Grand designs on the rental market
Lough Corrib, Co Galway
Rent: €3,200 per month (€925 weekly)
If it's a secluded letting for the summer that you're after, it'll be hard to beat this one, located in 26 acres of wilderness on Rabbit Island in Lough Corrib. You'll be the only resident and you wouldn't want to run out of milk since you'll need a boat to stock up - happily, one is provided with the let.
This fishing lodge, which sleeps six, was first built by Charles Mark Winn, the fourth Lord Headley, in 1907. Pre-fabricated imports were hugely popular with the landed gentry returning from travels who wished to avail of the folliess, gun lodges and fishing hideaways they found in Canada. The 1911 Census shows His Lordship resident on Rabbit Island with a couple of companions, listing his occupation as "Peer of Parliament", according to a local historian. He came to a grim end in 1913 from ptomaine poisoning, but left behind this curious house which has only passed through a few hands, including the local rector and his wife, who lived out their retirement here.
It is available now as a private let, perhaps to a writer, group of friends or someone who really needs to get away from it all. It is accessed from Kenny's Bay, a 10-minute drive from Headford; Galway is 18km south and Knock Airport about an hour away.
The accommodation, remodelled for modern use, is basic but comfortable. There is a living room with a fireplace hewn from a stone block, sturdy furniture, wood-panelled walls and ceiling and French windows that lead onto a veranda with outdoor furniture and views across the lake. The master bedroom is ensuite and also has French windows. There are two further bedrooms on the lower level and two upstairs with a shower room.
The kitchen is traditional, with a breakfast bar, dining area and modern appliances. There is a lovely stone harbour complete with a gated entrance to the gardens.
With 26 acres at your disposal there is no shortage of land: an orchard, stone monument and, of course, the lake surround the property.
Given its purpose, the angler will be kept happy; one presumes there are plenty of rabbits for company too!
Enquiries: Corrib Getaways (094) 954 5512