4 of a kind: Houses in Roscommon
St John's House, Lecarrow, Co Roscommon: €475,000
Sunday Independent Property chooses four similar homes on the market in Co. Roscommon
Lovely views on Lough Ree
Move beyond the Pale, and, for the price of a three-bed semi-detached house in a good suburb, you'll get St John's House, a fine Georgian residence on just over an acre of gardens. The agents describe the setting as mature and magical, with magnificent views over Lough Ree as far as the eye can see. The house is approached via a driveway that leads to a gravel sweep to the front, and is nicely sheltered by mature trees and shrubs.
The house is in excellent condition, having been restored to a high standard by the present owners, and there are lake views from all the rooms. At ground floor level there is a drawing room - and a dining room - with original fireplaces and features, while the bright kitchen has a dining area and doors that lead out to the sun room. This floor also has a study, utility room and guest lavatory. Upstairs, there are four bedrooms, all with lake views. Each has an ensuite shower room, while two have full bathrooms.
Outside, there is a modern double garage, and three traditional stone buildings that have been refurbished and have new slate roofs.
Adjacent to the rear of the property stand the ruins of an old church and graveyard. These do not form part of the sale.
St John's is located on the western side of the 32km-long Lough Ree, on the River Shannon in the section known as mid-Shannon. The location is idyllic and is popular as a holiday destination, with plenty of outdoor activities in the area. There is excellent fishing, particularly during the month of May when the mayfly is around, and the property has direct boat access to the lake. The area is popular with dinghy sailors, while there is also good golf and hiking.
St John's is a 10-minute drive from the M4, and the nearest major towns are Athlone, Longford, Sligo and Galway. The area has waterside restaurants, great shopping, friendly villages and a vibrant cultural life. Until recently St John's was run as a successful B&B.
Agent: Ganly Walters (01) 662 3255
Comfort in Cloverhill
This smart, architect-designed home sits behind electric gates on a mature site of 0.9 acres at Lisagallon, Cloverhill, a location that is convenient to Roscommon town -and that is described by the agents as a peaceful and scenic community. The house has four bedrooms, all ensuite, plus a living room, dining room, kitchen and utility room. Finishes are of a high standard and there's underfloor heating and decorative ceiling coving throughout the property. There's a large double garage with electronic doors, and the house is adjacent to Cloverhill Church and National School.
Agent: Property Partners Earley (090) 662 6579
Roost near Roosky
Ballyfeeny School House in Kilglass near Roosky is a cut stone school house dating from around 1866, which was extended 10 years ago and is now a comfortable and contemporary family home with 186sq.m of living space. The current owners spared no expense in transforming the property, which has views over the rolling countryside to the rear. The house has four bedrooms, two of which are ensuite, and a large kitchen and sitting room. The location is close to the Shannon and good fishing, and the agents suggest it could operate as a B&B, as the layout was configured with this potential use in mind.
Agent: REA Brady (071) 962 2444
Star in Strokestown
Toberpatrick House in Strokestown was built around 1832 and sits on 30 acres of excellent pasture in the heart of Co Roscommon. The property was restored in 2012 and has 370 sq.m of living accommodation suitable for modern family living. There are six loose boxes for horses and the house falls within the Roscommon Hunt country, giving easy boxing distance to most meets. Strokestown Golf Course is on the doorstep, and the area caters for water sports, boating and fishing. Kilglass Lake nearby holds excellent stocks of bream, roach, tench and rudd.
Agent: Sherry FitzGerald McGill (043) 334 5822