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Fancy your own private island? It comes with its own house, cottage, hot tubs and slipways...

(Actually, half an island, but who’s counting?)

MERMAID ISLAND IS available to buy – although we’re pretty sure no mermaids live there (but we can’t be certain).

Plus, you get two houses (and two boat-launching slipways) for the price of one. Bargain.

Source: Daft

Situated in a private bay in south-west Kerry, this detached six-bedroom, three-bathroom house (the main home) and one-bedroom cottage are available with Majella O’Sullivan Auctioneers for €2,950,000 via Daft.ie. 

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The (relatively) recently constructed medieval-style post and beam house has over 25 acres to call its own (12 acres of mainland, 13 acres of the island and an additional 3 acres of turbary used to fuel four turf-burning fireplaces) and features lots of wildlife in the Gulf-stream heated waters of its private bay.

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Inside the south-facing main property, the kitchen features a modern gourmet set-up with Italian and German stainless steel appliances and a 7-burner gas hob, double fan-assisted ovens, as well as a redesigned pitch-pine kitchen island and two turf-burning cast iron stoves.

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Also downstairs is an arboretum, conservatory, library, laundry room, and a fitness room as well as three different sets of stairs.

The four bathrooms, fitted in a contemporary style, feature marble and limestone reclaimed from great manor houses.

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The house and cottage are ‘green’ with solar panels, heavily-insulated slate floors, and double-glazing where possible. In the main house, there are 200-year-old windows reclaimed from a French convent, and floor-to-ceiling stained-glass windows from an ancient church which are protected by clear double-paned windows.

The cottage has walls that are 2-3 feet thick so they retain the heat, while the main property is triple-clad in slate stone tiles which are also great at storing heat.

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The renovated centuries-old cottage features one bedroom, one bathroom, a gourmet kitchen with custom counters, antique cabinets and stained glass doors as well as a five-burner gas hob and fan assisted oven.

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There’s also a conservatory with a dining/living-room area and custom-made antique furnishings.

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There’s not one but two hot tubs just above sea level where you can check out the dolphins that frequent the tidepools and the seals hanging out on the rocks.

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Additionally the property features mature groves of trees, access to the Ring of Kerry, its own high-pressure water well, and ancient ruins on both the island and mainland.

Mermaid Isle, Sneem, Co Kerry  is available with Majella O’Sullivan Auctioneers via Daft.ie. 

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