Life’s a beach when you can live and work by the sea

THE chance to work from home, or live next to a business, is one thing: having that option right by the seaside is an altogether rarer thing indeed.

Enter this west Cork coastal home, close enough to the Red Strand near Clonakilty to walk barefoot to the beach itself.

Built in a traditional dormer style within the last decade, and a mix of painted render and exposed stone, it is a 2,500 sq ft family home with four en suite bedrooms, and an adjoining 2,000 sq ft well-built workshed, with office, WC, three-phase power and loading doors.

The house has views back down to the sea at the popular bathing spot the Red Strand, reckoned to be one of the safest swimming beaches in all of west Cork. A rock in the middle of the bay is a hazard to boats (and has claimed sundry craft as victims) but the beach is bit of a treasure itself.

Also nearby are the Galley Head lighthouse, with former keeper’s cottages available to rent via the Landmark Trust, woodland walks at Castlefreke, and wilder surfing beaches at Inchydoney and Long Strand.

This house is on the coastal road from Clonakilty via Ardfield to Rathbarry (the so-called ‘twin villages’) at a junction with a cul de sac, and is on a well-kept site of about half an acre with paddock fencing and some colourful landscaping.

Selling agent is Martin Kelleher of SWS Property Services in Clonakilty, who guides the mix at €650,000 for its owners. Because of the extra space in the shed and workshop, it really would suit a self-employed person, such as a carpenter or joiner (boat builder, or enthusiast even?).

The house’s main accommodation has a 20’ by 15’ kitchen with built ins, two relatively standard-sized reception rooms with feature wood floors, guest WC, utility, and each of the bedrooms has an en suite — handy for when visitors come to stay, as inevitably they will given the proximity to the beach.

The house has a pressurised water system, underfloor heating which is oil-fired, wood-grain effect PVC double glazing, sandstone masonry on much of its exterior, and decorative wood fascias.

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