Starter homes: Myrtleville, Cork €145,000

Size: Sq m 65 (700 sq ft)
Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 1
BER rating: D1

Holiday home right on track

by Tommy Barker

There’s both railway history and lighthouse links with this seaside bungalow Eddystone at Myrtleville, just around the mouth of Cork harbour beyond Crosshaven, and near a beach.

Built in the 1990s by a couple with two baby boys (now 18 and 20) this three-bed bungalow replaced an old, unused railway carriage holiday home conversion on the plot at Cooney’s Field.

Bays around Crosshaven got hugely popular with Cork City families after WW11, with many built of old Ford boxes, or in converted railway carriages and even double deck buses. Most have faded away, but in this bungalow a few reminders remain.

The house’s kitchen/breakfast bar has an arched timber section recalling the old, former carriage’s shape, and the house’s name-plaque is carved out of another piece of carriage timbers.

“We called it Eddystone as that was the previous name the owners had, and they bought it from a man in CIE who brought down two rail carriages, one called Mumbles, the other Eddystone after the lighthouse near Plymouth,” recalls vendor Tim Cullinane. (The Eddystone light is a bit like the Fastnet, solitary and set nine miles out in the Devon/Cornwall seas over treacherous rocks.)

The couple had been trying to buy a mobile home site near Tragumna in West Cork, when a sale fell through, and they took a consolation ride on a motorbike to Myrtleville where they chanced across the vendor’s own homemade sign for the disused rail carriage conversion, and snapped it up.

They built anew, over time, and kept a few carriage sections for memory’s sake, and now with boys grown up and moving on, they are selling up — handily enough as sailing regatta Cork Week brought crowds to ‘Crosser’ this past week.

Estate agent Roy Dennehy guides the done-up Eddystone at €145,000, promising swift carriage of sale.

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