Trading up: Kinsale, Cork; €750,000

Outstanding it its field, in a literal sense especially, is this big, Kinsale region family bungalow at Clonleigh, spanning a decent 2,000 sq ft, but even that is dwarfed by its size: it’s on a very considerable 11 acres, set in the midst of several paddocks. With sea and harbour views.

Sq m: 184 (2,000 sq ft) 

Bathrooms: 3 + 1 

Bedrooms: 4 + 1 


Dating to the early 1970s, when space was more plentiful, Kinsale land more affordable, and just before heating oil started its price trajectory, this single story home confidently straddled its ground, and its best rooms have imperious views down over valuable farmland to the mouth of Kinsale harbour, and back towards the town itself.

Location wise, it’s on back roads between the Carlton Hotel, and the Bulman bar and Summercove and near other coves, and it’s gone on view now with Malcolm Tyrrell of Cohalan Downing, who guides at €750,000. 

The price Register shows a bungalow, on considerably less ground, in this Clonleigh townland selling in 2013 for €730,000.

Underpinning the price tag is the amount of ground and the sweeping aspect/views, and while it has good space inside, and was a quality build in its day, it does need upgrading and modernising. 

Apart from the main dwelling with two of its four bedrooms en suite, there’s an attached self-contained one-bed guest section/apartment, and a carport on the gable gives shelter from the elements.

It’s set back well in from the road, near a large farmyard and where another house has been built by its entrance, but comes with its own surrounds, of green pasture.

VERDICT: Land to roam, near Kinsale.


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