Waterside home in film star’s neighbourhood

ALL a boating enthusiast could want, says the selling agent of this waterfront Skibbereen home with views across Roaringwater Bay to Jeremy Irons Giant Peachey castle at Kilcoe.

A 15-year-old bungalow, on an acre site with waterfrontage, a shingle beach and scope for a pontoon is on offer at €525,000 with Ballydehob, West Cork agent Martin Swanton and really gives house hunters a second, stronger chance to buy.

He had a swift sale agreed on this spot at Church Cross earlier in the summer, but it was part of a ‘chain’ sale to a British couple, whose own house sale fell through at the final hurdle.

So, now, it is back on the market and its maritime selling points should see a new deal agreed before Christmas for its local vendor, who had a fish processing business by the nearby pier and slipway.

Church Cross is a mile or two off the main Skibbereen-Ballydehob road, while Cork city and airport is a little over an hour away by road, while West Cork’s islands beckon just off shore.

“It’s not everyday that a property with water frontage comes on the market, and the property has further potential to extend,” Mr Swanton notes.

The last few weeks have seen it gather interest from both holiday home hunters and those keen for a full-time base, and its €525,000 guide reflects its shoreline setting and scope for further upgrades.

Built by direct labour, it has about 1,400 sq ft of space, with three bedrooms, and the water side of the house has large picture windows to make the most of the view of the bay and towards Kilcoe.

According to Mr Swanton, actor Jeremy Irons’ ‘labour of love’-restored castle across the bay has mellowed in colour in the last year or two, and it is in full view from this property’s patio.

Likely to be further modernised and improved, its current accommodation includes a sitting room, kitchen/dining room, living room, three beds and a bathroom. There’s a long approach avenue for car access, and you can leave the boat at the end of the garden.

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