Rooms with a view

Location: Fennells Bay, Cork, €450,000
Sq m 110 (1,200 Sq ft)
Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 2
Best Feature: Coast is clear 

Festooned with houses, bungalows and chalets along sloping lanes winding down to beach paths, Fennells Bay is one of Cork’s special seaside locations — next stop, America.

Out around the headland from Crosshaven, out towards Myrtleville but reaching down some different lanes, it’s a spot infrequently visited by day-trippers due to the lack of a sandy beach.

Now. a Fennells Bay home, where one can put down long-term roots, is for sale, with estate agent TJ Cronin of Irish and European, who guides at €450,000, and is open to offers as it’s at the upper end of the scale for the area, — though sales here are infrequent, and the house range is diverse.

Sales over the last four years appear to have ranged from €315,000, down to €135,000, and there’s a site on offer via Dennehy Auctioneers Carrigaline for €140,000, so all ranges of the market have been provided for.

There’s been a handful of very high end houses developed out here, especially down at the water’s end: if you are into the sea and sailing, it’s a place to sate the senses. And, for those into the great outdoors, ocean toe-dipping and yachting, Crosshaven is only a mile to two away, with its sailing club, moorings and marinas, tennis, pitch and putt, soccer, rugby and GAA clubs, as well as schools, shops, bars and restaurants aplenty.

Likely to date to the mid 1900s, Irish and European’s Fennell’s Bay offer is a four-bed of about 1,200 sq ft, with a shared en suite between two of the bedrooms, it also has conservatory/sun rooms front and back, main living room, den, kitchen and main bathroom.

It’s on a sloping site of about one-fifth of an acre, on a height above Fennells Bay, one of a handful of baysa and coves near Crosshaven, and handily the bay is serviced by a bus.

There’s lots of charm, but it’s on the dated side too, so the detached house with crazy paved patio is likely to need more cash spent on it, especially for new owners considering it as an all-year round location, and not just for sunny days and holidays.

Mr Cronin says the bungalow’s in good condition, with features of its age — such as stone fireplace with brass canopy — and the south-easterly sloping gardens have all the signs of being enjoyed by keen gardeners, with paths and pergolas and climbing plants, as well as lawns and parking.

VERDICT: Never a dull moment living by the sea.


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