On the waterfront in West Cork


Situated about three miles south of Ballydehob and five miles east of Schull, Cluain Álainn, with a guide price of ¤1.2 million, should test the state of the market for secluded waterfront properties in west Cork.

Already, the owners have reportedly turned down an offer in the region of ¤800,000 for the property.

Set on two-and-a-half acres of landscaped gardens, the property compromises a main house and a guest cottage along with a garage or storehouse.

The main house measures some 204sq m (2,200sq ft), and would be somewhat unspectacular were it not for the addition of a conservatory in recent years. This extension contains a dining room and a very nice mezzanine study area. The views are uninterrupted out over Roaring Water Bay and the actor Jeremy Irons ’s refurbished Kilcoe Castle.

The doors leading off the conservatory open out onto the sun terrace, and when there is sun, this room captures it throughout the day.

The sitting-room is modest, with rough plastered walls and an enclosed solid fuel fire, and the kitchen has solid ash bespoke fitted units, some nice tiling and doors which again lead outside to a terraced area.

At the back of the house, to the east, is the master bedroom, which has an ensuite with a corner bath. Doors lead out onto the terrace, and a cloakroom and utility room make up the downstairs area of the house.

Upstairs are two bedrooms and a shower room, and new owners may want to do some redecoration and refurbishment here.

The guest cottage has the best bathroom in the house with a free-standing claw bath with views of the bay. The open-plan living area is currently used as a bedroom, and comes with a kitchenette and a lofted bedroom overhead.

The property has private and direct access to the shorefront from the back of the site.

A pontoon and a slipway have been added so that the owners can drive a boat down to the water and launch from their own property. Adjacent to the property is a Famine-era pier, and a barbecue area has been erected close to the shoreline.

Neighbours living nearby include Swiss, Russian, German, and British nationals.