House of the week: Kerry, €1.95m

Size: 450 (4,850 sq ft)

House of the week: Kerry, €1.95m

CALLING all Kims, Kanyes and Kenmare aficionados, here’s a coastal Kerry bolthole at which to escape the world and its prying eyes and lenses.

Built 30 years ago by a retiring Dutch couple who fell for the charms of Kenmare Bay, Derrynid Cove was designed so as not to compromise its quite spectacular setting.

This 4,800 sq ft home on 31 water-fronting acres with pier and sheltered private coves hides its considerable charms behind unadorned 1980s slate facades and secreted balconies. It’s that hidden element that selling agents Sherry FitzGerald will have to get a handle on in this now-executor sale, and attract international, and national hide-away home hunters to secure its c €1.95 million asking price.

Ten minutes from five-star Kenmare town, Derrynid Cove is all about a low-key lifestyle in a quite special, deer-stalked and seal-visited setting, 12kms out the southern shoreline from Kenmare.

The scenery mix of wildlife, water and McGillicuddy’s Reeks, with generous bay frontage is a key selling point, as is the acreage, with 31 acres in one plot and a further 14 acres also available across the road, whilst there’s also a refurbished stone lodge/guest cottage, used for entertaining as a separate (but near essential) buy.

Sherry FitzGerald has Kenmare-based agent Sean Daly as local sales specialist, Sheila O’Flynn in Cork City is also a key part of the sales process, and in Dublin Sherry Fitz’s county homes specialist Benjamin Haythornthwaite will use their link with Christies to spread the word of this retreat far and wide.

The couple who lived here hailed from the Netherlands, and the lady of the house was a director of one of Holland’s largest publishing houses: as a result, their private Irish sanctuary is home to quite an amount of book-lined walls.

Design was by Cork-based architect Dominic O’Flynn, and the real luxury is inside, with a very decent 4,800-sq ft on offer, all well-appointed and understated.

All four first floor bedrooms, and the single ground level guest room, are en suite, most have balconies and views, there’s several large receptions, and a dining room with sliding glass doors. There’s a recently upgraded kitchen with top appliances and solid wood units, a temperature controlled wine cellar, plus library and store rooms. The grounds — over which wild deer roam freely — have over 100 species of rhododendron, camellias, ancient oaks, birches, shrubbery and forestry, while there’s also a glasshouse, veg and flower garden (very Dutch) and stables/tackroom, as well as a garage and workshop — a very self-contained compound, a world of its own.

VERDICT: The very opposite of bling.

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