Rising tide lifts coastal West Cork properties

<B>Tommy Barker </b>says you can really get away from it all in splendorous isolation overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.

Rising tide lifts coastal West Cork properties

Union Hall, West Cork €380,000

Sq m 168 (1,800 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 3

Bathrooms: 3

BER: Pending

YOU PAY for water frontage down West Cork way - as just instanced by the €1.35m sale of the quite spectacularly beautiful Drishane Point, on 30 headland acres with two houses, near marine reserve Lough Hyne and Tragumna (see aerial pic).

Drishane Point has just sold in recent weeks for its UK owners, to UK-based buyers, a young couple with Irish roots, who fell for its charms after it got a Summer 2014 launch guiding €1.5m via Maeve McCarthy of Skibbereen-based Charles P McCarthy.

It featured here in its summer splendour, and has 20 acres of rock, ten acres of pasture, a 700 sq ft refurbished farmhouse, and a 3,000 sq ft more modern (c 25 years old) plush stone house, designed by vendors.

Key to its attraction was its sense of isolation and privacy, yet it’s only five miles from Skibbereen, and it is next to popular beaches like Tralispean, with its own sweep of ocean vista and the treacherous Kedges rocks, the indented coastline with cliffs and cove.

Now, for €1m less and a short walk to a beach, the same selling agents hope to tempt buyers attracted to the area’s raw and rugged beauty, and beaches, at the evocatively-titled Ceol Na Mara, translated as Song of the Sea (pic bottom right).

Guided at €380,000, this 1,800 sq ft, comfortable family home is a mix of traditional two-storey and dormer outlines, and has three bedrooms upstairs, with one en suite. There’s views of the Atlantic from this property at Cooscroneen, but it’s a more than a spit from the shoreline, and about two miles from Union Hall.

A short walk takes you to Squince beach (pic top right) and Myross and Rabbit islands, and the vicinity is dotted with coves andcaves, a real sailor or kayaker’s paradise.

Ceol na Mara is on an acre, and boat moorings are freely available in several locations, says agent Sean Carmody of Charles P McCarthy in Skibbereen.

The south-facing house off a quiet road has a private driveway, detached steel garage/shed, landscaped grounds mostly in lawn, and has coastline and rolling country views.

Internally there’s a living room with stove, kitchen/dining/living room, utility, and guest WC, with three overhead bedrooms, one en suite, and a main bathroom, and standard of finish is good, with double glazing and oil central heating.

The agents seek offers over €380,000 for the just-listed property, suitable for holiday home, permanent home or retirement home hunters, with Union Hall, Glandore and Castletownshend all a short drive, and Skibbereen — with its brand new Arts Centre just opened this week — about eight miles away.

VERDICT: The next-best option to a shore thing.

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