Islands come up for sale in Ireland all the time (no irony there). But they are usually in the back end of the western counties and need the accompanyingly expensive helicopter or speedboat to make them acceptably accessible.
But here’s your chance to live on an island (ok, you don’t get all of it, you share it with 4 other houses) that’s within 15 minute drive into Cork city centre.
Even better, it’s in the middle of one of Ireland’s greatest waterways – the River Lee. This busy waterway sees thousands of ships a year pass through its mouth, passed Spike island, up through Passage West and into Lough Mahon before they arrive in Cork Docks – the historic route of millions of Irish immigrants and expeditions.
Hop Island, Rochestown, Co. Cork
Hop Island is a small circular islet just a few hundred metres across, where you can buy this historic former hunting lodge for €850,000. The house has been extended over the years to provide 3,000 sq ft of accommodation including 6 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms and set on 2 acres with over 100 metres of coastline.
The house itself is a little tired inside and would be in need of updating – but it could become an opulent period home. It’s a short drive over a narrow single-track road onto the mainland and then the nearby village of Douglas provides good local amenities. Kinsale is less than half an hour away too.
You share the island with Hop Island Equestrian Centre, a popular horse riding centre with a stunning onsite cross country course on the banks of the Lough plus indoor and outdoor sand schooling.
A horsey-outdoorsy family who want all the amenities of the country but within easy commute into Cork City.