THERE’S been an arty influence in the recent upgrades to the attractively-titled home Hawk’s View, at the cusp of Cork harbour, in an indented coastline area that could well be called Cork’s Bay Area.
And, come July 15, the vista from Hawk’s View and its neighbouring eyeries will be hundreds of sailing boats, when Volvo Cork Week gets into gear.
Set above Fennells Bay, outside Crosshaven, Hawk’s View is one of just a couple of dozen homes in this scenic and elevated setting, with full southerly ocean views, and then the lure of the beach and Bunnyconnelan’s bar and restaurant at Myrtleville hovers just to the south west.
To get those views from a reclining and al fresco dining position, the owners of Hawk’s View put a large gable-end deck in situ too, on this easy-keep, much-gravelled half acre plot.
Some of Fennells Bay’s best home are set almost on a cliff edge, looking down on the striated rocks below that create some dicey waves for adventurers and surfers, but this 1,800 sq ft four-bed home is back on the inland side of the road, and on a pleasantly sloping site with mature boundaries with wild garden and native shrubs: it’s an area of outstanding natural beauty, says auctioneer Andrew Moore, who now has the sale of this single storey bungalow, guided at €450,000.
“It has spectacular views, even by Fennells Bay standards,” ventures Mr Moore.
And, while the profile of this area would traditionally have been for second/holiday home use and occupation, the bay area has now, more than ever, taken hold as a full-time location for commuters (or, early retirees) to and from Cork city (say, 30 minutes’ drive away), and with Crosshaven just a couple of miles away too for day-to-day essentials.
Thanks to a southerly aspect, Hawk’s View is bright, bright, bright.
Bedrooms are towards the back, and a number of the rooms have tiled floors, several with mosaic style inserts for visual uplift, and apart from its central heating, it has two stoves, one a Charnwood wood-burner in the sitting room, the other in the living/kitchen area that feeds into the dual fuel central heating.
At 21’ wide and up to 16’ deep, the room, with dark Chinese slate floor, has painted units, with pale stone tops and breakfast counter, and two picture windows, plus glazed doors to the gable deck.
The separate 18’ by 15’ sitting room, wood-floored, opens now into what would have been a corridor for extra space and light penetration, also has a glass block feature divide by the hall, probably in a former doorway.
One of the four bedrooms is en suite, and the family bathroom has a bath on a raised plinth, with shower.
VERDICT: Roll on summer, and Volvo Cork Week’s sail displays
Fennell’s Bay, Cork Coast
Size: 168 sq m (1,800 sq ft)
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