Talk about peaceful.
If you dream of long holidays, weekends or retirement spent enjoying island life, your ideal buy might be on the market right now in West Cork.
With several return trips to the mainland by the local ferry every day, Whiddy Island is just the right level of remote. You can jump on the Ocean Star III at Bantry Pier and the short trip to the 5.6km long, 2.4 km wide island takes roughly 15 minutes.
Perched near the edge of the island is Tranaha, a three-bedroom, one-bathroom cottage that’s currently for sale at a rather reasonable €95,000.
It’s a short stroll to the island’s one pub, The Bank House, where you can enjoy a pint and bite to eat as well as live music in the summer while taking in the views of Bantry Bay. ]
The property is surrounded by beaches and coves for long walks and swimming, while the Gulf Stream climate has created a unique ecology that makes Whiddy Island a popular spot for bird watchers and nature enthusiasts.
Inside the cottage is simple and functional, if a little dated. Everything is in good nick but a lick of paint, some new flooring and a kitchen update would go a long way to making this a laid back coastal getaway.
With an entire island to explore, you probably won’t need it but Tranaha boasts a large garden on 0.5 acres, complete with a 40ft metal shed, wired for power on a concrete base.
Back in 1880, more than 450 people lived on Whiddy. These days the population has fallen to just 20, with an influx of tourists every summer for day trips and various events and workshops.
Your nearest neighbours will be of the bovine variety (there’s a field of curious cows across the road), but apart from that, you can be assured that peace and quiet are in plentiful supply.
Tempted by island life? Tranaha is listed with Bowden Estate Agents here.