Gallery: Old-fashioned farmhouse in wonderful West Cork has sea and island views

In a phrase evocative of decades past, and rural and coastal idylls, estate agent Jim O’Keeffe describes this West Cork home as “a strong farmer’s place.” 

Kielbronogue, Schull €210,000

Size: 165 sq m (1,800 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 4

Bathrooms: 1


It means it’s bigger than the norm, probably better built and would have carried a bit of extra prestige back in the day, when owned by hard-working, productive farmers.

Now for sale, but shorn of its land and barns, this detached, stone-built two-storey four-bedroomed traditional farmhouse on the coast between Schull and Rossbrin is now being sold on a sheltered acre, in a dip down out of the winds, but has sea and island views from the land.

It’s an executor sale for the family of the late farmer and land owner Richard Willis; the well-kept but old-fashioned house one its acre with stone outbuildings, garage, stone seating areas (and, feature old cast iron water pump) is now priced coming into the 2017 summer season at €210,000, down from an earlier ask of €235,000 via Schull-based James Lyons O’Keeffe.

Some family members inherited the farm and barns and the farm is still being worked, so Kielbronogue’s ideal for those who really do ‘buy into’ countryside living, appreciating proximity to farming cycles and livestock. 

“I frequently tell people that it is far better, mentally and physically, to be awakened to that invigorating country ‘bloom’ by a ‘bull bellow’ rather than to the fumes of the grinding diesel engine of the A46 bus....!” quips Jim O’Keeffe, who adds that this slate-roofed farm home is “in a good state of repair, and what a joy it will be to give it a new life in a new age.”

It’s in a sheltered dip in the land, off Castle Island Sound, with views of islands and, on a clear day, the Beacon at Baltimore can be glimpsed. 

It’s on the lower coast road between Dereenatra Cove and pier and Rossbrin Cove (where there’s a boatyard and slip) to the east of Schull harbour, so is ideal too for those who enjoy boating or fishing, with a five minute trip over to Castle Island, with unspoilt beaches.

The well-maintained property has double glazing, oil heating, a kitchen with gas cooker, living/dining room with white range, a sitting room with open fireplace, utility, and several rooms have feature timber beams and ceiling panelling.

The main bathroom has a shower over the cast iron bath and overhead are there four bedrooms, with high, wood-sheeted ceilings.

VERDICT: Make the moo-ve.


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