Picture the pool parties.
If a year of city lockdowns has sent you in search of a country retreat, West Cork has plenty to offer in terms of suitable properties.
Few, if any of them, however, will boast a swimming pool… let alone one that can be enjoyed 365 days of the year.
On the market for €475,000, Reendesert needs some modernisation, but with a little TLC it could become a magical private hideaway in the heart of Ballylickey, Bantry.
Once the home of the renowned sculptor Jeanne Rynhart, who lived and worked on the estate for four decades, this is a property bursting with potential.
Inside, the four-bedroom bungalow has a spacious lounge with high ceilings, a dining room, and a bar. Near the kitchen, there’s an open-plan sunroom that’s bathed in light, with a cosy stove for the winter months.
A lick of paint and a custom kitchen would transform the space into a modern family hub in no time at all.
Room to improve
Outside, a 2000 sq ft workshop could be further developed into a home office or guest accommodation. There’s the 48ft heated swimming pool, of course, an orchard, mature gardens, and space for a tennis court.
Other spacious buildings include a lean-to garage, a large greenhouse, a potting shed, a lawnmower garage and a foundry room.
A stone’s throw from the popular Eagle Point holiday campsite, there’s spectacular scenery in every direction and the views of the bay stretch out to Whiddy Island. Your weekends could be spent in the seaweed baths on Snave Pier, rambling around beautiful Glengarriff, or enjoying the buzz in Bantry town.
It’s not too remote to have a social life either; there’s a pub a half a mile away, with Manning’s cheese and wine Emporium and pizzeria nearby too.
You can take a video tour of the property below and check out the full listing here.