These four houses are available to buy in the idyllic location of Clew Bay, a coastal setting overlooked by Croagh Patrick.
€1.15m Sherry FitzGerald Crowley (098) 29009
Early OS maps suggest there's been a modest house at this prime waterside location across the road from the old pier at Westport Quay since some time in the 19th century. In 2005, then, it was replaced with this huge, architect-designed house measuring 4,149 sq ft on three floors, together with a detached lofted garage and even a plumbed children's treehouse. The main house has a living room, triple-aspect sun room, and kitchen/ family room on the ground floor, as well as an en-suite bedroom. Another four en-suite bedrooms are on the first floor, while the second floor has another sitting room, a play room and shower.
€299k FM Auctioneers (098) 66525
About a kilometre to the south of Louisburgh on the road to Kileen, this detached dormer bungalow is in an elevated spot with views of Croagh Patrick to the east, Clew Bay to the north and Mweelrea Mountain to the south. The best views are on the first floor, where there are three bedrooms (one en-suite). On the ground floor there's a sitting room with a wood floor and fireplace, and a dining / living room with a brick fireplace and patio doors. A galley-style kitchen is off that room. There's also one downstairs bedroom with an en-suite and walk-in wardrobe, bringing the total floor area to 2,120 sq ft.
€425k Schiller & Schiller (071) 916 3284
As the Newport River flows into Clew Bay, west of the magnificent seven-arch Newport Viaduct, it is dotted with pleasure boats. From Quay House, sitting right on the riverbank and next to Princess Grace Park, you can observe all this nautical activity up close. And for privacy time, there's a walled courtyard out the back and a raised garden. Inside, the house measures 2,362 sq ft with an open-plan living room and kitchen, separate sitting room and four bedrooms. Adjoining it is a boathouse with a one-bedroom apartment on its first floor.
€475k FM Auctioneers (098) 66525
The pier at Old Head near Louisburgh is one of Alexander Nimmo's piers, completed in the 1820s and still ever bit as picturesque today as it was then. Pier House is one of a small cluster of properties built in the late 1990s on a cul de sac just a few hundred metres from the pier. The house is 2,128 sq ft with five bedrooms - three on the first floor (with one en-suite) and two downstairs (again with one en-suite). The ground floor also has an open-plan living room and kitchen with a solid-fuel stove and patio doors. There's also a detached studio in the garden.