GLANDORE is back with a bang, in property terms and in the popularity stakes also.
One of the country’s most scenically-set locations, with its high perch overlooking a wooded inlet, the fishing port of Union Hall and the treacherous rocks/islands Adam and Eve, it’s always had something of a golden cachet, with property highly prized and as highly priced.
It took a dip in the recession, and a few years ago, most of its bars and hotel were shut for business, before getting new life and investment. They’re back, and on summer days the two main bars, Hayes and the Glandore Inn do a roaring trade in al fresco dining for full view taking, and are as busy indoors when it turns cooler.
The highly regarded Rectory, a wedding venue in a stunning-set Georgian era home, unfortunately fell victim to the property crash, and was sold this year, showing on the Price Register at €1.35m, one of a half dozen six €1m-plus sales in Glandore since 2010.
The dearest, Seamark, shows at €3.7m in 2012 (it was closer to €4m when its grounds are factored in), and is just a few doors away from The Rectory.
Sources say The Rectory’s buyers were a private Cork couple with medical background, who’ve bought it for upgrading as a holiday home. Tony O’Reilly’s Shorecliffe, on six acres also sold in ‘14 for €1.5m, bought for holiday use by a London-based couple.
Also as keen on Glandore is Stephen Vernon of Green Property and Green REIT, with over €2bn in assets. Back in 2014, Mr Vernon paid €1.65m for the architect- created Violet Garden in the thick of Glandore’s most sought-after settings, with water frontage and access.
“If Ireland has a Riviera, it’s West Cork. And, if there’s a St Tropez in West Cork it’s Glandore, and I think I’ve just bought the nicest house and setting in Glandore,” Mr Vernon told the Irish Examiner at the time of purchase.
A keen sailor, Stephen Vernon had visited Glandore first by boat, competing in the Calves Week, where he won the Fastnet challenge, and it’s probably no surprise that the owners of this equally high-end rebuild called Radharc on a higher-up perch at Rushanes are also sailors, lured to Glandore for its sailing base appeal, sailing club and annual regattas (the Classic Boat Regatta runs this year July 23-28).
Radharc got launched in May by joint agents Maeve McCarthy of Charles P McCarthy & Co in Skibbereen, with Catherine McAuliffe of Savills in Cork city with a €1.35m price tag, and that’s for a top-spec home over three levels, totalling 5,000sq ft.
They say it’s one of Glandore’s finest coastal properties, on elevated terraced gardens of c three-quarters of an acre, and is both accommodation and versatile, with its quite modest tally of four bedrooms spread over its three levels, so there’s privacy galore for all concerned, be it family, guests or others. And, as the current layout sees almost 1,000sq ft at the lower ground level in use as a games room, it’s very feasible to add more sleeping quarters if/as required.
Built in the mid-2000s, it replaced/engulfed a cottage which previously had stood here, and after the build the gardens were laid out by West Cork-based designer Verney Naylor.
Apart from maritime touches and marina panorama beyond, there’s almost an LA feel to the interior, mainly thanks to the sinewy presence of the feature, corner set curving marble staircase linking all three levels, with a wrought iron balustrade by Ronan Creative Ironwork, first encountered from the entrance hall, and ending down below decks with a nautical compass motif.
Mid-ships rooms include a kitchen/diner with painted blue hardwood units, sitting room, en suite bedroom, 3, and guest WC.
The top floor meanwhile, has two bedrooms, with big master with high-pitched vaulted ceilings, luxurious private bathroom and dressing room, and this upper deck also has a living room with two balconies, offering an irresistible draw to stand out and to admire, well, the radharc.