A stunning lodge overlooking a beautiful beach is a true original, writes Tommy Barker.
Size: 130 (1,400 sq ft)
The same, Dublin-based owners have had Green Lodge for the last 40 years or so, but now find they are making less and less use of it, and have decided to put the stone-built home, with ocean-spanning sunrooms addition, up for sale.
Dating to the 1830s, Green Lodge was built by a then Lord Headley, associated with Aghadoe House 18 miles away by Killarney lakes, as a bathing house for his guests.
It’s only ever had three families owning it, over almost 180 years, and is one of the oldest homes around Rossbeigh, overlooking the long sandy beach and Dingle peninsula further off, and is in “one of the very best settings in all of Rossbeigh,” says agent Darragh Burns of Jim Burns & Co in Killorglin.
Semi-detached, on very mature colourful gardens with old stone outbuilding and a garage, it’s got original, feature stone finishes inside as well as externally, and has a modern sun room in front, adding over 300 sq ft more to the original, characterful 19th century dwelling: a perfect place for a telescope.
It’s set up on a high road, about 200 metres up from the beach, and where the local hotel/bar has just recently changed hands, and Glenbeigh village and amenities are a mile off, and it’s all on the long-familiar Ring of Kerry, and the more recent blow-in, the Wild Atlantic Way. Within a short drive is Dooks golf course and the area’s renowned for watersports, fishing, walking, climbing and more.
Darragh Burns seeks offers of around €354,000 for Green Lodge, which has lots of wood-sheeted rooms, a high ceilinged living room with wood beams and wood-sheeted ceilings, all dominated by a soaring stone chimney breast and there’s an overall feel of days of yore, yet with modern comforts.
One of its three bedrooms is en suite, there’s also a family bathroom (for showering off the sand and the salt after a day on the beach, sort of reprising its origins as a bathing hut) and overall condition is good.
It has Calor gas central heating, double glazing, and pleasant grounds, planted up but without lawns to care for.
VERDICT: one of Rossbeigh’s originals and in one of the best viewing perches: after all Lord Headley had a choice of spots back in the 1830s.
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