West Cork is teeming with celebs going incognito.
And the latest carefully hidden property to hit the market in the neighbourhood may well attract even more members of the jet-set seeking a secluded slice of Irish coastal heaven.
If you’re in the market for a luxurious holiday home miles away from prying eyes and paparazzi, The Lake House near Goleen will have you packing your Louis Vuitton luggage and filling the car with cases of Moët.
Plus it’s a steal in celeb terms; the asking price is €695,000, which will give you plenty of change from €1m.
Located in serene Toormore, perched on its own private lake, this four-bedroom, three-bathroom escape was designed to sensitively follow the contours of the landscape, disappearing below the surrounding hills.
Set on c. 1.65 acres and offering a whopping 2,100 sq ft. of living space, the highest point of the property has a 360-degree view of the rolling countryside and the Atlantic. In fact, the beam of the Fastnet lighthouse obliquely hits the house at night.
Inside, every nook and cranny has been carefully considered, from the walnut floors to the high sloped ceilings.
“The intentionally pared-back interiors are strikingly sleek and functional.” says the agent Charles McCarthy.
“With its virtual all-white palette, solid beachy tones and wide plank walnut flooring, the house has a warm restful atmosphere. From the living room, you have direct access to the water via a deck, patio and small jetty. While the summer house provides the perfect place to relax, unwind or socialise.”
From your perch on the deck you’ll be able to observe herons, families of mallard, moore hens and rare river otters on the lake, which is teeming with freshwater fish.
If you do happen to tire of the view and you fancy a change of scenery, a five-minute stroll will bring you to the coastline. The blue flag Barleycove beach and the village of Goleen are nearby and the village of Schull, with its cosy bars, restaurants and shops, is a 10-minute drive away.
All this roughly two hours from Cork International Airport – ideal for weekend getaways during movie shoots in London, right?
For more information on The Lakehouse or to arrange a viewing, see the full listing here.