Small but it packs a punch

A West Cork de­light, says Tommy Barker

Irish Examiner - Property & Interiors - - Property -

THe­say­ing“thebest­goods come in small parcels” rings true here at West Cork’s Cooldur­ragh: the diminu­tive and ren­o­vated bun­ga­low is packed with charm, and blessed both in its im­me­di­ate and more gen­eral lo­ca­tion.

“Gen­eral” lo­ca­tion is out the coastal boreens from Union Hall and Glan­dore, off the beaten track and all the more glo­ri­ous for it.

Specif­i­cally, the ex­act lo­ca­tion sees it look­ing out over the wa­ter of Lough Cluhir, one of two small lakes just south of Union Hall and much favoured by swans and other birdlife.

Just shy of 700 sq ft, and on a lovely site of 0.3 of an acre with de­tached garage, this two-bed bun­ga­low/cot­tage is listed with agent Olivia Hanafin of Sherry Fitzger­ald O’neill and she quotes an ask­ing price of €195,000 for the chance to buy the tidy, very well kept home, with crisp, box bay win­dows ei­ther side of a deep and cen­trally-set, shel­tered front door.

Cen­trally heated, it has a liv­ing room with din­ing ta­ble in one bay win­dow, plus fire­place, the up­dated kitchen’s be­hind, as is the bath­room, and the two bed­rooms are off to the right of an in­ter­nal hall, with a fire­place, bay win­dow and views from the 14ft by 11ft front bed­room.

It’s set just a short walk from Ri­neen Pier, a pop­u­lar place for launch­ing boats, dinghies and kayaks, with Castle­town­shend just across the in­let from the shin­gle and sandy spit at Ri­neen.

There’s a num­ber of coves and beaches in the vicin­ity, in­clud- ing Squince and Car­rig­illihy and boat trips to nearby Rab­bit is­land are pop­u­lar in sum­mer.

A longer walk is back to Union Hall it­self, and bustling towns like Clon­akilty and Sk­ib­bereen are an al­most equidis­tant 15-20 minute drive by car.

This of­fer could suit would-be buy­ers as a hol­i­day, full-time or re­tire­ment op­tion home, says Ms Han­fin, and among the res­i­dents fur­ther out the head­land at Reen is the Aus­tralian artist John Kelly, whose sculp­ture gar­dens are open for pub­lic view­ing (ap­point­ment via Uilinn Arts Cen­tre) on Au­gust 1 as part of Sk­ib­beren Art Week.

VER­DICT: spe­cial set­ting

Cooldur­ragha, Union Hall, Co Cork €195,000

Size: 64 sq m (695 sq ft) Bed­rooms: 2 Bath­rooms: 1

BER: F

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