A choice of four impressive and very distinct property currently on the market in Co Westmeath.
€549,950 Sherry Fitzgerald Davitt & Davitt, (044) 934 0000
The former Church of Ireland church of the parish of Castlelost was built in 1815 and is protected structure. In being converted to a private house, it has gained a sizeable extension at the back. It now measures 4,900 sq ft and has various Gothic features both original to the church and added to the extension. The space includes five bedrooms on the upper floor, four en-suite. The ground floor has a TV room, a games room with built-in bar, a dining room and a kitchen with a solid-fuel stove and double doors to the garden. There's a stairs up to the bell tower.
€450k Sherry Fitzgerald O’Meara, (0906) 475 500
The Hill of Uisneach in Westmeath is regarded as having been the sacred centre of Ireland in pre-Christian times, and although there's not much to see on its slopes nowadays, it makes a pleasant enough sight on the landscape in its own right. There are views of the hill and of the Slieve Bloom mountains from The Willows, a detached house arranged upside-down to make the most of that. The lower ground floor has the four bedrooms (one en-suite) and you go upstairs for the kitchen and living room. There's also a sunroom and a garage on the ground floor. The total space is 1,564 sq ft.
€695k Sherry Fitzgerald O’Meara, (0906) 475 500
Less than 200 metres from the edge of Ballykeeran Bay, in the southern waters of Lough Ree, Ballykeeran Lodge is a sprawling, 4,500 sq ft detached house on an acre of grounds, with an annexe that could accommodate guests or a granny. The main house has three reception rooms on the ground floor as well as a breakfast room with a galley kitchen off. There are three bedrooms on this floor (two en-suite) and another three on the first floor, along with a family room with lake views. The annexe has its own front door and consists of an en-suite bedroom and kitchen downstairs, with a sitting room and bathroom upstairs.
€450k Murthagh Bros, (044) 934 2512
Dating from the late 19th century, Strand House is a protected structure with some nice period features such as sash windows (though some have been replaced with PVC) and fireplaces. The ground floor has two grand reception rooms - drawing room and dining room - both dual-aspect and with bay windows and original marble fireplaces. The kitchen has a brick fireplace and there's also a fireplace in the breakfast room. Upstairs are four bedrooms, one with en-suite and three with fireplaces. Strand House is on eight acres of land with paddocks and loose boxes.