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Headford House, Co Mayo €495k
The owners of Headford House, at the foot of Crott Mountain in Co Mayo, have a dolmen in their garden. It fits in beautifully with the stark, rocky landscape all about, and it is made all the more enjoyable by the likelihood that there's nobody buried under it.
Crott Mountain and Croagh Patrick are due west of the house, while to the north and north-west stretches Clew Bay and Clare Island. And thanks to its hillside position, Headford House has great views of it all.
It's a limestone-built detached house about seven kilometres from Westport, oriented north-east and south-west, to get the best of the views and the sunlight.
It's 1,579 sq ft in size, all on one floor.
Separately there's a detached stone outbuilding on the grounds measuring 251 sq ft, which could be used as a studio or potentially as an apartment.
Headford House itself has three bedrooms, all to the left of the L-shaped entrance hall where there are French doors to the patio out the back.
All of the bedrooms have en-suite showers and two of them have sea views.
To the right of the entrance hall are the living areas. The main one is a living room with a vaulted beamed ceiling and sea views, and a sold-fuel stove in the fireplace.
The eat-in kitchen is at the back of the house and has a beamed ceiling and pine cabinets.
There's also a triple-aspect sunroom, with large windows offering views of hill and water on all sides.
It's on 1.63 acres which includes, as well as the dolmen, a natural rocky garden, gravel driveway and seating area.
The water comes from a private well and the heating is oil-fired.
Headford House is for sale for €495,000 with Sherry FitzGerald Crowley in Westport (098) 29009.