Wednesday 22 March 2017

Architect-designed in Connemara

Cnoc na Gréine €825k

This five-bedroom 3,320 sq ft home includes a self-contained one-bedroom apartment
This five-bedroom 3,320 sq ft home includes a self-contained one-bedroom apartment
The lounge with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the sea

Furbo is a picturesque coastal settlement on the edge of Connemara. Only about 10 kilometres from Galway city, it’s the sort of place that might have been destroyed by property development over the past 20 years.

It hasn’t been, though, and acquiring a home there can be difficult. For one thing, half of housing units have to be reserved for Irish speakers, and for another, there are not many houses for sale, as the inhabitants tend not to leave.

In the townland of Cnoc na Gréine there’s a small cul de sac with half a dozen houses on it, one of which is an architect-designed split-level property on a one-acre elevated site with views of Galway Bay.

It’s 3,320 sq ft with five bedrooms, including one in a self-contained apartment with its own access and separate heating system. As well as the en-suite bedroom, the apartment has a fitted kitchen and a lounge.

Two of the four bedrooms in the main house are also en-suite, including the master bedroom, which you reach from a short flight of steps in the entrance hall. The master bedroom also has a walk-in wardrobe and sea views.

The main living room is a lounge with an arresting floor-to-ceiling window overlooking the sea. There are glass double doors in this room leading to the dining room, where there’s a marble-tiled floor.

An archway there leads to the kitchen, also with a marble floor and fitted with handmade cabinets with granite countertops, and French doors to the garden.

Next to the kitchen there’s a family room, also with floor-to-ceiling windows and with a built-in stove in the fireplace.

A stream runs through the garden with a bridge over it, and there’s a deck and patio and a detached garage.

O’Donnellan & Joyce in Galway is the agent (091) 564 212, and the asking price is €825,000.

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