The Long Strand Nest
Perched on a tranquil slope above Castlefreke’s energetic Long Strand, The Long Strand Nest is a beach bungalow incorporating a pair of conjoined identical apartments that offer a complete break from the persistent pace of modern living.
The two homes which are let separately, are ideally suited to couples seeking a surfing break or as a base for exploring charismatic west Cork.
Integral to this pair of semi-detached studio cabins is the shared verandah that stretches across the eastern façade of the bungalow – perfect balcony seats to the unique panorama of the beach below.
The rough cedar construction has a functional, rugged honesty that announces an interior equally full of purpose, and full of fun.
Essentially a one room dwelling, each chalet has two elevated platform double beds above the living area that are accessed by ladders.
The design is practical, eclectic and rustic. Unfinished birch branches serve as columns and lee rails to the beds; rainbow rugs are thrown on painted floor boards.
Alternative materials occasionally feature – the work surfaces in the kitchen zone are copper – and the surface mounted plumbing and wiring are similarly utilitarian.
The bathroom is floored in recycled encaustic coloured tiles, and gleefully employs cedar roofing shingles to clad the shower walls.
The homes are well insulated, snug and cosy with wood-burning stoves and double glazing.
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