Roberts Cove Inn worth coveting

There are quite a few licenced premises in Ireland that claim to have ‘unique charm’. Some deliver, some don’t. 

The Roberts Cove Inn, which is now for sale, certainly has all the raw materials to make for a unique experience.

Although Roberts Cove Bay itself is relatively small, it’s a contender for the title of one of the prettiest little harbour communities (it’s called after the Roberts family of one-time major landowners) in south and west Cork.

The Inn comes to market with what seems like a big town price, asking €700,000 via Casey & Kingston, who say there’s a bar/small function business, separate house and six guest bedrooms.

This slice of coastal charm, easily reached from Kinsale and Carrigaline offers views from the front of the tall licensed and guest premises right across the beautifully-formed and sheltered bay and beach area.

It then progresses to a neighbouring hill which is home to some upmarket chalet-type homes hovering elegantly over the water’s edge.

This is a perennially popular area, and close is well-established Roberts Cove Holiday Park, which hosts around 60 mobile homes in peak season, and which ensured a seasonal surge of business for the Inn. 

Generations of families have frequented the area annually to merge with the welcoming local community around Tracton and Minane Bridge.

One of the reasons for its enduring popularity is that the sheltered cove and its cliff fringed surrounds provide a receptive environment for water based activities such as fishing, snorkelling, diving and kayaking.

The Roberts Cove Inn itself is a substantial 4,000 sq. ft. gas-heated, three storey, fully licensed premises on about a half an acre of land, and is being marketed via agent Sam Kingston, who guides the entire property mix at €700,000: it’s one of two licensed premises in Roberts Cove, which is about 30 minutes from Cork city, and 15 minutes from Carrigaline.

Close-by, at Tracton, the famed Overdraught bar on a half acres which had been closed for a period before being offered for a receiver sold in early 2015, making €165,000, and was bought by a couple with experience in the bar and hospitality industry on their return from the US.

The Roberts Cove Inn has been closed since its hands-on owner Denis Quinn passed away in June of last year, and subsequently it was sold on to an investor as part of a loan/portfolio sale, and that city-based owner has now decided to sell it on.

When last trading it included a restaurant with seating for 120 covers along with a public bar. The kitchen is relatively modern and could be put to use with minimal alterations. It features a 290 sq ft walk-in freezer, dry goods and wine store, and there’s a further 390 sq ft store in an outbuilding.

The first and second floor overhead accommodation previously served as a guesthouse, but could equally act as a private dwelling. An additional three storey coach house also on the property has been converted into a 570 sq ft apartment to the rear of the main building.

While initially being offered as one lot, it may also be broken into smaller lots to suit a sale, it’s suggested.

Details: Casey & Kingston 021-427 1127.

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