Trading up: Dromore, Bantry, €395,000

Mature gardens, a decked viewing terrace half way down sloping landscaped grounds, woodland and a stream at the boundary add to the pleasures of West Cork’s Ardaravan House.

Size: 291 sq m (3,140sq ft) 

Bathrooms: 6 

Bedrooms: 5 


Set out at Dromore, near Drimoleague and about eight miles from Bantry, this surprisingly big and well-kept quality dormer has over 3,100 sq ft of space, with two of its its five bedrooms upstairs, each with bathrooms alongside, plus a study. 

Its upper deck rooms are unusual in having extra-high and extensively glazed dormers, seemingly door-sized, so there’s space to sit at a table into the window and look out over the grounds and country views.

But, it’s at ground level that the space is most readily evident, with a 30’ by 13’ quality kitchen, alongside is a conservatory which is almost as large with glazed apex and wood-sheeted ceilings, and there’s also a sitting room, a lounge, utility, guest WC, bathroom linked to a bedroom, and the other two bedrooms are en suite.

The quality of the many bathrooms is superior to most, with top tiling, good shower enclosures and one has a feature glass block wall. Also above standard is the quality of joinery, wood floors and drapes

Selling agent for the privately and picturesquely-set Ardaravan House which also has a detached annex building is John Hodnett of Hodnett Forde, and he guides at €395,000, saying “it’s immaculate and it offers a great opportunity to acquire a quality residence.”

VERDICT: A lovely retreat.


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