Award-nominated two-bed by the waves in Wexford for €380,000

Alternative seaside home nominated for a Riba prize takes full advantage of the views

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Address: Bella Vista, 3 Poulshone, Gorey, Co Wexford
Price: €380,000
Agent: Warren Estates
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Lying just 50m from the water's edge along the sheltered shores of Poulshone Beach in Co Wexford are four identical properties. Constructed in 2007, the designs by Meehan McLean Architects were shortlisted for a Royal Institute of British Architects European Award in 2008, as a good example of alternative seaside development.

Number 3 was purchased off plans by its current owner, who says once he saw the site he just loved it – and it’s not hard to see why. The small sheltered cove, known as a safe beach for swimming, is about 4km from the noisier Courtown Harbour. Maritime views stretch for miles and the location is popular with ramblers and walkers – especially the clifftop walk where you can see a long portion of the eastern coastline. It is possible – weather permitting – to ramble from here all the way to Roney Point, farther down the coast.

Number 3 is a two-bedroom property extending to 93sq m (1,000sq ft). It has aged very well and its design of steel and timber construction has stood the test of time. Interiors are light-filled thanks to the living and dining area having a full-height picture window with views of the beach and coastline below. Views from the principal bedroom are even better thanks to the room sitting on the top of the structure. Details such as underfloor heating, an iroko kitchen, cedar cladding and ceiling heating pads show the extent of thought that has gone into the design, considering it is almost 15 years old.

“The dawns are just incredible,” says the owner. “It’s great to watch the sun peeking over the horizon when you are having an early breakfast outside.” He also recalls a visitor asking what the noise was at night – unaware that what they were hearing was the gentle lapping of the waves along the shore.


The development of four units is gated for security, and each is angled for privacy from neighbours. Number 3 has two car-parking spaces, a small garden and a lock-up storage unit with a utility and room for sports gear. As the owner has been spending more time in Cork with his children and grandchildren, he has placed his home, which has a Ber of E1, on the market through Warren Estates seeking €380,000.

Elizabeth Birdthistle

Elizabeth Birdthistle

Elizabeth Birdthistle, a contributor to The Irish Times, writes about property, fine arts, antiques and collectables