Oughterard cottage is a great catch
The Lodge, Ardnasillagh €475k
Lough Corrib, the biggest lake in the Republic, has been a draw for fishermen for centuries. The lands around the 44,000-acre lough are still dotted with pretty 19th-century fishing lodges built by the well-to-do.
One is Moytura House in Co Mayo, built by William Wilde, father of Oscar Wilde; another is the Lodge at Ardnasillagh, just outside Oughterard in Co Galway.
Built around 1840, the Lodge has recently been restored and styled with considerable flair, under the supervision of London architect John Duane and a local interior designer. The selling agents describe it as "probably one of the finest detached houses in the Oughterard area".
It's about 1,900 sq ft in size but there are only two bedrooms, the rest of the space being given over to chic but comfortable living areas.
These include a sitting room with a polished hardwood floor, an open fire and built-in bookshelves, and a living room with a black granite fireplace and double French doors opening onto a terrace in the garden.
The open-plan kitchen and dining room (connected by an archway) also gives onto the terrace and get further light from a pair of roof windows. This room has a terracotta-tiled floor and a breakfast island with an integrated wine rack.
Of the two bedrooms, one has an en-suite shower and the other has a walk-in wardrobe, and there's also a family bathroom with both a bath and walk-in shower.
It's on 0.81 of an acre, at the end of an avenue lined with ash, laburnum and cherry, with underplanted flowers. The landscaped gardens include an orchard and lawns, along with an abundance of mature trees, ornamental shrubs and flowers. Also on the grounds is a detached barn of about 640 sq ft. The agent is Spencer Auctioneers (091) 552 999 and the asking price is €475,000.