Breasty Bay & Skildren Cottage, Malin Head, Malin, Co Donegal, F93 V9R6 | Property for sale | Savills
55 Ac(22.26 Ha)
Excess of €1,500,000

Breasty Bay & Skildren Cottage, Malin HeadMalin, Co Donegal, F93 V9R6


    Key features

    • About 55 acres
    • Ideal opportunity for conservation and rewilding
    • About 1,850m of water frontage
    • Successful holiday rental business
    • For sale in two lots or as a whole

    A pair of unique & distinctive residential properties with two private beaches in one of Ireland's most desirable coastal locations

    About this property

    • Lot 1: Breasty Bay House (About 9 acres / 3.6 hectares, About 100m of water frontage)

      Breasty Bay is an outstanding coastal property offering panoramic waterfront views with direct sea access and a private sandy beach. Built in the 1970's, this modern house has been comprehensively refurbished and extended by the current owners with outstanding entertaining and living space and accommodation extending to about 1,879 sq ft. A successful holiday rental business has been established for Breasty Bay, providing an attractive and established income generation letting business.

      Accessed via an electric gated entrance onto an internal driveway, this leads up to a parking area to the front of the house. The front porch opens into a stunning and inviting entrance hall with impressive panelling and tiling. The hall flows into the wonderful open plan kitchen and dining room. The bright and spacious kitchen is at the heart of the property and has gorgeous features including a kitchen island, hardwood parquet flooring, exposed wooden beams and a built-in double fronted aquarium which can be enjoyed from both the kitchen and the living room. French doors lead from the dining room to a terrace area outside. The living room features a wood burning stove, with a sunroom off this. The impressive proportions are continued throughout the house with three bedrooms, all with en suite shower rooms.

      The first floor offers a versatile layout and includes an office/study with a Velux balcony window providing a picture-perfect view overlooking the bay. There is a bathroom upstairs which includes a toilet, bidet, washbasin unit, walk-in shower and a jacuzzi bath. There is also a useful storage room upstairs. Positioned to the side of the house is a garage and a boiler room which provide an additional 270 sq ft.

      The grounds extend to about 9 acres which were rewilded in 2017 and now provide a wonderful sense of peace and nature around the property. There is a large freshwater pond, between the house and the seafront, which is a very important habitat for the local wildlife. The lands mainly comprise grassland to the front of the house and includes about 100 metres of water frontage. A key feature is the direct access to a private beach which is complete with coastal rock features.

      Lot 2: Skildren Cottage on about 15 acres / 6 hectares, about 800m of water frontage)
      Skildren Cottage is an architecturally designed masterpiece believed to date from about 1969. Unique in design, it offers magnificent panoramic sea views and direct access to a private beach. A successful holiday rental business has also been established for the property.

      Accessed via the electric gated entrance, Skildren lies at the end of the internal driveway which extends to about 500m. The living accommodation comprises an open plan kitchen / sitting room which is ideally positioned to enjoy the views out towards the Atlantic Ocean. From the kitchen, sliding patio doors open out to a path leading down to the sea, while the dining room includes large windows offering magnificent waterfront views. A master bedroom suite with an en suite shower room is accessed off this living space. There are three further bedrooms including one en suite, and a shared bathroom on a connecting corridor. The accommodation extends to approximately 1,567 sq ft.

      The grounds extend to about 14.83 acres and comprise mostly hill grazing and shrubland which were rewilded in 2017. One of the most special and truly unique features of Skildren Cottage is direct access to a private beach which is complete with coastal rock features. It includes about 800 metres of water frontage. Skildren Cottage's private waterfront was used extensively for the filming of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, with the iconic Millennium Falcon constructed on the peninsula.

      The Entire: Breasty Bay House & Skildren Cottage on about 55 acres / 22 hectares, 1,850m of water frontage)

      The entire holding is also being offered for sale, inclusive of Lots 1 and 2, plus an additional 31 acres. The additional land comprises extensive coastline and primarily consists of hill and low ground grazing land, in addition to private access over the driveway. The land rises to a high point of about 24 metres (79 feet) above sea level. The additional land primarily lies to the north and northwest of the property holding with the sea cliffs forming the northern boundary.

      The topography, coastal situation and habitat combine to create a haven for wildlife and the land, which was rewilded in 2017, offers an opportunity for conservation.

      The opportunity to purchase this additional land is exclusively available to the buyer of both Breasty Bay House and Skildren Cottage.

      BER Details - BER C3 - BER No.10510175

    Local information

    • County Donegal is located on the north-westerly tip of Ireland and is considered to be one of Ireland's most beautiful and unspoilt counties which is renowned for its history, heritage and landscape. Donegal is typified by its dramatic towering sea cliffs, rolling lush hills and stunning beaches. The property is situated at Malin Head, Ireland's most northerly point. Malin Head lies on the Inishowen Peninsula in County Donegal and is the beginning of the Wild Atlantic Way, renowned for its rugged coastline, scenery and numerous Blue-Flag beaches. The property is iconic both locally and worldwide as it recently served as a film location for Star Wars: The Last Jedi in 2016, with Skildren Cottage used for the green room during the filming.
    • Malin Head is a lovely rural area which has a strong community presence and a wonderful feeling of remoteness, yet everyday amenities are provided in the Malin Head area with further amenities available at Malin Town (13 km) and at the popular village of Culdaff (20 km). A more comprehensive range of facilities and services can be found in the town of Carndonagh which is 20 km distant.
    • The Inishowen Peninsula is home to some of Europe's largest sand dunes at the famous Five Finger Strand (12 km distant). Local areas of interest also include the nearby Banba's Crown, built by the British Admiralty in circa 1805 as part of a string of buildings around the Irish coast to guard against a possible French invasion; and Hells Hole, a remarkable subterranean coastal cavern into which the sea tide rushes with great force.
    • Malin Head is one of the best places in Ireland to see the spectacular Aurora Borealis due to its lack of light pollution and clear view to the north. There are a number of leisure and sporting activities in the area including fishing, hiking, diving, photography excursions, and water sports. The landscape is ideal for wildlife enthusiasts with basking sharks and dolphins regularly sighted in the local bay.
    • The land surrounding both Breasty Bay House and Skildren Cottage is ideal for fishing and lobster potting off the rocks, with basking sharks and dolphins often seen on the private shorefront and rock pools which are abundant with life. There are beautiful, coloured pebbles and stones on the beach and the sea has made wonderful natural seats perfect to watch the spectacular Malin Head sunsets and sunrises.
    • Golfing enthusiasts are well catered for with Ballyliffin Golf Course (26 km) regarded as one of Irelands' finest links complexes and offering two championship courses - the Old Links designed by Nick Faldo and Glashedy Links which hosted the Irish Open in 2018.
    • Primary schooling is available locally in Malin Head at St Marys National School (5 km) with secondary schooling available in Carndonagh (20 km).

    Additional information

    • Historic Listing - Skildren Cottage is listed on the Record of Protected Structures for County Donegal (Reference Number: 40900103).
    • Environmental Designations - The property is protected by the North Inishowen Coast Special Area of Conservation.
    • Directions: The Eircode for Breasty Bay House is F93 V9R6, while the Eircode for Skildren Cottage is F93 A0P2.