Four on the market: in Connemara
A selection of four properties available to buy in unspoilt Connemara.
Boherbee Cottage, Carraroe
€230k Mullery Auctioneers, (091) 567275
Boherbee Cottage in Carraroe is 300-years-old, and a picture-perfect thatched cottage that has in recent years been extended and modernised. It sits on a site of 2.5 acres bounded by stone walls and with views of both lake and sea, a short distance from Carraroe village where there are shops, restaurants, pubs and fishing. Radio na Gaeltachta and TG4 are both based in the locality, and Carraroe is close to Rossaveal Pier and a number of safe, sandy beaches. Inside there's an entrance hall, guest lavatory and shower room, kitchen, living room/dining room with an original open fireplace, and three bedrooms (one en-suite). In total, there's 1,150 sq ft of living space.
Fairy Bridge, Tonwee, Oughterard
€600k DNG Martin O’Connor, (091) 866708
Fairy Bridge comprises two 17th century whitewashed thatched cottages located on the scenic high road above Lough Corrib, a mile from the pretty village of Oughterard. The former home of Lord McCoy, the current owners bought Fairy Bridge in 1993 and have lived in the larger cottage since, using the second as a holiday letting. Both have many original and characterful features including beamed ceilings and exposed stone walls. The main cottage has a living/dining room, kitchen/breakfast room, three bedrooms (two are en-suite) and a shower room. The smaller cottage has an open-plan living room/dining/kitchen and a traditional loft bedroom.
Lake Cottage, Ervallagh, Roundstone
€395k Sherry Fitzgerald Mangan, (095) 21888
Ervallagh lies between Roundstone village and the white sandy beaches at Gurteen and Dogs Bay. Obviously the cottage is in need of complete renovation - it's just a shell - but it stands on a large elevated plot less than a minute's walk from Ervallagh beach and pier and offers that elusive blank canvas. Roundstone is a small fishing village which draws visitors year round but particularly in the summer. Activities in the area include boating, fishing and golfing, and there are numerous pubs and restaurants in Roundstone and nearby Clifden.
The Old School House, Moyard
€285k SHERRY Fitzgerald Mangan, (095) 21888
The Old Schoolhouse is a property of character on mature grounds located at Moyard, between Clifden and Letterfrack. The house is approached via a tree-lined driveway and bounded by a river. As the name suggests, the property was a former school to the adjacent St Thomas's church and dates back to the 1850s. There are three bedrooms and 1,420 sq ft of living space; the interior is pleasantly low-key and in keeping with the age of the building. The nearby village of Letterfrack, founded by Quakers, provides access to the Connemara National Park, while Clifden is Connemara's largest town and has shops, pubs and restaurants.