Holiday home is a delight inside and out, close to Union Hall

NEAT and neatly set, Ballinatona Cottage is a west Cork holiday home to covet.

The period cottage wears its stone exterior with some grace, exposed all around to show its handiwork of over a century ago, matched with equal skill in the last decade or so by the added-on low stone wall of the sunroom extension on the gable wall.

Setting is at Ballinatona, a couple of miles from Union Hall in west Cork, and near boating and bathing facilities as well at Squince harbour, Reen pier and the rest of Castlehaven harbour’s inlets.

The cottage has been a holiday home of a Cork city-based family, and the work done on it has added comfort while not taking from its essential original character.

Window positions are low in front, and high on the gables for the bedrooms, and plaster quoins on the corners blend in seamlessly — this is just a good looking cottage, albeit small.

The ground floor layout is quite open plan, with the living area to the left of the red front door, the simply presented kitchen to the right, opening to a sun room with pine clad ceilings, and the ground floor behind has a utility room, and bathroom with shower.

The open spindle stairs runs down the back wall, ceiling joists are part-exposed, as is an internal stone wall, the floor is solid oak, while kitchen worktops are also in timber.

Overhead, the house has three small bedrooms, one with en suite shower room.

The grounds are easy to keep, with gravelled parking, some lawns, and stone terracing, and there’s a shed for storing the essential beach and boat gear, buckets, paddles and picnic paraphernalia.

Selling agent is Charles McCarthy in Skibbereen, who seeks offers around €350,000, and expects it to be bought for second-home usage. Cork city, airport and ferryport are less than a 90-minute spin away.

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