You can’t but love Ireland’s thatched cottages – quaint, historic, each one its own self-contained story.

Thatching, while not nearly as popular as it once was, is still an option for homebuilders, and this new to the market property in lovely Co. Kerry proves there’s no reason why thatching should be restricted to cottages.

Shearwater, right on Kenmare Bay in Co. Kerry, is a six bedroom, four bathroom thatched roof mansion sitting on 6.25 acres of stunning land.

The home, listed by SherryFitzgerald on, is asking $3,030,00 (€2,750,000). It was built only five years ago, in 2010, to the highest of standards.

The sun-drenched two-storey house boasts approx. 5,500 square feet. It has an exquisite drawing room and dining room, an open plan kitchen attached to an informal dining/sitting room, four en suite bedrooms and one separate, a study (which could be converted into an optional fifth en-suite bedroom), and a downstairs bathroom.

Both floors have Geo Thermal underfloor heating, with each room zoned and an oil-fired boiler as an optional back-up.

The kitchen includes an oil-fired Aga stove, Lacanche electric and gas oven, and quartz countertops.

The windows are double glazed Hamptons mahogany self-cleaning, and the thatched roof is finished to the highest of fire proof and insulation standard

The house is surrounded by Valentia slate paving, with a patio leading from the reception rooms and kitchen to the garden. Three of the bedrooms have balconies to avail of the stunning views of the property and of Kenmare Bay.

There is an additional thatched garden room and garage alongside the main residence.

The peninsula located directly across from Shearwater is Coss Point, which gives shelter to the property and is an exceptional haven for birdlife and wildlife, including seals and otters. A stream gently flows through the property to the sea. The house has access to the shore and to approximately 500 feet of waterfront through two double gates from a path beside the front lawn.

The surrounding area, in the heart of the Ring of Kerry and the Wild Atlantic Way, offers a range of activities including golf courses, horse riding, salmon and trout fishing, boating and nature walks. The property is a short distance from the town of Kenmare.

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