Superb sea views in Co. Cork for €1.2m
Inspired by the sea, Tanglewood offers superb views
The Royal Cork Yacht Club was established almost 300 years ago, in 1720, but people of a philosophical bent are inclined to wonder whether or not its members have been sailing around in the Ship of Theseus for two out of those three centuries.
The Ship of Theseus problem was first posed by the Greek essayist Plutarch and asks whether a ship which has had each and every one of its components replaced can essentially be the same vessel.
Parallels include George Washington's axe. If the handle has been replaced twice and the blade three times, is it still George Washington's axe? And it pops up again in Only Fools And Horses when Trigger the roadsweeper boasts that he's had the same broom for 20 years... adding that it's had 17 new heads and 14 new handles.
The Royal Cork has changed its name three times and its location twice, but it's still almost universally acknowledged to be the world's oldest yacht club - almost (some interlopers in St Petersburg claim their club dates from 1718).
Since 1966 the Royal Cork Yacht Club has been based in the international sailing mecca that is Crosshaven, on the Owenabue estuary near the mouth of Cork harbour. The wooded promontory on the other side of the estuary is known as Currabinny, and from there you can watch the comings and goings of the sailors on the river.
Currabinny has been a popular spot for holiday homes for more than a century and has some very venerable old properties as well as a scattering of newer ones.
'Tanglewood', at the south-easternmost point of the headland, dates from the early 20th century and has been exhaustively refurbished. And in deference to its waterfront location, the owners have really pushed the boat out on the maritime theme.
The front door is towards the back of the house, and to one side of the hallway you find a lot of small, functional rooms. This leaves the whole front of the house for the 'good rooms', which have views over the water, and they're all interconnected.
First there's the open-plan, dual-aspect kitchen and dining room, where there's a laminate floor, solid wood cabinets and hardwood countertops, and a bow window from which to keep an eye on the boats.
The dining room opens into a family room and lounge that looks south, east and west, and has no less than four sliding doors to a deck outside. And should you get tired of the view, the windows have electric sun blinds, so you can shut it all out at the press of a button.
There's also a large drawing room with a marble fireplace and built-in shelving, and more doors to the deck. There are sliding doors between this room and the lounge, so that the whole front of the house can become one large room.
At the western end of the house, at the back, there's a den and study with wood panelling and a gas-fitted fireplace. Other rooms at the back include a hot room (where the alarm, heating and solar energy systems are controlled), a utility room, a guest toilet, and a wine room, equipped with wine racks and a fridge, which opens into the adjoining garage.
The house has two staircases and a lift, partly at least because the first floor is in two separate sections. The lift and main staircase take you to the upper storey of the main house - the first floor west. There are two bedrooms on this level, including the dual-aspect master bedroom which has an en-suite bathroom and wet room shower, and a balcony looking west. Also on this floor there's a large dressing room and a family bathroom.
The second staircase, at the back of the house, leads to the first floor east - a loft conversion above the garage. There are two en-suite bedrooms here done out in a nautical spirit - not just a lick of cerulean paint and a seashell lamp or two, but complete captain's quarters style. They have wood-panelled walls, built-in cherrywood beds and curved wooden ceilings, and one even has a porthole window. If you can't afford a luxury yacht, you can at least make believe you're sleeping on one.
'Tanglewood' is on 1.32 acres of grounds, with a deck wrapping around the front, like a ship's deck. It has balustrading made of self-cleaning glass, and there are electronic awnings in the unlikely event that the sun becomes too bothersome.
The deck leads on to a patio, where there's a waterfall and pond. Elsewhere there are lawns, trees and ornamental shrubs including hydrangea, rhododendron, camellia, azalea, magnolia and Japanese maple. The property also has its own gated access to Currabinny Woods, 86 acres of mostly broadleaf woodland managed by Coillte.
For those interested in availing of some of the other celebrated local amenities, family membership of Royal Cork Yacht Club costs €900. That's for two adults and any number of children up to the age of 29 (the 30-year-old child being thought likely to be able to pay for things himself).
Tanglewood is about 30 minutes' drive from Cork City.
Currabinny, Co Cork
Asking price: €1.2m
Agent: Savills in Cork (021) 427 1371