Cape style between two lakes
The Mask Cottage €565k
An isthmus - a narrow strip of land about four kilometres long - separates Lough Mask in Co Mayo from Lough Corrib in Co Galway.
To get the perfect view of both lakes, you need to climb Mount Gable, a rugged hill supervising the landscape on all sides.
Near the foot of the mountain is the Mask Cottage, in the townland of Kilbeg Upper.
There's easy access to the summit of Mount Gable from there, but if you can't be bothered with a climb, the house does offer splendid views of its own - from Lough Mask a short distance to the north to the wilds of Connemara to the west.
The Mask Cottage was built in about the year 2000 in a distinctive style featuring a Cape Dutch-type facade. It's 2,476 sq ft with a U-shaped plan. Most of the rooms are on the ground floor - upstairs there's a study with two other rooms off it which might be used as bedrooms.
The two main bedrooms are back on the ground floor. Both have walk-in wardrobes and the master bedroom also has an en-suite with a cast-iron bath.
There's a guest shower on this level too with a sauna.
Also on the ground floor are the living room, with an open fire, and the open-plan kitchen and dining room, linked by an archway and with another fireplace.
It's on 0.57 of an acre with a very pretty 280 sq ft terrace to the south and a busy Mediterranean-style garden.
About two kilometres away is the village of Clonbur, better known locally as An Fhairche as this is a Gaeltacht area. The village has shops, pubs and a national school, and it's about 45 minutes' drive from Galway city.
The Mask Cottage is for sale for €565,000 with Helen Cassidy Auctioneers (094) 954 6868.