Dreaming of the day you snap your laptop shut forever?
If you’ve been planning on kicking back and enjoying your retirement in Kinsale, you’re about to have some competition for the best properties; the seaside village has been named one of the ‘9 Best Places to Retire in Europe’ by the luxury magazine Travel + Leisure.
Holding its own among swish destinations such as the Algarve in Portugal, Split in Croatia and Malta’s Valletta, the magazine told its millions of readers that Kinsale’s mild weather and an abundance of cycling, hiking, horseback riding, and strolling routes make it an ideal spot for enjoying your golden years.
“One of the country’s most beautiful golf courses, Old Head, is nearby, and even for non-golfers, it’s still perfect for a walk among sea breezes and stunning views.” said journalist Patricia Doherty.
“English is spoken, of course, and foodies will appreciate the restaurants, fresh seafood, and perhaps even cooking classes at the Kinsale Gourmet Academy,”
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— Travel + Leisure (@TravelLeisure) April 8, 2021
Of course, property in Ireland does not come cheap but there are some gems to be found if you keep an open mind.
Here are five Kinsale properties that might prove to be the perfect retirement bolthole:
1. Apartment 2, Creagh House, Kinsale, Co. Cork
Asking price: €195,000
Life doesn’t get much sweeter than sipping a pint of cider on the wall outside The Bullman bar in Summercove… and now there’s a way to ensure you never need a taxi home afterwards.
Nestled just behind the pub is a tasteful first-floor apartment in a period property.
Filled with natural light from the large windows, the property offers a spacious living area with views, two bedrooms and a bathroom. It’s also in turnkey condition and just a stone’s throw from the sea with Charles Fort uphill and stunning scenic coastal walks to the east out to Preghane Point and to the west into Kinsale town.
To arrange a viewing contact Patricia O’Regan on 021 477 2338.
2. 3 Ardbrack Heights, Kinsale, Co. Cork
Asking price: €390,000
If security, privacy and spectacular views are at the top of your retirement property wishlist, No 3 Ardbrack could be a winner. The two-bedroom apartment is in a gated development overlooking Kinsale town, harbour and marina as well as Charles Fort and James Fort.
Inside, the property offers plenty of open plan living space with floor to ceiling sliding doors to a generous balcony, which offers stunning panoramic views of the water.
To arrange a viewing contact Dennehy Auctioneers.
3. Arundel House, 20 Cork Street, Kinsale, Co. Cork
Asking price: €585,000
Looking forward to spending more time with family during your retirement years? Snap up Arundel House on Kinsale’s charming Cork Street and you’ll have plenty of space for the grandkids to visit.
This four-bedroom, two-bathroom home has a large living room, open plan kitchen, dining room, utility and WC on the ground floor with access to a charming courtyard to the rear. On the first floor, there are three very spacious bedrooms and a large shower room, while the top floor is home to an expansive ensuite bedroom with access to a roof terrace.
Find out more here.
4. Ferry House, Castlepark, Kinsale, Co. Cork
Asking price: €1.5m
If money is no object (and you’d like to ensure it continues to roll in while you enjoy your retirement) you could plump for a home with heaps of opportunity.
Ferry House offers a rare opportunity to acquire a unique waterfront property in Castlepark, comprising two detached houses (one to live in, one to rent out?) opening onto a secluded walled garden. The location on the waterfront has spectacular views of the river, the marina, and the inner harbour. James Fort peninsula national park and the Dock Beach are right on the doorstep while Kinsale is an easy walk or short boat ride away.
Both homes are roomy and beautifully finished and the property also has a double carport and additional room for car boat storage behind gates.
You can check out more images of Ferry House and arrange a viewing here.
5. No. 2 The Belfry, Carmel Avenue, Kinsale, Co. Cork
Asking price: €199,000
Carmel Avenue is a peaceful little enclave just a stone’s throw from Kinsale’s main streets. With two bedrooms and one bathroom, this apartment in The Belfry is on the ground floor of the two-storey development. The open plan living room and the kitchen have sliding doors to the front, which is west facing, allowing afternoon and evening sunshine into the living space and the common patio area to the front.
The sale includes private off-street parking for one car with an allocated space.
To arrange a viewing, check out the listing here.