At home in the country: Kenmare, Co Kerry

Kenmare, Co Kerry


Size: Sq m 222 ( 2,390 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 7

Bathrooms: 5


Although foreign buyers might have a little difficulty in pronouncing the address, they will love the scenic setting of this property at Carhoomengar in South Kerry, writes Trish Dromey.

It was this setting, and the views of Beara mountains and wooded countryside, that enticed a Dublin couple to up sticks and set up home on this gentle sloping hillside outside Kenmare three years ago.

Since buying their modern seven-bed house they have adapted one bedroom for use as an Airbnb let and also carried out Trojan work on their site of almost two acres, putting in rockeries, a timber bridge and a viewing platform as well planting numerous trees and thousands of wildflowers.

Located a little over 3km from Kenmare, the southwest-facing property overlooks landscaped gardens at the front and at the rear looks across to the mountains on Beara.

“From the side you can see across the Molls Gap and from garden you can see Buachaille Mountain part of the Dunkerron range,” says the owner.

Built in 2000, it is a spacious dormer bungalow with close to 2,400sq ft of living space.

At the front, behind two large feature windows, is a large timber floored living room with painted timber ceiling panels and a tree mural on the wall.

The kitchen at the rear has vanilla units, granite worktops, multicoloured splashback tiles, a red Stanley oil range and timber paneled ceiling with oak beams.

Alongside it is a small utility room and a corridor with a bathroom and three bedrooms including two en suites.

Prettily decorated in blue floral wallpaper and white timber wainscoting, the en suite gable end bedroom has been fitted with a separate entrance and is advertised on Airbnb as Bramble Hill B&B. The owners say they have been busy with lettings and have hosted guests from the US, Canada, Europe and Australia.

Upstairs there are two generous sized en suite bedrooms with Velux windows as well as a small study.

Accessed by a 100m-long sloping driveway situated off the Ring of Kerry road, the property has gardens at the front, side and rear.

The front is landscaped with a winding path and has mulched beds planted with Fuchsia, rhododendrons, lavender, roses and hydrangea.

At the side there’s a sloping hillside with a paying area as well as mature oak and ash trees.

“This part of the garden is frequented by jays, cuckoos, bats, red squirrels, frogs and deer,” says the owner, adding that it has a little stream with a timber bridge which they put in last year.

Behind the house is an old quarried area which the owners have left grow wild.

However, they have given nature a hand by planting oak, birch and beech saplings and scattering thousands of seeds of cornflowers, foxgloves, irises, ferns, daisies, poppies and other species to create a wildflower garden.

At the rear boundary there’s an elevated platform area which overlooks the house and which the owners say has particularly scenic views of Beara.

They say that on this part of the site there’s also a natural woodland area which is often visited by a family of deer.

Describing it as a meticulously maintained home with scenic, sheltered and secluded gardens, selling agents DNG Timothy O’Sullivan say its proximity to Kenmare is a strong selling point.

Reducing the asking price from €440,000 to €399,000, auctioneer John O’Brien believes the property could be bought as either a family home or a holiday home.

He says it could attract the interest of foreign buyers or of a buyer who, like the current owner, lets out rooms to guests.


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