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The attractions at Eskraha Farm on the Sheep’s Head Peninsula in West Cork seem to be the most popular with US and Mainland shoppers.

A renovated farmhouse with views of the Atlantic Ocean, the Beara Peninsula and wild, rugged countryside, it’s too remote for most Irish buyers but mainlanders love it, observes Olivia Hanafin of Sherry FitzGerald O’Neill.

She has already shown it to some Belgians and continentals and has viewings reserved with Dutch, German and American buyers.

So far the only Irish onlooker hasn’t liked the seclusion but for mainlanders that, along with the scenery, is a huge draw, says Ms Hanafin who runs the property and its 18-acre site at 495 000 €.

It was actually an American couple who saved and renovated the farmhouse 20 years ago, employing an architect to design kitchen and dining room extensions.

Renovated with double glazing and oil heating, it was then bought by the current owners who are Dutch. Offering 1,100 square feet of accommodation, it features modern comforts as well as traditional style wooden ceilings and a stone fireplace. These modern comforts include an office space for remote working.

Most of the 18 acres have been allowed to grow wild, but near the house there are gardens with hydrangea and fuchsia bushes.

Sheltered at the foot of a steep hill and reached by a long boreal farm, Eskraha is 7 km from Kilcrohane.

VERDICT: For a buyer who appreciates the Wild Atlantic Way.

Tramore, County Waterford



76 m² (822 square feet)







Cute and coastal, The Cottage at Westtown in Tramore looks like an idyllic place to vacation or enjoy retirement, so it’s no surprise to learn that the family who now own it have used it for both purposes. .

Purchased in the 1980s as a single-storey shell, the 1940s cottage was renovated and equipped to serve as a family summer residence until the 1990s when it was converted into a retirement home.

Improvements along the way have involved an attic conversion, conservatory, shower room, teak double glazing and oil heating. The latest addition has been the construction of a lovely little summer house so that the owners can enjoy the garden and the sea view.

‘This is a lovely old world cottage close to the headland of Metal Man, just 4km from Tramore,’ says auctioneer Michael Griffin, looking for offers of £350,000 for the two bedroom property.

There is 822 square feet of living space in The Cottage, including a conservatory, shower room, two bedrooms and a compact kitchen which has a staircase as well as fitted units. It also includes a converted attic used for reading and watching TV.

The cottage is on a quarter acre and has manicured gardens with rose bushes, gravelled patios and stone paths.

Local amenities, likely to appeal to retirees and holidaymakers, include a golf course, swimming coves and the long sandy beach of Tramore.

VERDICT: A pretty chalet by the sea

Blackrock, County Dublin



39 m² (420 square feet)







Even without the two hanging baskets overflowing with colorful flowers in front, No 11 Orchard Lane, Blackrock in Dublin would be cute. And with them, the small, one-bed, mid-terrace cottage is eye-catchingly beautiful.

Offering only 420 square feet of living space, the period property has been carefully decorated inside and out. A small backyard has been transformed into a lovely patio garden with wood paneling and a built-in corner seat and, most recently, the bathroom, neatly finished in gray subway tile, has been upgraded.

Listed with a £395,000 guidebook, No 11 is on the market with Ian Chandler of Lisney Sotheby’s who says, tastefully renovated and charming, it’s a type of property that can be hard to find in a very busy location. sought.

Inside the front door there is a kitchen/living room with a vaulted ceiling and Velux windows, which on one side has a living room with a cast iron fireplace, and on the other a selection of modern gray kitchen units.

Beyond this there is a bathroom and bedroom with bathrobes and a door to the south facing courtyard garden. Located in a cul-de-sac between Newtown Park Avenue and Carysfort Avenue, the cottage is on the corner of Dunnes Stores, less than 2 km from Blackrock. Dart village and station and Stillorgan town centre.

No 11 Orchard Lane has sold three times since 2010 – most recently for €295,000 in October 2020

VERDICT: Powerful pretty.

Kilbraney, County Wexford



107 m² (1151 square feet)







The efforts of more than one owner have made Linden Lodge at Killbraney in Wexford a perfect property with 16 solar panels.

“The late 19th century freestone house has already been masterfully renovated when the current owner bought it in 2018. They were the ones who landscaped the site, planted lavender and created a formal French garden . They also renovated an outbuilding and installed 16 solar panels on its roof,” reveals Sonia Pallas of Sherry FitzGerald Radford.

Pretty inside and out, the cottage has two reception rooms, guest WC, laundry area and kitchen with stylish gray units.

Upstairs, a bathroom and three bedrooms, one of which is used as a dressing room.

During the renovation, the chalet was fitted with triple glazing, oil heating and a charging station for an electric car. The solar panels provide 4,300 kW of electricity per year.

The 0.7 acre grounds have been beautifully landscaped and include masses of lavender, picket fences, manicured box hedges, a greenhouse and lawns.

Located 12 km from New Ross, Linden Lodge is 36 km from Waterford city.

‘It’s cute as a button and will appeal to both downsizers and buyers looking for a second home,’ says Ms Pallas, quoting a £325,000 guidebook, and noting that the cottage and its outbuildings have fiber optic broadband.

VERDICT: All that remains for the new owner is to transform the outbuildings into an office or a living space.