Four on the market: in Westport town
A choice of four properties on the market in the Mayo town which is on of the top performers each year in the national Tidy Towns competion.
Sandhill Haven, Sandyhill
€490k FM Auctioneers, (098) 66525
Sandhill Haven has been run as a successful bed & breakfast; although it's on a fairly quiet rural road, it's only 10 minutes' walk from the centre of town and has views of Croagh Patrick. It has four bedrooms - two on the ground floor with one en-suite and two upstairs, both en-suite. The ground floor also has two reception rooms, both with solid-fuel stoves, and an eat-in kitchen. The house measures 2,840 sq ft inside and has a C2 energy rating. There's also a detached garage on the grounds, at the end of a neatly landscaped garden.
€400k Sherry FitzGerald Crowley, (098) 29009
This is one of a pair of 1930s-built detached houses which the National Inventory of Architectural Heritage describes as "making a pleasing visual statement in Mill Street". If you disagree, the agents suggest its 0.185-acre site represents a development opportunity. At any rate, it needs refurbishment inside now and has an unruly but still quite enticing back garden leading up from the house towards the old railway line. Inside on the ground floor are two reception rooms and a kitchen, while the first floor has a bathroom and four bedrooms, two of them with fireplaces, adding up to a floor area of 1,356 sq ft. The train station is a 10-minute walk away.
5 Knockranny Village
€485k Tuohy O’Toole, (098) 28000
Knockranny Village is a development of detached houses close to Knockranny House Hotel, where there's an award-wining restaurant, cocktail bar and spa. This means you'll never be too far from a gourmet dinner, a mud wrap or a strawberry daiquiri, depending on the mood. Number 5, itself a former B&B, has five en-suite bedrooms on its first floor, together with another two rooms at attic level. On the ground floor there's a living room, a dining room, a playroom and an open-plan kitchen, breakfast room and family room. The house measures 2,928 sq ft in total and there's a garage with a shower room on the grounds.
Harmony Heights, 49 Kings Hill
€339k Sherry FitzGerald Crowley, (098) 29009
Kings Hill is just to the north of Westport town, which you can reach after about a 10-minute walk. Number 49, Harmony Heights, is perched on an elevated spot with sloping gardens to the front and side. The self-drive lawnmower will be your friend here. It needs refurbishment and modernising inside - there are sinks in the bedrooms for instance. It stands at 1,127 sq ft with four bedrooms, two of them with en-suite showers. By way of reception rooms there's a living room with a stone fireplace and a dining room with a laminate floor, as well as a pine-fitted kitchen.