Beat a retreat to Croagh Patrick
Ashbrook, Co Mayo €695k
About five kilometres from Westport, at Cloona, is an old mill that was restored in the 1970s for use as a community for exiled Tibetan monks. However, the monks reportedly couldn't get a visa to settle here, so it became a health retreat instead.
Half a kilometre from the mill is a property that might induce its own sense of physical and mental well-being. On an elevated spot with views of Croagh Patrick, Ashbrook is a stone fronted bungalow with a two-storey cedarwood-fronted wing, designed to take the utmost advantage of the setting.
The house measures 2,713 sq ft, and the main recreation area is an open-plan kitchen, living room and dining room with a salvaged antique stone fireplace in the middle of it, said to be 200 years old, and equipped with a double-sided solid-fuel stove.
There's a wall of windows in this room, looking out over the view, and it has sliding doors opening to the garden.
There are two bedrooms on the ground floor and another three on the first floor. One of these is the master bedroom which has walk-in wardrobes and an en-suite with a rainfall double shower and a sunken jacuzzi bath. Double doors in the master bedroom lead onto a balcony looking over at Croagh Patrick.
There's a family shower room on the upper floor with another rainfall double shower, and a bathroom downstairs with corner bath.
The house is on an acre of grounds including a stone patio and barbecue area, and a lawn. At the back, winding steps and pathways lead to an orchard, greenhouse, henhouse and woodland garden with wild flowers.
The house has been recently well insulated and now has a C1 energy rating, with oil-fired heating complemented by the back boiler in the stove. It's for sale for €695,000 with Sherry FitzGerald Crowley in Westport, (098) 29009.