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The Rocket House, Castletownshend, P81 D628


Detached House

For Sale




418 sq.m.

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‘There are many genteel families, some permanent, others occasionally resident, who live in pleasant and friendly association’
Rev Horatio Townsend describing Castletownshend in 1810

The Rocket House occupies one of the most enviable waterfront positions on the West Cork coastline. The original ‘Rocket House’, which is on an elevated position directly over the water, dates from 1841. Taking its name from the flares that were once launched from the property to guide ships into Castlehaven harbour. Whilst the main residence was originally built as a terrace of six two-storey coastguard cottages in 1868 by William Atkins, a notable Irish architect of the time, today it comprises of over 4,500 sq. ft of generous accommodation extending to 7 bedrooms & 6 bathrooms having been comprehensively restored and converted to one substantial residence.

This is a stunning shorefront property set amidst wonderfully private grounds of 0.5 acres, located off The Mall in Castletownshend village. It is elevated above sea level over Castlehaven harbour, a wide navigable inlet framed by Horse Island. This harbour provides safe access at all states of the tide and is one of the most popular sailing destinations on this coastline.

Approached via private gated entrance to a large paved parking area with a high stone wall and shrubbery. Upon entering, you are immediately struck by a sense of space and light through the use of the double height ceiling and open gallery landing in the main reception hall. This is a residence that exudes elegance and sophistication. A welcoming retreat where one can sit and comfortably admire the maritime traffic into and out of the harbour. The main reception rooms flow easily into each other with different access points onto the sun terrace and garden, the main focal point will always and ever be its most sublime coastal position.

The heart of every home is the kitchen and this space is set up to cater for the everyday and those special family occasions. The bespoke oak fitted kitchen & island exudes a warmth complimented by the four door AGA range cooker and balanced by the separate substantially sized pantry. With a dining area that can cater for a 12-seater table and opens onto the sun terrace for a pre-dinner aperitif.

On the first floor, all the bedrooms have a coastal aspect whilst the attached guest accommodation has its own separate access to the garden.

The gardens are a particular feature, sheltered from the prevailing winds by a high stone wall to the western side which also provides much privacy and seclusion. Consisting mainly of a well-manicured lawn which runs right down to the stone wall at the water’s edge. It also includes mature shrubs, flowering plants, fruit trees and raised beds that thrive in the temperate West Cork climate.

The gardens are intersected by stone pathways leading to The Lookout & The Rocket House where there is a separate gated entrance, adjacent is a traditional Admiralty flagpole. There is also a stone sun terrace with curved seating area and a sunken terrace closer to the house for ‘al fresco’ dining. A unique feature of the garden is a stone marking dating from 1811 denoting ‘Ordnance Survey levelling Mark No 1′. This permanent benchmark is a point of reference by which Irish sea levels can be measured.

Castletownshend is a highly evocative place, a unique picturesque coastal period village. It is renowned as an International sailing and water sports centre. It boasts of two restaurants, two pubs and a shop.

Further along the Wild Atlantic Way, Skibbereen (c. 5 miles) is a vibrant market town servicing a large area from Rosscarbery to the Mizen Head and the inhabited islands of Roaring Water Bay. It has a number of excellent shops, supermarkets, a thriving country market and restaurants. There is also a digital hub ‘The Ludgate’ with the benefit of 1GB connectivity which provides hot desks for individuals, start-ups or established companies.

West Cork attracts a very cosmopolitan population, with with many renown artists and writers residing in the area. It offers a variety of leisure opportunities and sporting facilities together with a peaceful pace of life. This area provides some of the finest sailing along the entire south coast, whilst golf is catered for at Skibbereen, Clonakilty and Bantry. There is excellent fishing by arrangement on the Rivers Ilen, Argideen and Bandon. Sandy Blue Flag beaches are to be found at Inchydoney, Rosscarbery and Tragumna. There are many fine eating establishments dotted along the coastline, two with Michelin star status.
Approximately one hour’s drive from Cork airport and ten minutes to Skibbereen (market town), the Rocket House is a wonderful, rare and private offering to the market and is considered one of the finest properties on the South coast of Ireland.


Ground Floor

Double solid doors with light over and intercom access. Cut limestone steps.

Reception Hall:
Double height entrance hall with vaulted ceiling and gallery landing over, solid limed oak turned staircase, Limed oak panelling to dado rail & Oak floor.

Guest WC:
Slate floor, wash hand basin & WC.

Drawing Room:
An inviting and bright space achieved through the uses of different textures and colour tones. Sisal grass floor covering which is a durable natural fibre, built-in bookcase, carved marble fireplace with raised cast iron grate, slate hearth & chain link fireguard.

Arch through to;

Bay fronted with magnificent views to the mouth of Castlehaven harbour. Sisal grass floor covering. Access to garden & sun terrace.

Bedroom 6:
Large sash window opening on to the garden with sea views, open fireplace, built-in wardrobe with storage over.

Shower Room:
Tiled floor, shower cubicle, WC, wash hand basin, linen cupboard & heated towel rail.

Family Room:
Picture window overlooking gardens to the sea. Sisal grass floor covering & book shelves.

Bespoke oak fitted kitchen with a mixture of glass fronted eye level and solid wood fronted base storage and drawer units. Fitted plate rack. Large central island. Polished Spanish granite worksurfaces. Double bowl stainless steel sink unit with double drainer. Four oven AGA range cooker, four ring gas hob inlay. Plumbed for 2 dishwashers. Window seat. Marmoleum (linseed) flooring. Door to Pantry

Marmoleum floor covering, built-in storage units. Space for a larder refrigerator.

Conservatory/Dining Area:
Bay fronted with a sublime coastal aspect over the garden to the sea. Space for 12-seater dining table. Door to garden.

Rear Hall & Porch:
Shelved larder cupboard. Stairs to master suite, door to front & parking.

Utility/Boot Room:
Fitted elm coat hanging with boot rack. Marmoleum floor covering. Belfast sink, storage cupboards. Plumbed for washing machines & dryers. Pulley maid. Oil boiler & water pressurization system.

Wet Room:
Slate floor. Shower room with shower, wash hand basin & WC. Timber bench. Heated drying rails. Cleaning & storage area with drainage for sailing gear. Half door access to garden.

First Floor

Gallery Landing:
Overlooking the reception hall

Master Suite:
Master Suite with separate secondary staircase to rear hall, comprising:
Master Bedroom (1):
Fitted wardrobes. Walk-in wardrobe off with fitted drawers, shelves & hanging space
Cast iron fireplace with chain link spark guard.
Ensuite Bathroom:
Tiled floor, timber panelled bath with marble surround, separate shower cubicle and marble surround. Wash hand basin with marble surround and vanity unit. Heated towel rails. Separate WC with tiled floor.

Bedroom 2:
Vaulted ceiling with exposed ceiling timbers. Built-in storage units.

Family Bathroom:
Timber panelled bath with mosaic tiled surround, wash hand basin with mosaic tiled surround & vanity unit, WC & heated towel rails.

Bedroom 3:
Double bedroom

Bedroom 4:
Double Bedroom

Bedroom 5:
Vaulted ceiling with exposed ceiling timbers, heated towel rail.
Ensuite Bathroom:
Tiled floor, timber panelled bath with tiled surround, wash hand basin with tiled splashback & WC.

Attached Guest Accommodation (7):
Open hearth fireplace, built-in wardrobes & built-in book shelves. Separate access from the front and French door access to a sun terrace and garden.
Ensuite Shower Room:
Tiled floor, separate shower cubicle with tiled surround, wash hand basin & WC.


The Rocket House:
Elevated position directly above the water. White washed stone walls & slate roof. Ideal for boat storage. Fireplace. Power & light connected.

The Look Out:
Also elevated position directly above the water. White washed stone walls & slate roof. Window overlooking harbour ideal for conversion to home office. Fireplace. Power & light connected.

There are two moorings with the house – one running mooring and one deep water mooring.

Oil fired central heating, Mains water with a pressurised water supply, Bio-cycle unit


BER Details:
BER No: 112412812
Energy Performance Indicator: 379.44 kWh/m2/yr


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