A choice of four impressive properties currently on the market in centrally located Co Westmeath.
€375k King Auctioneers (044) 934 2707
There's a positive buzz of 19th-century transportation surrounding this detached bungalow about three kilometres from Mullingar. Just to the south of it is the Dublin to Sligo railway line, and to the north of it, at the edge of the 1.2 acre garden, is the Lough Owel feeder for the Royal Canal. It's handy for modern transport too, being three minutes' drive from the N4. The house itself is 2,368 sq ft with an open-plan kitchen and living room, lounge, dining room and conservatory along with four bedrooms (two ensuite).
€525k Sherry FitzGerald O’Meara (0906) 475 500
Although it's in a properly leafy rural setting, and on a cul de sac to boot, Oak Lodge is less than five minutes' drive from the N6 at Athlone, which means it's about an hour-and-a-half from Dublin by car. Built in 2011, it's a relatively vast 3,208 sq ft, most of it spread over the ground floor, where there's a huge, open-plan living room, kitchen, dining room and lounge. There's also an office, playroom and guest bedroom on this level, and another four bedrooms upstairs, the main one with an ensuite and walk-in wardrobe. It's on an acre of grounds with lawns, a play area, and a 753 sq ft garage.
€750k Colliers International (01) 633 3700
There are 31 acres going with The Bawn, including what was once a castle, judging by early OS maps. Although it was already in ruins by the 19th century, there's enough there to keep amateur antiquarians happy. The house itself is rather newer, having been built in the early 2000s, and it measures 3,530 sq ft, most of it on a sprawling ground floor. There are three bedroom on this level, all ensuite, along with a dining room and kitchen, triple-aspect living room, sun room and study. There's one more ensuite room at attic level. Apart from the house and garden and a walled courtyard, the land consists of tillage and woodland.
€525k Sherry FitzGerald O'Meara (0906) 475 500
Carnfyan is a gated estate of six houses in the townland of that name, about five minutes' walk from the village of Mount Temple. First sold new in 2011, No3 is expensively fitted out with hardwood floors, a marble fireplace and a B2 energy rating. It's 2,824 sq ft with five bedrooms - four on the first floor (with two ensuite) and one guest room downstairs. The ground floor also has a triple-aspect living room with a fireplace and French doors, a study, a playroom and an open-plan kitchen, dining room and lounge, also with French doors and a wall-inset stove.