Restored ruin right on river on the Dingle Peninsula

No expense was spared to revitalise this old farmhouse in a picturesque location, says Trish Dromey.    

Restored ruin right on river on the Dingle Peninsula

Instead of being the old stone ruin that it might have become, Port na hAbhann is now an attractive well cared for traditional property, perfect for holidaying on the Dingle Peninsula,

Located at Feohanagh, close to the foot of Mount Brandon it was rescued from ruin by a Dublin family who bought it in 2001 after spending a painting holiday in the area.

When they came upon it, the old farmhouse was derelict and abandoned for over 20 years. Briars were growing through the windows and much of the roof had fallen in, but amazingly some of the furniture was still inside. In the kitchen the new owners found two tattered, dust covered armchairs and a display cabinet with willow pattern plates and cups still carefully arranged.

A local builder was employed to restore the main house and to rebuild the sections of adjoining outhouses which had collapsed. The rooms of the house were rebuilt to exactly the same dimensions as before while the newly added extension was faced with stone from the outbuilding to keep it looking as traditional as possible.

The owners didn’t confine themselves to restoring the house, they also sent the two armchairs to Tralee for renovation, and even had a new display cabinet built so they could put the restored house’s willow pattern china back in its rightful place.

Modern plumbing, double glazing and heating and other comforts were added and the design for the extension, drawn up by a local architect also included an attractive sunroom at the rear to make the most of the mountain views.

Naming it Port na hAbhann, because of its proximity to the Feohanagh River which runs along the northern boundary of the site, the owners finished off the job in 2003 by putting down gravel and planting colourful hydrangea bushes behind the sunroom at the rear.

For buyers who would like to take over the task of minding this hundred-plus-year-old property and enjoying scenic holidays in West Kerry, the asking price is €350,000.

For this they get two acres of land and approximately 2,000 sq ft of living space in a property which has two sitting rooms and two kitchens and can, if required, be divided into two separate houses.

Inside the yellow door of the old farmhouse there’s a hallway leading through to a large oak floored sitting room where the two restored armchairs have pride of place in front of a fireplace which has been fitted with a Stanley stove.

There’s also an attractive kitchen with cream units, granite worktops and a display cabinet. Behind this, looking out on to the mountain is a sunroom, which along with most of the other ground floor rooms has American oak flooring.

Downstairs there’s a utility room and a shower room with a Louis Mulcahy sink unit. Upstairs there’s a bathroom and three timber floored bedrooms.

Accommodation in the stone faced extension at the side includes a small kitchen with cream units, a large oak floored sitting room with a stove, a shower room and a stairs leading to an attic room which could be used as a playroom or study.

Located half a mile off the Feohanagh road, Port na hAbhann has mature well planted garden at the rear.

At one side, across a small boreen, is a large meadow which slopes down to the Feohanagh River,

Selling agents Sherry FitzGerald Stephenson say this is a beautifully restored property with charm, character and scenic mountain views.

The location on the Dingle Peninsula within a few miles from the sea, makes it very attractive to holiday home buyers, both foreign and Irish, says auctioneer Paul Stephenson of SF Stephenson Crean, who has busy viewings booked in for today and who says it’s found an instant appreciation among holiday home hunters.

VERDICT: Old world charm with modern comfort

Dingle Peninsula, Co Kerry


Size: 185 sq m approx ( 2,000 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 3

Bathrooms: 3


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