The perfect hideaway? Four Connemara cottages currently on the market
Thatched in Oughterard
Gorse Cottage is a traditional thatched cottage in the Birchall area of Oughterard, 2km from Lough Corrib. Dating from the 1800s, has a natural stone facade and sits on a half-acre site of landscaped gardens lined with mature trees. It is currently owner-occupied and is in very good condition, with period features and modern comforts nicely in balance. The roof has been recently re-thatched. The house was extended in 2008 to incorporate the original outhouses and has 142sqm of living space, three bedrooms and two bathrooms. Outside there is a separate outhouse kitted out as a relaxation area with a sauna on the ground floor and a sun-bed upstairs. In the garden, there's an external hot tub and patio area for outdoor eating.
Agent: Sherry FitzGerald Galway (091) 569 123
FOR SALE: €425,000
Retreat in Aughrismore
This traditional one-bedroom cottage at Aughrismore between the villages of Cleggan and Claddaghduff would make a perfect hideaway for a creative type, the kind of little house in which one would be almost honour-bound to write the Great Irish Novel. Traditional deep-set windows frame mountain and lake views, while inside, the 36sqm cottage has high ceilings and an open plan sitting and dining area. A hand-carved stone fireplace and wood panelling on the walls give a cosy feel. There's a galley kitchen, bathroom and bedroom, and a mezzanine sleeping area. Aughrismore beach is within walking distance. Ferries run from Cleggan to Inishbofin island. The cottage is 14km from Clifden, 92km from Galway City, and 65km from Westport.
Agent: Matt O'Sullivan (095) 21066 FOR
For SALE: €145,000
Detached in Dunloughan
This three-bedroom detached bungalow is located on Dunloughan Beach Road, near Ballyconneely, Co Galway, 10 minutes' walk from the popular surfing beach of Dunloughan and the Connemara Championship Golf Links. It has panoramic views over Ballyconneely and Connemara and would be suitable as a family or holiday home. It is in excellent condition and has an entrance hall, sitting room with open fireplace and picture windows, and an open plan kitchen/dining room with stove. All three bedrooms are doubles and the main is en suite. There is also a family bathroom. Outside there's a walled garden extending to 0.89 acre, plenty of off-street parking, plus a block-built garage with services connected. Galway City is 84km away.
AGENT: O'Donnellan & Joyce (091) 564 212
FOR SALE: €250,000
Sea views in Letterfrack
Dawros Beg in Letterfrack is a stone-clad house with lovely views out over Derryinver Bay. The two-storey property has a BER of C1 and is said to have been finished and maintained to an excellent standard, with four bedrooms and three bathrooms, as well as a living room, kitchen and dining room. Two of the bedrooms are en suite and the house is floored throughout in wood. The living room has a stone surround stove, and there are sea views from many of the rooms. The area is suited to those who enjoy outdoor pursuits, with the Connemara National Park close by, along with the sandy beaches of the Renvyle peninsula. Letterfrack is on the Wild Atlantic Way and is the site of the National Centre for Excellence in Furniture Design.
AGENT: Sherry FitzGerald Mangan (095) 21888
FOR SALE: €595,000
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