ARDMORE has very much moved with the times. The new Cliff House Hotel and its Michelin-starred chef, Dutchman Martijn Kajuiter, has put it on a far more sweeping radar for visitors than heretofore.
The coastal, west Waterford community has been welcoming holidaymakers for decades, generations even, and there’s a strong pattern of repeated, regular visits from families in Cork, Tipperary and further afield. New, improved roads have put it on the more accessible map for Dubliners, too, and the recession-defying Cliff House Hotel (95% occupancy for August) shone in summer sunshine, glinting off swish D-registered cars and SUVs on this elevated, east-facing ledge overlooking golden beaches.
Hop over the hill from Ardmore, skip past its famed and much photographed Round Tower and you drop down to an even more glorious beach, Whiting Bay, scenic, special, serene and great for all sea sports.
It has been recently found by 40-year old Coolmore and Ballydoyle horse trainer Aidan O’Brien, who has a swathe of beach-side property here all upgraded in the past three years, and its well-drained surrounding land is tip-top for tillage and veg crops.
Reaching back quite a bit to Whiting Bay’s past is this Cappagh market arrival on a half- acre with characterful outbuildings.
A surprising find, it packs in quite bit of space for its modest exterior. There’s four bedrooms, for example, and a good-sized main reception/dining room right in its centre core.
Originally thatched, the 19th century home has rooms with high ceilings, and so feels quite spacious, with a separate living, kitchenette, and bathroom. Both the central main room, and the second reception room have quality fireplaces.
It is all spotlessly clean and well-presented inside and out, and local Ardmore estate agent Brian Gleeson is aiming for offers around the €425,000 AMV.
Key to its attractions are the outbuildings with a few thousand sq ft of space in them - especially the curved and corrugated long shed building – and the site’s setting.
Location is a couple of minutes walk to the beach, a five-minute spin to Ardmore and 40 minutes to Cork and Waterford. A retreat and bolt-hole in one, for full-time or second home use, and sheds for work, games or studios.
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