Gothic romance in Roscommon
"Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again," was the opening line of Daphne du Maurier's most famous novel, Rebecca.
Of course, the nameless narrator of Du Maurier's 1938 best-seller could never return to Manderley, home of her enigmatic husband Max de Winter, because it had burned down. But there's another house by the same name in the lake district of Co Roscommon.
This 'Manderley' is more modest than de Winter's vast English estate. Roscommon's Manderley is on 1.71 acres with lake frontage, and it's 3,700 sq ft in size, so the owners could probably make use of a housekeeper - hopefully someone with less treacherous intent than Rebecca's Mrs Danvers.
It's a period property that's been extended and renovated, including an upgrade to the energy efficiency, so that it has a B3 rating.
There are four bedrooms, all on the first floor, and all with dual-aspect windows. There are also two bathrooms here, one of which has a jacuzzi bath and the other a free-standing slipper bath.
Downstairs there are two reception rooms, a kitchen, utility room, guest toilet and study. The sitting room is dual-aspect and has reclaimed oak parquet flooring and a solid-fuel stove in a brick fireplace. There's another solid-fuel stove in the study, and built-in shelving with parquet floors.
The dining room, also dual-aspect, has French doors to the patio and opens into the kitchen, where there's an island unit and granite countertops.
The grounds include a double garage and a handful of other outhouses, and in the garden there's an orchard. Down on the lakeside there's a mooring inlet.
Manderley is in the townland of Lavagh, about seven kilometres from Roosky, and two hours' drive from Dublin.
It's on the market for €495,000 with Property Partners Earley (0906) 626579.