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Seaside property offers prospects for extra income

Psychosynthesis psychologist, coach and counsellor Grainne James is selling her Donegal house and property which she feels could provide an opportunity for a person who wishes to operate a tourist business in a Donegal seaside location.

She bought the two acre property Killaghtee House, with its associations to the famous Montgomery family, as a retreat centre to support people touched by cancer.

"It was a hugely successful use of the property as it gave people time away from their normal environment to rest and relax in a beautiful place," she says.

"However due to my own cancer recurrence I had to stop facilitating those courses as it was just too emotionally demanding for me.

"I would however love to see this house sold to someone else who could use it to its full potential and allow me to move on," Grainne says.

Located at the top of St John's Point, one of Ireland's top scuba diving spots, it is near Dunkineely Village in south Donegal.

With a floor area of 270sqm (2,900 sq ft) the main house has been restored as a comfortable period home with six bedrooms and five bathrooms thus offering potential for a B&B.

Alternatively a family would enjoy the house and have extra relaxation space by converting either the ground floor bedroom or the large study room into a family room.

At present it has three reception rooms, two at ground level and one of these is a drawing room with a large bay window facing to the sea.

The third reception room is located at first floor level as are three bedrooms two of which are en suite, as well as a family bathroom. Two other bedrooms and a shower room are located at second floor level.

The grounds also accommodate a 130sqm (1,400 sq ft) building which has been used as both an art studio and seminar centre.

This single-storey building is divided into a large and a small meeting room, a fully fitted commercial kitchen, a large dining room, a reception hall /gallery area and toilets.

Grainne feels that it could easily be adapted for use as a coffee shop, craft centre, dive centre, cookery school, residential home or small equine enterprise.

In addition across the courtyard is a stone cottage which has been refurbished to combine chic contemporary accommodation with old world charm.

Its rooms include an open plan living/dining room, a kitchen, bathroom and bedroom.

She envisages that the tourist potential property looks set to be enhanced by Fáilte Ireland's plans to launch the Wild Atlantic Way, a driving route from Donegal to Cork which has been based on the concept of the Garden Route in South Africa and Killaghtee House is directly on this Atlantic route.

"The house was for sale for €750,000 but we have reduced it to €475,000 fully fitted to sell," she adds.

Contact DNG Dorrian 074 9731291

Irish Independent