There’s an arc of shelving, shingle beach just beyond a small, scenic Sheeps Head holding of land for sale near West Cork’s Ahakista, a remote peninsula spot put on the map by the holiday presence of Graham Norton, and by the Air India disaster memorial: that bomb blast and crash occurred 30 years ago this June.
With roots going back far longer, Fort Hill is an intriguing prospect, overlooking Dunmanus Bay. There’s the ruins of an old Georgian home of about 2,000 sq ft, now an abandoned ivy-clad wreck, once associated with the O’Donovan family/clan, and last lived in back in the 1870s by a Miss Katty O’Donovan, according to local recall.
“It would make a wonderful project,” ventures estate agent Maeve McCarthy of Charles P McCarthy Auctioneers, selling the land, with stables and Olympic-sized riding arena with rubber base.
Ahakista has a seasonal tourism base, sea-faring legacy and the best of Sheeps Head walks, plus quality hideaway accommodation in renovated old dwellings like Ahakista Escape.
Given the amount of land, and the setting, Ms McCarthy guides at €345,000 and notes “it’s a rare chance to get one of the best situated properties in West Cork.”
Doing it up could take heroic input of Grand Designs proportions.