On the water’s edge, Sur la Mer’s ready to make splash on market

MAKING the absolute most of its site is Sur la Mer – the west Cork bungalow does exactly what it says on its nameplate.

On the water’s edge, the family home at Lathrathanavalley is five miles from Skibbereen, at Church Cross on the shoreline of Roaringwater Bay, and comes with 1,800 sq ft of space, on a mildly sloping site of 1.2 acres looking over the water and pier to the dusky pink/orange hue of Kilcoe Castle.

According to Maeve McCarthy of Charles P McCarthy auctioneers in Skibbereen, “the name Sur la Mer has never been more apt for a property where one can literally jump into the water from one’s own front garden.”

There’s scope to put a pontoon along the shoreline for those into boats (Kilcoe Castle’s owner Jeremy Irons sails his classic, vintage boat along the coastline, and the many islands, inlets and coves beckon for anyone with half an interest in boats.)

Sure la Mer has been fairly recently upgraded by its owners, who put in a large, elevated run of decking across the main living rooms.

And, for those not into Jack Frost and Christmas Day and January swims, the fact there’s a decent sized hot tub put up on the deck, which allows for the prospect of a warmer soak, under crystal clear winter starry nights.

For those into soaks and sailing, Sur La Mer has a fully tiled wet room/shower room by the entry hall, and opening to the deck are the 24’ by 10’ kitchen/dining room, and the mid-ships 20’ by 16 living room, with its feature Liscanor stone fireplace and hearth.

Two of the four bedrooms manage to sneak in views, and one narrow one to the side has patio/deck access via French doors. None of the bedrooms are overly large, and there’s one, main family bathroom.

Sur La Mer has a €490,000-plus asking price, is within an hour and a half of Cork city, airport and new UK ferry services, and will as easily suit for full-time as holiday home occupation and enjoyment.

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