A renovated stone cottage and its two tiny satellites overlooking the Atlantic is like a mini holiday village, says Trish Dromey.
Causeway, Co Kerry €295,000
Size: (main cottage) 140 sq m (1,510 sq ft)
With a large cottage, a tiny one and a timber glam pod, all with scenic sea views, this property at Causeway in north Kerry is almost like a little holiday village.
The story of how this varied collection of accommodations came to be involves one engineer, two photographers, and quite a number of foreigners, mostly Americans and Germans.
It started with an engineer who bought and modernised an old stone cottage located a field or two away from the top of the cliffs at Clashmealcon, now with dry-lined interiors, double height ceiling in the living room with chandelier, plus first floor bedrooms at either end, each with its own staircase.
A modern kitchen and bathroom and double-glazing provided additional comfort, all in 1,500 sq ft.
By the time the project was finished, the engineer had however decided to emigrate.
This made the newly-renovated cottage available for purchase by a couple who ran a local photography business.
They loved the cottage and were completely smitten with the views which they have been snapping for the last six years.
“You can look out over the cliff tops and see along the Atlantic coast to Ballybunion and the Cliffs of Bromore and across the Shannon Estuary to Loop Head Lighthouse in Clare.
"The sunsets are amazing - at certain times of the year, you can watch the sun drop down behind Loop Head.”
The tiny cottage, called Teachín Bán (‘little white house’), came into being last year when the owners converted a stone-built animal shed at the end of their garden, dry-lined, fitted with double glazed windows and roofed with a green sedum roof from Cork company Anugreen, adding “we wanted sedum because it grows along the cliffs here and is pretty with pink flowers “.
Before the Teachín had been completed, the couple tried their luck on Airbnb.
“Our builder told us no-one would come here but we have proved him wrong — we’ve had a lot of visitors mostly Germans and Americans — the Americans love cute small one-off houses.”
In just 221 sq ft they have fitted in a living/dining room with a kitchenette and breakfast bar, a wet room and a low-ceilinged loft bedroom overhead.
On the Internet it’s described as cosy and scenic — offering views of the Atlantic coast and the opportunity to listen to the sound of crashing waves.
Bookings went so well that the couple decided to add a second property.
They found a company in Listowel making glamping pods and bought the largest one possible.
Operating since May, this is a 169 sq ft property which is insulated and double-glazed and has living area/bedroom with a small kitchenette and a tiny shower room, and the owners say bookings have gone well.
They have however decided that it is time to move on and find new scenery to photograph and have put their property on the market with Horgan Properties.
Seeing offers of €295,000, auctioneer Mary Horgan says the two holiday lets could be used by a new owner to generate income.
On a site of a third of an acre, the cottage has large, partly landscaped gardens planted with flowers and scented rose bushes and which has as a centrepiece a piece of bog wood which the owners believe is 7,000 years old.
The last property in a cul de sac, it’s located around four kilometres from Causeway village and 12 from Ballybunion.
VERDICT: great place to watch a sunset.
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