West Cork chalet cut to €145,000

Dunny Cove property by beach slipway, Tommy Barker reports

Only the Aussies get a fit of the giggles when they hear the name Dunny Cove — to them, a dunny’s an outdoor toilet.

And, given the way so many Irish lads puck a sliotar around a beach, don’t tell them you were hurling on Dunnycove: given that they use the word hurling for throwing up, they’d probably drown in the mixed metaphors and messages.

Last on the market in the mid-2000s, and back then priced at €290,000, this modest-sized timber West Cork chalet is now down 50% in price, to €145,000 via Sherry FitzGerald O’Neill. Five miles from Clonakilty, along the scenic coast road from Dunmore House Hotel towards Ardfield, this 600 sq ft three-bed could get a buyer from near or far — after all, a Canadian super-model and her surfer Irish partner were recent buyers of another beach chalet over Rosscarbery way. Ray O’Neill describes this as beach-front, and it is on a height above Dunny Cove, a beach at the end of a steep lane and an even steeper slipway, looking east towards Clonakilty bay and Inchydoney.

And, Dunny Cove’s popular with boat-owners and anglers, as it avoids westerly Atlantic swells and surf, with easy boat launching at nearby Ballycusheen, with a mix of craggy and sandy coves between there and Dunny Cove’s slip.

The chalet surveying all this coastal glory is timber-clad, painted a lilac shade and has a living room, kitchen, three small bedrooms and a bathroom, all tucked into a shrubbed, sloping site.

VERDICT: Small, but well-placed for glory beach days.

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