Monday 23 April 2018

Architect-designed five-bedroom home with great views goes on market for €275,000

There's potential for more living space at this 3,062 sq ft detached house

This architect-designed detached house in Drumraine was completed in 2004
This architect-designed detached house in Drumraine was completed in 2004
Lough Arrow is two-and-a-half kilometres away
The chequerboard-tiled entrance hall
The kitchen has a Belfast sink and an Aga
The first floor landing
The dual-aspect living room with a Georgian marble fireplace
The sunroom

Eithne Tynan

More than three million people visit Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris every year. It's the final resting place of Oscar Wilde, Frederic Chopin, Edith Piaf, Marcel Proust and Maria Callas, among thousands of others. But most of the tourists are there to see the grave of The Doors' singer Jim Morrison, who died in Paris in 1971.

Not nearly as many tourists visit St Raymond's Cemetery in the Bronx every year, but among the ones who do will be those who want to pay tribute to the other Jim Morrison, the pioneering Irish traditional fiddler who died in New York in 1947.

The Irish Jim Morrison was born in 1893 at Riverstown, Co Sligo, and emigrated at the age of 15. This was a lucky move for posterity at least, because between 1920 and 1936 he made more than 80 records - an output that would almost certainly not have been possible if he'd stayed in rural Sligo.

In his honour, his home village of Riverstown hosts the James Morrison traditional music festival every year in August. About four kilometres due south of the village, and upstream along the River Unshin, is the townland of Drumraine. It must have been quite a crowded spot once, as it's positively dotted with ringforts, but today it's a sparsely populated place and all the more tranquil for it.

The kitchen has a Belfast sink and an Aga
The kitchen has a Belfast sink and an Aga

This architect-designed detached house is one of only two on a cul-de-sac in Drumraine, along a narrow road that ends at the Caltragh Fort near the western bank of the Unshin.

It's a recent enough arrival to the landscape, having been completed in 2004, and it's now on the market at €275,000, which must be considerably less than it cost to build it.

The floor area is 3,062 sq ft which, even allowing for an improbably modest build cost of €100 per sq ft, should take the construction price up above €300,000.

Then there are the expensive fixtures and fittings, among them the sandstone façade, the bifurcated mahogany stairs, the hardwood floors, the hand-painted kitchen with an Aga, and the 200-year-old antique marble fireplace in the sitting room.

More money could be spent on it now, however, in that there are some rooms that need finishing, and some matters of maintenance and decoration that need attention.

And should you wish to gain the use of an extra 900 sq ft, you'll want to throw money at the second-floor attic. It has been floored, partitioned and insulated, and there are another three rooms to be had up there around a sizeable landing, with proper stairs leading up to it.

Lough Arrow is two-and-a-half kilometres away
Lough Arrow is two-and-a-half kilometres away

Below that, on the first floor, are the five bedrooms. Two of them have en-suites, and the master bedroom also has a walk-in wardrobe. In the main bathroom there's a free-standing bath, and as there's a concrete floor on this level, people downstairs won't be able to hear you singing in it.

The first-floor rooms are all laid out around a curved, 474 sq ft landing where there's easily enough space - and enough light from two windows in the curved wall - to establish a casual first-floor lounge. Otherwise there are three reception rooms on the ground floor.

To the right of the chequerboard-tiled entrance hall are double doors to a lounge which needs to be completed. It's almost 30ft long, running the length of the house and ending at a curved wall, and it has a fireplace, but it needs flooring and a wood-burning stove.

Also to the right is the dual-aspect living room, roughly 15ft square, where you'll find the Georgian marble fireplace dating from 1804 and a rosewood floor. Behind this is the dining room where there are French doors to the garden.

The kitchen is at the back of the house, and is open-plan to a sunroom. It has granite countertops and a Belfast sink, as well as the oil-fired Aga, and there's a separate utility room as well as a 9ft airing cupboard where the control panel for the oil-fired zoned central heating is kept. The building energy rating is C1.

The house is on half an acre of grounds, mostly in lawn, and it has long views over the drumlin topography of east Sligo. About two-and-a-half kilometres away is Lough Arrow, which is popular for trout fishing.

The dual-aspect living room with a Georgian marble fireplace
The dual-aspect living room with a Georgian marble fireplace

By one of those weird anomalies of the postal system, its official address is Drumraine, Riverstown, Boyle, Co Roscommon. This despite the fact that it's 14 kilometres from the Roscommon border.

Apart from Riverstown, your nearest village is Castlebaldwin, three kilometres away. You can join the N4 there and get to Sligo in about 20 minutes, or Dublin in about two hours.

The agent is Property Partners Mulholland in Sligo (071) 914 2845 and the asking price is €275,000.


Riverstown, Co Sligo

Asking price: €275,000

Agent: Property Partners Mulholland, Sligo, (071) 914 2845

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