Bungalow in Wicklow's lake district
Butterhill Lodge €525k
As the crow flies, Butterhill Lodge is about a kilometre from the shores of Blessington Lakes, in the townland of Rathnabo. This means it has long watery views out the back, away to the north and west.
While surveying the view, you can contemplate the submerged village and townland that formed it, controversially, back in the 1930s and 1940s.
The town of Blessington is less than five kilometres away and is easily got to by means of one of the lake's picturesque bridges. You can join the N81 there and be in Dublin in less than an hour.
Built in 1983, Butterhill Lodge is a brick-fronted bungalow of 3,068 sq ft in a rambling, split-level layout. There are four bedrooms and four reception rooms positioned to take advantage of the lake views.
The main one is a split-level lounge with bay windows and a solid-fuel stove in the fireplace. There's also an open-plan living and dining area with a beamed ceiling and patio doors, which leads straight into the fitted kitchen.
The other reception rooms consist of a music room and a study, which has beamed ceilings and exposed brick walls.
Two of the four bedrooms have en-suite showers, and the master bedroom also has a bay window overlooking the lakes. The main bathroom has a bath and separate shower.
Butterhill Lodge is on 1.6 acres of gardens, including terraced lawns and a pond with a wooden bridge. The owners, who are leaving for a smaller house, have tended the garden assiduously and put in three garden sheds to help matters along.
There's oil-fired central heating (underfloor in the master bedroom and bathroom) and solar panels for hot water.
The asking price is €525,000 and the agent is Nugent Auctioneers in Blessington (045) 865555.