Set a course for the finest sea views above Kin­sale’s pic­turesque har­bour

The Irish Times - Thursday - Property - - New Homes - GEMMA TIP­TON 2.45m

De­scrip­tion: Five-bedoom de­tached house with ter­races and land­scaped gar­den. Agent: Sherry FitzGer­ald It doesn’t hap­pen too of­ten, even at the sea­side, but walk into the liv­in­groom at Seas­cape and you feel as if you’re float­ing. Or sail­ing.

This five-bed prop­erty sits half­way up Ard­brack, the ridge that runs from Kin­sale over to Sum­mer­cove. It’s a road that’s pep­pered with sleek modernist-style houses, and is fre­quently known as Kin­sale’s “Golden Mile” for the prices of the prop­erty, as much as the net worth of some of their own­ers.

For those who pre­fer to nav­i­gate by pubs rather than euro, it’s also pretty much equidis­tant from the Spa­niard and the Bul­man, and any­one who has al­ready dis­cov­ered what must be Ire­land’s most pic­ture-perfect har­bour town, will know that these are places to be con­jured with. So too are the views. Gaze out over the wa­ter to take in the vista from Charles Fort, to James Fort, to the pretty har­bour it­self, which is less than 20 min­utes stroll away (the owner says she can do it in 10). She fell in love with the spot while stay­ing in a B&B orig­i­nally lo­cated on the site, on a trip to see if she could turn her dream of leav­ing Dublin with her fam­ily into a re­al­ity.

“We thought if we don’t make the move now, we never will,” she says.

She did more than that, and man­aged to buy not only the B&B, but the ad­ja­cent site too. Now, Seas­cape, runs to a bright and airy 323sq m (3,476sq ft). The house was built in 2008 and sits on just under a third of an acre. This is land­scaped in sun-trap pa­tios, ter­races and gar­dens that ram­ble down to the Scilly Walk be­low – a wa­ter­front path that will bring you to Sum­mer­cove on one side, and Kin­sale on the other.

In­side, the lay­out lo­cates the main liv­ing spa­ces at en­trance level, and four of the bed­rooms, in­clud­ing the mas­ter, plus a cosy snug with an open fire, be­low. Be­cause of the slop­ing site, this means the mas­ter bed­room and the sec­ond bed­room both have ter­races out­side, as does the snug.

Clev­erly an­gled

Up­stairs find the open plan kitchen/dining/fam­ily room, where clev­erly an­gled win­dows max­imise the views.

There’s also a study on this level, a smaller study /play­room off the kitchen, plus a fur­ther room, which the fam­ily call the pi­ano room, but which could eas­ily ac­com­mo­date a sixth bed­room.

The fi­nal bed­room is up here, so the house is also flex­i­ble enough to com­fort­ably sleep any­one who doesn’t en­joy stairs, mak­ing it fu­ture-proof as well as highly de­sir­able. Grown-up chil­dren mean that the fam­ily is now down­siz­ing, though noth­ing could per­suade them to leave the area.

At ¤2.45 mil­lion through Sherry FitzGer­ald, this is a house with clean lines, big win­dows, lots of pol­ished oak floor­ing, tons of stor­age, and one of the most de­sir­able ad­dresses in Kin­sale. Sail on.

‘‘ The house was built in 2008 and sits on just under a third of an acre

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