It’s for sale and for sail, on sea bay

Location: West Cork Price: €400,000

It’s for sale and for sail, on sea bay

There’s one thing essential to this Turk Head home for sale — and that’s having a boat with which to enjoy the environs. That’s why the sale of this West Cork Roaring Water Bay bungalow on 14 acres includes a slipway — and a boat.

Skibbereen estate agent Charles P McCarthy last sold this idyllic-set property back a quarter of a century or so ago to its current owner, a buyer from London who had called to a London Irish property fair.

Now, after decades of enjoyment by the buyer who visited many times annually and enjoyed every moment, it’s on offer again, says Mr McCarthy.

Not having a boat isn’t going to be an impediment in this sale/sail, as the vendor’s 18’ Bermuda sloop yacht is included as a goodwill gesture.

A safe day sailor with small cabin for two, it was designed by the legendary Uffa Fox, responsible for numerous dinghy and small boat designs. He was also responsible for tens of thousands of people taking to sea and to boating; as a 21 year old scout leader, he took a group of teens across the English channel and up the Seine towards Paris. Their parents had been told it was a weekend sailing camp on the Solent. So, lots of scope for jolly japes in this Fox-craft in and around the islands and shoreline of Roaringwater Bay, it seems, and it comes fully-equipped, ready for road or wave, adds Mr McCarthy.

Back on terra firma, about half of the 14 acres here is good arable land, falling southward to the shoreline, opposite Baltimore harbour, with ten different islands and the Ilen river immediately visible.

The setting is private, although a road runs through the land. The house, a traditional three-bed bungalow is ship-shape too, and has a hall, sitting rooms, kitchen/ dining room (25’ by 10’) and bathroom. There’s also an attached store, and a detached garage.

VERDICT: Sail away, the bay’s your oyster.

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