett Creek, and there are good watery views from its one-acre site. The schoolhouse itself has a living room with a stone fireplace and French doors to a covered patio, a kitchen with granite countertops, a sun room and four bedrooms (two en-suite). The former schoolmaster's house is all on one floor with a kitchen and living room, one bedroom and a bathroom. About half an hour in the car will get you to the outskirts of Cork city.
The Parochial Hall, Co Cork
€180k Pat Maguire Properties (028) 22822
Drimoleague's Parochial Hall is dated 1906, and as the National Inventory of Architectural Heritage points out, it "retains much of its original Arts and Crafts character" and is extremely cute inside and out. It's had a full renovation and the space that would once have accommodated the Siege of Ennis now has room for three bedrooms. The main living room has a wood floor and French doors to a west-facing balcony. There's also a wood-burning stove in the front hallway reception room, and a basement with separate access. It's on 0.15 of an acre about five minutes' walk from the village main street.
Carriglea, Bandon, Co Cork
€345k Hodnett Forde (023) 883 3367
No21 Kilbrogan Hill is one of a pair of semi-detached houses built in about 1810 on a height overlooking the town of Bandon. Both have fabulously long back gardens which, in the case of Carriglea, you can access through the carriage arch, whereupon you'll find yourself in a pleasantly wildish spot with mature apple and fig trees and lawns. The house itself, which needs some modernising, stands at 2,230 sq ft with six bedrooms on the first floor, and as all six have to share one bathroom, it's likely one of them will be turned into an en-suite.