Back on the market at a vastly reduced asking price after a period on the rental market, this stand-out property, a detached three-storey home by the water’s edge at Sandycove, promises to keep its new owners in touch with the seasons, elements and the tides. Heck, it even has its own slipway for launching small craft and dinghies right by its back door.
It now carries an asking price of €800,000 with agents Victoria and Johanna Murphy, who previously had it floated at a very aspirational €1.9 million back in 2007 — as the tide drained out on the Irish property market.
Its fairly unique location, inside the shelter of Sandycove Island and with truly captivating views, its history and its proximity to Kinsale and the Old Head of Kinsale Golf Course (recently rated the world’s best golf course by a leading international magazine) may bring some bidding interest around the €800k sum as Rock House get relaunched for sale.
Originally built as a grain store around Famine times, it was four storeys tall, now reduced to three, and with three upper level bedrooms, open-plan living area and fourth, basement level bedroom/further family room with patio and slip access.
Every room has water views, which presumably was handy back in the days when it was the ultimate smuggler’s safe house.
Another name for Rock House is Red House, from the red American maize it used to store in the mid-1800s, and it has been painted red for much it its history ever since.
There’s no real garden or grounds, bar the rocky perch it stands proud on, and has an external terrace for best views to the south and west. Directly in front of Rock House is the privately owned picturesque Sandycove Island, whose sandy beaches can be waded out to at low tide. The waters around the island are now popular as a 1,600 metre swimming ‘track’ for distance open sea swimmers and tri-athletes.