House of the Week: Popular Airbnb cottage could go in a flash

All the reviewers seem to have loved Ballycotton and its beaches, cliff walk, pubs and restaurants.

House of the Week: Popular Airbnb cottage could go in a flash
  • Ballycotton, Co Cork
  • Price: €165,000
  • Size: 53sq m (570sq ft)
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • BER: D1

Judging by the rave reviews it received on Airbnb, this very cute cottage at 2 Cow Lane in the seasidevillage of Ballycotton should not be too difficult to sell. Located within a short walk from a rocky beach, it’s a prettily decorated former fisherman’s cottage which some guests have described as a “a gem by the sea”.

All the reviewers seem to have loved Ballycotton and its beaches, cliff walk, pubs and restaurants.

They also seem to have been very happy with the cuteness and character of thetwo-bed mid-terrace cottage and the fact that it is located so close to the pubs and restaurants they liked so much. One of them was particularly pleased with the fact that she could hear the sound of the waves from her bedroom.

Tasked with selling the cottage, which is new to the market with a guide price of €165,000, Shea Cronin of Cronin Wall Properties sounds just as impressed as the Airbnb guests.

Listing all of Ballycotton’s many attractions, he goes on to describe the cottage, which was renovated 20 years ago and redecorated in recent years, as unique and very charming.

While the property is, as described by former guests, a perfect holiday getaway, Mr Cronin says that much of the interest so far has come from east Cork first-time buyers who are attracted to the Ballycotton lifestyle and areappreciative of pretty the cottage is.

He has, in fact, already secured an offer of the asking price from a first-time buyer.

The central property in a terrace of three, No 2 Cow Lane is located in a laneway leading down to ‘The Cow’ — arocky beach with a slipway which is popular with locals for swimming and kayaking.

The cottage isn’t facing the sea but it does have views of the sea from the small garden area at the front.

The current owner inherited the property a few years ago from an aunt who bought it 20 years ago and carried out major renovations and put in double glazing. In recent years it’s been give a decorative makeover and the ground floor area has been made open plan.

The décor in the traditional cottage has been kept simple and all the walls and the ceilings, including the timber-panelled ones in the living area, have been painted white.

The timber floorboards upstairs have been painted grey, as have modern grey kitchen units. The walls have been hung with a selection of photographs and painting mostly of seaside scenes, seascapes and boats.

Accommodation in the 570sq ft property includes a tiled kitchen dining livingarea which has a small kitchen area with modern grey units and a corner stove in the living space.

A painted timber stairs leads to the upstairs which hasa shower room and two bedrooms also decorated a little nautically with seaside pictures and which have marine blue doors with stained-glass inserts.

To the rear the cottage has a patio garden and a workshop which a former owners used to make stained glass.

Located close to the centre of Ballycotton, the cottage is within a 10-minute walk of the pier and all the village pubs while the church, attractively named The Star of the Sea, is a few minutes away.

When Mr Cronin sells this property he will have sold every house on Cow Lane. He sold No 3 in 2016 for €135,000 and No 1 in 2017 for €186,000, €31,000 above its asking price.VERDICT: A cute and cosy seaside cottage.

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