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Living on the edge: This spectacular lighthouse in Mayo is the epitome of seaside luxury

Your chance to own a piece of history in Co Mayo.

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PERCHED PROUDLY ATOP the craggy cliffs of Clare Island, the Clare Island Lighthouse is a beacon of both historical significance and luxurious living. With views that stretch across the vast Atlantic, this restored seaside haven provides an extraordinary opportunity to reside in one of Ireland’s most awe-inspiring locations. 

With its rich heritage, breathtaking views and meticulously restored living spaces, this property offers a unique opportunity to own a piece of maritime history while enjoying the comforts of modern luxury.

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The Clare Island Lighthouse was built in 1806 by the Marquis of Sligo and it has withstood the tests of time. Despite a fire in 1816 that led to its reconstruction, and subsequent changes in its operational status, this iconic structure is a piece of maritime history. Decommissioned in 1965 after 159 years of service, it entered a new era—one of opulent residential living.

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Restored and transformed into luxury accommodation, the Clare Island Lighthouse is a collection of buildings including two towers, cottages and converted outbuildings. Enclosed by whitewashed stone walls and wrought iron gates, the property sprawls across about 2.35 acres of grounds, offering both seclusion and an unrivalled connection to the ocean.

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Upon entering the main house, the warm atmosphere sets the tone. The space is adorned with varnished solid wood flooring and traditional cast iron fireplaces. The conservatory, a sun-soaked room, has panoramic views of the endless sea.

A corridor guides you to the lantern tower — a striking three-story structure featuring a stone spiral staircase adorned with wrought iron handrails leading to the stunning lantern dome. Embrace panoramic views from the inside and outside balconies, treating yourself to a 360 degree view of the sea and distant County Mayo landscapes.

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The kitchen exudes warmth and offers captivating ocean views through a generous picture window. 

Within the main house, three bedrooms with en suite bathrooms await. Ascend the curved oak staircase to reach the Achill View bedroom, the former residence of the principal lighthouse keeper. Here, you get breathtaking views of Achill Island, the very location where “The Banshees of Inisherin” was filmed.

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From en suite bedrooms in the main house offering breathtaking vistas to additional accommodations like the Tower House and Cliff Corner cottage, each space echoes the allure of coastal living.

There is even a sauna suite which commands magnificent views of Croagh Patrick and includes its own private flagstone patio.

The Banshee Cottage adds a touch of exclusivity to this extraordinary property. It’s situated to the east, offering a living room and en suite bedroom. And for a snug retreat, explore the two intimate en suite units, known as “the Snugs,” located in the northwest corner of the grounds.

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Nestled in the western corner of the property, the Cliff Corner cottage features lofty timber ceilings and flagstone floors. A private garden enclosed by walls provides a serene setting to witness stunning sunsets or the crashing waves from the 120 metre cliffs below.

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Across the stone-paved courtyard stands the original Tower House. Its ground floor has a charming sitting room with dining space with authentic flagstone floors. Ascend the winding cast iron staircase to find a circular bedroom, offering yet more exceptional views.

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This fully restored lighthouse isn’t the only place with a rich history. Clare Island itself has a diverse geology from the east-to-west ridge crowned by Knockmore. Steep cliffs serve as a sanctuary for seabirds. The island has a history dating back to ancient times. From Iron Age huts and field systems to medieval relics like Saint Bridget’s Abbey, Clare Island is full of archaeological finds.

Clare Island Lighthouse, Westport, Co Mayo is on sale through Sherry Fitzgerald Crowley.