Four Irish homes on the market with breathtaking lakeside views
A selection of four lakeside properties, offering stunning locations and views.
Lough Hyne Cottage, Co Cork
€585k Charles McCarthy (028) 21533
Lough Hyne is a saltwater lake, fed by the Atlantic tides from Barloge Creek near Skibbereen, and it's Ireland's first and only marine nature reserve. Lough Hyne Cottage is on two-and-a-half acres in an elevated spot overlooking the lake, and it has very pretty wooded grounds. Inside, the cottage is about 1,500 sq ft with three bedrooms on the first floor, along with a shower room and separate toilet. The ground floor has an L-shaped kitchen and dining room, and a long (26ft) sitting room with a beamed ceiling and a stone fireplace. Off this is a sunroom overlooking Lough Hyne.
Finea Lodge, Finea, Co Westmeath
€550k Sherry FitzGerald Davitt & Davitt (044) 934 0000; Sotheby’s (01) 905 9790
Instead of turning to the left at the Bridge of Finea, and accompanying Paddy Reilly in his return to Ballyjamesduff, you can turn to the right and make your way to Finea Lodge. It's a large detached house built about eight years ago but not finished, and it's on 24 acres of land with frontage onto Lough Kinale. The house is 2,422 sq ft and is at builder's finish stage. The ground floor has two reception rooms, a study, and a kitchen with a sunroom. There are four bedrooms upstairs, with one en-suite, and an attic above with the making of two more rooms.
Ballinakill, Moyard, Co Galway
€275k Matt O’Sullivan (095) 21066
This period cottage near Letterfrack in Connemara comes with 45 acres of land stretching down to Garraunbaun Lough. The price of €275,000 is for the house on an acre though; the extra 44 acres is a separate lot and will cost another €120,000. The house itself is said to be 80 years old and has four bedrooms, a kitchen, a sitting room, and one bathroom. The grounds around the property include outbuildings and a chalet, and there's an orchard in the garden. About six kilometres away is the village of Letterfrack, found in a Famine relief effort by a Quaker couple in the mid-19th century. Galway city is about an hour-and-a-half by car.
Clounlaheen, Mullagh, Co Clare
€315k Green Valley Properties (061) 921 498
Doo Lough has a population of small brown trout and is popular with anglers between March and September, especially as fishing is free. This recently-built house in the townland of Clounlaheen, near Miltown Malbay, is on 10 acres with frontage onto the lake. Seven acres have been planted with broadleaf trees including ash, sycamore, oak and beech as well as conifers such as larch and spruce. The house itself is 2,443 sq ft with four bedrooms (one en-suite), a sitting room and an open-plan kitchen, dining room and family room with a solid-fuel stove. Outbuildings include a workshop converted from a haybarn and some stone sheds. Ennis is about a half-hour's drive away.