Trading up: Goleen, West Cork €195,000

Many, many windows, and just about all of them has a vista that includes water — that’s what agent Michelle Galvin says of Spanish Cove.

Size: 102 sq m (1,100 sqft) 

Bathrooms: 2 

Bedrooms: 3 


This is a bungalow close to West Cork’s Goleen village, overlooking Roaringwater Bay, Long Island, and more distant views out to Cape Clear.

The older-era, split-level home might be dated decoratively, and need some upgrades plus probably a new kitchen and bathroom modernising, but its bones are good, as is the internal layout, its aspect is bang on, and its 0.6 of an acre of grounds is just over a mile from Goleen, and six miles from Barley Cove beach. Home holiday nirvana.

The Bandon-based DNG Galvin agent Ms Galvins says it can be moved into straight away, and she pins a €195,000 AMV to Spanish Cove, which has one of its three relatively compact bedrooms and a shower room at a lower level.

The kitchen’s at one end. At the other, the best room by far, is a 20’ by 14’ space with windows on three sides, with a feature chunky limestone chimney breast and big fire basket, perfect for winter nights in after bracing headland or shoreline walks.

Despite getting good quality Hele double glazing in, energy upgrades might also be on the wish-list.

VERDICT: Huge potential from small tweaks


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