Snave could be all the rave as the west Cork love affair rumbles on

BALLYLICKEY is one of the scenic glory spots along the shoreline of Bantry Bay in west Cork, with Whiddy Island across the water and Glengarriff further along the finger.

Just a couple of miles beyond tourism-favoured Ballylickey is Snave, home to a new property market arrival, Snave Cove House.

An executor sale, this is being sold on behalf of the estate of the late Catherine Biddle, who had owned the early 1900s house, in cherished setting, for several decades.

Among the hierarchy of local property attractions, it holds quite a few trump cards. They include location, water frontage, about an acre and a half of private grounds, two private coves, a summer/boat-house and slipway, and a south-west aspect as its lawns slope to the bay itself.

The house has over 2,500 sq ft of space, with five bedrooms, three bathrooms and three reception rooms, and is now a bit on the dated side and needing modernisation, says estate agent Michael H Daniels.

He guides Snave Cove House at €785,000, which he says is very much priced for today’s market of reduced values and lack of cash liquidity.

At market peak, this would have been a seller in the mid €1 million to €2m league, he guesses, and calls the mix “spectacular”.

This area is traditionally favoured by returning emigrants, and with British buyers and boating enthusiasts who have long had a love affair with this tranche of west Cork coastline.

The news that a resurgent Cork ferry service to Britain via Wales is back on the cards and the horizon will add to this house’s appeal across the water. With value back in the marketplace here, it may well find a buyer from overseas once more, while other agents active in the country market also report a surge of interest in properties like this from continental Europeans.

Accommodation at this modest-looking, c 2,700 sq ft two-storey house includes a drawing room with bay window, a sitting room also with bay window, terraced access and both main reception rooms have parquet floors, a dining room, a study, kitchen with four-over Aga plus large utility with garage access.

There’s one ground floor bathroom with shower, two more bathrooms each with baths overhead, and five first-floor bedrooms, all with wash basins.

The front of the house has a sunny terrace for sitting out, and down the lawns are a summer house, stone terrace with more proximate water and Whiddy views, and a slipway for small boats, with rocky enough looking navigation options to get to the wider, bounteous bay beyond.


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