Trading up: Castlegregory, Kerry €270,000

There’s a romantic story, with a touch of the novel Brooklyn about it, to this attractive, beachside home on a quarter acre in Kerry’s Castlegregory, called Brandon View House.

Size: 79 sq m (850sq ft) 

Bathrooms: 1 

Bedrooms: 3 


Trading up: Castlegregory, Kerry €270,000

Set on the sandy-pit side of the road by the hugely popular bay between Tralee and Dingle, and with views indeed along the peninsula to brooding Brandon mountain as well as rare, direct beach access, this house came into its current owners’ hands ten years ago, but they found a family thread going back to 1915 to this special, wild and wonderful beach.

They realised that back in 1915, a grandparent Andrew Geaney (“a returned Yank”) had met a Nora Begley from Annauscaul at this spot as he headed to Castlegregory rail station for Cork; she was coming from Dingle, and they were to elope, as at the time Nora had ‘an understanding’ with someone else. 

Trading up: Castlegregory, Kerry €270,000

They took the train to elope, married, lo! and behold, a century later there was a generational return to this place of their ‘scandalous’ commitment. 

The current family generation, now selling Brandon View House, appreciate the Kerry link, as they have holidayed in Castlegregory and the Maharees “for decades in mobile homes, etc, before we bought a house in 2004”. 

Trading up: Castlegregory, Kerry €270,000

They upgraded the detached three-bed by famed Spillane’s bar, and the house is blessed with a west-facing aspect for the views, they put in central heating and a stove, reroofed, drylined, did the windows and garden, and now it’s priced at €270,000 by agent David O’Driscoll of European Estate Agents in Tralee.

Mr O’Driscoll has just started viewings, and has shown it to UK couples among others already, and even first time visitors are a bit smitten, he suggests.

VERDICT: Where love stories begin?


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