Home on the range in Tuosist, Co Kerry

This 1950s-built cottage is set against a mountainous background, writes Trish Dromey

A recent renovation has done wonders for the interior of this Beara property — and a recent sprinkling of frost and snow on the Caha Mountains has done wonders for its views.

The 1950s-built cottage at Derrylough, in Tuosist, is surrounded by the type of scenery that people are willing to travel to find. Its owners are a UK/Hong Kong couple who, like many who settle in this part of South Kerry, probably came in search of views.

Since buying the property last year, they have put huge energy and thought into creating a comfortable home from which they can look out on green fields, rugged countryside, and craggy mountain peaks They didn’t make major changes to the property’s exterior but on the inside they made significant improvements — rewiring the electrics, putting in new bathroom sanitary ware and flooring, and upgrading the central heating which brought the energy rating up from a D2 to a C2.

They also installed a contemporary cream kitchen, heated up the living room with a large stove, and redecorated from top to bottom.

Describing the property as beautifully done and the views as stunning, Elaine Daly of Sherry FitzGerald Daly Kenmare is seeking offers of €230,000.

To the rear, with panoramic views of the Caha Mountains, is a 30ft-long living room which has been decorated to provide both old-world style and modern comfort. 

The central feature is a huge redbrick fireplace which was already there but which the owners fitted with a large Stanley stove. Features which make it homely include pine doors with traditional latches, roman blinds, some carefully chosen knick-knacks, and a pile of timber stacked by the stove.

Offering a spacious 1,600 sq ft of living space, the property has a large sunroom beyond the living room at the rear. Added on by previous owners, it doubles as a dining room and, with full-height glass walls, is obviously the best spot for enjoying the views.

The kitchen, a long narrow room at the front, is cream and modern, with a grey-and-black tiled splashback, a breakfast bar, and solid-timber flooring. At one end of the property there are two pine-floored bedrooms, and alongside them a modern shower room with underfloor heating. Off the kitchen is a small utility room.

The first floor has another newly fitted bathroom as well as a back bedroom with scenic views. There’s also a spacious studio/living room with a vaulted ceiling and large Velux windows.

Set on a 2.4-acre site, the property has paddocks at the front and rear which could be used for ponies. There’s also an area of mature woodland, a pond, and a feature that always makes a property sound more idyllic: A stream running through the garden.

The property has a steep pitched roof and includes an unusual feature: An integral car port which separates the main building from the garage, which has a car maintenance pit and loft storage.

About 1km from the post office and primary school in Tuosist Derrylough is 16km from Kenmare.

Ms Daly says a good deal of interest is coming from abroad, mostly from people looking for a place to spend their retirement. It will likely sell to another buyer who travels to South Kerry in search of scenery.


VERDICT: Not expected to be on the market long.

Tuosist, Co Kerry

Price: €230,000

Size: 148 sq m (1,600 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 3

Bathrooms: 2

BER: C2



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