No walking plank at Clifftop Court despite links with pirate queen

THERE’S a fascinating piece of social history attached to this new development at Garrettstown, Co Cork.

The plot on which five holiday homes have been built was the place where the pirate, Anne Bonny, was born — on the wrong side of the blanket.

The daughter of a maid and a barrister father, the young family fled to the New World, where Anne grew up in considerable comfort on a plantation in South Carolina.

The inspiration for Keira Knightley’s character in Pirates of the Caribbean, Anne met, fell in love with, and married the pirate James Bonny and followed him to sea.

She became one of the most successful of practitioners in the golden age of piracy and had many adventures before being captured and imprisoned in 1720. After that she dropped out of history.

However, the gable wall of her original home is preserved in Clifftop Court, with a plaque to her memory.

The group of five houses, in a clifftop position, are tucked into a site close to the landmark, Speckled Door pub and come with a private slipway to the sea.

Built by developer, Micheal Kirby, who has a list of one-offs and small schemes to his name in Carrigaline, the row of townhouses are high-end and this is reflected in the pricing.

The guides range from €575,000 to €650,000, depending on position, and the 1,200 sq ft houses are available to view by appointment.

Brendan Bowe of Bowe Property says the quality of finish is superb, adding that the properties will show good appreciation. The reason for this is their uniqueness — there are only five in the scheme and there will be no more, he says.

Clifftop Court is very private and the slipway will be exclusively for the use of owners. There are no developments in the immediate area and the proximity to Kinsale Head Golf Course adds to the attraction.

Marble floors at ground level, French pine overhead and high end kitchens with all the hardware, are included in the sale price.

The houses come with first floor balconies, and some include sunrooms, while roofs are in natural slate and each unit comes with a private back garden. The layout is mostly open plan, with three bedrooms and fully finished bathrooms.

Within four miles of Kinsale and having Garrettstown beach on the doorstep, this unusual offering should pique the interest of holiday home buyers. Piracy or no piracy.


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