- terrace available
- fitted kitchen
- fireplace available
This world-class oceanfront retreat is very privately located and washed by the warm crystal clear water of the Gulf Stream in a protected inlet of the Kenmare Bay. The main house and the cottage lie sheltered between Mermaid Isle's peninsula mainland and Illaundrane, the island just off the shore. The location is one of extreme natural beauty with more than 1,200 m / 4,000 ft of private shoreline with access to the crystal clear water for swimming, bathing, snorkeling and all other sorts of watersports activities. Dolphins patrol in front of the house and cusious seals bask on the rocks in the bay. The mature wooded groves and the island are home to many different kind of seabirds, otters and many other animals. The main house, completed in 2001, has been constructed with posts and wooden beams (Californian Douglas Firs), curved braces, curved medieval style stuck frames and hand carved oak pegs creating a barn style house with wide open spaces and vaulted ceilings. The house is accessed through huge arched double doors leading to the light filled, open plan atrium tiled with Chinese slate. Large French doors lead directly to the waterfront from the atrium and allow fantastic views to the sea and large skylights enhance the natural light. Off the atrium, the east wing is home to the large open plan kitchen and living area with floor to ceiling windows to maximise the sea views. The kitchen offers all modern appliances including a large stainless steel gas cooker, Bosch dishwasher, American style fridge as well as stainless steel and marble top counters. A large antique pitch pine table forms the centre of the kitchen area. The west wing comprises a sunroom currently used as workshop / studio. The guest cottage, hidden in the woodlands, also boasts stunning views and is a renovated fisherman's cottage with exposed stone walls. Both houses have been designed with the intention to maximise the views and natural light and keeping close to the nature. Large floor to ceiling windows and French doors in nearly every room give access to the surrounding nature and make the rooms all airy and bright. Both houses are south facing thereby soaking in the sun's rays throughout the year. Many antique materials have been sourced from old churches and manor houses to make this place a truly special home. Among this are French casement windows with stain glass from old churches, reclaimed marble and limestone, doors and wooden elements etc. The east wing is home to a library sitting area as well as the master bedroom with en-suite. The bedroom contains walk-in wardrobes hidden behind sliding doors while the master en-suite boasts a tub and a double shower. On the other side of the first floor is a large open plan area currently used as a studio and workspace. This area would lend itself to many uses including additional bedrooms, a cinema / games room etc. The third floor is home to another bedroom and can be reached via a wooden staircase in the library. The wild and sea life is literally always present with dolphins playing in the sheltered inlets, curious seals basking in the sun, otters swimming in the sea always ready for a fresh catch and all kinds of seabirds nesting in the woodlands and the islands and inlets of Kenmare Bay. Mermaid Isle is a retreat for creative people and nature lovers and also a fine retreat for them busy in everyday's life and seeking for a place to spark the imagination, reopen your senses and recover from today's busy lifestyle. Enjoy the beauty of the scenery while reading a good book, enjoying a nice bottle of wine, take a bath in one of the two hot tubs overlooking the bay or simply relax during the sunset or while the moon light mirrors from the sea. Building Energy Rating Main House: B2 BER No. 101453025 Energy Performance Indicator: 110.03 kWh/m˛/yr Cottage: E1 BER No. 101453165 Energy Performance Indicator: 325.49 kWh/m˛/yr The nearby towns, Sneem, Caherdaniel and Kenmare, offer all amenities of modern life such as shopping facilities, restaurants, pubs and schools. Kenmare also offers a large number of first class restaurants for the food gourmet. Conveniently located to Cork Airport and Kerry Airport transport links within Ireland and to most major European and UK cities are in easy reach.
Please refer to the floor plan for individual room measurements and layout.