Four on the market: in Co Westmeath
These four Westmeath properties boast a number of stand-out features including a swimming pool and a centralised vacuum system.
4 Cois Abhainn, Multyfarnham
€449k Sherry FitzGerald O'Meara, (0906) 475500
As its Irish name suggests, the Cois Abhainn estate in Multyfarnham is built close to the bank of the River Gaine. On the opposite bank is Multyfarnham GAA Club. It's a small, cul-de-sac estate less than half a kilometre from the village. Number 4 is near the entrance, with a south-east-facing back garden where there's a patio and lawn. There are five bedrooms inside on the first floor, all doubles and two of them with en suite showers. Downstairs there's an eat-in kitchen, a dining room, family room and sitting room, all in a floor area of 2,530 sq ft.
€449,950 DNG Duncan, (044) 934 8384
Built in 2008, this dormer bungalow stands in what were once the grounds of the early 19th-century mansion known as Hall House, long since demolished except for its all but ruined coach-house. The bungalow is on two-and-a-half acres of grounds including quite a large pond, almost big enough for small-scale boating, and some outbuildings including a double garage. Inside it's some 3,000 sq ft with two reception rooms and an eat-in kitchen on the ground floor, along with two bedrooms. There are two more bedrooms upstairs as well as a games room and a study. It's about an hour from here to Junction 7 of the M50.
€875k Coonan Property, (01) 628 6128
If you're looking for a project, especially one with a swimming pool, this stone-built property seven kilometres from Mullingar might be the answer. What's more it offers you a comfortable place to live while you're finishing it. The main, two-storey house is unfinished, but going with it is a 1,292 sq ft bungalow that's finished and perfectly habitable. Once finished, the main house will be quite a property, standing at 3,584 sq ft as well as a 1,453 sq ft basement. It will have five en suite bedrooms upstairs, and at least two reception rooms and a kitchen downstairs. The indoor pool (also unfinished) is off the back patio.
Donamoney, The Pigeons, Athlone
€395k Sherry FitzGerald O’Meara, (0906) 475500
Anyone who has ever lugged a reluctant Henry around their square footage will have dreamed of getting a central vacuum system. You'll find such a thing in this large four-bedroom detached house near Athlone, along with other mod cons such as a water softener, a soundproofed first floor and a heat recovery system (the BER is B2). It's 2,302 sq ft on two floors with three bedrooms upstairs (one en suite) and the fourth on the ground floor. Downstairs there's also a 38ft long kitchen and lounge with a separate utility room, a dual-aspect sitting room with a fireplace, and a study.