Cutting your cloth in property? Kilmackillogue, Kerry might suit

Trish Dromey says the tailor might be long gone, but his Beara Peninsula cottage has been tastefully dressed up.
Cutting your cloth in property? Kilmackillogue, Kerry might suit

The tailor of Killmacillogue may be long gone from the Beara Peninsula but the charm of his thick stone walled property remains, as does the giant oak tree in his garden “The Tailors House”, was bought some 20 years ago by a US couple who renovated and extended, keeping traditional features but adding large windows to make the most of the views of Kilmackillogue Harbour and the Caha Mountains.

Guiding at €395,000 it’s on the market with DNG O’Sullivan in Kenmare who say it has much to attract buyers looking for holiday homes in a popular Ring of Beara location, especially foreign house-hunters.

“It has both charm and character while the setting overlooking the harbour is scenic, idyllic and peaceful” says auctioneer Tadhg O’Sullivan. Extended on two sides by its owners, the two-bed property now has a generous 1,718 sq ft of living space. In a lean-to extension at one side there’s an old-style kitchen with a Belfast sink, open shelving and pots and pans hanging from the timber panelled sloped ceiling.

In an extension at the other end, painted red on the outside, there’s a spacious a reception room with large windows and exposed timber ceiling joists.

In the old part of the house there’s a living room with an original fireplace, and a sitting room with a stove. Other accommodation includes a shower room, a bathroom and two Velux windowed bedrooms with harbour views.

Fitted with double glazed windows the house has electric heating and an F energy rating The Tailor’s House comes with over half an acre of gardens. Out front there’s a large green field with a scattering of trees — including a very impressive old oak.

Near the house there’s a sheltered patio enlivened in summer by a profusion of wild mountbretia. There are also two outbuildings painted red to match the house extension Kilmacillogue harbour and pier are within a short walk from the property as is O’Sullivan’s Pub. It is just three from the tiny village of Lauragh, which has a school, a pub, a shop and a church.

VERDICT: Water views and good accommodation make this an ideal first or second home.

Kilmackillogue, Kerry


Size: 159 sq m (1,718 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 2

Bathrooms: 2


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