Carrigacat (Carraig an Chait – the rock of the pole cat) is the name of the townland. The site has been built on since early times. There are houses on the site in the 1853 Map in Griffith’s Valuation. At the back of the house is what is now called the barn with a games room. This had been a milking parlor in 1969, but before the present house it was the dwelling. Behind that was the foundation of the house before that. It was turned into a water tank when the only water came by gravity feed from a well up the hill. Electricity came in the last round by the ESB in 1975 and with it a deep water well and pump. There is a sense of history about the property. All the buildings had their individual use. There was the fowl house, the sheep house, the animal (cattle) house. In the 20thC stone built garage (turned into a cottage), the upstairs floor was used for sprouting seed potatoes. There is a house covered in ivy (it keeps growing back!) with two stories. It houses the tank, but it had its special uses in the day.
In 1970 Carrigacat was purchased by the owner’s parents. They had to climb over fallen trees to get in to see it. It was love at first site. They were close to retirement, but they were set to renovating the houses with the help from local craftsmen. It was opened as a B&B and ran very successfully for many years. In the intervening years, roofs had been renewed, bathrooms renovated, kitchens refitted. A new well was drilled two years ago. There is Wi-Fi, telephone, LED heaters.
However, the essential spirit of a West Cork farmhouse has been retained. The two-foot-thick stone walls keep the house warm. There are jobs that can be done in time, but essentially the house is a warm, relaxed, comfortable place to be and great for a large family party. Bouncy castles can be delivered!
The field is a sheltered haven. It is ideal for a polytunnel. The soil is pristine. There has been no artificial fertilizer in it for 60 years. It is ideal for children with so many secret places and no danger of them escaping on to the road.
Mizen peninsula is ideal for young families and extended families. There is an eMizen Enterprise Centre, a remote working hub, in Goleen with hot desks. (www.connectedhubs.ie). There is an active Community Centre and Parish Hall. The community is very caring and supportive. There are numerous special interest clubs and you can always start a new one. On the sports field there is an active GAA club and a successful soccer team. There is a playgroup and national school in Goleen village (primary, 9 mins or 5.kms away). Schull Community College (secondary, 20 mins or 25kms away) has an excellent reputation and a bus service for students. There are Blue Flag beaches, villages from Goleen to Skibbereen. A mini-market and butcher in the village and a supermarket home delivery service. Pubs, restaurants, hotels. In the Summer there is a sailing club in Crookhaven, kayaking in Goleen and many other water sports including year-round surfing on Barleycove Beach.
Carrigacat is an ideal base to be part of West Cork.
Traditional Irish Farmhouse with Annex & outbuildings
Set on 0.66 acres plot
Mature gardens offer fantastic privacy.
Distant Sea views.
5min drive from Barleycove blue flag beach.
Main Farmhouse consists of:
Entrance porch:(2.47m x 1.76m)
Living room:(8.36m x 3.56m)
Kitchen: (3.6m x 3.64m)
Dining room: (2.45m x 5.9m)
Guest WC: (0.98m x 2.10m)
Family bathroom: (3.74m x 2.10m)
Bedroom 1: (3.27m x 3.55m)
Bedroom 2: 2.76m x 4.24m)
Bedroom 3: (3.92m x 3.63m)
Private water & septic tank.
Contact Colm Cleary on 086-1722276 / 028-28122