'The Homes Of Donegal' is a lovely old song that was given new life by Paul Brady, who hails from Strabane in neighbouring Tyrone. For many years, the great Gay Byrne would talk longingly of his home in Tír Conaill.
A house on 25ac of lakeside land with its own jetty at Screen, Kilmacrennan, about 15 minutes from Letterkenny would make an ideal home in the north west for someone with a longing for the rural retreat and the few acres. The property is for sale by private treaty with a guide price of €235,000.
The holding is found beyond the village of Kilmacrennan, located off the N56. Situated at the end of a private lane, the renovated 100-year-old cottage is in a perfect setting with lovely views of Lough Keel where it has its own jetty and fishing rights.
The land is described by Brendan McGee of Franklins auctioneers as in need of attention, having been grazed intermittently over the years.
The house is a two-bedroom cottage in perfect condition and was fully renovated in recent years. The accommodation includes a fitted kitchen with all modern conveniences, including an oil-fired range with double oven and a five-ring gas hob. The sitting room is a pleasant comfortable space with great views over Lough Keel and heated by a solid-fuel stove with back boiler. The first bedroom is currently used as a living room and also includes a stove. Other accommodation includes a bedroom and a complete family bathroom.
Out of doors, the gardens are beautifully developed and maintained, and include a paved patio and viewing area. A range of outhouses includes a two-storey barn with an outdoor stone staircase, stone byres and a wooden garden shed.
According to the auctioneers, the homestead has been in the same family for 100 years and this is its first time on the market. They believe the cottage has the possibility for substantial conversion, subject to planning permission, along with the outhouses.