This Mayo property would stop St Patrick himself in his tracks

(IRISH INDEPENDENT, March 4th, 2016)

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The four-bedroom Kilsallagh property  fits snugly  into the wild western landscape

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The stunning view of Croagh Patrick from the cottage in Kilsallagh, Co Mayo

Is there anything quite like the breathtaking view on a clear day from the top of Croagh Patrick on the Murrisk peninsula in Co Mayo? It must have made St Patrick himself pause in wonder before he set about banishing those pesky snakes from his green shamrock shores.

Looking out over Clew Bay, its 365 island jewels sparkling in the deep blue Atlantic swirl, and with the panorama of the Mayo and Connemara mountains all around, would make anyone, saint or sinner, pause.

In the foothills of Croagh Patrick, or The Reek, as it is known locally, is where you will find our featured property over in Kilsallagh.

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West Cork cottage with spectacular coastal views on the market for €285k

(IRISH INDEPENDENT, February 26th, 2016)

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Kit’s Cottage and the wonderful view from the stone cottage annex across Dunmanus Bay

 

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The north-south orientation of Kit’s Cottage ensures you can watch the sun rise out the front and set from the slate patio of the back garden

Close your eyes for a moment and think of the airy summer views from the stone cottage annex of Kit’s Cottage on the Mizen Head in west Cork.

Through the large picture window and out across the azure sweep of Dunmanus Bay you see the rugged horn of Sheep’s Head peninsula. Nearer home, the sheep-strewn hills are undulating and beguiling, the moors studded with the same craggy lichen-stained rock used in the low walls that separate them. As far as your eye can see, the wind-hewn coastline bows before the shimmering Atlantic swell.

In starker seasons, the view is less radiant but perhaps even more mesmeric. The winds may be howling outside and the rain spattering that picture window, but here, cosy by the stove, you are outside time and transfixed by the primitive music of the elements. Continue reading

A package deal on Wexford’s coast

(IRISH INDEPENDENT, February 19th, 2016)

Ballyell House, Tagoat, Co Wexford

Ballyell House is a house, a cottage and a licensed commercial garage all in one

 

Ballyell House just keeps on giving with its main dwelling, cottage and a garage with planning permission.

Wexford and the sunny south east has long been popular with well-heeled southside Dubliners or landlubbers from nearby Kilkenny and Carlow – the kind of people who frequent the upmarket Kelly’s Resort and Spa on Rosslare Strand after a day on one of the many white sandy beaches, a spot of sailing, or golf on the testing Rosslare links course.         Before cheap air travel opened up the resorts of Spain, the Wexford coast was where Dublin families fled for summers in the decades up to the 1980s. Today, they come here for weekends out.

The fishing village of Tagoat, between Rosslare Strand and Rosslare Harbour, and three miles from both, is where you will find Ballyell House. Continue reading

Views of stunning Donegal coastline on offer in Dooey for €175k

(IRISH INDEPENDENT, February 12th, 2016)

Dooey dormer bungalow

The beautifully located dormer bungalow at Dooey is in tip-top condition, near the picturesque fishing and resort village of Downings.

It may be part of the South but the windswept and interesting Rosguill Peninsula is way up north, north of north even, in the farther reaches of Co Donegal.

It’s also home to Dooey, a beautifully located dormer bungalow, in tip-top condition, near the picturesque fishing and resort village of Downings.

So, if you really want to get away from it all, this area not only offers secluded peace but also some of the most startlingly beautiful coastal scenery in Ireland, as well as some of the best value per square foot in property.

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Thatched Clare cottage has postcard-pretty appeal

(IRISH INDEPENDENT, February 5th, 2016)

Thatch Cottage Cooraclare

The Thatch Cottage at Tullagower, Cooraclare, near Kilrush, in West Clare, has been restored to pristine condition

You are looking at the photographs of the gleaming white stack stone Thatch Cottage in Tullagower, Cooraclare, Kilrush, in West Clare, that accompany this article. You linger on the charming yellow door and thatched roof outside before being drawn inside, to the vaulted ceilings, flagstone floors and exposed stone walls. You are probably wondering: why is it being sold?

Well the owners, an American couple, do this sort of thing; they buy an attractive property, restore it to tip-top condition, and move on their next project. Continue reading

Hideway at Galway’s ‘D4 Upon Sea’

(IRISH INDEPENDENT, January 29th, 2016)

4 The Cottages Roundstone

4 The Cottages is on an elevated site within walking distance of Roundstone village

The road curves languidly round a rugged coastline as you drive into Roundstone, a charming fishing village and gateway to Connemara in Co Galway. One long narrow street awaits you, its buildings all higgledy and colourful; an old stone harbour and a sweeping panorama, houses on one side, the sea wall and piers on the other, and the magnificent Twelve Bens providing the backdrop.

Roundstone is a great place to live, but equally great to visit – especially if you own a holiday home in a village once cheekily described as “D4-on-sea” because of the number of professional people from the capital with holiday boltholes here.

These, and tourists in general who flock here from St Patrick’s weekend onwards, come for the deep-sea fishing and angling, trekking, cycling, golfing and generally relaxing away from it all.

And to dine on succulent shrimps, plump scallops and mouth-watering lobster, landed at the local pier, and washed down with a cream pint in the likes of O’Dowd’s pub and restaurant overlooking the harbour.

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Heading to Mizen for a great retreat

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Sheepcloud cottage sits on one acre of ground in West Cork

(IRISH INDEPENDENT, January 22nd, 2016)

In the first of a new series on holiday homes, we look at a West Cork cottage

Fishing, swimming, kayaking, golfing, eating well and a creamy pint in Levis Corner House pub in Ballydehob – all combine to make the Mizen Head peninsula a sought after spot for a second home.

City dwellers have long come here to unwind from Dublin, Cork City and indeed from London, with access via Cork Airport.

With confidence returning in the economy, the holiday home market is starting to take off again and West Cork has seen property prices increase by 15pc through the last 12 months.

Among the properties currently on offer is ‘Sheepcloud’, a beautifully proportioned and laid out 2,400 sq ft cut-stone bungalow with a modern twist. It sits on one acre of ground overlooking Dunmanus Bay and enjoys a spectacular vista across the bay to Sheep’s Head peninsula. It’s now on the market for €400,000.

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