FOR SALE - An incredible home with incredible views
Long Lake House, County Kerry
Long Lake House cannot be rented, however, it can be purchased.....
This unusual hexagonal three storey architect designed residence is finished to a very high standard, and at just under 10,000 sq ft, Long Lake could fit the equivalent of a small cul-de-sac of average sized family homes within its walls.
Its formal gardens of 13 acres include ponds, walks, a cedar-built staff cabin, a private pier, its own pontoon and mooring, a bridge which spans the inlet looking into a private lake which comes with a high shooting Lake Geneva-style fountain feature.
Capitalizing on a spectacular location
The five-bedroom house has a Wicklow granite facade with a vast wraparound copper mansard roof and numerous viewing balconies to take in the scenery. The interior is largely floored in marble and granite and there's underfloor heating throughout.
Rooms are arranged around a huge central atrium, with a mahogany and brass staircase running from the ground floor to the top of the house, lit by Persian onyx windows and top lights.
The upper level hall has a large open fireplace. Blue Pearl granite enhances the flooring on most of the upper level including the games room with pool table, open fire and access to a small deck. Also, on this level is an office, a bedroom with built-in closet and shelving, the master bedroom, and sky living room with heart-of-oak timber flooring.
The master bathroom, with separate ensuite, has the same Blue Pearl granite finish and a Villeroy & Boch jacuzzi bath with overhead shower. A laundry chute serves the ground floor laundry.
The central level, floored in Carrera marble, has a library with open fire place. Bookshelves and a wet bar at one end, are built in Travertine marble.
The living room features another open fire place, and leads into the wrap-around dining room with two marble columns and an onyx wall, allowing light to the staircase outside. Incredible views through generous windows frame stunning panoramas of mountains and water.
The kitchen, also on this level, comprises an outsized centre island with counter tops in granite; a double sink, a breakfast bar, and a desk counter with glass cupboards and under-counter lighting.
The units are by Siemens. Appliances include an American refrigerator/freezer, a six-ring ceramic stove and large oven, deep fryer, barbeque grill, warming drawer, microwave, steam oven and smaller oven, trash compactor and dishwasher from high-end manufacturers such as Miele and Neff.
Incredible views from the large windows here afford panoramas of mountains and water.
A large cold pantry/storage room is situated off the kitchen and laundry chute. A back door leads out to the garden.
The floor to ceiling dark oak doors at each end of the dining room fold back to unite the living space at one end, to yet another smaller dining room at the other, complete with its own granite fireplace.
There's a piano hall housing with grand piano and a series of gypsum reliefs, each independently lit. A separate ladies' powder room and gents' toilet, as well as a wine cellar, lead off this hall.
The ground level comprises three guest bedrooms, each with their own vestibule with built-in mirrored closets, ensuite bathrooms, and private outdoor decks.
Also here is a laundry, and a flag-stone floored gym with its own deck, shower, half bath, sauna and steam room, and a large jacuzzi tub.
In addition, there is another storage room, a utility room housing the internal vacuum system, the water treatment plant and the heating system on this floor.
A separate three car garage is located close to the house.
GARDENS AND GROUNDS
The property is entered through either of the two main gates.
There is a large parking area and the driveway curves around to the front entrance of the house at ground level.
There are many pathways around the property, several lawns and flower gardens, an orchard, two lily ponds, and a couple of waterfalls. A dam wall separates the fresh water pond with fountain from the sea and a grassy path along the peninsula leads to a rocky outpost from which seals, dolphins, herons and local wildlife can be spotted.
A lovely relaxing feature is the fresh water pond with a Lake Geneva style fountain.
Another path leads up to the moorland heath for spectacular views of the sunsets over the Beara mountains. One lawn boasts a beautiful array of daffodils and narcissi in the spring while hydrangea and rhododendrons, roses, and agapanthus are visible in season all year round.
PIER, BOAT HOUSE, BOAT RAMP AND PONTOON
A secure and enclosed boat house is located on the grounds. The property also benefits from a pier, boat ramp and pontoon, ideal for any water sports enthusiasts with Kenmare Bay and the Peninsula at your fingertips.
An older cedar cabin, with its own deck and gate to the road, contains three bedrooms, dining and living room with open fireplace, small kitchen and bathroom. There is also an outdoor toilet for garden hands.
About the Locality
The surrounding mountains and valleys were sculptured by glaciers during the last Ice age, some 10,000 years ago. When it receded, some river valleys, like Kenmare became Ocean inlets.
The waters around our coasts are remarkably warm - 7° to 8°C warmer than the average global sea temperature at these latitudes, thanks to the warm Gulf Stream drift which comes across the Atlantic from the Caribbean.
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Flora and Fauna benefit from this benign climate, surprising us with some tropical plants and even the occasional coral beach.
The Red Deer and Irish hare may be found in Kerry.
Seals dolphins and whales also abound, but it is the variety of seabirds that most visitors will notice. Renowned for its huge population of gannets, the Skellig islands are home to Puffins, with more than 4,000 on Small Skellig alone.
Not surprisingly, the sea and its riches have formed the basis for local industry throughout history.
Exposed as it is to enormous winter storms, Kerry has seen many maritime tragedies. Sailing too close to Irish shores at the end of the 16th Century, over two dozen retreating ships of the Spanish Armada, each with bounty and crew, ploughed into coastal rocks from Donegal to Kerry.
How to get there - Car advised..
By Air: Cheap flights to Kerry Airport (Farrenfore) Cork, Dublin or Shannon.
Kerry Airport - approx 1 hour from house.
Cork Airport - approx 1.5 hours from house.
Shannon Airport - approx 2 hours from house.
Dublin Airport - approx 4 hours from house.
By Sea: Ferry crossings from Pembroke/Fishguard to Rosslare.
Stena Express - 120 mins (summer only from Fishguard)
Swansea/Cork Ferry is 1.5 hours from the house.
Rosslare Port is approx 4 hours from house
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is approx 4 hours from house
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