Keeping up with the O'Flahertys
Drimneen House €600k
The Drimneen River flows into Lough Corrib about three and a half kilometres south-east of Oughterard, and for about 500 years or so the locality has been popular with people building impressive properties.
The O'Flahertys led the way with Aughnanure Castle, a fortified six-storey towerhouse on the riverbank which the clan built in about the year 1500. The castle is in very good condition and you can take a guided tour.
Keeping up the tradition - and also in enviable order - is Drimneen House, a large detached property about 150 metres from the castle. It's on four acres of land including 75 metres of Drimneen river frontage, so no O'Flaherty could sneak up on you there.
Built in 2003 by its current owner, Drimneen House is a rambling 4,166 sq ft in size with five bedrooms, all on the first floor and all with proper en suites - not just a latrine chute as a castle would have.
Back on the ground floor there are three main reception rooms: a living room right of the entrance hall with French doors to the garden; a sitting room at the back of the house, with French doors to a west-facing verandah, and a dining room opening into the kitchen.
The kitchen itself is country-style, with oak cabinets and granite countertops, a Belfast sink and a Rayburn. Separately, there's both a pantry and a utility room.
In the gardens there are patios around the house, and mature trees and shrubs standing about. Expansive lawns curve down to the riverbank, from where you could make your way by boat the short distance downstream to Lough Corrib for a spot of fishing if the mood struck. The grounds also include a detached garage.
Drimneen House is for sale with Sherry FitzGerald Galway, (091) 569 123, and the asking price is €600,000.