Cachet of Union Hall in West Cork gives home that holiday feeling

Tommy Barker discovers a charming West Cork haven in Union Hall.
Cachet of Union Hall in West Cork gives home that holiday feeling

One of West Cork’s most attractive villages, Union Hall, is known for its busy fishing port activity, sailing, selection of bars, cafes and seafood, proximity to beaches, hidden coves and glorious Glandore, yet is nicely off the beaten track of the main N71 running between Clonakilty and Skibbereen.

All of those attractions underpinned the launch of the Páirc na Fana scheme of 44 upmarket homes, across nine acres, back in spring 2007 just before the market took a dive.

Back then, there were eight house types and prices ranged from €375,000 for a two-bed townhouse to €680,000 for a 1,900 sq ft detached, with lots of other options in the mid €400,000s.

Many were bought as second/holiday homes and with retirement possibly in mind: a number have been rented in the interim.

The development by Castle Developments has been well-maintained and landscaping has been maturing nicely all along too. There’s talks of some remaining new-builds to come too, as confidence and prices show recovery signs.

Now, one of those other, original designs, a single storey 1,500 sq ft bungalow, No 22, is up for sale, guiding €330,000 via agent Michéal Duggan of Sherry FitzGerald O’Neill in Skib, and it’s of a size and layout that will suit equally as a full time home as for holiday usage.

Its layout, in two linked sections, sees all four bedrooms and fully tiled main bathroom to one side, two of them with en suites, and the other ‘half’ is home to a 23’ by 14’ L-shaped kitchen/diner with white gloss units, utility, and a 17’ by 12’ sitting room, with solid fuel stove.

There’s a good-sized site with No 22, with lawns, mature boundaries and parking, and the village is a short downhill walk away.

VERDICT: Just over an hour from Cork city by car, Union Hall has its own special cachet

Union Hall, West Cork

€330,000

Size: 140 sqm (1,500 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 4

Bathrooms: 3

BER: C1

Best Feature: Tidy scheme

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