A six bedroom beach-front property on the Aran Island of Inis Mor is now on the market, and it looks like paradise.
The 4,250 square foot ‘Beach House’ – which boasts a home cinema and games room – overlooks Kilmurvey Beach and has been put up for sale with a price tag of $467,000 (€425,000). The splendid modern detached house would be ideal to run as a B&B or a holiday home investment, with superb sea and dramatic coastal views.
The property was purchased several years ago by Barry O’Sullivan – tech entrepreneur and star of the RTE TV show Dragons’ Den – and underwent a complete refurbishment.
"We had always loved the Aran Islands and had visited regularly. It was 2005 when I was living in California and running a division of Cisco when I saw a property for sale online on Inis Mor.
"It had been a B&B and the property was going for auction. The house was fronting the beach and had everything you could want from a home on Inis Mor. So I got my my solicitor to bid for it and I bought it - basically unseen."
At that point Beach House at Kilmurvey was around 25 years old and from afar O'Sullivan and his wife set about renovating it to suit their needs. The work was carried out over time. The first jobs were the replacement of the windows and the installation of the kitchen and later came the more serious renovations. "We got to knocking walls and opening up rooms."
"I'd say we've had some of the best times there, especially when a big gang of us stayed, all brothers and sisters and cousins for socials and barbecues. We've had some great moments with the children there over the years." There's also a cinema and games room for unwinding with the classics of thensilver screen or having a game of pool.
The property boasts stunning coastal views and overlooks Kilmurvey Beach, which has been awarded Blue Flag status.
Dún Aonghasa, one of the country’s most famous prehistoric forts, is a fifteen-minute walk away, while the ‘Worm Hole’ – the natural rectangular pool at the bottom of the cliffs, is also nearby. The ‘Worm Hole’ is now world famous thanks in large to the Red Bull World Cliff Diving Event which stopped here in 2012 and again last year, producing heart stopping photographs and clips across world media.
Inis Mor’s Kilronan village also boasts a small but lively pub scene, with musical acts frequently appearing at local favorite Ti Joe Watty’s.
Selling agent Paddy Flynn of Galway Real Estate said a huge amount of money went into redesigning the property.
“The owner is spending more time in the States now and after putting so much money into redesigning the house, it’s a shame that it isn’t used full-time,” said Flynn. Those interested in the Beach House can find out more from Galway Real Estate (091-565488) or visit the Daft listing here or the short video at the start of the article.