Wednesday 7 December 2016

Anyone for tennis in Ballyhaunis?

Annagh, Ballyhaunis €325k

Published 27/11/2015 | 02:30

This dormer bungalow sits on one-and-a-half acres and has lake views.
This dormer bungalow sits on one-and-a-half acres and has lake views.
The large sitting room with a herringbone parquet floor.

The town of Ballyhaunis in Co Mayo is surrounded by lakes, but some are seasonal. One day you're looking at a pleasant watery view and the next you're looking at a marsh.

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Ballyhaunis is in the depths of east Mayo, though not as remote as that might sound. It's on the Dublin-Westport railway line, and only about 20 kilometres from Ireland West airport in Knock.

About two kilometres north of Ballyhaunis, in the townland of Annagh, is this large dormer bungalow on one-and-a-half acres, with lake views and its own tennis court.

It was built in 1980 but then extended and refurbished in 2001, so that it's now 3,313 sq ft in size, and has been expensively fitted out and decorated.

The front porch opens to a stepped-down hall with an elegant, open-string staircase. The hall leads directly into a dining room with a maple floor and a marble fireplace.

Straight ahead is a sitting room, measuring over 34ft by 17ft, which has herringbone parquet flooring, a fireplace in cast iron and marble, and French doors to the garden.

The kitchen has marble floors and an oil-fired Aga set in a brick alcove, and there's an adjoining breakfast area with a wall of windows giving onto the patio.

At the front of the house is a maple-floored family room with a bay window and cast-iron fireplace. There's also a study on this level, a family bathroom and two bedrooms, one with a fireplace. The other three bedrooms are upstairs, including the master bedroom which has a walk-in wardrobe and en-suite.

Outside are various terraces and patios abutting a smooth sloping lawn dotted with ornamental shrubs and trees, leading down to the tennis court.

The property is for sale for €325,000 with joint agents O'Donnellan & Joyce in Galway (091) 564 212 and John Higgins in Ballyhaunis (094) 963 1372.

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