OK, the bungalow Cliff Lodge mightn’t be the best right now, but what of it — look at, and linger over, the setting.
Co Kerry’s Dooks, home to one of Ireland’s oldest golf clubs and a setting held in the highest esteem, is a special part of the Ring of Kerry, by Glenbeigh and Rossbeigh — and away from it all.
About three miles around an inlet from scenic one-street town Glenbeigh, Dooks is home to some fairly swanky and plush modern homes, the lairs of the Celtic Tigers who’ve held on to some of their wealth. But, even those fortunate few would probably kill (or chase down a mortgage) for the chance to buy Dooks’ very own Cliff Lodge.
What a spot, what purple prose is being dragged out by joint selling agents Savills in Dublin and Cork, and Edmond O’Donoghue in Killorglin, for this most special place, with an unapologetic €575,000 asking price.
Cliff Lodge has its own gate leading down the short, steep incline to the beach and wide tidal inlet, changing and shifting with every tide, cloud shift and glint of sun. The 18th green of Dooks’ Golf Links is about 100 yards away, and although not everyone in the country is a golf fanatic, the golf bug will probably bite from sheer proximity alone. Truth be told, though, the buyer here is already likely to be smitten by the links course. Dooks is considered quite a challenge, and there are other testing courses in Killorglin and Killarney.
In any case, there’s the beach and dunes (for bunker practice?) the sea, surfing and boating, as well as fishing, either from the beach, boat or up in Lough Caragh or around in Waterville. Mountains and hillwalks? You’ll be spoiled: try the Seefin range, the Glenbeigh horseshoe or the ‘Reeks.
Oh, and the house in the midst of all this bracing air and unrelenting natural beauty? Well, you’ll need to work on it, but so be it.
It’s a bungalow of around 2,300 sq ft in all, old fashioned but sublimely placed once coastal erosion doesn’t eat away at the seaside site facing onto Dingle bay. This rangy home with views in all directions is effectively in two sections, each with three bedrooms, with two en suite bedrooms in the extension part. The original portion has a living room, kitchen, breakfast room, three bedrooms plus main bathroom, and the extension has an open plan living/dining/kitchen, three beds, two en suites, plus a main bathroom.
: Dooks, Kerry
: Sq m 215 (2,350 sq ft)
The price reflects the rarity, and beauty, of the site. If offered for sale in the boom, the sky would be the limit, and the ocean the lure.