The Force was with them… the €1.5m Donegal estate where the Star Wars crew and the Millennium Falcon landed to shoot ‘The Last Jedi’.

Brestty Bay House and Scyldren Cottage Address: Malin Head, Co Donegal Asking Price: €1.5m Agent: Sevilles (01) 663 4357

What’s it like to land the world’s most famous spaceship in your front garden?

After Emma and Declan Cormack completed a nine-year restoration of the famous Castle Oliver in Limerick, they and their three children decided in 2015 that it was time for change, rest, some scenery, and peace and quiet.

“We were already based in Limerick so we started searching for a special coastal property around West Cork,” says Emma. “We kept going around and then up the west coast until we ended up north in Donegal, where we found Bresty Bay House on spectacular coastal land in Malin Head.

“It was a 1970s bungalow overlooking the sea with cliffs and beaches. We decided this was exactly what we were looking for and we bought it with our heart – although we decided we were going to get as much bungalow out of it as possible. ,

Shortly after Cormack moved, the adjacent property, Scheldren Cottage, came out of sale with more land attached.


An aerial view of two properties, which have nearly two kilometers of uninterrupted shoreline access

“Between the two properties we will have 55 acres of land that can only be described as a truly spectacular sea frontier. That’s why we bought that as well.” Incredibly, Cormac now had almost two uninterrupted kilometers of some of the most spectacular coastline in Ireland.

“However, the owners of Bresty Bay House told us that they have agreed to let a film company shoot there for the next few months and we have to respect that. Not thinking too much about it, we said it was no one. Not a problem.

“Later a location manager called to say hello and have us sign non-disclosure contracts. The next thing we knew was buses, vans, portcabins, bulldozers, over a hundred people, security everywhere.”

Also filming in Cormack’s front yard were stars Mark Hamill and Daisy Ridley. “We didn’t know if it was Disney or the movie the last jedic” says Emma. “I’ve never seen a movie and didn’t know much about them. The kids certainly did.”

“There was the strictest secrecy. We weren’t allowed to take camera phones outside. One day we had to ring in front of the film company because the basking sharks had come to the bay and we wanted to take pictures of them.

“Mark Hamill stayed at Scyldren Cottage for the duration of filming and loved his time there.”

Star Wars fans (and perhaps Skywalker himself may have noticed), is that the 1969 modernist Scyldren cottages, arranged in connected hexagonal capsules, have more than a hint of the capsized settlement on Tatooine on which the character was raised. was.


Skildren Cottage was designed by architect Liam McCormick

The listed home was designed by acclaimed Irish architect Liam McCormick, whose works include the Met ireann headquarters in Glasnevin and the 1967 St. Angus Church in Burt (voted Ireland’s ‘Building of the Century’ in 1999) ).

Workers and craftsmen, including Liford’s extreme scaffolding Eddie Gallen, were then called upon to build a 12-metre-tall model of the famous Millennium Falcon on the edge of the cliffs of Cormac. To reach twelve pieces, it required severe anchoring against the belt of Atlantic winds. “It literally took six weeks to get it up,” says Emma.

The YT-1300 Corellian freighter, whose fame in sci-fi is matched only by the Starship Enterprise, was originally built by model maker Joe Johnson for the first time in just four weeks. star wars film in 1977. Director George Lucas suggested that he “think of a flying saucer.”


Millennium Falcon under construction at Cormack’s estate

Johnston is said to have taken his inspiration from a burger with an olive – given the ship its famous projected and glazed bubble cockpit to the right, and he added its distinctive frontal cargo gripping mandibles.

Cormack had to be kept out of the way. “But of course we got to see as much as we could and the atmosphere on the set was really great. And once the filming was done, they cleaned it up. It was like they were never there.”

This was important to Emma, ​​who has long taken an interest in protecting the environment and dedicated her time here to remodel the 55-acre site.

“It’s amazing the wildlife we ​​see here through the seasons, it’s a really special place.”

The same otherworldly properties that attracted location scouts to a blockbuster Hollywood franchise (famously they were also filmed in Skellig Michael) also attracted Cormack to Bresty Bay and Scyldren Cottage in the first place, and he had a successful run here. Helped run holiday late business. Views run up to the Funad and the Lighthouse.

“Brestie Bay House looked like a real 1970s bungalow,” says Emma.

“So we started making the kind of changes that we thought would make a difference.”

The couple installed a stunning new kitchen in rustic leaning style, utilizing herringbone polished wood floors, cast iron feature radiators, cozy stoves, interior brickwork and rustic wood finishes over underfloor heating.


Redesigned kitchen and ocean-view lounge at Bresty Bay House

The result is a home that is actually very non-bungalow and is like a quality boutique guesthouse of character in standard and finish. The open plan kitchen and dining room have a paneled and tiled entrance.

The kitchen comes with an island, hardwood ceiling floors, exposed wood beams, and a wall-mounted double-fronted aquarium that can be viewed from both the kitchen and living room.

“The aquarium came with Declan’s interest in all things mess.” He fishes here for mackerel, pollock, lobster and crab from the rocks or by boat.


Living Room at Brestie Bay House

French doors lead out from the dining room to the terrace area. The living room has a wood-burning stove, with a sunroom. There are three bedrooms, all with attached bath rooms.

The first floor includes an office/study with a Velux balcony window. There is a bathroom with a bidet, walk-in shower and a Jacuzzi bath.

There’s also some useful storage room upstairs. Next to it is a garage and a boiler room.

Outside between the house and the sea is a large natural freshwater pond, full of frogs and newborns. There is also a private beach with rock facilities.

Spanning nearly 15 acres, the Scheldren Cottage was designed by McCormick to maximize panoramic ocean views through its spacious windows. It also has direct access to a private beach.


Main reception room at Scheldren Cottage

There is an open plan kitchen/living room with sliding patio doors, a dining room with large windows overlooking the sea. The master bedroom suite outside this living room has an attached shower room.

There are three more bedrooms, including an en suite, and a shared bathroom on a connecting corridor. The skilltrain is spread over an area of ​​about 1,567 square feet.

Cormacs are now on sale.

The entire 55 acres with 1,850m Donegal Sea frontage is on offer for €1.5m. They will consider selling Bresty Bay House on nine acres for €750,000 and Scheldren Cottage on 15 acres for €650,000.

And now that ‘The Force’ has them, local tourism chiefs have set up a ‘May the Fourth’ Star Wars festival (every May 4 of course) and have renamed Coast Road to R2D2.