A tough choice between these gems if you like to be beside the sea

MARIA Harrington of Key Properties has two distinctive properties on her books at the moment, both with excellent, coastal locations in West Cork. Pier House is a two-minute walk from the Causeway, Rosscarbery and a mile from Ownahincha Beach.

For all its modern exterior, it is traditional, and well-maintained on the inside. Solid mahogany joinery, old-fashioned fireplaces and antique furniture give this house a well- grounded elegant look.

There are solid wooden floors in all six bedrooms; one is en suite with dressing room. The sale includes a separate guest suite, also with en suite bedroom.

The self-contained suite is a generous size and includes a hallway, bathroom, living/dining room with good kitchen and the bedroom.

In the main house, the lounge has great views over Rosscarbery Bay and the Galley Head Light house and comes with full height ceiling, wooden floors and patio doors to the front entrance.

The kitchen/dining area is fitted in oak units and has an antique fireplace at one end. his room also has sea views.

With its high quality finish, excellent views and location close to two beaches and Rosscarbery village Pier House has a guide price of €595,000, through Key Properties.

The house is set on half an acre and is approached via a cobble-lock driveway. Oil heating and mains services are laid on.

Meanwhile, released on the market last year, the home of the Jimi Hendrix Experience bass-player, Noel Redding, is also listed with Key Properties, this time for offers in the region of €1 million.

Dunowen House is an historic residence close to Sands Cover in Clonakilty, dated from 1632. The rambling, two-storey house is set on four acres.

With a new roof recently fitted, the house has a walled-in courtyard with lots of outbuildings and would have residential or commercial potential, as the property is just five miles from Clonakilty, top tourist destination of the region.

This house comes with a six-bedroomed main residence and a guest cottage with three bedrooms, conservatory, living room and kitchen/ dining room.

The main house has drawing room, lounge, sitting room and dining room, as well as fitted kitchen, utility and guest cloakroom. est cloakroom. many original features and while in reasonable condition, the 70s-style décor over a more ancient backdrop will need further investment if it is to be used in acommercial venture.

The property has two staircases, with the rear stairs leading to the attic. The main staircase leads to thesix bedrooms, two en suite and a bathroom.

There is gas and oil fired central heating, and a mix of PVC and old wood sash windows.

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