Scenic and idyllic on riverbank
Tommy Barker reports on a rural, riverside and generously sized apartment on Kilmacsimon Quay
APPROACHING Kilmacsimon, especially from along its River Bandon approach up from Kinsale harbour, there’s a feeling you could be travelling up some central European river such as the Rhine. The sensation is created by virtue of the scenic, woodland backdrops, and even more so when the tall, tower-like structure of Kilmacsimon Quay is encountered.
The colourful, eye-catching and engaging development of more than a dozen apartments and townhouses was built around 2002 by a local firm, to a design by architect Alexander White. It replaced the old corrugated iron sheds of a long-established boatyard, and has matured and settled in nicely, right down to its central communal courtyard garden.
Now No 15, a family-owned double/triple aspect c 1,230 sq ft apartment at the ground level has come to market, and selling agent Josie Dinneen who’s based downriver in Kinsale says: “It’s the best I’ve ever seen, it’s a stunner.”
Acting jointly with Ron Kruger of Engel & Volkers, she guides the two-bed spacious and well-finished out unit at €210,000, and is doing open viewings this morn- Kilmacsimon, River Bandon €210,000
Size: 115 sq m (1,230 sq ft) Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 2
ing, from 11am to 1pm, on a falling tide with its low-point at Kinsale harbour due by 12.30... so, best to pay a visit by car, and not arrive by boat for this session.
It’s a few miles downriver from Innishannon and Bandon town, within a c 25 minute spin by car of Cork airport, and Ms Dineen feels the buyer may well come from abroad. Kinsale’s a lovely trip by boat, and among the low-key property owners on the river is singer Tori Amos, an occasional visitor and who’s due at the Opera House in September. She bought a Georgian house on the river in the late 1990s.
At Kilmacsimon Quay, No 15’s vendors are an Irish family with two children, selling to trade up now, and it’s immaculate and well-finished internally, with a sequence of tall, feature arched windows and balcony-like doors on two sides, each with water views over an area of designated scenic landscape, with an active rowing club and kayak and boating activity as well.
Internally, No 15 has a decent kitchen/dining area with Maple Shaker units area, walnut-floored living room, family room, two carpeted bedrooms and a utility/ study, plus main bathroom, fully tiled. There’s a feature electric fire and the apartment has a D1 BER, and private parking.
Although appearing as a backwater hamlet, Kilmacsimon is close to a host of sports amenities and coastline, and there’s a cute, traditional bar close-by. VERDICT: Time and tides wait for no man: go sea.