Four of a kind... for GIY
With more than 28 acres of land, Castlegrange Farm in Ardtermon (which means 'high, safe place') is a traditional farmhouse in a magnificent setting with sea views and direct access onto the beach.
By the seaside in Sligo: €645,000
Castlegrange Farm, Ardtermon, Co Sligo is located 18km from Sligo town, the farmhouse has a sitting room with a wood-burning stove, kitchen, three bedrooms, and two bathrooms, and there are also two outbuildings suitable for multiple uses, as well as a separate garage.
The area is dominated by the famous Benbulben and Knocknarea mountains, and is right in the heart of Yeats country, close to the famous Lissadell. The Wild Atlantic Way has had a hugely positive impact on tourism in the area, and Castlegrange must have potential as an agri-tourism venture, as is commonly seen elsewhere in Europe - especially in Italy - particularly given its proximity to the surfing hotspots of the Sligo coastline.
Castlegrange has been in the vendors' family for many generations and has been identified as the ancestral home of Brian Mulroney, former prime minister of Canada, who visited the farm in a private capacity.
A short avenue leads from the road to the house, which the current owner has restored, insulated and maintained while keeping it in a traditional style. The land is all in grass and in one block. It has both public road and sea frontage. The soil is described as fertile and sandy with drainage down to the sea, suitable for all types of agriculture. There is access to a freshwater stream on the southern side of the farm and water from a private well is available on the land.
Sligo town has shops, restaurants, pubs and good transport links.
- Agent: Ganly Walters (01) 662 3255
Digging in Donegal: €250,000
Ballylawn in Manorcunningham, Co Donegal, is a restored and extended four-bedroom semi-detached cottage with 148sqm of living space and three-quarters of an acre of gardens - plenty for vegetable growing and chicken-keeping. It is located in a scenic rural area near Lough Swilly. Downstairs there's a living room and separate lounge, as well as a fully fitted kitchen with integrated appliances, while upstairs, one of the bedrooms is en-suite and there is also a family bathroom. The house has oil-fired central heating and the renovation was completed seven years ago. Known in Donegal simply as 'Manor', the town is located on the main Letterkenny to Derry road and increasingly inhabited by workers commuting to Letterkenny 7km away.
- Agent: Brendan McGlynn Associates (074) 912 1289
Country living in Cork: €725,000
Standing surrounded by mature woodlands on six acres of land on the edge of the village of Conna, Conna House dates from 1880. The main house has 305sqm of living space, including five en suite bedrooms, and there are also two large holiday homes located in the rear courtyard. These would originally have been staff accommodation. Outside, Conna House has stabling for four horses and a large grass paddock which will appeal to those with an interest in equestrian pursuits. There are lawns to the front and side of the property, as well as a rear orchard with a large greenhouse and mature fruit trees. There's ample space to plant vegetables and keep chickens - and perhaps even a pig or two.
- Agent: Sherry FitzGerald Reynolds (058) 23444
Good life in the Galtee-Vee: €310,000
With 252sqm of living space, and a dog pen, chicken coop and run, and vegetable patch already installed outside, prospective purchasers with a yen for the good life may be interested in Sliabh Corcra (meaning 'purple mountain') in Mountanglesby, Clogheen, near Cahir in Co Tipperary, in the Galtee-Vee Valley. The house is located in a quiet cul-de-sac within walking distance of the village centre and has views of the magnificent Knockmealdown mountains. There is a good flow to the accommodation and the house has five bedrooms and three bathrooms. It is a timber-frame construction with concrete outer leaf, sitting behind electronic gates. There's three-quarters of an acre of land, two timber deck areas, a woodshed and a garden shed.
- Agent: Sherry FitzGerald Ryan (062) 51566