West Cork property a home like no other

Trish Dromey hears that this unique property is generating a lot of interest and not just from holidaymakers.    

THIS amazing octagonal house at Coomhola Valley in West Cork seems a little like a real version of the toadstool houses that children read about in fairy tales.

It’s not just the shape, which comes close to being circular, that gives this impression but also the fact that all the windows and doors are arched just like the ones you see in the story books.

The owner who built it in 2002 requested a special house for a special setting — having chosen a site in Coomhola Valley at the foot of Cnoc Garbh, bounded by the Glash na Garbh stream at one side and the Cooleemane River at the other.

It has 1,000 sq ft of living space but must have been difficult to measure since none of the rooms have regular shapes, except for the rectangular sunroom at the side.

Creating a staircase to suit such a unique property must also have been a challenge, but Skibbereen engineer Sharon Walsh came up with one which brings to mind Middle Earth and hobbits. The curved teak staircase has banisters made from locally sourced tree branches and narrow trees trunks, all with their bark still attached. 

Facing southeast at the back is a rustic kitchen with red checked curtains covering the units and an oil fired range which is used to heat the house. An archway at the side leads through to a large tiled sunroom/dining room with scenic views.

West Cork property a home like no other 

Facing west is a timber floored living room which has a huge stone fireplace with a stove. 

Accommodation found at the top of the curved staircase includes a bathroom with a freestanding bath as well as two bedrooms, one of which has a glazed arched doorway which opens out on to a balcony.

Off the sunroom is a large decking area — providing space to sit out and admire the valley and the surrounding hills. 

On a site of over an acre, the property has a large poly tunnel for growing vegetables as well as an oval wildlife pond.

Seeking offers of €250,000, Henry O’Leary auctioneers describes it as a wonderful property in a magical setting. Because of the location seven miles from Glengarriff and six miles from Bantry, Mr O’Leary expected interest from holiday home buyers but has so far had much more interest from people who want to come and live there full time. 

This has included UK buyers, locals and some other Irish buyers who are considering the option of retiring to scenic tranquility in West Cork.

VERDICT: very definitely one of a kind.

Coomhola, West Cork


Size: 92 sq m (1,000 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 2

Bathrooms: 2

BER: Pending

Best Feature: Shapely


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