Friday 24 May 2019

Surrounded by restorative waters on the shores of Lough Ree

Coolvin Lodge, Athlone, €499k

One of three main reception rooms
One of three main reception rooms
Coolvin Lodge is 2,647 sq ft.

Chalybeate waters, or those containing salts of iron, were once thought to cure any amount of ailments. Admittedly this was in the 17th century, when ailments weren't what they are today.

The Chalybeate springs at Tunbridge Wells in England, for instance, were said to make you thin if you were fat and fat if you were thin; they could rid you of both hangovers and melancholy, and dry your brain if it was 'over-moist'.

A Chalybeate spa well is marked on the old Ordnance Survey maps of the eastern shores of Lough Ree, on the Roscommon side not far from Athlone.

And you can try the effects for yourself from nearby Coolvin Lodge, in the same townland of Barrymore.

Coolvin Lodge is 2,647 sq ft.
Coolvin Lodge is 2,647 sq ft.

The house is on a little spit of land protruding into Lough Ree, so a three-minute walk in almost any direction from the house will get you to the lakeshore.

It's a dormer bungalow with a floor area of 2,647 sq ft and containing four bedrooms. Three of these are at dormer level, and although none of these is en-suite, there's both a bathroom and a shower room on this floor to help alleviate morning queues.

The fourth bedroom on the ground floor is en-suite.

The ground floor also has three main reception rooms: a living room and a dining room, both at the front of the house, and a lounge at the back which is open-plan to the kitchen and gives onto a sunroom.

It's on half an acre of grounds with lawns, hedging, a rockery and a sort of island patio. There's also a detached garage.

Coolvin Lodge is about five kilometres from Athlone and a little way south along the lakeshore from the Hodson Bay hotel and, next to it, Athlone Golf Club.

It's for sale for €499,000 with Sherry FitzGerald O'Meara (0906) 475 500.

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