Four on the market: in Roscommon
These four properties in Roscommon offer excellent value.
Cairn House, Curry, Strokestown
€350k Property Partners Earley, (0906) 626 579
There are eight en-suite bedrooms in this detached dormer bungalow built in the early 2000s. If you wanted to run it as a guesthouse, you might be able to pick up enough overnighters visiting the nearby Strokestown Park and the National Famine Museum, which is three kilometres away. The property sprawls over 3,121 sq ft, with four of the bedrooms at dormer level and the other four downstairs. The ground floor also has two reception rooms - a sitting room and a living room, the latter opening to a sunroom, as well as a kitchen and study. It's on a site of 2.37 acres including a detached garage and a laundry block.
71 Abbeyville, Galway Road
€225k Sherry FitzGerald P Burke, (0906) 627 7200
The Abbeyville estate is just on the edge of Roscommon town, about half a kilometre from the wonderful ruins of the mediaeval Abbey after which it's named. Next to the abbey, and vying with it in splendour, is the Abbey Hotel, faux-Gothic castellated Georgian house. Being a recent build, 71 Abbeyville has a B3 energy rating and measures 1,377 sq ft. The ground-floor living areas, which are all interconnected, consist of a sitting room with a fireplace and patio doors, and a front dining room or lounge opening to the kitchen at the back. The first floor has four bedrooms, one with an en suite shower.
Lakeview House, Coolagarry
€279k Sherry FitzGerald O’Meara, (0906) 475 500
The lake view in Co Roscommon - or almost anywhere west of the Shannon - is often a fickle enough experience. The landscape is sprinkled with turloughs that disappear in winter, and Lakeview House in Curraghboy is close to several of them. But if it's constancy you're after, you'll find enduring bodies of water nearby in the form of Lough Ree and the River Shannon. Lakeview is a four-bedroom detached property measuring 1,449 sq ft, all on one floor. The four bedrooms (one en suite) are all down one side of the entrance hall, along with the main bathroom. The other side of the house has a living room with a fireplace and a triple-aspect kitchen and family room with patio doors.
Forest View Lodge, Ballymurray
€495k Sherry FitzGerald P Burke, (0906) 627 7200
As it was formerly a nursing home, there are 17 bedrooms in Forest View Lodge, so there's scope here to use it as some sort of combination home and commercial enterprise. Or you could just invite your whole extended family to come and live with you. It's four kilometres south-east of Roscommon town and a kilometre from the village of Ballymurray, home of the antibiotic manufacturer Athlone Laboratories. The main house has 16 bedrooms along with three reception rooms and a kitchen, and the grounds also include a detached one-bedroom apartment.