House of the week: West Cork €1.5 million

Size: Sq m 370 (4,000 sq ft)
Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 4
BER rating: D1
Best asset: Setting

Did Ireland ever have as many waterfront houses as it had this past, flood-riden week? Homes and streets along the length and breadth of the country, along the coastline and up and down major rivers, found water lapping at their thresholds (or beyond) — inadvertently, thanks to flooding, from the seas and the skies.

But, at West Cork’s Blind Harbour House, the water, right up to its boundaries, is all part of the package, charm and sales appeal.

Not only was this one-time coastguard property deliberately sited to be at the water’s edge (yet, thankfully, quite a few feet above high tide levels) but its subsequent owners went so far as to put a swimming pool between the house and the sea for even more water aspect and enjoyment. As a result, it’s an ideal spot for those into swimming, boating, general sea-borne activities, or just with webbed feet.

Location of this 4,000 sq ft five-bed home with upstairs living areas is at a particularly scenic point at a bay or harbour’s edge, in a beautiful, off-thebeaten-track section of West Cork. It’s out along boreens at Reen, which puts it close to Union Hall, Glandore and Castletownshend — a golden triangle, as selling agent Charles McCarthy in Skibbereen describes it, and prices it accordingly — a hefty €1.5 million.

Blind Harbour House is only now getting into its natural selling period: spring and the lure of some balmy summer months is what gets coastal property moving, while the arrival of daffodils is the traditional harbinger of country home sales. Blind Harbour House has an, initial at least, asking price of €1.5m for its French owners, who acquired it from Australians; who buys it now, where they come and for how much, will be open to market interest and negotiation.

Blind Harbour House has its main living area 30’ by 15’ upstairs, next to a conservatory, with study, living room, galley-style kitchen with feature porthole window to the lounge, a dining room and top floor en suite master bedroom, with four more bedrooms, another kitchen and large reception room, utility and shower rooms beneath.

If there’s downside, it’s the fact that while the ocean’s on the doorstep, so too is another house, right by its entrance and there’s not much land with Blind Harbour House — about an acre, at best. So, it’s all about the house, and the setting about half a mile east of the mouth of Castletownshend harbour, and a few miles west of Glandore, in an area dotted with island and coves, with safe anchorage for those of a maritime bent.

A quite substantial breakwater protects the immediate shoreline, with a slip just inside it for launching dinghies, kayaks or windsurfers, and above it is the shoreside swimming pool, fed with fresh water from a bore well, so a handy place to rinse the salt water off after a beach dip.

The grounds include a precast garage at the back boundary, an outdoor wood-fire oven/BBQ, and planting is a mix of semi-tropical trees, palms and shrubs with some lawn, and parking for cars, boats and trailers.

VERDICT: Landlubbers need not apply, this is one for those who adore the sea.


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