TOE HEAD, WEST CORK € 800,000
Sq m: 215 (2,300 sq ft) BER rating: C1 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 3
A couple of scraggy rock fingers separate the two beach options at this West Cork Toe Head home; one is stone and shingle, with a bit of slipway for boats, the other’s a sandy beach; both are where entire families could while away a day, or a holiday, exploring.
Out on a geographical limb, Toe Head is one of the less-visited parts around Skibbereen and Castletownshend, mainly as it’s a cul-de-sac detour off an already scenic route, with a narrow road around its headland indentations.
Ah, but it’s heavenly down along its narrow lanes, with views to the sea, the Stags rocks and the Kedges, dangerous waters for the unwary and the careless. That’s why the flashing Fastnet is on vigil a few miles further to sea.
New to market in a great coastal position with ocean and beach views is detached Livingstone House, a modern VERDICT: The setting is priceless, but the price is lofty. build in a traditional cluster style, with outbuilding and detached garage, on three acres sloping to the sea but with the road scything through at the end.
Estate agent Maeve McCarthy of Charles P McCarthy guides the one-off at what seems like a hefty € 800,000, for vendors clearly hoping for the Castletownshend price halo effect to run this three mile stretch, and settle rainbow-like on Livingstone House.
According to Ms McCarthy, “it’s a most majestic location, unrivalled on the West Cork coastline, built to the highest standards.”
It’s got a set-back floor plan, with lower section to the west which could be made into a self-contained or guest suite, as it has its own second staircase.