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Mermaid Isle, Illaundrane, Sneem, Co. Kerry

Detached House | 6 Beds | 3 Baths
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  • For Sale by Private Treaty
Overall Floor Area: 450 Sq. Metres (4,844 Sq. Feet)

Property Description:

Two acclaimed homes on 25+ oceanfront acres, half a private island, over
4000ft. of shoreline, two hot-tubs, boat launches and moorings, just off
the famed Ring of Kerry in southwestern Ireland.

Featured on Home & Garden's Fine Living Television, Mermaid Isle
is a world-class oceanfront retreat washed by warm crystal waters of the
Gulf Stream in a protected inlet of south western County Kerry, Ireland.
Local legends speak of Mermaids living in the private bay, sheltered
between the island, Illaundrane, and Mermaid Isle's mainland. The
25+acre experience includes half of that 26-acre island and 12 acres of
mainland, with a bonus 3 additional acres of turbary used to fuel four
turf-burning fireplaces. While dolphins patrol its endless tidepools,
contented seals bask on the rocks, confident of a ready supply of fish. It's
not unusual to be greeted in the morning by a playful otter scampering
down to the sea past one of the two California hot-tubs perched just
above the sea at the 4500+ sq.ft. slate-clad main home, recently built in
the style of a medieval post & beam barn, fitted with centuries-old
appointments, windows and doors, or the ancient fisherman's cottage,
completely refurbished by its present museum designer owner. His other
designs are manifest in most major museums of North America and Irish
monuments and national parks. Both homes, nestled in mature wooded
groves, are oriented so that sun rays and moon beams reflecting on the
bay will clothe your bed, where you'll be lulled by songs of wind and

It's obvious that those who first built the ancient cottage and the
main home loved the sea. South facing windows and sunrooms allow
you to spend days and nights in nature surrounded by sunlit clouds, the
moon and the stars, progressive seasonal explosions of brilliantly colored
wildflowers and all the players on this stage of life: patient herons, silent
swans, screeching oyster-catchers, bobbing mergansers, probing curlews,
hovering falcons, a variety of soaring gulls, sky-diving gannets, snorkeling
cormorants, and curious pup seals. After a swim in the calm clear Gulf
Stream warmed waters of Mermaid Isle, your evenings can be spent in
one of the two hot-tubs contemplating dramatic shooting stars or the
lights of Jupiter, Saturn, and Venus, reflecting on the glass-like private
cove's surface below the most pollution-free skies on this planet.
Modern gourmet stainless steel kitchen appliances in both homes
have been tastefully disguised by historic leaded church doors and
panels, or antique copper and great slabs of cedar. You can sit at the
time-honored pitch-pine kitchen table preparing your meals before the
roaring turf fire in a glass faced iron stove set into the original hearth,
complemented with its centuries-old crane and cauldrons. In the Cottage,
a spiraling stairway was carved by a local sculptor from the same stump.
The main home features three mortised stairways. Floor-to-ceiling
antique leaded pastel windows, French casement windows from historic
churches and convents, and massive skylights flood both homes in
warmth and sunlight. The four contemporary fitted bathrooms are clad in
marble and limestone reclaimed from great manor houses. The main
home was designed from an artistic sensibilty with flexible spaces that
may be used for offices, fitness, hobbies, or possibly seven or eight


Private Location, Private Island, 25+ acres, 3 acres of turbary, 4000+ ft. of shoreline, Gated private roadway, Two hot-tubs
(one at each home), Mature groves of trees, Mains electricity and
telephone/internet, Air-pumped bioactive water treatment sewage plant,
Access to Ring of Kerry, Deep high-pressure private well, Varied wildlife,
Seal Rookery, Crystal clear protected ocean water for swimming,
snorkeling and scuba diving, Garden/waterfront sitting areas. Ancient
ruins on both mainland and island, Extensive tidepools on mainland and
island, Two boat launching areas and moorings, Safe deep-water
moorage for large yachts (on Admiralty Charts).

Amenities-Main Home:
4500+ sq.ft. on three levels, South-facing over
the sea, Flexible layout with 3 to 8 potential bedrooms, Three full baths,
Exposed post & beam construction, Extensive cross-bracing, High (to 18.5ft.) vaulted ceilings, Passive solar, Highly insulated, Extensive use of antique stained glass, Antique French casement windows and doors, Five pairs of antique lancet doors from churches, Pitch-pine antique inner doors, Reclaimed marble in bathrooms, 7-burner gas cooktop (hob),Double fan-assisted ovens, Stainless-steel Italian and German signature kitchen appliances and counters, Dishwasher, Disposal, Exhaust hood,
Refrigerator, Redesigned 8ft. x 4ft. antique pitch-pine kitchen island,Theatrical low-voltage pinspot lighting, 68 Kw Geminox oil burner and low-profile double-core radiators, Two Morso air-tight wood or turfburning glass-doored cast iron stoves, 8 Velux skylight roof windows, 18.5ft. x 14.5ft. conservatory skylight, Arboretum, Library, Laundry room with washer and dryer, Two-car garage, Workshop/third car or boat garage, Fitness room, Three sets of 4ft.-wide stairways, Exterior wall cladding in reclaimed slate and ship-lap treated Douglas Fir,30-year colored box profile metal roof over rigid insulated t&g panels, Proposed
324 sq.ft. conservatory for additional dining/living, Hangers for proposed

Amenities-Cottage: 716 sq.ft. on two levels, South-facing over the sea,
Centuries-old exposed stone construction, One bedroom with open
fireplace and sitting area, One Bath with electric shower, Washer and
dryer under antique shutters, Gourmet kitchen with custom counters,
antique cabinets and stained glass doors, Dishwasher, Disposal, Large
Refrigerator, Exhaust fan under antique copper hood, Five-burner gas
cooktop (hob), fan-assisted electric oven, Large conservatory sun room
with dining and living room area, Custom-made and antique furnishings,
Airtight wood or turf-burning cast iron stove in original hearth with
antique crane, pots and hardware, Electric storage heater, Oil-filled
electric heaters, Slate, ceramic tile and pine floors, Sculptural stairway.

Activities (on site or nearby): Bird Watching, Wildlife viewing,
Swimming, Ocean and Fly-Fishing, Tidepooling, Photography, Art,
Walking, Hill Climbing, Horse Riding, Windsurfing, World-class Golfing,
Row boating, Kayaking, Sailing, Chartered Deep-sea Fishing, Snorkeling,
Scuba Diving, Bicycling, Sightseeing, Historic & Prehistoric Monuments,
Skellig Michael Boat Trips, Sculpture Gardens, Horticulture Gardens,
Gourmet Restaurants, Pubs, Musical Entertainment, Art Galleries, Irish
Field Sports.

What makes Mermaid Isle a Green or Healthy Home?
Mermaid Isle oceanfront retreat includes two south-facing homes just steps from a private bay of crystal clear water warmed by the Gulf Stream. Sunshine reflected from the sea doubles, not only the overall interior brightness of the houses, but the solar heat buildup. The main home is surrounded by the sea on three sides, which stabilizes the temperature, preventing rapid fluctuations. Frost is almost non-existent in this unique microclimate. Both homes have massive translucent conservatory roofs and additional skylights that heat heavy insulated slate floors, which remain warm throughout the night. All building materials are local. The cottage has centuries-old stone walls from 2-3ft.thick. The main home is clad in three courses of overlapping stone slates from a pre-famine church. Following passive solar principles, massive windows capture solar radiation on the south side, while smaller triple-insulated windows illuminate the northern side. Aerospace multilayered foil insulation, keeps suspended wooden floor warm. Casement windows in the main building, salvaged from a 200-year old French convent, are complemented by floor to ceiling stained glass windows from a ancient church, insulated under double-pane clear windows. The interior is accessed through numerous pairs of antique Gothic lancet doors. Closets are fabricated from antique building materials as well. Both homes feature air-tight Morso stoves, heated from three additional acres of private turbary, as well as an ultra-efficient stainless steel 65 KW Geminox furnace and radiators. Mermaid Isle was featured repeatedly on the covers and interior pages of the Unilin Systems Catalogues. The roof of the main home is a hi-tech composite imported directly from Belgium for its insulation qualities, enormous strength, lightness and aesthetics, perfect for resisting coastal winds. The insulated, non-combustible roofing panels, consisting of t&g interior timber boarding, affixed to oriented strandboard and sprayed with 170mm of polyurethane foam, can achieve U-values down to 0.20 W/mk. The embedded rafters are from sustainable timber sources, and the foam in the panels is HFC and CFC free. Tyvek breathable membrane in the ventilation gap, between the box-profile metal roof and the insulated panels further seals the roof from wind, while allowing any condensation to readily evaporate.


  • Featured in Munster Interiors Magazine 2009
  • Two boat launching slipways & moorings
  • Crystal clear water for sports or fishing
  • 25+ Oceanfront Acres incl half private Island (26 acres)
  • Two Acclaimed Oceanfront South facing Homes

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4/10/2017 (314 days ago)

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