Rathmoylan Lodge, Dunmore East, Co Waterford Asking price: €1.25m Agent: Savills (01) 618 1300
All the fresh lobster you can eat is among the perks at Rathmoylan Lodge at Dunmore East in Co Waterford, a coastal home overlooking cliffs, a scenic secluded cove, a ruined fort and a a seafront cave — all on 600 metres of uninterrupted coastline.
It’s basically heaven for big kids who grew up reading the likes of Treasure Island and Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson or Jamaica Inn by Daphne Du Maurier.
But back to that lobster.
“A member of the public can put down up to six pots and they can fish from May until the end of September without a license or anything,” owner Shane Statham explains. “Lobsters are plentiful again, thanks to conservation measures, and you can catch up to five lobsters a day and a small amount of crab. Since the land with the house goes down to the beach you can keep a kayak or a dinghy there to service your lobster pots.”
While it might look like something from a Stevenson novel, this is a relatively new house. The four bedroom architecturally designed home on 10.85ac was built in 2006 but it also comes with an option to buy a further 17.8ac of coastal land where there are the cave and the old fort, once base of the Whelan chieftains. There’s also a ruined monastery nearby.
And you might bring up more than lobsters from the cove. Thanks to the Falskirt Rocks offshore, the area has a long history of shipwrecks, among them the barque Venus B and her crew of 30, lost off Rathmoylan in 1885. It was heading from Rio De Janeiro to Liverpool with a cargo of pots and pans, delph and beer, the latter harvested from the sea for many years afterwards by shore-combing locals.
This was once the Waterford smuggler’s coast and practitioners of the noctural trade used the local caves to hide away bales of tobacco from colonies and crates of illicit brandy from Europe.
Shane owns a 100ac coastal farm around the house and was spoiled for choice when it came to choosing a site. “Because I farm here and I needed to live on the farm I was able to get planning,” he said.
Shane employed the services of local architect Ken Wigham to oversee the project. “I wanted to keep it in the design of a farm building, so the proportions are quite similar to the old stone buildings with the 45-degree pitch on the roof you would see in a farmyard.
“The roofs are slated with new slates in the old style.
“The house faces the cove and faces south, it is a very sunny site and every day you can see the sea in its all its changes and, as you know, it never stays the same.”
A private pathway runs south from the house down to Rathmoylan Cove.
“It’s a lovely sandy beach and when the tide goes out it leaves a series of rock pools, ideal for paddling. A narrow public road leads to the cove but it’s always very quiet, since there is no space for parking,” Shane says.
A new cliff path runs by the property with access to a further three beaches.
The house is set back from the road and overlooks a valley leading down to the cove. A treelined avenue snakes through the site to the house. The building is a complex of three parallel, interconnected A-roofed structures, one of which is an annex with its own entrance from the forecourt.
The living accommodation is laid out over two floors and there is much use of split-level layout. The main area includes an open plan kitchen/dining/living room with high ceilings and great sea views. The floors throughout the building are of solid wood and other features include a security system.
On the right wing is the kitchen with handcrafted wall and floor units, wooden counter tops and a copper splashback. The living room has a wood burning stove while plenty of daylight streams in from large-double-glazed windows and a glass door opens to the garden.
This wing also includes a utility room, two en suite bedrooms and a sunroom, which catches the sun at midday and in the evening.
There are two further bedrooms and these have their own mezzanine spaces. The fifth bedroom has an ensuite bathroom and walk-in-wardrobe looking out onto the cliffs and cove. The wing also includes a study and family bathroom.
“I have four children and at the time of building they were all studying so I wanted them to have a self-contained space where they could relax and study,” Shane says.
To the side of the house is an independent, two-storey annex with a kitchen/dining room, a bedroom and sitting room and views over valley and coast. This could be used for guest accommodation or as a home office.
The gardens are mainly in lawns and include two patios overlooking the sea. According to Shane the land around the house is good grazing and tillage land that could be used for horses, livestock or horticulture. While there are no outhouses, planning permission has been granted for a three-column haybarn on the 10.84ac site.
Rathmoylan Lodge is for sale with Savills who are guiding €1.25m.