It’s a different pace of life, down there.
Once you cross the narrow Poulgorm Bridge, famously featured in David Puttnam’s film War of the Buttons, the village of Union Hall sort of springs up, Tír na nÓg style, to welcome you back.
A day spent flip-flopping around the village’s bars and restaurants will have you wishing you could stay forever.
And now there’s a chance to join this friendly little community without giving up any mod cons or lifting so much as a paintbrush; The Old Dispensary on the fishing village’s quiet Main Street has hit the market at €345,000.
A fully renovated four-bedroom townhouse with a private sunny enclosed courtyard, the 1,540 sq. ft home is in turnkey condition.
There’s oil-fired central heating for the chilly winters, a stove in the snug and an open fire in the living room, as well as double-glazed windows throughout.
“The accommodation includes entrance hall, large living room, snug with kitchen off on the ground floor.” says estate agent Con O’Neill of Sherry Fitzgerald O’Neill.
“There are four bedrooms with two ensuites and a family bathroom on the first floor. The master bedroom includes doors to a covered outside balcony area.”
The garden is an oasis of privacy surrounded by high old stone walls. A handy covered seating area is accessed from the kitchen too, extending the outdoor living element of this home beyond the sunny days of summer.
If you can tear yourself away from the open fire, there’s plenty to occupy your days during the winter too; Union Hall is located just eight kilometres from Skibbereen town and its marvellous market, and a stone’s throw from many other villages that make this part of West Cork such a vibrant and popular area, including Castletownshend, Leap, Glandore, and Rosscarbery.
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