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Sunset swim? Wind down in West Cork at this dreamy waterside retreat for €675k

Forest Lodge overlooks Lough Hyne, Ireland’s first marine nature reserve.

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TUCKED AWAY CLOSE to woodland and lake vistas, Forest Lodge boasts an unrivalled location. 

The West Cork property is positioned on 13.8 acres of expansive grounds with Lough Hyne (Ireland’s first marine nature reserve and only saltwater lake) as its backdrop.

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The mature trees and rolling lawns which surround the bungalow create a sense of privacy and seclusion, and a winding driveway leads to the road. 

The five-bed home has a somewhat unassuming exterior, but the interior is light-filled, airy and has a truly calming ambience.

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The accommodation measures 1,932 sq ft, with large windows throughout making the most of the picturesque surroundings.

Stepping inside, the living areas are on one side of the hallway, while there are three bedrooms on the other side. The most impressive space is the interconnecting living room and sunroom, which is flooded with light in every corner. 

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The living room is sizeable and would be perfect for hosting a crowd (when we can), with a fireplace here for cold winter nights.  The sunroom feels as if it’s part of the garden, with floor-to-ceiling windows bringing the outside in. Sliding glass doors lead to a recently restored patio area, where views of the lake can be enjoyed night or day. 

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The kitchen and dining room is in need of modernisation, but features ample storage space and room to comfortably fit a table to seat at least six.

Each of the three bedrooms on the ground floor are doubles, with an en suite bathroom extending from two of them. 

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On the first floor, there are two more bedrooms, one bathroom and a storage room. One of the bedrooms is particularly spacious, and would work as a games room or teenagers’ den.

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There’s also a separate garage with a mezzanine on the grounds, which could easily be converted into a workshop/home office hybrid.

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The grounds at Forest Lodge are shrubbery and rolling lawns and, with the water so close by, one could feel as if the property is on its own island.

There is no shortage of beautiful walks to enjoy in and around Lough Hyne and its forest, with the opportunity for water sports in the lake and the Atlantic Ocean beyond too.

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Conveniently, Skibbereen is just a 10-minute drive away, as is the fishing village of Baltimore.

With an outstanding location and a bright, uncluttered interior, Forest Lodge offers the perfect base to enjoy a relaxed lifestyle.  

Forest Lodge, Lough Hyne, Skibbereen, Co Cork is on the market for €675,000 through Hodnett Forde via Daft.ie.

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