With magnificent scenery and an abundance of creature comforts, this is a perfect place to look for peace.
Caragh Lake, Co Kerry
Size: 403 sq m (4,338 sq ft)
Best Feature: Caragh Lake always holds international buyer appeal
Caragh Lake has long been a magnet for anglers, boating enthusiasts, swimmers, hikers and tourists as well as affluent buyers coming to build substantial holiday homes with spectacular views.
The boat has now sailed on building on the lakeshore in this Area of Special Conservation, but a buyer will find all the spectacular views they could wish for, as well as 100 metres of lake frontage, at this spacious bungalow which overlooks the lake’s northern shores.
For the recently reduced asking price of €825,000, it offers over 4,300 sq ft of living space and two acres of gardens in addition to views across the tranquil waters of the lake and of the rugged contours of the McGillycuddy Reeks in the distance.
The stone-fronted property, built in the 1970s as a summer home for a Dublin family, has all the comforts holiday makers could require including a fully-stocked bar with seating for 20 as well as an indoor hot tub with space for 10 people.
These are practically guaranteed to provide a relaxing end to a day spent boating on the lake.
Set on a gentle slope a few hundred yards from the water, the south-facing bungalow is positioned to maximise the views and has a large patio with seating at the front, overlooking the gardens.
The room with the best views is a large living room with ceiling-height windows and patio doors at the corner.
A tiled, split-level room this is open plan with the kitchen at one side and a snug at another.
While the bright open living area is designed for taking in the views, the snug is a smaller more enclosed space with stone faced wall which seems to be perfect for spending cozy evenings watching TV by the stove.
To the rear of the property, decorated in red and white is a tiled kitchen which has white units and a long breakfast bar dividing it from the dining room.
Three of the property’s four bedrooms face onto the lake including a large master bedroom which has a bay window and an en suite with a bath and shower.
To the rear there’s a fourth bedroom, a utility room, a main bathroom and an elegant tiled hallway with ceiling coving and a chandelier-style light fixture.
The back of the bungalow also has a separate wing catering for leisure activities.
This includes a fully stocked bar, which has a teak counter, timber panelled walls, high and low stools and bar tables, and is a very realistic replica of an actual pub.
Beside it is a spacious tiled leisure room with a seating area and a large hot tub in the corner.
Other facilitiesinclude a six-person sauna and a shower.
If required, there’s further space available in the converted attic above the leisure wing.
Accessed via electric gates and a long gravel driveway, the lake house has extensive lawned gardens planted with colourful azaleas, camellias and rhododendrons.
Closer to the lake there’s a wooded area where the current owners keep their boat and a gate opening on to the water front and a slipway.
The entrance to the property is within a few hundred yards along the road from Carrig Country House, a four-star hotel on the lake.
Located just off the main Ring of Kerry road, the bungalow is 6km from Killorglin, 25km from Killarney and is also within easy driving distance from the golf course at Dooks and the beach at Rossbeigh.
Joint selling agents Savills and Edmond O’Donoghue auctioneers say there is a premium on lakeside houses such as this one and that getting planning permission for this kind of a property would now be out of the question.
Given its size, scenery and setting the bungalow is expected to attract interest from abroad as well as Ireland.
The last high-priced sale recorded at Caragh Lake involved Glounagillagh House, a 5,500 sq ft property with 11 acres of land which was sold by Catherine McAuliffe of Savills and Edmond O’Donoghue for €1.29m million in June 2014 to a US buyer.
VERDICT: With magnificent scenery and an abundance of creature comforts, it’s a perfect place to look for peace.
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