Tommy Barker considers life in the sloe lane in this funky hideaway situated between Rosscarbery and Clonakilty.
Rosscarbery, West Cork €150,000
Size: FPP for 1,100 sq ft
Bedrooms: 1 (3 per plans)
This cute Coolcraheen chalet called SloeBerry, is, quite literally outstanding in its own field.
And, it has notions (and full planning permission) to grow into a timber-skinned, three-bedroomed even funkier home, of 1,100 sq ft, on its own verdant wildflower acre.
The current hideaway, five or ten minutes drive from either Rosscarbery or Clonakilty in West Cork and with distant sea views (on a clear day) is a surprise arrival to market.
Hardly anyone is as surprised as its owners/vendors, writer Aida Austin and science teacher Dave Pegler who’ve only latterly decided to change their original downsizing plans, and to sell up.
SloeBerry was a winsome guest cottage and teenager’s den behind the Pegler family’s home, a lovely old cottage conversion at Coolcraheen which they sold last year, fully intending to move into this private and quite separate garden chalet once extended.
As readers of Aida Austin’s Weekend column in the Irish Examiner might have noticed, she/they’ve sort of fallen for town living since renting over the winter in Clonakilty, and now she and Dave have bought a do-er upper in the town, needing absolutely everything done to it: “oh joy!” she says, possibly ruefully.
As they forsake country living for town convenience, SloeBerry’s up for the autumn season picking: estate agent Andy Donoghue of Hodnett Forde, who sold the just-as-quirky main house last year to an overseas buyer (for €240k, according to the Price Register) prices the chalet at €150,000.
Mr Donoghue says the chalet’s new owners can enjoy it as it is, as there’s years left to run on the planning grant to extend as per the plans, done in sympathetic, wood-clad manner in linked wings, by local Clonakilty architect Mike Shanahan.
It has its own services on site, with wood-burning stove, bedroom, bathroom and living room/kitchen: the agent says it’s currently cosy, and the extension plans allow for a bespoke family home, or a romantic weekend getaway.
VERDICT: Life in the sloe lane
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