Tommy Barker says the chalet-style ‘New Place’ in Glengarriff has plenty of international niche appeal.
Glengarriff, West Cork €645,000
Size: 327 sq m (3,500 sq ft)
Best Feature: Chalet style
YOU can see the wood, and the trees and the woods, from this West Cork coastal home meets Scandi-style chalet, now with internal decor aplomb, and all in a glorious setting.
Called New Place, this is a log cabin par excellence, built from a kit in the early 2000s by an Irish family on a sylvan 1.2 acre wooded site, within 100 metres or so of the Gulf Stream shoreline and cove, a couple of kilometres from the ‘Golden Mile’ of Glengarriff.
The word ‘cabin’ is probably too small a description for this particular nest-hideaway, with 3,500 sq ft over two levels.
So, chalet is possibly the better fit — especially when you think of some exotic chalet homes in Europe’s top ski resorts.
New Place literally has its roots back in Scandinavian forests, and featured in these pages in 2011 when its builders/first put it up for sale.
Back then, it had a €650,000 asking price, and needed finishing out: the Price Register shows the sole house sale in Iskanafeelna at half that sum, €315,000 in 2013.
New Place was since taken on, further upgraded and had its interiors fully finished out by its buyers from overseas. Now, they are moving on themselves, hence its resale.
Offered earlier, in 2016, it launched with Sherry FitzGerald O’Neill in Skibbereen with a €695,000 asking price, and that’s now been reduced to €645,000 by agent Micheál Duggan of SFON to try and get a sale going in the spring: buyers now, they reckon, could come from far or near, given Glengarriff’s international niche appeal.
(The same agents sold two other Glengarriff waterside properties over the past several years, one for €560,000 and another for €650,000, according to figures on the Price Register.)
Sherry Fitz also sold the late actor Maureen O’Hara’s Lugdine Park Glengarriff estate on 35 acres for c €1.6m (showing on the Price Register for €1.38m) reflecting its value on just one acre.
The Price Register also shows a November 2016 sale of a Glengarriff property The Barony, for €900,000, which appears to be an off-market deal.
By comparison, New Place is newer, and easier to oversee, coming as it does with a B3 BER, creature comforts throughout, with an upgraded kitchen, all painted up, and it’s all finished out to a high standard.
Centrepiece is a double-height 17’ by 15’ ‘great room’ off the reception/hall with soaring chimney breast, with adobe-like render painted a terracotta red, hugging a big wood-burner stove.
Elsewhere is a dining room, study/library with book-lined walls, kitchen/diner with granite tops, glossy walnut timbers and island, utility, pantry, guest WC, ground floor bedroom four and optional den/bedroom number five.
Overhead is a main family bathroom, and three more bedrooms, one’s en suite with walk-in robes and this room has access to a wide, sheltered balcony.
Construction is from sawn and finished pine logs, inside and out, and the exterior has now been stained, in a sympathetic dark colour, whilst a number of the internal planed log walls have also been painted to take away any overly woody look.
Assisting too to ease this transplant of a house design into a wooded Irish landscape is the decision to roof it in dark slate/tiles, while deep eaves add extra protection from the Irish climate.
Oil-fired heating is underfloor, and the grounds include a garden den/study, plus shed, while a short stroll through private grounds leads to the shoreline, to Illauncreeveen beach and pier, and views over wooded islands.
VERDICT: Log in.
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