Go on, live a Mediterranean dream in glorious Glengarriff

WEST CORK is more associated with fuchsias than fincas, but here’s a Glengarriff home to buck expectations.

A finca is generally considered to be a type of rustic Spanish home, but can also be a country estate or small farmhouse.

Ardnatrush is an international take on the type, a Spanish form interpreted by a German owner, and sited in one of Ireland’s foremost beauty spots.

Its piece de resistance, set not to rival the site and setting, but to facilitate views from it, is a finca-style turret, the real attraction of the actual building, says estate agent Ron Kruger of international estate agency franchise Engle and Volkers, based in Kinsale, Co Cork. He has Ardnatrush newly up for sale for its German owner, Bodo Baginski, who is a writer on Reiki/alternative medicines, guided at €750,000.

The ‘finca’ tower portion is two storeys with a master bedroom and one other bedroom on the upper bay-sweep level, with a bed right into the curve of the window, and with extraordinarily beautiful views over Glengarriff, the Sugarloaf and the Caha Mountains.

On half an acre, it is about 150 yards from the sea and with a right of way from the house to the scenic stretch of shoreline.

Apart from the main c 1,700 sq ft house, with five bedrooms and big living areas with views, there’s a compact guest cottage, which manages to squeeze three bedrooms and a kitchen/dining/living area, plus a bathroom, into its detached 600 sq ft, two-storey frame. The house is already good enough to move into, while fashionistas who want a more contemporary look will have a good, building to work with.

Ron Kruger says Ardnatrush “gives the chance to live the Mediterranean dream, in west Cork,” and at least this selling pitch is underscored by the fact this particular part of the Irish coastline is more temperate than almost anywhere else on this verdant, rain-moistened isle.

“The area of Glengarriff is said to have the mildest climate in Ireland, benefiting from the Gulf Stream,” notes Mr Kruger, and the gardens here give evidence of the oft-repeated assertion, truly sub-tropical and with planting to give the impression of being more southerly far-flung — without the hassle of a cheap and nasty air trip to get there.

Cork city and airport is about 90 minutes away, Glengarriff is a five-minute walk, and the Italianate Garnish Island is a canoe or boat ride away.

The area is a haven for fish, shell-fish and wildlife like otters and abundant, rock-basking seals. Like the Med, really, only more cooly tidal.


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