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This sprawling West Cork home with stunning sea views is on the market for €1.475 million


By Sarah Finnan
31st Mar 2023
This sprawling West Cork home with stunning sea views is on the market for €1.475 million

A handsome stone building not far from the West Cork coastline, Sandycove Lodge affords homeowners plenty of privacy with unparalleled views of the glistening Atlantic Ocean.

This spacious four-bedroom family home comes to market in great condition, with standout features ranging from solar panels to zoned heating, double-glazed windows and beeswaxed Honduras pitch pine doors. 

Electric gates lead to a gravel, tree-lined driveway with ample room for parking. Modelled on a Victorian-style hunting lodge, the front porch immediately commands attention with its original pitch pine church door dating back almost 200 years commands and stained glassed windows carefully designed by the owner. 

This area opens into a double-height entrance hall with a bespoke solid mahogany French polished staircase guiding the way up to the first floor. Formal reception rooms include a sitting room with a raised basket marble surround fireplace and a bay window with fantastic views of the horizon and Sandycove Island. 

Polished mahogany double doors lead into a bright and spacious sunroom with 180-degree panoramic views through the cedarwood window. Glass doors connect this room with the patio area outside – the ideal perch for a morning coffee. Access from the sunroom to the den is through a matching French mahogany bevelled glass door. There you’ll find an original Edwardian mahogany framed fireplace, making it the perfect cosy family room for an evening in. 

The kitchen is a bright and spacious room with a  mixture of both high and low-level units,  a granite countertop and an impressive island unit incorporating a sink and electric sockets. The dining area in front of a bay window is privy to some of the most spectacular sea views.

Downstairs, the accommodation comprises a cloakroom, utility room, guest washroom and office space with wall-to-wall solid wood shelving. 

All four double bedrooms are ensuite and can be found upstairs on the first level of the property. The master suite enjoys incredible sea views through the bay window and is complemented with a walk-in wardrobe, while the ensuite consists of a shower, free-standing Victorian-style cast iron bathtub, granite top double sink unit and toilet. 

A separate studio apartment, interconnected to the main house via the boot room, is also included in the sale. This space was built with the option to convert it to two storeys, subject to the necessary planning permission. 

Outside, the grounds are just as magnificent as the interiors of this beautiful home. Spanning approximately 1.34 acres of grounds and mature trees, the Liscannor stone slabs provide an ample southeast patio to the ocean views while a larger sheltered patio area with a southwest aspect to the front is quite the hot spot on summer evenings. Steps to the front of the house lead to a two-tier grass area with a paved path to the kitchen garden-cum-orchard, while six solar panels sit on the first tier. 

Landscaped lawns wrap around to the rear of the house where it enjoys unparalleled views of the Atlantic Ocean. Adjacent to the house is an extra-large carport capable of housing cars or boating ribs, with direct access to the boot room. Steps lead to a garden shed at a raised level with teak patio doors also overlooking the spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean.

Located just off the Ardkilly Ridge road, the property is within 30 minutes from Cork International Airport and 40 minutes from Cork City. Just a short stroll from Sandycove, a quiet and serene cove which is just a 5 minutes drive from Kinsale, the property is tucked into the sandy inlet sheltered by Sandycove Island which boasts some of the best swimming spots in all of Kinsale. 

Popular for all manner of marine activities, the locality is ideal for canoeing, sailing, motor cruising and anchoring for family picnics on the sandy island beach amongst other things. There are also myriad coastal hill walks and cycling routes nearby. 

A local bus services the primary school in the nearby village of Ballinsplittle while Kinsale Community School is known for its excellent academic results. The renowned Bandon Grammar school offers the option for weekly boarders.

Currently on the market for €1,475,000, Sandycove Lodge is on sale through Sherry Fitzgerald. Viewing is strictly by private appointment, but you can take a closer look inside this fabulous West Cork home in our gallery below.