House of the week: Clonakilty, West Cork €690,000

THERE are glimpses of the sea and beaches out at Inchydoney island from this modern-build,called Island View, tucked away out of storms’ way at a back road beyond one of the island’s causeway approaches, at Garranagoleen.

House of the week: Clonakilty, West Cork €690,000

Sq m 355 (3,800 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 4/5

Bathrooms: 5

BER: C2

Best Feature: Quality home

Just a couple of miles outside of Clonakilty town, this is a sprawling m build, done in two stages and with some matching style, all on three-quarters of an acre with a woodland feel, and fish pond.

It’ s a new listing with Maeve McCarthy of Charles P McCarty auctioneers, based a bit further west in Skibbereen, and it’s one of a number of West Cork spreads she took to a Mayfair London show of properties yesterday, aimed at Sterling-graced buyers.

Other Clon agents like Ray O’Neill have done similar London pilgrimages (and he now has Tony O’Reilly’s Glandore home Shorecliff on his books, after a €1,7m sale collapsed)e via Sherry FitzGerald’s big UK show a month or two ago, and has had strong local sales as a result, one with land at Rosscarbery for around the €1 million mark.

Island View is priced at €670,000 by Maeve McCarthy, and that’s a tad under the £500k mark (£480,000) for UK-based buyers on current currency rates. However, that’s still at the upper end of Clonakilty’s recent market records.

The Price Register shows two 2015 sales around the €450k mark, and top price early last year was €690,000 (more again was paid for some of its surrounding acres of land) for the period Dunowen House near Ardfield, one-time home of bass player Noel Redding of Jimi Hendrix Experience fame.

Also a strong seller in recent times was Inchydoney House, a Georgian house, with walled garden and land owned by a religious orderwhich sold at auction in late 2013 for €700,000. It has since been undergoing a painstaking conservation and extension at further significant cost.

In contrast, this Granagoleen one-off was initially built in 1996, and was extended in 2008 via a glass link corridor to effectively double it in size, adding some double-height internal grandeur in the new section, so that today there’s 3,800 sq ft of living space here in all.

It has four to five bedrooms, four reception rooms including a lofty and extensively glazed room with mezzanine via a spiral stair stone tower add-on, five bathrooms, with high-end decor and finishes: MsMcCarthy describes it as “superior”, and adds that the setting “could not be in a more serene or peaceful place, with the most wonderful views over the environmentally protected marsh lands to Inchydoney beach and the coastline.”

Rooms inside are bright, fresh, contemporary in style and the garden room serves almost as an art gallery, with glass balusters and garden access via French doors. Glass balustrading again serves as screens for a couple of upstairs sit-out balcony areas.

The house connects at several points to the three-quarters of an acre of gardens. with front and side/rear patios in swathes of sandstone: there’s probably 100 sq metres of sun terrace thus paved to the back between old and new wings, and elsewhere the grounds have parking, paths, and goldfish pond amid the mature trees and planting.

Location is a five minute drive to Clonakilty town, and about an hour from Cork city and airport (for London commuters?). While the proximity of top hotels like Dunmore House, and Inchydoney, and scatterings of sandy beaches and coves lend a real holiday home appeal, it’s of a size, site appeal and quality that really begs for full-time family use and occupation.

VERDICT: One of the better modern home to tempt Clonakilty home seekers looking to put down roots, in considerable comfort.

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