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Dunowen House has a long history, rock legend links to Jimi Hendrix Experience’s Noel Redding, a recent funky makeover, and is open to guests, writes Tommy Barker

IF the walls of Dunowen House could talk, they’d sing. They’d rock and roll. And they’d have an auld lament too.

This 18th century early Georgian West Cork farmhouse is linked to ancient Kerry landlords the Sandes, and the nearby beach Sands Cove (it’s erroneously mis-spelled, as it’s a stony, sheltered but utterly picturesque little inlet) recalls their tenure when the house swelled to the considerable size and large L-shape that it is now.

Its second-last owner was Noel Redding, the bass player with the Jimi Hendrix Experience. Redding lived here at Ardfield six miles from Clonakilty for the best part of 30 years, and died in 2003: his home, the hospitable Dunowen House, sold the following year to a consortium.
The group who had fallen for it’s then rough and ready charms and antiquity included 1980s singer Nik Kershaw, and they did it up to the nth degree, in a costly makeover that came on top of its initial €1 million purchase price.

One of the more detailed Munster house makeovers of the boom years, it has been given everything buzzy, - such as two kilometres of wiring for CAT 5 IT and sound system, has six en suite bedrooms, and five themed reception rooms, most with a music decor theme as well — rock chic, and hordes of old Rolling Stones magazines: think Dublin’s Gotham Cafe-style.