Upside down cottage in Glandore gives life a different perspective for €895k
* Bolthole in Glandore makes the most of its views
* A house which has been reversed
In his book 'Leap and Glandore; Fact and Folklore', author Eugene Daly considers James Redmond Barry to be one of the most prominent figures in Glandore's history.
The philanthropic landlord arrived in the area in 1824, and had the foresight and financial means to build the 136ft long pier in the town, in a bid to develop the local fishing industry.
He also built a hotel and school in Glandore. Unfortunately, all of his efforts to grow the local economy ended up in smoke when the famine hit. West Cork was so badly affected by the famine, that it lost 45pc of its population.
Some might say that Barry would now smile down on the town as it thrives as one of Ireland's most popular resorts. Its position, in the path of the Gulf Stream, means Glandore enjoys a mild climate all year. Add to this some of the most stunning views this island has to offer, and you'll soon realise why the rich and famous come here for some downtime.
Celebrities like Carol Vorderman, Jeremy Irons and Graham Norton have a long-standing love affair with this part of Cork. It is said they have all thrown themselves into their adopted communities and rumour has it that Norton can sometimes be found in his local bar in the village of Ahakista, hosting the pub quiz.
Swallow Cottage in Rushanes is just a three-minute drive out of the village. The impressive property on the hill of Glandore sits on three acres of mature gardens and paddocks. With views over the harbour, this four-bed house is likely to attract those looking for a luxury family home, or a private bolthole, far from the madding crowd.
Built about 30 years ago, Swallow Cottage was bought by a Dublin couple and used as a holiday home for the last five years. They spent a lot of money reversing the property - moving bedrooms downstairs and living space upstairs to maximise the views.
The property is accessed via electronic gates leading to a driveway that intersects the land into two paddock areas.
The elegant 2,583 sq ft house impresses as it comes into view, with its well-designed balcony running the length of the house.
A natural stone-faced porch leads you into the hall at mezzanine level. A short staircase then leads up to the open-plan living area which includes the kitchen, sunroom and living room with high timber-clad ceilings.
Tall windows make the most of the views over the bay and countryside.
The country-style kitchen is fitted with Neptune hand-crafted cream units and has a very inviting window seat that may tempt diners away from the kitchen island. There is a Belfast sink, a range cooker and high-quality fixtures and fittings. There is also a utility or laundry room off the hall on the mezzanine level.
The high ceilings in the living room make this a bright and spacious area. A solid fuel stove sits in the hearth with a large timber mantelpiece above it. Just off the living room is a comfortable loft area currently being used as a den, but could alternatively accommodate a playroom or office.
On the lower floor are four bedrooms. The master bedroom is en suite and has a dressing room, as well as panoramic views. There are two more double bedrooms and one single.
The family bathroom, with freestanding bath, completes this level.
Outside there is a garage, a stable and four stone sheds - complete with swallows of course. There is a greenhouse too that has an electricity supply, water and an automatic vent system. The gardens provide privacy thanks to mature trees and hedges. The land is laid out in lawn, shrubs, trees and plants, and there is a mature lily pond with a filtration system and waterfall.
The property has a private water supply, oil-fired central heating and a Phonewatch alarm. For the remote worker, there is mobile and broadband coverage throughout.
The towns of Skibbereen and Clonakilty are both a 20-minute drive away. Cork Airport is an hour by car.
There are many small beaches in Glandore, however the largest sandy beach is about 10 minutes away in Rosscarbery. For smaller children there are three playgrounds in the area and the model railway in Clonakilty is a big attraction for families.
Glandore sailing harbour is very popular with enthusiasts, providing access to some of Europe's finest sailing waters off the West Cork coast. For food lovers, there is always a farmers' market to be found in the area and restaurants pride themselves on using local produce.
Swallow Cottage is for sale through Sherry FitzGerald with a guide price of €895,000.
Viewing is strictly by appointment only.
Rushanes, Glandore, Co Cork
Asking price: €895k
Agent: Sherry FitzGerald O'Neill, (028) 21404