Find solitude at Lough Ree
Back in the ninth century, the Bishop and Abbot Caencomhrac grew weary of being venerated as a prophet, and sought out a life of solitude for himself on the island of Inchenagh, in Lough Ree.
He appears to have found it, for he died there on July 23, 898, according to the Annals of the Four Masters, and is now a saint - albeit an obscure one.
You may likewise find solitude - although possibly not sainthood - in the nearby townland of Aghakeel on the Longford side of the lake.
This detached bungalow comes with 9.25 acres including some 400 yards of lake frontage and mooring rights at the jetty.
From there you can push your boat out and make for Inchenagh, about a kilometre offshore, where you can ponder the saint to your heart's content, and try to emulate his dislike of being admired.
The bungalow stands on an acre of secluded grounds surrounded by trees. The other 8.25 acres, including the lake frontage and mooring rights, are across a narrow road.
It's possible to buy the house on just the acre, without the lakeshore frontage, but it might be a wasted opportunity.
The house itself measures 2,026 sq ft and has three bedrooms, all en-suite.
By way of living areas there's a sitting room with a wood floor and a fireplace, a lounge and dining room, also with a fireplace, a conservatory and a kitchen.
The grounds also include a detached garage that might be put to some constructive use, as it's 545 sq ft.
The road it's on ends near the lake's edge, so there's little passing traffic apart from the neighbours. It's about eight kilometres south of Lanesboro and hence about two hours' drive from Dublin using the M4 motorway.
The agent is Sherry FitzGerald P Burke in Roscommon (0906) 662 7200 and the asking price is €300,000.
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