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GARDEN

Magical paths thread through eighteen acres of informal woodlands and gardens, with spectacular West Cork coastal views. The gardens vary with the seasons; in spring the woodland floor is carpeted with daffodils and bluebells.

Amongst the many mature trees and shrubs are many specimen varieties, including a Ginkgo Biloba (a variety common in the era of dinosaurs 270 million years ago, but now endangered), and a massive Cupressas Macrocarpa, or Moneterey Pine, more commonly associated with the Californina coast.

Dressed in local slate, the house is elevated on eighteen acres that cascade down ever more steeply to Castlehaven Bay. The informal gardens vary with the seasons; in spring the woodland floor is carpeted with daffodils and bluebells. Amongst the mature trees and shrubs are many specimen varieties and botanical curiosities.

The climate here is very mild, with moist Atlantic breezes warmed by the Gulf Stream that sweeps across from the Caribbean. There is also a small herd of diminutive black Dexter cattle, an historic breed of Irish origin. The property is situated at the top end of and within easy walking distance of Castletownshend village.