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.
“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.
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.
A scenic and pretty farmhouse with a lot of extras.
Sneem, Co Kerry
Size: sq m 248 (2,677 sq ft)