Beautiful waterfrontage in Kinsale home will have you siting on the dock of the bay

There’s direct water access from this upriver, Kinsale area home. Tommy Barker slips by    

DOING exactly what its name suggests is Riverhouse, a water-fronting home on the tidal shoreline of the River Bandon at
Tisaxon Beg, a few kilometres upriver of Kinsale harbour and town, in a blessed cul de sac

And, not alone does it have waterfrontage, it is able to take advantage of it in most states of the tides, thanks to its own private slipway, pier and bollard for tying up small craft, RIBS or a fishing smack. It’s one of six homes along this quiet stretch between road and river, with another dozen or so homes on the inland side of the cul de sac which up until the 1970s was an access road for the ‘old’ Kinsale bridge upriver from the town leading toward Ballinspittle.

The old steel bridge barely accommodated two cars and ended its days ignominiously with barrels along it, making its wide span just one vehicle direction at a time. It was replaced by a concrete structure, closer to the town and to Castlepark, and the old one was blown up in the 1970s: one of its old approaches on the northern shore, is still visible near this
Tisaxon home, complete with a moored shipwreck.

Dating to the same era, but happily well kept, is Riverhouse, a single storey, c 1,400sq ft home, with a lapsed planning for a single storey extension, and new owners may seek to reapply, or go larger again, suggests estate agent Dominic Daly, who guides the river-fronting home at €950,000.

While the house is perfectly fine as is, complete with modern Kube Kitchen and reworked main bathrooms with electric underfloor heating, anyone who buys is likely to lavish even more on it, as direct water access in and around Kinsale is rare indeed.

On a site of about one-third of an acre, the bungalow has views from all of its main rooms, has well-kept mature gardens whose most distinguishing feature is the wide gravel drive and farm gate which gives such easy access to the water and shoreline for boat launches and retrieval.

Dominic Daly bills the setting as an oasis of tranquillity: “Seldom does such a secluded waterfront location come on the open market with well maintained, mature landscaping, with a private slipway and jetty.”

VERDICT: Sale ahoy.

River Bandon, Kinsale €950,000

Size: 130sq m; (1,400sq ft)

Bedrooms: 4

Bathrooms: 3


Best Feature: Waterfrontage

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