Bay view abode with Olympic links
Barr na gCurrach €450k guide price
A GERMAN architect, Hermann Peltz, who was involved in the design of the Munich Olympic Stadium, also designed Barr na gCurrach, Furbo, just off the road to Spiddal in Co. Galway.
This explains some of the unusual features of the design, such as the deep inset windows. Consequently, though it was built less than 30 years ago, the windows link it to the best in the cottage tradition which goes back for centuries.
It is one of 21 properties which auctioneers O'Donnellan Joyce (091 564212) plan to sell under the hammer at their first auction of this year, next Friday, March 6, in Galway City. The lots will include 10 houses, three apartments and properties from Limerick to Roscommon.
Barr na gCurrach are the Irish words for top of the boat, in particular the type of rowing boat native to the west coast of Ireland, and the name underlines the fact it is only 100 metres from the nearest beach and the first floor has views over surrounding trees on to Galway Bay. It is sheltered by trees which line the avenue from the road to the house and also border the 0.97 acre site.
Its floor area extends to 4,500 sq ft including an extension added in 1995, and it benefits from relatively recent wiring, plumbing, roof, flooring, stairs, bathroom suites and tiling.
Ground floor accommodation includes kitchen/dining room, utility room, living room with solid fuel fireplace, sitting room and three bay, treble-glazed windows, bathroom, a separate cloakroom, and a dressing room/bedroom. On the first floor there are five bedrooms, two of which are ensuite, and a main bathroom.
In the grounds is a 'secret garden', with a low stone arch entrance off the main garden and a tree-lined pathway. The main garden is stocked with shrubs and plants and has a large shed.
Furbo is a small seaside village, located about nine miles from Galway City on the shores of Galway Bay. Local amenities include primary school, shop, church and the Connemara Coast Hotel with leisure facilities.