A gem in its own right

This charming, cottage-style, residence is located at The Weir, Kilcolgan, a stone's throw from the famed Moran's oyster restaurant. The house is perched on an elevated, south-facing, site in a picturesque setting, overlooking an estuary at Dunbulcaun Bay between Clarinbridge and Kilcolgan, 2km west of the N18.

The house was built in 1994 on a third of an acre and offers bright, versatile, accommodation, including sitting room, kitchen/dining room, utility, main bathroom, and guest wc. There are three bedrooms, two with en suite bathrooms, and another room which can be used as a playroom, home office, or fourth bedroom.

The utility is generous in size with ample storage presses and access to the rear garden and garage. Upstairs are two large, light-filled, bedrooms, each with two south-facing Velux windows which capture the amazing views over the bay, and one north-facing Velux. A tiny room beside the master bedroom could be a nursery, sewing room, or study. There are two ground floor bedrooms, one with en suite, the second could alternatively be used as a playroom or home office. All windows are double-glazed, the heating is oil-fired and there is an electric shower in the master en suite.

The gardens are well kept, bordered with shrubs and flowers with vibrant hues of fuchsia pink and burnt orange.

Apart from its idyllic setting, it has a charm and warmth that will impress the most discerning of buyers. The wood-burning stove in the living-room conjures images of cosy nights in. The bright and airy kitchen, with its green Stanley range, faces out to the bay.

The area is steeped in history and tradition, with landmark buildings Kilcolgan Castle and the ruins of Tyrone House nearby. Both were constructed in the late 17th century by the enterprising Christopher St George, whose keen interest in marine farming led him to establish large oyster beds along the Galway coast near Tyrone House, today providing some of Europe’s choicest oysters. In 1954 Paddy Burke hosted the first Clarinbridge Oyster Festival, putting the area firmly on the map as a tourist destination and local attraction, and setting a tradition still celebrated annually.

Be it a holiday home or a home for life, this house will certainly fit the bill. It is approximately a half hour journey to Galway city, and Shannon Airport is less than an hour away. There are several schools nearby (Educate Together, Clarinbridge and Killeeneen national schools ) with secondary schools in Kinvara, Gort, and Oranmore. And there are activities to suit everyone from Burren walking to golf, sailing, traditional music, and yoga retreats.

This property must be viewed to be appreciated. Guide price is €445,000. Open viewing takes place Saturday June 10 from 11.30sm to 12.30pm.

Contact Yvonne Sweeney auctioneers at (091 ) 795698 or (086 ) 2603889.



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