Tommy Barker finds a acres of land for a small home, by the expanse of West Cork’s Inchydoney beach.
SEASIDE sites don’t come much more beguiling and intriguing than this offer at South Ring, Clonakilty: it spans 13 acres of good ground, has a south west
aspect, overlooking one of Ireland’s most beautiful and golden beaches and grassy dunes at Inchydoney, and has hundreds of metres of water frontage, as well as sandy coves exposed at low tides.
Pitch-perfect and guided at €395,000 by estate agent Ray O’Neill of Sherry FitzGerald O’Neill in nearby Clon, it’s the sort of spot where the well-heeled (be it in sandals, Hunter wellies, or deck shoes?) might like to build a statement home.
But, be warned, grandiose constructions won’t be tolerated here in this highly scenic precise setting. Already, there’s a half-built monument to hubris in the hulking form of a very large construction by Ring Head and Sheep Cove, built apparently in breach of planning and stopped dead in its tracks in the 1990s. Now, glimpsed from Inchdoney beach, it looks like some castle ruin.
Yes, indeed, the headland here by Ring Head is tightly, and rightly, controlled by local planners, given its high visibility from Inchydoney’s beaches and hotel. As a result, and even though some quite large contemporary one-offs have been successfully delivered by the quay at Ring, 750 metres away, there’s only been a grant of planning for a replacement, stone-faced home of just 1,200 sq ft on this expansive 13 acres.... and that’s not much in the great scheme of seaside home building ambitions.
The approved plans, by Daly Barry in Bantry, are for a marginally split level single storey traditionally-styled dwelling with heavily glazed triple aspect living room, down a few steps from a double aspect kitchen/diner off the entrance hall, plus two en suite bedrooms and a guest WC.
Aspected for abundant views and light, the house’s site is reached up a long private lane and is surrounded by its own 13 acres of pasture. And, while there is indeed water frontage and coves, at most states of the tide it can be extremely dangerous, as the considerable volumes of water in Clonakilty Bay funnel in and out of this narrow stretch of channel that even small boats and fishing craft moored at Ring can find the speed of current and eddying pools challenging.
Location is a few miles from Clonakilty, via Ring village with its several bars and the highly-rated Deasys seafood restaurant.
VERDICT: Little house meets large site in a heavenly setting.
Inchydoney, West Cork
Size: 112sq m (1,200sq ft) on 13 acres
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