Upside down style on Sheep's Head Way

Tommy Barker talks the Walk

Sheep’s Head, West Cork - €495,000

Size: 300 sq m (3,238 sq ft)
Bedrooms: 4/5
Bathrooms: 3

There’s an ‘upside down’ layout to the house called Indigo Rock: It’s apt because the couple that built it returned to Irish shores from ‘Down Under’ to create it, on a scene-stealing and sloping site near Gearhies Pier on the northern shoreline of the scenic Sheep’s Head peninsula and Way walk.

About 1km from Gearhies Pier and set backing into rock, innovative and funky Indigo Rock was built by a couple with local roots, who came home to build their dream house “and unfortunately never settled back here and they have since moved back”, says Olivia Hanafin of Sherry FitzGerald O’Neill who’s selling on their behalf, guiding at €495,000.

The woman of the house is an artist, helping to explain some of the crisp, contemporary interior style.

They worked from a portfolio of ideas, built up years before they ever started building, to an overall design by Diarmuid McCarthy & Associates Bantry.

Essentially split level on a cut-back site, with a sort of bridge/courtyard access to its main living, dining room and kitchen at middle/main entry level, it has two top-floor bedrooms, and three more bedrooms and service rooms at lower ground level.

Ms Hanafin says it’s comfortable, spacious, and laid out for views,framed by myriad window opes, with effective double glazing.

Finishes are above the norm, the kitchen’s especially smart, with Silestone tops and there’s an Italian Edilkamin wood-pellet stove with back boiler, solar panels, and zoned, underfloor heating.

Extra touches include an integrated audio system, a recessed cinema screen in the sitting room, a stairs in elm and glass, and a number of rooms have coffered style ceilings and some circular insets, with recessed lighting.

Outside, the acre of garden is more traditional with fruit orchard, plus a chicken/duck run and pond.

VERDICT: Fresh-faced home on a quieter stretch of the beautiful, rugged Sheeps Head peninsula.

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