Gallery: Get in the mood with this stylish pad in Skibbereen

The up-market Peninsula House, at Lisheen outside of Skibbereen, is an unusual mix, says Tommy Barker.

Lisheen, Skibbereen  €750,000

Size: 1,900 sq ft on 1.6 acres

Bedrooms: 4

Bathrooms: 3


It’s pure high-end luxury, described as contemporary and minimalist in style, yet it comes with all trendy bells and whistles, including home automation, high-speed broadband, a 3D full HD home cinema, and a Teppankai grill and cocktail bar and outdoor hot-tub, plus for absolute contrast there’s an organic vegetable garden with lots of raised beds, and an extra long polytunnel.

Launched for a summer 2017 market via agent Maeve McCarthy of Charles P McCarthy & Co in Skib, it was built over split levels and ‘upside down’ back in 2008 and was then redone as recently as 2013, so is in top order, inside and out, as befits a rural/coastal home with a €750,000 asking price.

The setting, Ms McCarthy says, is spectacular, near a beach and pier and has views along the Ilen and Roaring Water Bay and spanning including Heir, Sherkin and Cape Clear Islands, while the property spans 1.6 private acres behind electronic sliding gates, with an outbuilding for four cars.

There’s entry points on two-three levels, and if arriving by car the access is via a foot bridge to the upper, open plan living/dining section.

It’s high ceilinged and part double height up here, all walls and ceilings are white and the flooring is pale porcelain tiling, while all four bedrooms are below decks, with cream painted wood flooring. 

It’s all clearly designed for entertaining, with a German designed kitchen, seven-seta Teppanyaki Japanese-style grill, five ring hob, loads of back up appliances, cocktail bar, dining section, and the living area has a stove. 

The property also has motorised blinds and a zoned multi-media system which (naturally) serves the outdoors spa/lounge and hot tub area, while the home cinema has a 2.5m wide HD screen and a mood lighting display to rival the Northern Lights. 

VERDICT: it might be stone faced, but it is definitely not your average West Cork stone farmhouse.


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