You’d be Scilly not to take a peep

Tommy Barker suggests you lodge an interest in former purpose-built 10-bed Kinsale B&B.

HARBOUR LODGE has worked hard for its living — and now it might be time for it to retire to private living quarters.

That’s according to the joint selling agents of the former purpose-built 10-bed B&B on the Kinsale harbour waterfront, by the start of the picturesque Scilly Walk. Its setting recalls a noted Irish Eurovison/National Song Contest entry of years ago, Mending My Nets in Kinsale, as fishermen’s nets are still winsomely draped along the walkway walls by Harbour Lodge. The Scilly Walk turns pedestrian-use only 100 yards along its length, culminating by Summercove and the Bulman bar.

Having been through several high-profile international ownerships and successful sales down the years, Harbour Lodge with 5,500 sq ft of practically laid-out space is now for sale via receiver, Michael Cotter of Ernst and Young. Apart from the amount of space on offer, the trump card here is the location, setting and aspect on Scilly Walk, with a clear view of Kinsale harbour, marinas and town from all of its main living/dining spaces, and particularly from its fan-shaped front conservatory. Not only that but seven of the 10 bedrooms are to the front of this two-storey/dormer building, with five on the top floor each having slender verandas to sit out into for views and taking of bracing sea air.

If new owners of Harbour Lodge decide to ‘go private,’ they will surely reduce the bedrooms tally (there’s nine en suite bathrooms) so there’ll be a bit of internal changes needed.

Asking price is €1.2 million, via Sheila O’Flynn of Sherry FitzGerald, and Peter O’Meara of Savills, who say it’s a fraction of what it sold for last time around as a going concern. It can re-open for business very easily, if new owners want to maintain the lodge’s tradition of hospitality, they add.

Harbour Lodge has a good level of finish, they note, with good parking, it’s within a short walk or punt of the town, and it has good off-street parking to the rear.

VERDICT: There’s only a handful of Kinsale houses this close to the water.


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