A truly tranquil habitat filled with rural charm

A truly tranquil habitat filled with rural charm

Beautifully restored Sneem farmhouse has mountains of rural charm, says Trish Dromey.

This old stone farmhouse at Drimna Beg near Sneem is both a great deal prettier and a lot larger than it was when its UK owners found it ten years ago.

New additions include a two-storey extension with large, red feature windows on both levels as well as a sun room and a decked patio at the front — all designed to make the most of the scenic views of the nearby Kerry Mountains.

The owners did not however, spend all their time admiring the views, and have expended a great deal of effort on their gardens where they planted organic vegetables, grew fruit trees, and created a flower-filled cottage garden.

Running a path leading down to a small river at the site boundary, they also turned part of their seven acre site into a natural habitat for wildlife and used some of the land for grazing. 

They built several timber outhouses including a barn and a stable which is currently being used to keep two rescued donkeys.

A truly tranquil habitat filled with rural charm

“The farmhouse has been beautifully restored and extended and is peaceful and tranquil with magnificent views,’’ says Patrick Connor Scarteen of Connor-Scarteen auctioneers quoting a guide of €430,000 for the 2,600 sq ft plus house.

Inside, the traditional ambiance of a rural farmhouse has been maintained. 

In the kitchen, there’s a white plastered chimney breast with an attractive red Rayburn stove with log storage at the side as well as painted timber paneled walls, an obligatory country kitchen dresser, and a timber mantelpiece covered with an array of teapots and kettles.

The ground floor living room has a large, old stone fireplace with a stove as well as timber paneled walls and a set of red double doors opening on to the decking. 

There’s also a utility room, a sunroom, a study and a storeroom.

The huge red apex first floor window is attached to a spacious timber floored sitting room with mountain views which could be turned in to a bedroom. 

A truly tranquil habitat filled with rural charm

At this level there are two bathrooms and three bedrooms, two of them facing the mountains.

Outside there’s a large decked veranda with views of the mountains and of the pink rhododendrons which are growing in colourful profusion behind the farmhouse. 

Beside the sunroom there’s a cottage garden with flowerbeds, rosebushes and fruit trees.

Mr Scarteen-Connor says it is a wonderful family home which will prove especially appealing to a buyer interested in sustainable living and growing their own vegetables.

“Although its scenic and tranquil it’s just an eight minute walk from the village — you could stroll to the shop for a pint of milk.’’ 

Situated close to the Kerry Way walking route it is 23km from Derrynane and 27 from Kenmare.

VERDICT

A scenic and pretty farmhouse with a lot of extras.

Sneem, Co Kerry

€430,000

Size: sq m 248 (2,677 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 3/4

Bathrooms: 3

BER: C1

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