Four very impressive properties in north Donegal which could be yours.
€335k Franklins (074) 918 8000
Although it's on the main road between Milford and Ramelton, this detached period property is screened from the traffic by a good growth of mature trees, both evergreens and broadleafs. Built in 1948 and extended twice in the 1960s, it's on an acre of grounds with a well-stocked garden, lawn and patio. Sizewise it's 3,230 sq ft with five bedrooms on the first floor, along with an office (or sixth bedroom). Downstairs there's a triple-aspect living room with a fireplace, a family room with a solid-fuel stove, and a dining room with a serving hatch to the kitchen. There are great beaches nearby at Rathmullan (12km), Portsalon (15km) and Downings (20km).
€265k Sherry FitzGerald Rainey (074) 912 2211
There are uninterrupted views of Mulroy Bay from Silver Birch, a detached dormer bungalow about a kilometre south of the village of Kerrykeel, where there's a weekly farmers' market. It's 2,239 sq ft in size with five or six bedrooms. There are three on the ground floor (one used as a dressing room for the master suite), and three upstairs. The ground floor also has a bay-windowed sitting room with a window seat overlooking the water, a dining room and a sunroom off the kitchen. The gardens are mostly lawned and there's a covered patio, so you can sit outside even when it's raining.
€175k REA McElhinney (074) 915 3414
Marked as Cloughglass House on the second edition Ordnance Survey map, this detached stone-built property is at the end of a leafy lane on the road between Milford and Carrigart. It has five bedrooms (one of which is used as a dressing room by the current owners) with one en-suite. By way of living rooms there's a lounge with a beamed ceiling and an open fire, a sitting room with a stone fireplace and double doors to the patio, and a study, along with the beamed-ceiling kitchen and the sun porch. It's on an acre of grounds with lawns, a vegetable garden and a potting shed, and there's also a lofted garage with electricity.
€310k DNG Boyce Gallagher (074) 916 8608
The townland of Clonmass (or Cloonmass) is on the shores of Sheephaven Bay in North Donegal, and perhaps its best feature is the magnificent Marble Hill Strand. Alberts is a detached, stone-fronted house in the neighbourhood, with a roof terrace above the garage for private sunbathing and barbecues. All the living rooms are on the first floor, to make the most of the sea views, and you reach the terrace from the kitchen and living room. There's also a sitting room on this level with a stone fireplace, together with one bedroom with an en-suite shower. The ground floor has the other three bedrooms (one en-suite) and a bathroom.