Views of Skellig or city life? What a property budget over £400,000 buys in Cork, Kerry, Longford and Limerick


Skelligs Rest on the Ring of Kerry is a wonderfully scenic and romantic option for a buyer looking to relocate to the coast.

The only difficulty for someone considering working from home from this century-old two-bed cottage near Waterville would be the danger of spending too much time admiring the view over Ballinskelligs Bay.

Located in Loher, almost halfway between Waterville and Caherdaniel, the property was renovated and transformed into a luxury holiday rental ten years ago. Beautifully traditional with wooden ceiling beams, exposed stone walls and panelling, it has been fitted with a lovely modern kitchen and its interior walls have been painted in a vibrant shade of blue.

Finishing touches included the addition of a sauna and a large terrace as well as a garden hot tub with panoramic views.

Seeking offers of £450,000, Elaine Daly of Sherry FitzGerald Daly says this is a wonderful cottage. “We are receiving international inquiries and have booked tours with people interested in it as a vacation home as well as people looking for permanent residence.” Offering 968 square feet of living space, the property is on a site of just over an acre.

The main attractions are the views – including those of the night sky (it’s in the Kerry Dark Sky Reserve). It is close to beaches and several popular Ring of Kerry tourist attractions. It is 6 km from Waterville and 7 km from Caherdaniel.

VERDICT: This would be an incredibly scenic place to work

Highfield West, Cork City



199 m² (2140 square feet)







Highfield House on Highfield West near Cork’s College Road is notable for its size, detached house status and age.

Set amongst rows of semi-detached period properties, possibly Victorian or Edwardian, it is a seven-bed detached house which was built, in a style similar to some of the neighboring houses, just 31 years ago .

“It was originally built as a guest house, after which it was owner occupied and then used as student accommodation,” says Frank Walsh of auctioneers O’Mahony Walsh who is seeking bids from 585 €000 for the spacious 2,140 square foot property.

Offering accommodation over three floors, the house has two living rooms, a kitchen and a veranda, as well as a laundry room, two bathrooms and seven bedrooms, five of which are en-suite.

According to Mr. Walsh, this is a modern, well-maintained property in a prime location. “Situated off College Road, it is adjacent to UCC and Bons Secour Hospital, while Munster University of Technology, University College Cork and Wilton Shopping Center are all within easy reach.”

He says that although Highfield House is very well fitted out for use as student accommodation, it is also attracting the attention of buyers looking to own in this sought-after residential area.

“It is located in a quiet street and has two parking spaces at the front in addition to an enclosed patio garden at the rear,” he adds.

VERDICT: Exceptionally modern and spacious for its location.

Ballinacurra, Limerick City



174 square meters (1,875 square feet







According to Orla Sheehan of Sherry FitzGerald Limerick, it is extremely rare to find a detached property in Ballinacurra in Limerick City with a third of an acre of gardens.

She says this one at 13 Gurteen Gardens is exceptional not only because of its very large garden but also because of its size (nearly 1,900 square feet) and location, at the end of a cul-de- quiet bag in a mature residential area. .

“It’s a 20-minute walk from the city center and an even shorter walk to the Crescent shopping centre,” she reveals, noting that it’s also close to University Hospital Limerick, Raheen Business Park and local schools.

The accommodation comprises a spacious living/dining room, kitchen, family room and small office as well as a large utility room and shower room. The first floor has four bedrooms and a bathroom.

Well maintained by the owners, who built it in 1970, the property will require updating. New owners may want to perform an energy efficiency upgrade to improve the D1 BER rating.

Guiding at €420,000, the property has large manicured lawns to the front and rear.

Ms Sheehan believes the size of the site opens up a range of possibilities for a new owner and expects relocating Dublin buyers as well as local families to be interested in relocating.

VERDICT: Large gardens make it a find.

Camagh, County Longford



266 m² and 115 m² (2,860 square feet and 1,240 square feet)


4 & 2





Benefits of owning Commagh Manor at Camagh in Longford include having a private lake – large enough for fishing or boating.

New to the market with a guide of €420,000, this very substantial offer includes a 2,800m² house with four bedrooms plus an attached 1,200m² property with a two-bedroom apartment and a previously used as a gym.

All of this, plus six acres of gardens with outbuildings and a greenhouse, leads auctioneer Johanna Murphy to believe it would make a perfect home for city buyers looking for a rural lifestyle.

“There is space for working from home, for family life and for hobby farming and gardening.” Renovated from an older property in the 1980s, this is a Georgian style house which has a few rooms with wood paneled walls downstairs.

The accommodation includes a living room, a kitchen, a dining room, a veranda and a guest WC in addition to four en-suite bedrooms.

The second property has a first floor apartment with two bedrooms, a bathroom and a living room and a large space on the ground floor which could be converted into an office or used for a home business.

The house has a C3 BER rating and has been well maintained but would likely benefit from updating.

Commagh Manor is located 8 km from the village of Drumlish and approximately 20 km from the town of Longford.

VERDICT: With this amount of land and space and its own lake – it’s almost like a small private stronghold


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