Four on the market: by a lake in Co Westmeath
A selection of four properties offering a lakeside setting in Co Westmeath.
Farragh House, Bunbrosna
€750k Bartholomew McElhatton, (01) 642 4242
Farragh House (or sometimes Farra House and even Rathbennett House), at Rathbennett, was built in 1758, according to the National Inventory of Architectural Heritage, and began life as a charter school. It's been owned for more than 20 years by the artist Roy Lyndsay, who has restored it fully. It's on 3.9 acres just outside Bunbrosna and has clear views south towards Lough Owel. Within its massive 6,340 sq ft floor area are nine bedrooms, all on the first floor, with one en suite. The ground floor has a 1,000 sq ft gallery, as well as a living room, dining room and a kitchen. The stone outbuildings on the grounds include an artist's studio.
Hannafore Lodge, Portnashangan
€399,950 Sherry FitzGerald Davitt and Davitt, (044) 934 0000
Hannafore Lodge, at Portnashangan, Mullingar, overlooks Lough Owel, but between the house and the lake is the Dublin-Sligo railway line, so you can watch the trains pass peacefully by. You can board a train yourself in Mullingar, about seven kilometres away. Hannafore Lodge is a modern, detached house on a cul-de-sac, with half an acre of landscaped gardens including an orchard. It has five bedrooms, two on the first floor (both en suite) and three downstairs (one en suite). The ground floor also has a family room, a dual-aspect kitchen, and a sitting room with French doors and lake views.
‘Ballinclea’, Culleen More, Mullingar
€349,950 Sherry FitzGerald Davitt and Davitt, (044) 934 0000
'Ballinclea' has been designed to make the absolute most of its views over Lough Owel, with all the principal rooms facing towards the lake. That's not to say there's nothing to see in the other direction - the property comes with its own tennis court in the rear garden so, from the back of the house, you can witness 'love-all' matches among your family and friends. On the ground floor the rooms with views consist of the kitchen and adjoining dining room, a study and a long drawing room. Three of the four bedrooms on the first floor also have pleasant views, and one has an en suite. The fifth bedroom is downstairs.
Chestnut Lodge, Lynn, Mullingar
€560k Colliers, (01) 633 3700
You're rather spoilt for amenities at Chestnut Lodge. To the north and west, you can see clear over Lough Ennell, where there's angling and boating, and to the south is Mullingar Golf Club. A two-minute walk away is Bloomfield House hotel and spa, on whose grounds Chestnut Lodge was built in 1980. Belvedere House and Gardens is two kilometres away, and Mullingar is a ten-minute drive. Chestnut Lodge is 3,424 sq ft in a split-level arrangement. The lower level has a games room, a sitting room and an en suite bedroom, as well as a garage and utility. On the ground floor are the kitchen, an open-plan living and dining room, a sun room, and the other four bedrooms.