A modern take on the traditional Irish cottage, McGrath’s rather splendid thatched property sits by Smerwick Harbour looking through eye-browed windows out across the Atlantic Ocean and the Dingle Peninsula.
Much grander than the average thatch, it is a six-bed, three-storey house with 3,200 sq ft of accommodation and comforts that residents of original thatched cottages couldn’t ever have imagined.
Built six years ago, this is the dream holiday home of a US owner with local connections who holidayed there with his family and who also rented it out to other holidaymakers from the US.
Finished in local sandstone, the property is situated on a one acre site just 30 metres from the rocky shoreline. Darragh O’Se of Property Partners Daly O’Se describes it as a very well finished and unique property with spectacular views.
“ The stonework was done by skilled stone masons and the owner brought in a thatcher from Clare to work on the roof. Painstaking effort was taken to make this as traditional and also as comfortable as possible,”
He says the views from the house are of the harbour, the ocean, the Three Sisters and Mount Brandon and that, on occasion, dolphins can be spotted frolicking in the water
Stonework is a feature inside as well as outside and accommodation includes a sitting room with a huge stone chimney breast surrounding a timber burning stove.
This timber-floored room is 31’ long and has a hand-carved mahogany bar counter with bar stools positioned to offer ocean views. The kitchen/dining room is equally spacious, with mahogany units, granite worktops, a centre island, fitted appliances and a RangeMaster oven as well as a large American-style fridge.
Other rooms include a utility room, a study and a timber-floored conservatory at the side.
On the first floor there are four carpeted bedrooms with en suites shower rooms. The two larger bedrooms have sandstone fireplaces and one has a stand-alone bath in the en suite. Up on the second floor are two more bedrooms including one with a bathroom.
Views on offer are of the Atlantic and the rugged shores of the Dingle Peninsula.
Some rooms face the sea, some have views of Mount Brandon and from the conservatory at the side both ocean and the mountains can be seen.
Fitted with oil-fired central heating, the property has woodgrain PVC double glazed windows and a cosy B3 energy rating. Situated at the end of a cul de sac, the house has a gravel driveway and a matching thatched outhouse.
Enclosed by an old stone wall, the site is mostly lawned and there is a gravel patio in front of the conservatory on the western side. Located within a few minutes walk from the two small beaches at Ballydavid Pier the property is even closer to the two local pubs in the tiny seaside village. A walking trail in front of the house leads to a high lookout point with even better sea views.
Holiday activities available in the area include every thing from kayaking to rock climbing and the nearest golf course at Ceann Sibeal in Ballyferriter is within a short drive by car.
Dingle, one of Ireland’s biggest tourist attractions with pubs, restaurants and shops as well as boats to see Fungi, Ireland’s most famous dolphin, is six miles away.
Mr O’Sé says that rentals, advertised on mcgrathsthatchedestate.com have gone well for the owner and the visitors’ book at the house is filled with favourable comments from US folk who holidayed there in recent years. He believes it quite possible that it could sell to an American buyer but says it could also catch the attention of a UK or European buyer.
The asking price of €750,000 puts it at the top end of the market in the Dingle/ Ballydavid area. There are other large detached holiday homes for sale but the thatch makes this one stand out. It might have possibilities as a holiday rental, but Mr O’Shea thinks it’s more likely to sell as a private holiday home.
“The holiday market is buoyant at the moment , we are selling properties at the €200,000 mark but this is a step beyond this.
There is very little available in this price range and we are getting enquiries both from abroad and from Ireland. Within a very short time of going on the market the house was viewed by two Germans, four Americans, two French people and two people from Ireland.
With the location, views and thatch, this surely has potential as a B&B