The main street of Castletownshend, Co Cork, sloping down to the village pier, is lined with well-kept Georgian houses, some of them more imposing than others.
mong them is Tots Cottage. From the front, it's a pretty but not particularly striking two-storey house. However, at the back it has a rather remarkable three-storey modern extension.
The architect-designed structure has a curved roof and a lot of glazing to take advantage of sea views, and it takes the total floor space up to 1,735 sq ft.
On the ground floor, there is a drawing room and a dining room, both with oak floors, and the latter opening to a kitchen with an oil-burning range.
There's also a sun room on the ground floor, while the main family sitting room is upstairs, against the glass wall. It has a double-height ceiling and glass doors leading onto a sun terrace outside, where there are steps down to the garden. Above that level is a gallery seating area stretching the length of the house.
Three of the bedrooms are on the first floor, including the master bedroom. The fourth is on the second floor, where the gallery is. There are also two bathrooms on the ground floor and first floor.
The garden is bounded by old walls and planted with a lawn and flowering shrubs. It also has a building at the end of it that the agents say might be converted into guest accommodation.
Castletownshend was once the home of Edith Somerville, of the writing duo Somerville and Ross, authors of The Real Charlotte and the Irish RM novels, and the village is a popular spot among the boating fraternity. It's about an hour-and-a-half from Cork city by car.
Tots Cottage is for sale for €600,000 with Ganly Walters (01) 662 3255.