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A base to explore a lake for every day of the year in unspoilt Cavan

Killycar, Milltown, Co Cavan €110k

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The kitchen of the cottage near Killycar, in west Cavan

The kitchen of the cottage near Killycar, in west Cavan

The exterior the cottage near Killycar, in west Cavan

The exterior the cottage near Killycar, in west Cavan

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The kitchen of the cottage near Killycar, in west Cavan

There are said to be 365 lakes in Co Cavan - one for every day of the year. But any time anyone mentions the number of lakes in Cavan, they always say there are 'said to be' 365, which suggests no one has ever bothered to count them.

If you were to apply yourself to that task, you would need to set up a base in the west of the county, where most of the lakes are. Happily west Cavan is extremely pretty and still virtually unspoilt by tourism.

Situated between Belturbet and Ballyconnell is this sweet little cottage on leafy grounds. It's in the thick of lake country, so fans of fishing, boating and birdwatching can try a different lake every day, and it's about a kilometre from the N87, which joins up with the N3 and M3, meaning that you can get from there to the outskirts of Dublin in about an hour-and-a-half.

The place has had a recent, tasteful refurbishment and there are pleasant surprises within, not least of which are the high ceilings unusual in a house of its size.

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The exterior the cottage near Killycar, in west Cavan

The exterior the cottage near Killycar, in west Cavan

You'll also find traditional cast-iron fireplaces and wooden cottage doors inside.

It's a small bolthole, with either two or three bedrooms, depending on how much you want a second reception room.

Inside the entrance porch is the kitchen, about 13 foot square, with a wood-burning stove in a brick fireplace, and a timber fitted kitchen plus a Belfast sink.

To the right from here is a shower room and the first of the bedrooms, with an original fireplace.

Left of the kitchen is a sitting room (or optionally a bedroom) with a corner fireplace, while the other bedroom is at the back, also with a corner fireplace.

The agent is Sherry FitzGerald Declan Woods (049) 438 0038 and the asking price is €110,000.

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