Pretty period home in Roscommon
Valeview House €188k
Roscommon has a reputation for being one of the cheapest counties in Ireland in which to buy property, and Valeview House, in the townland of Valeview near Castlerea, might be the proof of that.
It's an elegant period property, which the owners have decorated in a style sympathetic to its provenance, with wooden floors, brightly-coloured walls and, outside, a few donkeys to add effortless charm.
Valeview is a smallish house, at 1,046 sq ft, entered by means of a bright yellow door in a pretty, single-storey front porch. This leads you into a good-sized lounge and dining room, measuring just under 20ft by 14ft, where there's a terracotta-tiled floor and a fireplace with a stove in it.
To the right of this, at the front of the house, is the sitting room, with a corner-fitted fireplace and bright green walls. The kitchen, meanwhile, is at the back, and has a door to the garden.
The stairs rise directly from the lounge and dining room up to the first floor landing, off which there are three bedrooms and a bathroom.
Valeview is at the end of an avenue some 50 metres long, lined with trees. The grounds amount to about four acres, with lawns, vegetable beds, fruit trees, and various creeper-clad sheds including a donkey shed with enclosure.
The nearest town is Castlerea, about nine kilometres away, and there's a national school and a pub in the village of Castleplunket, birthplace of the celebrated painter Roderic O'Connor, which is about six kilometres away in the other direction.
It's about two hours' drive from Dublin via the N4 and M4.
The agent for the sale of Valeview House is Sherry FitzGerald P Burke in Roscommon town at (0906) 627 200 and the asking price is €188,000.