Get your bearings right

THERE’s no name, or number on this house, yet its address on Kinsale’s Compass Hill seems to be bearings enough for people and post to find their way to the almost anonymous address.

The period home is being sold by Scotsman Andrew Campbell and his wife Carol, and he swears a letter addressed to him as simply as ‘Andrew Campbell, Ireland’ got here safe and sound. Other than that, ‘Campbell of Compass Hill’ has been known to work as a lofty location marker for mail.

The duo have been owners of the period Georgian semi-d since 2002, having bought it on Andrew’s retirement when they decided to move back to Europe from the US.

“We’d holidayed before in Kinsale, and liked what we saw, and were very pleased with the decision to move here. It is a lovely town, with lovely people, very open to international arrivals, and the fact Cork airport is so close was important to us, as we travel a lot,” says the genial Scotsman.

The couple are relocating to the US to be closer to their children, but the affair with Kinsale will probably linger on: they intend to source a smaller base in or near the town.

Previous owners were Conor and Mareta Doyle, hugely well known in the business and arts scene, and who only sold up here when they built one of Kinsale’s largest new houses overlooking the water at Oysterhaven, and it has had years of steady investment and upgrading, inside and out.

The views are to the forefront of this Compass Hill House, with a 180 degree sweep of water and harbour from its hillside setting five minutes’ walk from the town centre

There are views from all of the rooms in front, as well as from the side patio, and there’s a tiered garden for even more elevated viewing vantage points of all of the yachting and other waterborne activities in bustling Kinsale.

The period townhouse, slate-hung on its front and gable side, as is the traditional norm in Kinsale, is in mint condition, with accommodation on three internal levels, and up to five bedrooms. It is comes up for sale with joint agents Savills Hamilton Osborne King in Cork city, and with Victoria Murphy as local agent.

They seek offers around €2 million, and say the quality of the house, the setting and proximity to the town centre, the views and double garage combine to make for a highly sellable home of note.


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