Perfect for a buyer who likes sea views on their holidays or for someone who wants to live with them all year round
Glengarriff, Co Cork €445,000
Size: 116 sq m (1,260 sq ft)
FROM the front sundeck at this Glengarriff bungalow the beauty of Bantry Bay and the Beara Peninsula lies exposed before you — an expanse of blue sea framed by rugged hills and mountains.
Located at Ardnaturrish Beg on a roadway leading down off the Glengarriff-Bantry road, the property has, to give it the best views possible, been raised up over a granite basement.
Built in the late 1960s as a holiday home, it has for the last 10 years been the all-year residence of an American of Irish descent who came to visit the land of her ancestors and fell in love with the West Cork scenery.
When she bought it, the hillside bungalow had a full length thick wall of glass which had a vertiginous effect on her, so she replaced it with more conventional large windows, which allowed her to appreciate the views more securely.
She also comprehensively renovated and redecorated the 1,260 sq ft property putting in insulation, double glazed windows, new wiring and plumbing.
In doing so she turned the property into an elegant and comfortable home and added on a new front sundeck to sit out and admire the views.
From here you can see across Bantry bay to Whiddy and the place where tankers stop for fuel.
“It’s the most Westerly fuel depot in Europe — the last stop for tankers before they cross the Atlantic,” says the owner who enjoys watching the cruise ships and the tankers sail across the Bay.
Looking out along the rocky indented coastline she points across to Sheeps Head and says it looks particularly well when it is snow covered in winter.
“The view of Bantry Bay is best in the sunshine but it’s also amazing in winter when you can see and hear the waves crash...”
The main room in the property is a large lounge/dining-room which has a carpeted living area with built-in bookshelves and five large picture windows.
To the rear there’s a timber floored dining area with a modern electric fire set in a mock chimney-breast.
Tucked away at one side is a kitchenette with cream units and granite worktops.
The bungalow has two front facing bedrooms with built-in wardrobes, carpeted flooring and plantation shutters instead of curtains.
Across the corridor at the back is a small utility room, a WC, and a bathroom with underfloor heating.
There’s also a third bedroom which doubles as an office.
Not only does the granite area underneath the property improve its views by raising up the property it also provides space for storage and a boiler room.
Set on half an acre, the house has a narrow gravelled area at the rear, parking at the side and a large lawned garden at the front.
Features include a small glasshouse which the owner has used to grow vegetables and flowers.
More unusually, there’s a stone grotto with a statue of St Francis.
This was there when the owner bought it but she replaced a broken statue with one of the patron saint of animals.
Guiding at €445,000, the property is on the market with Sherry FitzGerald O’Neill who say the bungalow is delightful and the views are exceptional.
Auctioneer Ray O’Neill says the 180 degree views of Bantry Bay will certainly make it attractive to overseas buyers especially given that the Glengarriff/Bantry area is very popular with Europeans.
Location is on the Beara route 5km from Glengarriff and around 11 from Bantry.
VERDICT: Perfect for a buyer who likes sea views on their holidays or for someone who wants to live with them all year round
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