With exceptional views and steps from beaches, Catherine Shanahan looks at seaside boltholes.
There's a legion of reasons right now for owning a beachfront bolthole in Ireland: No paying funny money for a week in some shoddy seaside rental, no duelling with Ryanair over refunds, no need for 14 days quarantine.
Coronavirus fuss aside, there are other arguments for buying local, not least the sheer beauty in which some of the coastal properties currently on offer are rooted.
Take The Beach House in Tragumna, high on a bluff overlooking stunning Tragumna Bay and Drishane Island.
“You’re literally out of bed and into the water in a matter of minutes,” says the current owner, a Tipperary-based businessman who used it as the family home initially, then largely as a rental, before deciding to sell up.
Having bought the Skibbereen Eagle in 1985 (the Bar, not the ‘world-famous’ newspaper — he had the Bar for five years), he bought the nearby house in ‘87.
“I extended it in 1997 and in the process of extending it, I decided to create two independent units within the building, with separate heating systems and separate boilers.
“That way if you have relatives down to stay, you are not all on top of each other,” he says.
He moved back to Tipperary in 2005 and The Beach House, built in the 1940s, has operated as a rental since, with the owner’s family making use of it in between tenants.
Now he’s decided to sell and base himself fulltime in Borrisokane.
In the meantime, the property is on AirBnB and is fully booked until the end of August.
Selling agent Olivia Hanafin of Sherry FitzGerald O’Neill Skibbereen says the dormer style bungalow “can be easily altered to suit a purchaser’s needs whether for use as a single family or multi use holiday home”.
She describes the views as “exceptional”. There are steps to the beach below, a mooring for boats and a pier with public access.
The house is four miles south of Skibbereen and midway between the vibrant villages of Castletownshend and Baltimore.
Not quite as far west is another seafront option in Rosscarbery, for sale via Hodnett Forde Property Services.
Selling agent John Hodnett says it’s a “Once-off” opportunity to buy within 20 metres of the beach, and he ain’t exaggerating.
This is as close as a home in The Warren could ever be to the sea, with no chance of anyone ever obscuring the view.
Such good fortune will cost you, but Mr Hodnett is confident that this “fine, solid house in a fantastic location won’t be sold below the asking price” of €395,000.
“We had five viewings last weekend and there is strong interest from two parties,” he says, adding that it has tremendous views over the Strand and out toward Galley Head, as well as a “suntrap” patio to the front.
A four-bed (1,181 sq ft) on about one third of an acre (most of the rooms are on the ground floor, with about 25 sq m living space upstairs) Mr Hodnett believes it may originally have been part of the Cregane Estate, a 36-acre site with Cregan Manor as its centre-piece, set high in the trees above Warren Strand.
Although Cregan Manor has a long history dating back to 1871, the Beach House was only built in the 1950s, and is of the same vintage as Rosscarbery Pitch and Putt Clubhouse, which has two 18 hole links courses right next to Warren Strand.
Mr Hodnett says the property has a “good roof, good solid walls” and is on mains water, with private drainage, and BER D1.
Like Tragumna’s Beach House, it has “all of the ingredients” of a fabulous bolthole or permanent family home.
It’s been a fantastic holiday home for a Cork family for the past 20 years.
Take the plunge. No more driving to the beach.
Skibbereen + Rosscarbery, West Cork
Size: 2,142 sq ft (Tragumna) + 1,140 sq ft (Rosscarbery)