Trading Up: Rathbarry, West Cork - €250,000

SET off a little travelled series of backroads and junction known as Hayes Cross, just south of the main N71 between Clonakilty and Rosscarbery, Blue Crow House is a traditional, stone-built two-storey farmhouse, which has been home to artists from Holland who came here almost 20 years ago.

  • Size: 119 sq m (1,280 sq ft)
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • BER: D1

The sale — via agent Martin Kelleher in nearby Clon who guides at €250,000-plus — includes out buildings, workspace, a portacabin, store and a hay barn, plus field, and has two, verdant tree-lined quaint entrance avenues.

The house itself was renovated with partial underfloor oil heating (and featuring 27 paint shades), with requisite creatures comforts across its c 1,280 sq ft, with one of the two first floor bedrooms accessing an adjoining bathroom as a part-en suite.

Most of the ground floor is open plan, with modern kitchen and antique style wood-burning stove, plus there’s a slender section at ground used as a office/studio and overhead the same narrow space could be a dressing room.

Blue Crow is attached to another, long-unlived in farmhouse in separate ownership, and also separately owned and unused for many years are a long row of sheds/farm building forming another part of this tranquil courtyard setting.

VERDICT: While it feels a world apart, it has CAT 5 ethernet cabling, wi-fi, heating and lots of lifestyle options, all a few miles from top beaches and walks.

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