Address: ‘Czardas’, Newtown, Bantry, west Cork

Property Type: Detached


(€ Price on Request)


(P75 HN60)



Ref: 005047/DH


NOT so much ‘’The Valley of the Squinting Windows’’ here. It’s more like the old Peggy Lee Standard ‘’The Folks Who Live on the Hill’’ (Someday we may be adding a wing or two…) updated to the 1970s with big bright feature windows and children climbing in and out at all hours. On offer are stunning views over Bantry Bay, the Beara and Sheep’s Head peninsulas and on to the distant Atlantic, not to mention the beautiful surrounding Caha Mountains. Czardas (CHAR –dosh) is the term for a Hungarian dance which grows faster and faster. The home has been the site of many active family gatherings since its construction in 1970. The Grandfather moved his then young family from over the chemist in Bantry town to take advantage of the beautiful surroundings in a house that could entertain more than a handful of children. Overlooking the Wild Atlantic Way, it is still a five –minute walk to town.

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The house is located just beyond the edge of Bantry town near the Bantry Golf Club. It was designed and constructed at the same time as the Westlodge Hotel and by the same architect. Both builds benefited from their recent and extensive top to bottom re-fittings. And both had Bantry’s first ever tennis courts replete with sturdy wire fencing. ‘’Close the gate to keep out the draught’’! The Grandfather would quip (not that it made much of a difference). Fifty years on the children fondly remember running down to the court, still in their pyjamas, to play tennis on warm summer mornings.

Later Czardas came to seem like a little castle, even more so when you’re less than five feet tall. It really is a magical place for kids and, later on, grandkids. The Grandfather over five decades presided happily, probably himself the greatest child.

Recent improvements include new windows and boiler, upgraded attic and pumped exterior wall insulation, new bathrooms, and new carpet throughout. Over the years, the house has been enlarged so that the living area takes up an entire side of the house from front to back with views to the east, west and south. The style is simple and charming. No garish wallpaper here, just a nice coat of paint and plenty of space to hang many pictures documenting many generations. Sofas and armchairs abound, with plenty of space for a large family to congregate (or snooze) by the fire after a Christmas feast. Such is the expanse of rooms, the children can crawl around like Rugrats all over the downstairs and only occasionally disturb their snoring parents.

The upstairs is brilliantly designed to accommodate a family and guests in five bedrooms. These include the en-suite master, whose windows frame a view of Bantry Bay and the mountains beyond it, which is really something else to wake up to on a clear summer’s day. There are, along with the spacious downstairs en-suite, six bedrooms plus a study off the welcoming entrance hall.

Also in the entrance hall is an open, steel-reinforced wooden-slatted staircase constructed so that it offers a spacious alcove beneath to store gear. What is most beautiful about it, though, is the two-storey floor-to-ceiling window of many individual panes, that lights up the entire home in any weather. It would not be rare to stop on the half landing and stare out at the beautiful scenery (or fashion a strategic redoubt from which to ambush internal or external marauders).

The brand-new kitchen is fully kitted out and it also helps that you can look out on Sugarloaf (one of the larger mountains in West Cork) while peeling potatoes at the sink for a Sunday roast. The house is not only beautiful to look into, but also to look out of. The grounds are impeccable, and beautifully simple. The place is absolutely covered in trees and shrubs, and there is still enough space on the lawn for the odd five-a-side, though mind your toe on the root there. A multitude of flowers and shrubs line gravel and concrete paths which snake their way around the garden perimeter. Next to the north gable of the house, there lies what is like a mini-garden in itself, surrounded by well-kept hedges, reminiscent of the palace grounds in a 1970s period drama.

The garden has been splendidly, even, given its size, heroically maintained over the years. And the expanse of green areas means you can carefully explore it for hours and still want to go back out the next day. For anyone with green fingers, this place is heaven on earth.

Practicality also makes up a large part of the house’s character. Out back there is a suitably large, yet helpfully removed, shed that will leave you wondering how to fill the rest of it after you’ve already put your entire set of tools, lawnmower, extended family and in-laws inside. There are even two perfectly spaced trees around which to tie a clothesline, although there are already several in the convenient boiler house cum washhouse which adjoins the rear of the main building.

It is a well held view among the family members that if there were a hide-and-seek world championship in Ireland, it should be held here. There have been times when the games have stretched on indefinitely, over multiple days, such is the abundance of hiding places in the grounds. You might find a child loitering precariously on the trellis above the study window or halfway up one of the massive pine trees on the front lawn, invisble save for a grin the size of Whiddy Island at having hidden there for something like three hours. An adult inside might muse—what’s become of Hugo?

The above was written by Rory Craig.

Entrance Hall:- Solid door with double lock system, carpet, radiator, power points, stairs to first floor.

Sitting Room:- 11’8’’x 13’2’’. Carpet, radiator, sliding doors, window to front.

Sun Room:- 17’11’’x10’6’’. Carpet, window to side.

Living Room:- 18’ x 8’7’’. Large window to front, carpet, solid fuel stove with stone surround, wall lights, roller blinds.

Kitchen:- 11’2’’x 10’9’’. Fully fitted kitchen, Lino flooring, large window to front with views, beautiful & bright.

Utility Area:- 4’9’’x 6’2’’. Lino flooring, fitted presses, door to back garden, laundry & shed, window to side.

Laundry:- 12’ x 6’. Plumbed for washing machine and dryer, large radiators.

Shed:- 14’ x 12’5’’.

Study:- 11’9’’x 8’10’’. Carpet, widow to front, radiator, open fireplace, shelving.

WC:- Tiled, wc, wash hand basin, window to side.

Bedroom 1:- 29’x 10’7’’. Carpet, radiator, large window to front, fitted slide robe, bright and spacious, door to garden, door to En-suite:- tiled, wc, wash hand basin, mains shower, electric fan.

Stairs leading to first floor.

Master Bedroom:- 18’8 x 10’4’’. Carpet, window to front, power points, sink and surround, fitted wardrobes, radiator, shelving, Door to En-Suite:- Tiled, wc, wash hand basin, electric shower, window to front..

Bedroom 3:- 12’2’’ x 16’. Carpet, wardrobes, power points, window to side, radiator, wc.

Bedroom 4:- Carpet, fitted wardrobes, wash hand basin, radiator, large window to front.

Landing:- Carpet, hatch to insulated attic , large hotpress.

Bathroom:- 8’3’’ x 5’3’’. Lino flooring, partly tiled wall, radiator, wc, wash hand basin, window to front.

Bedroom 5:- 9’ x 11’6’’. Carpet, power points, spot lights, wash hand basin with vanity area, shelving, radiator, window to front.

Office:- Carpet, radiator, window to side, wash hand basin with vanity area, power points, shelving with lights.

Services:- Mains water, private sewage, telephone & broadband available, BER to follow, set on ca. 1 acre.

Viewing: By appointment through this office

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