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Sunday 26 May 2019

Four homes for sale in one of the most desirable parts of Connemara

Beachside in Ballyconneely

The New Forge is a split-level house located in the picturesque fishing village of Cleggan: €345,000
The New Forge is a split-level house located in the picturesque fishing village of Cleggan: €345,000
Driftwood, Aillebrack, Ballyconneely, Co Galway: €565,000
Stone Cottage, Ardbear, close to Clifden: €445,000
Robinson Hill, stands on an elevated site on the Sky Road in Clifden: €365,000

With its sense of isolation, magnificent views and choice of safe beaches, the area around Ballyconneely has long been seen as one of the most desirable parts of Connemara, popular with well-heeled Dubliners who like to spend their summers in the west.

Thanks to strict planning regulations, well-located modern properties with views are few and far between and rarely come to the market; anything with beach frontage is particularly desirable.

Driftwood is situated in the area of Ballyconneely known as Aillebrack, and has private access directly to the secluded Aillebrack beach from the garden.

From the house, the views of the sea and beach are spectacular, taking in the Twelve Bens and Bunowen beach.

Driftwood is a summer holiday house with 158sqm of living space that's been designed to cater for a large gang of friends or family. Built about 20 years ago, the house is in excellent condition and has recently been redecorated, with new floors installed throughout.

There are four double bedrooms, two of which are en suite, as well as a family bathroom and separate lavatory.

The triple-aspect living room makes the most of the views, and has a solid fuel stove to keep things cosy when the weather is chilly. There's a dining area and the kitchen is fitted with a Stanley range; adjacent is a handy separate utility room.

Outside there's a garden plus a small attached garage on the gable end. The Connemara Champion Golf Course and links is a few minutes' drive away.

Agent: Matt O'Sullivan (095) 21066

By the slipway at Salt Lake

With 73sqm of living space, Stone Cottage, located in Ardbear, close to Clifden, has terrific views over Salt Lake, to which it has direct access. The property has significant lake frontage and a slipway. The setting is tranquil and private, with mature gardens and lawns stretching all the way down to the lake. The living/dining area is open plan with a vaulted ceiling and there's a simple kitchen with Belfast sink. There are two bedrooms, one en suite, plus a family bathroom. Through the double doors from the living area is a south-facing patio, and adjacent to the cottage is a self-contained stone-clad unit, ideal for guests or as a workspace, with an open-plan sitting area and kitchenette, plus shower and utility rooms.

Agent: Sherry FitzGerald Mangan (095) 21888

Sky Road spectacular

Robinson Hill stands on an elevated site on the Sky Road in Clifden, well set back from the main road, and has spectacular views out over the Atlantic Ocean and the surrounding countryside. There's an entrance hall, living room and open-plan kitchen / dining room. The house has six bedrooms, and could be used either as a private residence, holiday home or potentially as a B&B / guesthouse. Five of the six bedrooms are en suite, and there is also a family bathroom. Outside, there is parking for multiple cars and the landscaped gardens have been very well maintained, with immaculate lawns and mature trees and shrubs. The location right on the Wild Atlantic Way and 80 kilometres north of Galway City is prime in terms of tourism.

Agent: O'Donnellan Joyce (091) 564 212

Setting a course for Cleggan

The New Forge is a split-level house located in the picturesque fishing village of Cleggan, surrounded by high natural stone walls that afford a good degree of privacy. The area around Cleggan is a popular holiday destination, with the fine sandy beach at Sellerna a short walk from New Forge. The house has a living room, dining room, kitchen and conservatory, plus four bedrooms, two of which are en suite. There is also a family bathroom. Outside there's a decent garden with a shed. Cleggan lies 10 kilometres northwest of Clifden, and has four bars, one grocery store, a post office, and a restaurant. There's a ferry service from Cleggan to the local islands, with horse-riding and trekking available in the area. New Forge has a BER of E2.

Agent: Sherry FitzGerald Mangan (095) 21888

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