4 of a kind: Holiday Homes In The West
Sunday Independent property selects four hot properties on the market in the West
Barley Hill, Westport, Co Mayo €895,000
About as far removed from a simple holiday cottage as it's possible to get, Barley Hill is an exceptionally luxurious home situated on an elevated site outside Westport, with magnificent views over Clew Bay, Clare Island and Croagh Patrick.
Although the house has wrap-around decks to make the most of the panoramas (and the sun, when it shines), it has also been designed with an eye to practical considerations and the vagaries of the Irish summer. There is an indoor swimming pool for starters, along with a home gym that features a sauna, steam and shower rooms. So if the rain sets in, there is no need to venture outdoors.
Inside, the house is bright and airy, with well-proportioned accommodation. A large entrance hall leads to a living room, with a curved wall of sliding doors opening out onto a spacious deck. The kitchen/dining room has a high vaulted ceiling and a feature glass wall, with patio doors to the upper deck.
The hand-crafted Pippi oak kitchen features a suspended French solid-fuel stove, and the Wolf range cooker and Sub-Zero fridge freezer are included in the sale. Also on the ground floor is a separate utility room and the master bedroom suite, with walk-in wardrobe and bathroom.
On the first floor, the sun room has a vaulted ceiling with exposed beams, an office/study area and access to an external balcony. There are also two double bedrooms and a family bathroom on this floor.
The house is equipped with geothermal air-to-water heat pumps and there is underfloor heating throughout. A separate geothermal heating system warms the swimming pool. Barley Hill has a B2 BER rating.
Outside, there is an acre of landscaped gardens with local stone walls and a split-level deck area with water features.
Barley Hill is located behind electronic gates approximately 3km from Westport town centre off the Newport Road.
Agent: Sherry FitzGerald Crowley (098) 29009
Clydagh in Moycullen, Co Galway, is a three-bedroom Scandinavian-style home built with energy efficiency in mind. Constructed from simple, natural materials, it is a comfortable and easily maintained house, ideal for either year-round or part-time occupation. The house sits on an elevated site of 0.7 acres, with views over the gardens and surrounding landscape. Built in 1999, Clydagh has a heat-recovery ventilation system, electric heating system and a solid fuel stove in the main living room. It is located just off the N59 Galway to Clifden road, approximately 7km from Galway city centre and 2km from Moycullen village.
Agent: Sherry FitzGerald (091) 569 123
Located just 500m from the sea, at Knocknavoddy near Furbo in Co Galway, Teach Tra is a thatched cottage dating from 1823. Restored by its current owner 15 years ago and is decorated in a palette of cool blues and greens. The half-door opens onto an open-plan living/dining room with inglenook fireplace and gallery roof. There is a kitchen and a double bedroom and bathroom on the ground floor, while the master bedroom with en suite and a single bedroom are upstairs. Outside, there is a small walled garden for entertaining, plus a side lawn and a walled garden to the front. There is ample parking.
Agent: Keane Mahony Smith (091) 563 744
Located just outside the lovely village of Roundstone at Ervallagh Harbour, Harbour Lodge is an idyllically positioned holiday home on 0.6 acres directly across from a sandy beach and with its own private mooring. With a modest outward appearance, the house is deceptively spacious, with an open-plan layout, featuring a central oak kitchen with double-height ceiling, exposed beams and picture windows. There is a utility room, cloakroom and guest lavatory. Upstairs, there is a mezzanine library and games room and three family bedroom suites, two of which have private mezzanines.
Agent: Keane Mahony Smith (091) 563 744