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West Cork island on the market for 15m

Tuesday, 23rd July, 2013 6:34pm
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West Cork island on the market for 15m
A 33-ACRE West Cork island featuring four sheltered beaches and three renovated cottages is being offered for sale, with Skibbereen auctioneer Charles McCarthy guiding €1.5mn.

The properties on West Skeam Island in Roaringwater Bay have been extensively renovated since being bought by telecoms millionaire Leonard Donnelly and his wife, Sarah, in 2003.

The couple, who live in Creagh Gardens, near Baltimore, transformed the island with a substantial investment, and had the ‘wise judgement to avoid the well-trodden route to modernise in poor taste’, said Charles McCarthy. ‘Instead they opted for the more expensive but sensitive treatment of the property and island as a whole’, building a private pier and saving a tenth-century church as well as restoring old stone walls.

The three cottages, originally built around 1840, were extensively renovated in 2005. Enclosed into a private courtyard with wooden shuttered windows, oak flooring runs throughout the cottages, which contain five bedrooms, three bathrooms, a custom-made kitchen/diningroom and hall.

The scenery, however, is what will really excite potential buyers. As well as having four beaches, the new owners will have views to Jeremy Irons’ Kilcoe Castle and the iconic Fastnet Rock. Adjacent to both Heir and Horse Island, Skeam is situated one-and-a-half miles from the ferry at Cunnamore pier.

Excellent mobile coverage and broadband speeds of up to 40mbps mean that the outside world remains immediately accessible.

Past owners

The island was previously owned by international author and so-called lateral thinker Edward De Bono, who ran international executive coaching sessions there for many years. Before that, an American artist and World War II pilot had attempted to bring the old overgrown airstrip back into commission.

West Skeam is not the only West Cork island on the market. A four-bedroom house with its own beach on the 34-acre Carbery and Cold Islands, Dunmanus Bay, is being sold by Cork auctioneer Dominic J Daly, with a guide price of €990,000.