TWO Cork properties have made it to the grand finale of the RTÉ property programme ‘Home of the Year’.
Among the final seven properties is one Cork home which has stunning panoramic views of the coast around Fastnet Rock lighthouse and another which is a gorgeous former mill in West Cork.
The Fastnet property is owned by Margaret and Mark Conway, who split their time between their Cork home and the UK.
The family love the area and all it has to offer. They knocked a bungalow on the site and Margaret put a lot of thought into the plans, working closely with the architect so that they could incorporate as much of the surrounding landscape and views as possible into the house itself.
Fields, cliffs, headlands and the sea are visible from almost every room and Margaret also loves the rock face at the back of the house.
Fastnet Lighthouse influenced the design, while the couple felt it was important that local craft people who understand the sea were involved in the building work.
The other Cork property, a renovated 18th-century mill turned home is owned by academic was bought by Gary and Michi Mills, who worked hard to make it their own. It is full of furniture and artwork they have collected over the years.