Four on the market: period homes in Co Galway
These four properties on the market in Co Galway are oozing with charm.
Aasleagh Lodge, Leenane
€850k Keane Mahony Smith, (091) 564 744
Aasleagh Lodge is actually just across the border in Co Mayo, but it can claim a Galway address by virtue of the fact that it overlooks the entrance to Killary Harbour and is just four kilometres from Leenane. It's a hunting and fishing lodge built in the late 19th century for the Marquis of Sligo, and more recently it was owned by Inland Fisheries Ireland. It's on 20 acres among the most spectacular Connemara scenery. It's 5,000 sq ft in total including a lofted barn conversion with two bedrooms, so there are nine bedrooms in all. Two semi-detached guest cottages (1,250 sq ft each with two bedrooms) are in a separate sale for €450k.
The Old Schoolhouse, Moyard
€285k Sherry FitzGerald Mangan, (095) 21888
The Old School House is unusual - as the National Inventory of Architectural Heritage points out - for its Gothic Revival style and for the fact that it's two-storey. It was built in 1850 as a Protestant school associated with St Thomas's Church next door and it still has many of its original features, not least the lattice windows. It's 1,421 sq ft with three bedrooms, a kitchen and a living and dining room with a stone fireplace. It's on a wooded site in a secluded spot, its only neighbour being the church. It's about 10 minutes' drive from Clifden and 80km from Galway.
Angliham House, Menlo
€1.2m Keane Mahony Smith, (091) 564 744
Though known as black marble, the highly prized stone shipped around the world from Angliham quarry, on the eastern shores of Lough Corrib, was actually black limestone. Angliham House, near the famous quarry, is said to date from 1800 although it's referred to in records older than that. It's on over 40 acres with lake frontage and including Angliham Island. The house itself is 2,497 sq ft with three bedrooms on the first floor. The ground floor has a kitchen/ living room, a sitting room, a dining room and a reading room. It's 2.5km from Menlo, the village that gave its name to the Silicon Valley city of Menlo Park, and about seven kilometres from Galway.
21 Lower Newcastle, Galway City
AMV €400k O’Donnellan & Joyce, (091) 564 212
It should be easy enough to make 21 Lower Newcastle earn its keep: it's directly opposite the NUIG campus so there will be no shortage of youthful tenants keen to save themselves a walk to college. Alternatively it would make a nice family home for someone (even someone without university-going children). It's 1,264 sq ft with four bedrooms upstairs and two reception rooms, a kitchen and utility downstairs. It's semi-detached and on a corner site where Lower Newcastle meets Newcastle Park and there's a garage in the back garden for off-street parking. It will be auctioned on Thursday, March 1 at 2pm.