Life down on Lough Hyne

Tommy Barker visits a hideaway nestled above the unique Lough Hyne marine reserve near Baltimore.
Life down on Lough Hyne

There’s something special in the waters around West Cork’s Skibbereen - and, it doesn’t have to be those oarsmen siblings, the rapid delivery, deadpanning duo the Olympic medal winning O’Donovan brothers Gary and Paul.

Rapid delivery comes in another sense out by Barlogue Creek, which is the hideaway tidal inlet leading into the wonderful Lough Hyne, where a set of rapids controls the flow of sea water into and out of the marine reserve paradise that is Lough Hyne.

Marine biologists have been dipping in and out of Lough Hyne for decades, as have divers, and wild swimmers, and kayakers and other boaters: if you time it right, you can have the tide carrying you through Barlogue’s rapids in both directions as you explore the coastline’s most enthralling section, and as the tide does its work, there’s no need to ‘pull like a dog.’

Up above the rapids at Barlogue, on a headland out of sight of water but close to it nonetheless and with a southerly aspect, is this modernised farmhouse style home, for sale with agent Sean Carmody of Charles P McCarthy Skibbereen.

It’s quite modest sized, at 1,100 sq ft or so, and Mr Carmody says it has had quality upgrades, with good timbers used, and is on 1.3 acres, approached off a gravel drive by a leafy lane “in one of the most stunning areas in West Cork, adjacent to the beautiful Lough Hyne nature reserve and scenic walks.”

Distinctive, French-style window shutters give a different look to this two-storey house, with feature French doors from the two ground floor reception rooms to the gardens/patio, and other features include solid hardwood floors, wood-panelled ceilings, a stairs in mahogany and a tall, marble fireplace in the living room, contrasting with an exposed stone wall backdrop, while a couple of first-floor bedrooms also have fireplaces, and a double aspect.

Thanks to the French doors, there’s lots of indoor/outdoor access points, and grounds are mature and landscaped, and handily include a mix of sheds and old outbuildings. while the setting is only a few miles around the coast from Baltimore harbour, and about five miles from Skibbereen.

VERDICT: Pull away and go for gold.

Lough Hyne, Skibbereen

€395,000

Size: 102 sq m (1,100 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 3

Bathrooms: 2

BER: F

Best Feature: Setting

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