Making waves on the coast: Goleen, West Cork €260,000

Sq m 196 (2,100 sq ft)
Bedrooms: 5
Bathrooms: 3
BER rating: N/A
Best feature: Quality

THERE’S space galore at this Goleen home — with its five bedrooms and decent amount of rooms, it can sleep up to 12 people, so it’s ideal for families getting together, and holidaying together.

No 11 Rockview is on the Barleycove/Crookhaven side of the far-flung West Cork village of Goleen. It’s in as pretty a spot as you’ll find along this stretch of the Wild Atlantic Way, with the signature point Mizen Head a few miles further out the peninsula. Goleen lays claim to being the last parish in the south-west of Ireland, before America — and the Fastnet rock and lighthouse off the coastline is sometimes known as ‘Ireland’s Teardrop’, as it was the last sight of Ireland for 19th century and early 20th century emigrants.

For arrivals, though, the detached No 11 Rockview is part of a small development of holiday homes, but looks and feels out on its own, with plenty of space inside and out, and with a sunny large stone-flagged patio, says estate agent Jim O’Keeffe of James Lyons O’Keeffe.

He guides at €260,000 and says it’s in very good condition. The vendors are in the interiors/furniture business, so it is definitely above average spec.Making it all a sociable space is the large sun-room/living room extension behind, done three years ago and fitted with a wood-burning stove for cosier comforts and warmng up after beach days and hill walks.

The two-storey, stone-faced house has five bedrooms, with four upstairs plus en suite and has a stream running at its back boundary.

It faces east, and the back, stone-flagged terrace and 21’ by 14’ sunroom with its large sliding doors is the spot for evening sun-soaking of last rays, and wining and dining, according to Mr O’Keeffe.

VERDICT: A place away from it all, but on the village edge, with other Rockview residents on hand as neighbours and inter-family interaction.


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