Tuesday 20 August 2019

Thatch on the beach

Hollywood movie mogul Steven Spielberg spent much of the summer on the beaches surrounding this meticulously preserved thatched cottage in Co. Wexford.

The Dunes, dating back to the late 18th century, stands on Ballinesker Beach where Spielberg filmed much of the action for Saving Private Ryan, a WW11 blockbuster which centres on the American D-Day landing in Normandy.

The Dunes' vendors report that for a few weeks the scenes that greeted them in the morning were literally like something from a war zone.

With the Hollywood crews departed, Ballinesker has returned to a more sedate pace of living.

Apart from a few months in the summer when family groups use the beach, The Dunes enjoys a tranquil seaside location.

It should appeal to a wide variety of buyers, from those looking for a complete break to those seeking a holiday cottage with income potential.

The house has been completely restored and modernised in recent years and is in ``walk-in'' condition, while the roof was rethatched two years ago by Jimmy Wade, one of the country's best known thatchers.

Accommodation comprises two receptions, two bedrooms, kitchen and bathroom and adjoining laundry room.

Outside, there's a Barna shed which the owners have used as a sweetshop during the summer months. and the large mobile home on the site also has proven income potential.

Eight miles from Wexford town, The Dunes is being guided at £105,000 by O'Leary Estate Agents (053-24611).

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