A chance to love thy neighbours!

March 9th, 2020 5:50 PM

By Emma Connolly

Two for the price of one! Hillview House and Gorse Cottage present all sorts of options for communal living while still allowing a healthy degree of privacy and independence, on a site hear Ballydehob.

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MY sister and I often joke that if we lived nearer each other we’d be an unstoppable force – either that or we’d kill each other.

The irony that we live only a relatively short distance from each other – me in Timoleague, and she in Skibbereen – isn’t lost on us but it still rules out those ‘just popping in to see if you need anything from the shops/ want me to take kids off your hands/fancy some left over dinner’ Walton-esque type scenarios.

There’s definitely something in that old African saying of ‘it takes a village to raise a child,’ or at least to be able to fit in a nap every now and then and possibly get to the end of the laundry basket.

Our more singular way of living means lots of people are without back-up and support that could make day-to-day life so much easier and more enjoyable. This property, being sold by Pat Maguire, could have just the solution as it is comprises two houses on a single two-acre site.

Located four miles outside of Ballydehob in Ballybane, it’s got incredible potential, comprising a three-bed house and two-bed house that are within walking, but crucially not eavesdropping distance.

Hillview House is the main residence and is in excellent condition. Accommodation comprises a kitchen/dining room, sitting room and sun room with French doors leading to the garden in the foothills of Mount Gabriel.

Gorse Cottage is a stroll down the lane and has a separate kitchen, living and sunroom, again with garden access. Both houses feature modern exterior characteristics and inside have maple floors, exposed beams and Belfast sinks. See for more.

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