Upstairs downstairs add-ons in Clonakilty Town, West Cork

Five-bed Clonakilty townhouse has made a push for more space out the back, says Tommy Barker.

There’s more than first meets the eye on this hill-set townhouse, in the uphill heart of Clonakilty in West Cork.

Although modest and traditional to the street, the extended, now five-bed No 36 McCurtain Hill is a two minute walk from the centre of Clon, up from the upgraded pedestrian plaza at Astna Street, Ashe Street and Pearse Street, home in fine weather days to outdoor cafe society seating, sipping and supping, and a lively local and tourist buzz.

Even though billed as an ideal family home by selling agents Sherry FitzGerald O’Neill, this extended-to-the rear terraced home has scope for up to five bedrooms, three of them en suite, and in the past, No 36 appears to have been rented out for holiday home use on a weekly basis.

All use options are there now for any new owner, or even a mix of the two, with scope to rent out rooms to visitors as an income adjunct with seasonal demand.

No 36 has one of its five bedrooms at ground level, en suite and adaptable, while across the hall is a 17’ by 11’ living room.

This property has been extended out behind, over two levels (pic, right), so at ground level is very decent kitchen/living/dining room, 18’ by 18, with modern Shaker-style units. Virtually the entire back wall is glass, with glazed double panels either side of French doors which face east.

Then, outside is a deep patio, walled on either side, with seating, and steps down to a long, slender back garden, while the patio space “adds ambience” to No 36, says Ray O’Neill.

Thanks to being extended up top also (and slate hung on the back gable), there are now two more en suite bedrooms amongst the four up here, plus family bathroom.

VERDICT : Above average spec for an older-era town centre home, in a hot tourist town too.

Clonakilty Town, West Cork


Sqm 141 (1,500 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 5

Bathrooms: 4


Best Feature: Substantial

  • MEANWHILE; the price of another Co Cork coastal property, the 1,800 sq ft four-bed townhouse at 6 Castlepoint, in Crosshaven, was incorrectly given last weekend. The three-storey home mid-terraced with views is guided at €295,000 with agent Andrew Moore & Co.


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