Heaven in a brochure

SOMETHING special is auctioneer Catherine O’Donoghue’s succinct summation of this house at Dooks, Glenbeigh, but it hardly conveys the sheer majesty of its situation.

‘Shee Gwee’ is sandwiched between the mountains and the sea and has its own private access onto Dooks beach.

Don’t be fooled by the modest bungalow look either, this is a pad and a half, with it’s own leisure room, (more of which later), tennis court, boat house, slipway and it’s only a hop, skip and a jump to the Dooks Links. Yes, this is heaven in a brochure and, not surprisingly, there has been an offer of the asking price of €1.3 million already. Built, or more correctly, started in 1974, the house is a product of a number of extensions on its extra large, 1.6 acre site.

“The property is owned by a very particular individual who knows the business and has attended to the details very well. For instance, it has a sauna and leisure room, and next to that is a power shower which leads directly into a warm, drying room, so it’s all thought through. “You can come straight in off the beach into the bathroom and wash off the sand before taking a sauna,” says a clearly impressed, Catherine O’Donoghue.

The more mundane stuff is also catered for: there’s even a separate drying room for clothes outside, she says.

The house has 2,500 square feet and five bedrooms, of which three are ensuite. Shee Gwee has always been a family home, but it’s on the market now because it’s just too big.

With its high spec fit out, including a new Alder kitchen and superb location, the potential buyer for the property is probably going to come from Dublin, says Catherine O’Donoghue, as there is a strong expat community in Dooks over the summer.

Rossbeigh beach is a larger, busier area, but this area is quiet and peaceful even in the height of summer:

“It’s a beautiful sandy beach and you wouldn’t meet a sinner at the weekends, it’s not very crowded, it’s gorgeous,” says the agent. The fact that sites, not to mention planning, are extremely rare, means this sale will attract strong attention, she says.

Reception rooms include a lounge, a dining room and a conservatory with wraparound views and a south-facing location.

Then, there’s the leisure room with its six-person sauna and gym area leading to the bathroom with Jacuzzi: there’s a separate wet room leading to the beach side of the house.

The grounds are in impeccable condition with beds, lawns and a hard-surface tennis court. The boat house is 23 foot square and is close to a slipway to the beach: there’s also a separate garage of 25’ by 15’.

“It’s doubtful you’d see a sale like this again in Dooks. You could stroll out here with a cup of coffee in the morning and gaze at the mountains and the sea — these are breathtaking views,” she says.

“You can invest in any property and it’s going to go up. The value of your investment here is quality of life and that’s something you can’t put a price on.”

Edmond O’Donoghue Auctioneers, Killorglin are the agents to contact.

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