In Clare, Galway, Wicklow and Kerry... houses for hospitality
What: 9 Bed detached house on 7 acres with stables and views of the Burren and Cliffs of Moher
Where: Slieve Elva, Kilmoon, Lisdoonvarna, Co. Clare
Slieve Elva is a modern and well maintained B&B set at the edge of the Burren National Park. The famous match-making village of Lisdoonvarna is minutes away. Guests enjoy access to the Aran Islands by way of a 30 mnute ferry ride, Ailiwee caves and championship golf links along with the beaches at Lahinch and Fanore.
The B&B is currently operating with six bedrooms on the ground floor; the additional 3 beds on the first floor is family accommodation. Occupancy rates are high at 90pc with guests coming from Europe, USA and Canada.
A BER C2 home with Liscannor flag floors, the dining room seats 16 with surrounding windows giving magnificent views of the countryside. All linens, cutlery, delph and serving dishes are included. An additional attic room is carpeted and painted although currently used for storage.
Located on the Galway road from Lisdoonvarna just past Kilmoon church.
Enquiries to DNG Brian McMahon, Kinvara 091-638638
What: 10 bed detached modern B&B
Where: Carrown Tober House, Billamore, Oughterard, Co Galway.
Already operating as a 4-star B&B Carrown Tober House is located at the edge of Oughterard village (about 4 minutes' walk) on the Clifden Road. This C2 rated house extends to 4028 ft² / 374.21 m² and is in excellent order. There are 10 en-suite bedrooms.
Oughterard is known as the Gateway to Connemara, it attracts a lot of visitors to the area due to its unique location on Lough Corrib in addition to its parkland Golf Course, Aughnanure Castle, the wonderful walking and cycling routes it has offer. Fishing is a particular sport locally, with the wild brown trout fishery on Lough Corrib popular throughout the year. There is a good passing trade due to the property's location and it enjoys high occupancy.
To view Carrown Tober House, leave Oughterard Village in the Galway direction take the second right turning and the house is the first property on the right hand side.
Enquiries to DNG Martin O Connor, Oughterard, Co. Galway, (091) 866 708
What: Victorian residence comprising 7 fully self-contained residential units plus large garden apartment.
Where: 3 Duncairn Terrace, Bray, Co Wicklow
This imposing home built c.1960 extends to approximately 448 sq.m (4,800 sq.ft) with three storeys over a garden level apartment. A graceful hallway extends to details period features throughout including granite marble fireplaces, original tiling and coving.
The property currently comprises of 7 fully self-contained residential units over 3 floors and a large garden level apartment and offers superb potential to convert back to a family home or to convert to a commercial building if required, subject to necessary planning permission. It is zoned 'Town Centre' and located right in the heart of Bray off the quiet Quinsborough Road.
Each unit has a different layout, either combined living/dining/bedroom areas or with separate mezzanine or double bedrooms. Some have floor to ceiling sash windows and shutters; others .
The rear gardens are surprisingly large measuring 34m x 16m with large double garage and original granite store wall
Enquiries to Shane Desmond, Mason Estates, Dundrum (01) 2951001
What: Six en-suite bedroom B&B overlooking Kenmare town and Mucksna mountain.
Where: Riverville House, Kenmare, Kerry
This 216m² (2,332.21 sq. ft) B3 property is located just a three minute walk from Kenmare Town centre.
Operating until recently as a successful B&B it is close to many popular tourist amenities including Muckross House and Gardens, Killarney National Park and the Ring of Kerry. Locally, it organises scuba diving and 'seafari' cruises. Kenmare is the only heritage town in Kerry. Each room has high speed wifi and plasma television screens fitted with USB ports for guests who wish to connect via Skype or bring downloaded movies with them. Furnishings are 'old pine' and with plenty of Nicholas Mosse pottery on display. There is a private guest lounge also with a TV and computer.
The gardens, perched atop a craggy limestone outcrop, are a highlight and the former Australian owners have included some exotic varieties including the 'butterfly plant' (buddlia) which attracts hoards of butterflies during the summer.
Enquiries to DNG Timothy O'Sullivan, Kenmare, Co. Kerry (064) 6641566