A ROWING BOAT on your private lake, spectacular views over the Atlantic, and a luxury home in which contemporary design meets the West Cork landscape.
If that description sounds like a dream, then The Lake House at Toormore could surprise you. Perched on the hillside of the Mizen peninsula around 10 minutes’ drive from Schull, the home was finished in 2010 and is now on the market for €695,000.
The sensitively designed single-storey residence runs across 195 square metres, including four bedrooms and three bathrooms. But it is the outdoor space that first catches the eye.
A private dock sits on the lake, where ducks and herons meet the occasional otter. A covered seating area provides a place to enjoy the spectacular landscape – the highest point of the home has 360-degree views across land and sea – even in a west Cork shower.
Coming into the house through the front door, an entrance hall gives onto a high and airy dining room. This in turn opens to the kitchen – a contemporary space, furnished like the rest of the house in pale colours – and the living room.
Walnut floors through the living and dining spaces give a sense of cosiness while large windows bring in light and air. The living room looks out onto the water, with windows on two sides as well as double glass doors to the lakeside decking area. A wood burning stove with built-in log storage brings warmth and focus to the space.
The home’s four bedrooms – two with en-suite bathrooms – open off a bright corridor which is lit from above by a skylight. Three of the bedrooms open directly onto the deck, for anyone who likes to step out of bed and take the air.
A dedicated office is also adjacent to the main corridor, creating a secluded space for home working or other projects. Completing the accommodation are a garage, utility room, family bathroom and a guest WC leading off the utility.
Taken altogether, The Lake House is a unique opportunity to enjoy the beauty and spectacle of the West Cork landscape in luxurious and private surroundings.