(IRISH INDEPENDENT, February 26th, 2016)
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
(IRISH INDEPENDENT, February 19th, 2016)
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
(IRISH INDEPENDENT, February 12th, 2016)
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.
(IRISH INDEPENDENT, February 5th, 2016)