- Sale Type: For Sale by Private Treaty
- Overall Floor Area: 241 m²
This charming detached seaside residence is set on a 2.4 acre site fronting directly onto Gurteen Bay and the old fishing harbour from which it derives its name. Accessed off Ervallagh road via its own quaint country lane with central grass verge and original natural stone walls, it forms an idyllic setting.
The current owners, who have a connection with the area for more than 70 years and Whale Harbour Cottage for two generations, redeveloped the property in 2012, having originally built on this unique site in 1980. They designed the new residence to take full advantage of the natural attributes of the spectacular location and have created charm and character in this seaside home. A local building firm Brian Vaughan Construction who teamed with Architect Dee Brown were engaged to build a home, which incorporates all necessary modern building technologies to provide an efficient easily maintained home. Benefiting from having a BER-Rating of B2 it has an Air to Water heat pump heating system, highly efficient composite double-glazed windows and doors, high standard of insulation and the bespoke customised internal finishes provide a very comfortable, easily maintained residence. The property uses along with the aforementioned heat pump a clever mixture of electric, gas, solar, underfloor and solid fuel. The systems being able to work independently. The natural stone external finishes together with the internal gables were created from local stone sourced directly on the site the property occupies. The master craftsmanship of the stonemason is evident in the attention to detail such as the hidden downpipes secreted behind the stonework. No expense was spared to create a very comfortable home for year round use which is easily managed.
While the name suggests to the contrary the residence provides 241 sq.m of accommodation excluding adjacent high spec outbuildings with obvious development potential subject to planning permission. It is evident that the thought and consideration that the owners have put into the layout, style and finishes has created an intimate and charming ambiance. Each room is thermostatically controlled, bright, and with spacious large windows to take advantage of the clear light and stunning views available. Vaulted high ceiling in the kitchen/dining area, custom built, hand made, fitted chef s kitchen by Billamore Woodcraft of Oughterard, slate tile floors, the use of round and long rectangular feature windows and the natural stone surround fireplace all contribute to the charm of this property.
The property has approx. 2.4 Acres of land in total, made up of a roadside paddock, a more formal garden area and paddock fronting onto Gurteen Bay. Accessed via the stone wall lined lane which opens onto the lawn and gardens that surround the house. There is room to park a number of vehicles on both sides, front and/or rear. To the rear of the residence is a large patio 8m x 8.75m with natural slate slabs, which in turn lead to a raised timber deck area that takes full advantage of the stunning views towards the sea and behind onto Errisbeg Mountain. In 2012 the owners also rebuilt the outdoor offices which comprise under the one roof a workshop, garage and store room/stable, all completed to a very high standard with natural stone external finishes, high levels of insulation, suitable for easy conversion subject to planning. Ample power and electric points, workbenches, storage presses and electric up and over doors to the garage.
The grounds also enjoy extensive shore frontage including one side of Whale Harbour, which has local boat moorings and is a noted swimming area used by generations for its deep water and rock diving. The portion of land facing the sea are part of a Special Area of Conservation, as are neighbouring lands.
Whale Harbour Cottage is located at the foot of Errisbeg Mountain on Ervallagh Road, which is a small local road approx. 2km from Roundstone Village. Fronting directly onto the property is also only 5 minute walk to the famed beaches at Gurteen Bay, which are made up of three unspoilt white sandy beaches with crystal clear turquoise waters. The property views extend over Deer and Innislacken Islands and to the rear around the side of Errisbeg and on to the famed 12 Pins. On the opposite side of The Tomboola is Dog s Bay one of Connemara s best known landmarks. There is also the option of enjoying Ervallagh Harbour and beach within a short stroll.
Roundstone Village is a small sheltered fishing village and in recent decades has become a very popular holiday destination due to its natural beauty, wild unspoiled hinterland, superb beaches and great local hospitality. The Village has retained its unspoilt character largely due to the warm and friendly nature of the welcome afforded to visitors by the local residents. Ervallagh, which is a small road west of the village, runs along the coast at the foot of Errisbeg providing a naturally spectacular setting. It is one of most sought after locations in Roundstone and indeed Connemara. The wild natural mountain and sea spaces that Whale Harbour sits amongst add to its appeal. Clifden town is main local service town and is approx. 12km, Galway City is approx 80km, the area is well serviced, accessible yet providing a quiet escape to peace and tranquility.
Entrance Porch: Dual aspect windows, vaulted ceiling, split half door, double beveled glass doors, slate tile floor, double window seats.
Kitchen/Dining Room: Spacious open plan with vaulted ceiling. Slate tile floor, custom made timber stairwell and storage. Custom made Billamore Woodcraft solid wood kitchen with granite worktops. Granite topped, wired, moveable central kitchen island. Integrated 2 x self cleaning oven, microwave, warming tray, 5 ring gas hob, Siemens appliances, 2 x Fisher & Paykel drawer dishwashers, insinkerator, custom knife drawer, extensive storage units hidden behind walnut panels, bespoke fitted dresser and larder, split half door to garden, double beveled glass doors to sitting room.
Sitting Room: Sea facing picture window with window seat and built in bookshelves. Slate tile floor, feature natural stone wall with raised hearth fireplace.
Bedroom 1: Sea facing, slate tile floor, feature fish tank window, Bespoke solid oak wired dressing table and wall unit, built in wardrobe and storage, Feature gas stove, double patio doors, underfloor heating, TV. Feature En Suite: Bright, fully tiled, high vaulted ceilings, bath with mounted TV, wc, oversize screened shower with wetfloor, his and hers hand basins, heated towel rails.
Bedroom 2: Slate floor underfloor heated, wardrobes and presses, mounted TV.
Bathroom: Slate tile floor, underfloor heating large shower sink, wc, tiled walls, heated towel rail two door access.
Bedroom 3: Slate floor, built in wardrobes, mounted TV. En Suite: Fully tiled, wc, wash hand basin, oversized shower, underfloor heating and heated towel rail.
Landing: Open bright landing with sea view 2 x large Velux windows. Eaves storage. Extensive walk in hotpress and shelving.
Living Room: Open plan sea facing room with 5 panel folding glass doors overlooking Whale Harbour and Gurteen. Carpet flooring, solid fuel Stovax stove, feature natural stone gable, mounted TV.
Airing Cupboard: Large airing press and storage.
Bathroom: Fully tiled, wc, wash hand basin, bath and separate oversize power shower, heated towel rails.
Large Room: Carpet flooring, built in wardrobe, wired dressing table, mounted TV, two Velux window lights, sea facing.
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