By Tommy Barker
Stuck for that last-minute Christmas gift?
Something that says 'I love you, love you, love you loads'.
For the loved one in your life (or, just, if you love yourself enough, and your 2018 investments have been very good all year), try West Cork's Seafield House for size, a mere bagatelle, at just over €5m.
One of the very best of the Georgian houses in celebrity-struck West Cork, dripping in good taste and with 300-ft waterfrontage in Castletownshend harbour, Seafield House has been associated with the village's Townshend family, as well as with a Major Henry Chavasse in whose memory ornate doors hang in Castletownshend's exquisite St Barrahane's church.
Opening the doors at Seafield, a 2019 buyer will find this home has 8,5000 sq ft of rooms in its main, cascading down internally over three levels to sunny terraces, and lawns, and to the shoreline.
Its village four acres also include one studio, two boathouses, three mews houses, one mews apartment, and three garages, for the Mercs and perks.
Seafield unexpectedly went to market just days before Christmas with offers over €5m sought by Skibbereen agents Charles P McCarthy.
And if money is no object, Co Cork's Castlehyde, one of the many homes of Michael Flatley, remains unsold at €12.4m on the River Blackwater in Fermoy, while West Cork also has end-year offers left like Skibbereen's Liss Ard Estate, at €7.5m, or the entire Horse Island, for €6.75m.
Happy last-minute shopping.