Just a mile or two of scenic road, or stretch of river, separate two property sale arrivals this month near Bantry, West Cork.

Hitting the market are the stunningly set Ouvane Falls, Ballylickey, a bar, restaurant and 14-bed guesthouse on the N71/Wild Atlantic Way near Bantry: it’s guided at €650,000, by Ray O’Neill of Sherry FitzGerald O’Neill.

Just a mile and a half up the tumbling Ouvane river along the wooded valley route the R548 towards Kealkill, comes Bridge House, at Pearsons Bridge, an old-world bar and restaurant, with a pedigree of service dating to 1870. It’s for sale with Denis Harrington of Harrington Estates, Bantry, who guides at €300,000. Mr Harrington says the current owners are there since 2000, and are seeking to retire, and have it rented out for the past four years and which has seen a surge in business.

“The Bridge has developed a wonderful reputation for all year-round food, guest accommodation, catering for parties and a great live music venue, in a catchment between Ballylickey, Kealkill and Bantry whilst also benefitting from the Wild Atlantic Way tourism.”

Bridge House is about a mile and a half upriver, along the leafy road to Kealkill.

The low-slung stone roadside property has seven bedrooms, bar and dining area, private quarters and room to extend.

Meanwhile, Ouvane Falls is a busy 14-bed venture with high profile and a strong food and drink trade. It has a function room for 60, beer garden and patio overlooking the water, and planning permission for a 2,600 sq ft build for staff. Its 14 en-suite bedrooms are Bord Fáilte registered.

“It offers endless possibilities, due to its direct access to the water, situation along the Wild Atlantic Way and being within walking distance to the Eagle Point caravan park,” says Ray O’Neill.


: Harrington Estates 027-51553 Sherry FitzGerald O’Neill 028-21404


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