Tommy Barker visits Ballycotton
Off to a flying 2019 start is the well-set Atlantic Villa, between East Cork’s Ballycotton village core, and its famed Cliff Walk.
And, not only does it look out over Ballycotton Island and its mid-1800s lighthouse, but it also has one of the region’s most dramatic, multi-millionaire architecture-designed private homes in the foreground, complete with visible grass roof and bristling with renewable energy sources.
It’s the home of local man made good, Pearse Flynn, who reportedly paid between €750,000 and €1m for an old house on this prime site, since flattened and replaced by a low-slung, angular contemporary one-off.
Just listed prior to Christmas with agent Gerard O’Callaghan of Coldwell Banker, Atlantic Villa is a detached, early 1900s , older three-bed home of character and huge extra scope, with magnificent views to justify any further expenditure.
It’s been owned by a Swiss woman for about 20 years, says Mr O’Callaghan, who adds his vendor loved her time here, and in the garden, but she’s now returned to Switzerland. He says it may see further spending under its next ownership.
His out-of-season sale listing, on December 21, caught the eye of holiday coast and cliff walkers, and seasonal Ballycotton visitors and already he’s had several viewings this week, and he predicts interest from those keen for using it for holidays, and possible future retirement.
Victorian in style, it has a double-height bay window for ocean, island, and lighthouse beam viewings in the main living room and from a first floor bedroom, with dining room and old-fashioned kitchen behind.
Stoves are used for heating, and there is a previously productive rear garden, with separate rear pedestrian laneway access.
VERDICT: Atlantic Villa could take a modern, more glazed side wing for capitalising on the prized coastal vista, as per the evidence just across the road in the spectacular one-off... a cat can look at a king.
Ballycotton, East Cork
Size: 90 sq m (969 sq ft)