Trading up: Skibbereen, West Cork €570,000

Top Cottage is an adaptable and skillfully upgraded and extended traditional farm dwelling. 

Size: 284 sq m (3,000 sq ft) 

Bathrooms: 4 

Bedrooms: 3 +2 

BER: N/A

Views to the Fastnet lighthouse, out across Roaringwater bay and rolling West Cork countryside come with the nicely self-titled Top Cottage, an adaptable and skillfully upgraded and extended traditional farm dwelling. 

Set on two acres at Lissaclarrig, near Skibbereen, the expansive, T-shaped and very comfortable c 3,000 sq ft home is effectively two dwellings in one: one’s a three-bed and there’s a two-bed secion too, set into it at an angle.

Trading up: Skibbereen, West Cork €570,000

Both sections are two-storey, and one feeds into a side annex/workoom/study, next to a garage helping to create a sort of courtyard cluster, and the two house ‘wings’ connect/disconnect via an internal door. 

Each can function independently, so it’s good for people with extended family, regular guests, and for those who want to supplement their household budget with a bit of rental/holiday let income.

Trading up: Skibbereen, West Cork €570,000

Top Cottage has recently had a change of agent, and now Pat Maguire in Skib prices it at €570,000, whilst the Price Register shows it last sold back in 2010, mid-slump period, for €595,000. 

Whatever condition it was in back then, it’s pretty good now, inside and outside and is stylishly decorated, as well as being ‘true’ to the house’s century-plus roots.

Trading up: Skibbereen, West Cork €570,000

Old, low-down windows in some rooms are a feature in the thick, whitewashed stone walls, with some exposed lintels, and exposed roof beams in overhead bedrooms. 

Mr Maguire says it’s in superb condition, has lovely gardens with patio/BBQ area and is just off the N71 Skibbereen-Ballydehob road amid undulating hills, with coastal and lighthouse beam views. 

Trading up: Skibbereen, West Cork €570,000

VERDICT: Clever take on courtyard theme.


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