Luxury Mayo home with Clew Bay views on the market for €975k
'There'll be a few tears shed when that house is sold," says John Moran. "It's special."
Back in 2005, John bought a small traditional cottage with two bedrooms that had planning permission for a small extension. "I felt there was room for more, though, and so I approached Simon Kelly Architects, and Pat McCabe from the firm designed something much more ambitious - a house that would properly take advantage of the extraordinary views from the site."
McCabe secured permission for a house that John describes as unique, and of which he is very proud. Sadly for him, his own work with John Paul Construction means that he will be located in Dublin for the foreseeable future. Plans to base himself and his family in Mayo will have to be deferred "for about another 20 years", he reckons.
The modern house was built by a local builder and is located on an extraordinary site overlooking an inlet of Clew Bay not far from Westport Quay and a few kilometres from the town centre.
"There are views of the bay from every room in the house," says John, "and we arranged it so the main living areas and the master bedroom are on the upper level to make the most of those views."
At ground-floor level there is a spacious entrance hallway leading on to a large sitting room. There are three bedrooms, one of which is en-suite and has its own wardrobe area. There is also a family bathroom, utility room and integrated garage at this level. A handcrafted cherrywood staircase leads to the upper level where there is an open-plan kitchen/dining/living room that extends to almost 65 sqm - larger than many apartments. Doors open out on to a wrap-around terrace overlooking the bay. The master bedroom suite has a Jacuzzi bath with sea views, an extensive wardrobe area, en-suite shower room and private balcony - it is as luxurious as a hotel suite. Also on this level is a study/TV room, which could be used as an additional bedroom if required.
Outside, there are gardens of 0.42 acres, a cobblelock driveway and paths, local Farnaught stone walls, mature trees to the rear and fruit trees to the front and side.
Rosbeg has earned its keep over the years as a luxury holiday rental that has been much in demand. New owners intending to use it as a holiday home could subsidise their own use of the house by doing the same. John says that they have never had a problem finding tenants for the house.
Westport is a busy spot all year round with food and music festivals. Croagh Patrick and the Greenway cycle track, which passes about 200 metres from the house, all draw tourists to the area. Westport is also home to some fine restaurants including John's favourites, An Port Mor, Mangos and Sage. Seamus Commons' exemplary cooking at Knockranny House Hotel is another good reason to visit the town. But if the new owners of Rosbeg don't want to make the short trek into town, there is the convenience of The Shebeen pub right next door, housed in a dinky thatched house, which has a reputation for excellent seafood.
Rosbeg Westport, Co Mayo
Asking price: €975,000
Agent: Sherry FitzGerald Crowley (098) 29009
Viewing: Strictly by appointment