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Errisbeg East, Roundstone, Co. Galway.
Ref: R0313

Offers on €900,000


Quietly situated period cottage surrounded by its own grounds, with fabulous marine and mountain views, containing sitting room, kitchen / dining room, sunroom, 3 bedrooms and bathroom. Old stone outbuildings. Picturesque old gardens, grounds and orchard. With abundant space to extend, this cottage offers enormous potential to create a luxury coastal property.

The property is on the southern slopes of Errisbeg mountain which overlooks Roundstone Village. Errisbeg (Urrisbeg) was the original settlement on the side of the hill of that name and itself predates Roundstone. Maps (1st Edition, Ordinance Survey, 1862) of the original bridle road which followed the contours of the hill and higher than the existing road, show a homestead in much the same location as this property.

The property overlooks Gurteen Bay and Dog's Bay ( which was originally known as Port na Feadóige, the bay of the plover), two of the loveliest and best well known Connemara beaches which attract a large number of visitors and are justly famous for their exceptional beauty and long white sandy beaches. These beaches are approx. 5 mins walk from the property.

Roundstone derives its name from the anglicised corruption of Cloch Na Rón, the rock of the seals. The bay was used by smugglers into the 18th Century while the village itself dating back to the 1820's was built by Alexander Nimmo.

Roundstone is an exceedingly charming village tucked away on the rugged Connemara coastline. The village is both friendly and inviting with a wide range of amenities including shops, post office, school, hotels, and excellent restaurants most of which overlook the wide harbour and have stunning views over the Connemara landscape.

Clifden, the nearest town and only 9 miles away, is regarded as the Capital of Connemara, with banks and a large selection of shops, pubs, and other leisure facilities. Clifden is noted for its many fine seafood restaurants, the famous Connemara Pony Show which takes place there each August in the showground close to the property, and the Clifden Arts Festival in September, all of which attract many Irish and foreign visitors. The area is well provided for a wide range of sporting and leisure facilities, with fishing, boating and water sports most popular using the many beaches and bays which comprise this convoluted coastline. Golf is available at the Connemara Golf Club whilst there are six other courses within an hour's drive of the property.

The property is 48 miles from the regional capital of the West, Galway City, with its mainline road, rail and air connections and extensive and substantial cultural, commercial and retail facilities. Shannon Airport is some 21/2 hours from the property. Galway Airport is just 70 minutes away with connections to Dublin, Cork, Belfast, Luton, Manchester, Edinburgh, Cardiff, Leeds Bradford, Bristol, Southampton, Newcastle and L'Orient. Proposals have now been made for a new airport to serve Clifden, on the Cleggan road.

THE COTTAGE: The cottage is beautifully set at the end of a driveable boreen which leads up from the council road between the entrances to Gurteen and Dog's Bays. Although this maybe the site of an earlier homestead (see above), the vendors believe that the existing cottage was built in the early 1900's by the Griffin family and has passed through that family since then, never having been put on the market. The boreen continues through the property as a private footpath, with local stone walls and mature trees to the sides, up to the mountain. The views from the property are simply superb with 180 degree views over Dogs Bay, Gurteen Bay, Inishlackin Island, Letterard, the Lettermore Peninsula and the bottom end of Inishnee. To the north the views are dominated by Errisbeg Mountain which protects the property from northerly winds and provides a superb backdrop to this most delightful setting.

The cottage, which is south facing, is of stone and concrete block construction under a new slate roof, which was constructed with full insulation in 2002. The cottage has been well maintained and is presented in excellent condition both inside and out.

A summary of the accommodation, with room aspects and approximate measurements is as follows:

A covered entrance porch with screen leading to half glazed front door opening into:

KITCHEN/DINING ROOM: (S), 18'1 x 10'6. A lovely light room with superb views over the bays. Quarry tiled floor and fitted with a good range of kitchen units comprising laminated worktops with a stainless steel sink inset with single drainer, storage cupboards and drawers below. Further range of matching storage cupboards above. Space for washing machine. Fitted with Parkinson Cowen 1430 gas cooker with four gas hobs, gas oven and grill above. Oil fired Stanley range with two hot plates, oven and warmer drawer below, all inset in a most attractive solid pine unit with a large heavy pine mantle with mirror inset above and pine storage cupboards to the side. Passageway to bedroom 1 and bathroom, door to sitting room.

PASSAGEWAY 9' x 2'10 with quarry tiled floor ( continued from kitchen), and large hotpress with slatted shelving.

BATHROOM: (W), fully tiled on two walls, with enamel steel bath with shower attachment above, matching wash basin and toilet. Radiator. Large bathroom cabinet with shelving.

BEDROOM 1: (W) 10'9 x 11'7 with radiator.

SITTING ROOM: (S & E) 20'8 x 14'6. The heart of the cottage with a good quality brick fireplace with a blackened hearth and a solid fuel stove inset into the fireplace. Heavy oak mantel above. Radiator, carpeted throughout, pine panelled ceiling which extends the full length of the room with recessed lighting. To the side, a raised study area with polished pine flooring, pine panelling to the side. Radiator. Staircase to the upper floor, doors to Bedroom 2 and to:

SUNROOM: (S, E & N), 16'2 x 9'6. A lovely light room triple aspect room with partial double glazing, radiator door to the outside.

BEDROOM 2: (E) 13'3 x 11', carpeted throughout, with a pine panelled ceiling (installed and insulated in 2002) and radiator.

Stairs lead from the sitting room up to:

BEDROOM 3/LOFTROOM: (S & E), 22'3 x 12'11 with large windows to take full advantage of the superb views to the east and south over the bays. Restricted head room under the eaves. Painted pine panel ceiling. Carpeted throughout. Large clothes rack to the side.

Some of the furniture and contents of the property can be purchased by separate negotiation.

OUTSIDE: The stone chipping boreen turns into tarmacadam shortly before the boundary of the property and the tarmacadam driveway continues up and into a large tarmacadam parking area in front of the property. The large parking area is contained within local stone walls with raised flower beds and lawns to the side beside a fine mature horse chestnut tree and fuchsia hedging.

To the side of this parking area and partially overgrown is an OLD STONE STABLE 12' x 8' under a galvanised steel roof. The tarmacadam driveway then wraps around OLD STONE STORE 20' x 12' of stone construction under a corrugated steel roof. Beyond this lawned areas with pathways lead to further formal gardens to the west of the property which are delightfully enclosed within mature trees.

From the entrance drive, the boreen continues along the boundary of the property, enclosed within local stone walls and fuchsia hedging, leading to a further turning area to the east of the property. To the east of this is a small ORCHARD, enclosed within local stone walls with many mature trees and with a variety of old apple trees.

Opposite the entrance to the orchard is a small wicket gate opening into a formal garden area which extends along the eastern side of the cottage with flower beds contained within clipped box hedging to the side of a pathway which leads to the sunroom. The lawns continue within local stone walls and fuchsia around the south elevation where there is a further lawned area with herbaceous shrubs inside fuchsia hedging.

The boreen continues up between local stone walls to the most northerly part of the grounds which are contained within stone walls and post & wire fencing.

RIGHTS OF WAY: The property is approached from the council road through a blue painted farm gate up aboreen which is shared with two other members of the vendor's family as far as the first junction. The boreen continues and is now finished in tarmac providing access to the property now being sold and to land owned by a further family member adjoining this property. The boreen continues through the property being sold but now as a narrow track and a family member has a right to use this boreen to access their land further up the mountain.

SERVICES: Mains electricity. Private water supply from Errisbeg Mountain, shared with one other property, never been known to fail, tested for purity and is potable. Septic tank drainage. Telephone currently connected.


* Click on picture to view *

East Elevation
House on Errisbeg
View of House
Kitchen/Dining Room
Sitting Room
Dogs Bay with
House behind
Old Stone Store
Orchard in Bloom
View over Gurteen
& Dogs Bay

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