Fishing for compliments by the river Moy in Mayo
If you give a man a fish, the saying goes, you feed him for a day. But if you teach a man to fish, you get rid of him for the entire weekend.
With fly-fishing season getting under way, anglers will begin travelling in droves towards the inland waterways of Ireland looking for a catch. Unless they already live there, that is.
Carn Cottage, near Callow, is some seven kilometres from the village of Foxford, Co Mayo, built on the River Moy which is famous for its salmon fishing. Even closer to the house for the impatient angler are Upper and Lower Lough Callow, a pair of smallish linked lakes amounting to some 200 acres in total. There are good hatches of duck fly, mayfly and sedge on the lakes, and brown trout reportedly abound there. And you don't need a licence to catch trout.
Carn Cottage may look from the front like a modest enough dormer bungalow, but this property actually sprawls over 3,300 square feet. It has five bedrooms and four bathrooms, and stands on a 2.75-acre site.
The reception rooms consist of a large sitting room with a vaulted ceiling, four windows with views over Lake Callow and doors to the garden. Then there's a massive, 588-square-foot open plan lounge/ dining room/ kitchen with a walk-in pantry, utility room and double doors leading to a sunroom, again with views over the lakes.
Also on the ground floor are two bedrooms, one with en-suite shower room. Upstairs are the master bedroom, also en-suite and with a walk-in wardrobe, the other two bedrooms and the main bathroom with Jacuzzi bath.
The house has geothermal underfloor heating with thermostats in each room, as well as a central vacuuming system.
CK Properties at Ballina (096 70878) is handling the sale of Carn Cottage, which is on the market for €419,000.