A new 220-berth yacht marina currently under construction is hoping to pick up sailors and craft after long and lonely Atlantic crossings, and already Valentia has a place in history for its role in landing radio signals from the seas, via its link with Marconi.
Stepping in the breach, if not the beach (that beach is nearby), is a scheme of 12 apartments recently completed at Knightstown, at the tip of Valentia Island.
Practically dipping its toes into the water, Renellen has eight 930 sq ft duplexes, each with two bedrooms, and four large 1,310 sq ft apartments, each with three bedrooms, and just about every unit has spectacular views.
The views are across the water to Beginish Island and the lighthouse, while all the services of the village are within a couple of minutes’ walk.
If you’ve a boat there’s a sandy beach a few minutes away at Beginish, and access to Valentia Island is easy: there’s a ferry serving a point close to Cahirciveen, while the bridge on the far end of the island also links back into the Ring of Kerry road back along closer to Waterville and Ballinskelligs.
The developers of Renellen are locals Seamus and Paudie Lynch of James Lynch and Co, who previously built houses in the same area and who got a planning for apartments right by the waterside several years ago. They’ve now finished the scheme, and have eight of the 12 to sell, finished out and ready to move into.
They have en suite bedrooms, painting, tiling and flooring is done, kitchens are fitted and overall quality levels are high, says joint agents Tom Spillane in Killarney and Maurice FitzGerald in Cahirciveen.
Prices go from €350,000 for a two-bed 930 sq ft duplex, to €430,000 for a three-bed ground floor pad. There’s a selection of local coffee shops and bars, the Royal Hotel is across the road, and there are several piers and jetties to cater for marine-borne activity, while the period Glanleam House and its sub-tropical gardens (once owned by the Knight of Kerry) is also nearby.