Howie Cottage, Murvey, Roundstone, Co. Galway.
Offers on €295,000
A STUNNING, STYLISH, MODERNISED AND REFURBISHED 3 BEDROOM TRADITIONAL STONE COTTAGE SET ON A TOTALLY PRIVATE ELEVATED SITE OF 0.6 ACRES, LOCATED IN A BEAUTIFUL SETTING ONLY 2 MILES FROM GURTEEN AND DOG’S BAY.
The property is situated in the ‘townland’ of Murvey, a settlement of houses around 10 minute’s walk from the sea, on what is part of the ‘Wild Atlantic Way’, where there is a quiet and secluded sandy beach affording an easy circular walk from and back to the cottage. The cottage faces south west and lies in a cleverly chosen location nestling into a gentle slope which protects it from the prevailing wind. This provides a stunning view of the local ’12 Bens’ mountain range and surrounding area. The property is close to an area of protected habitat which results in regular sightings of uncommon birds, flowers, insects and wildlife. The property is also close to the stunning Gurteen and Dog’s Bay (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. 20 mins walk from the property.
Around 4 miles away from Murvey and the cottage lies the exceedingly charming village of Roundstone tucked away on the rugged Connemara coastline. 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. 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 12 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 50 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 2.5 hours from the property, while Knock Airport is 2 hours away.
THE PROPERTY: Set on a site of 0.6 acres which is fully enclosed by traditional stone walls and stock proof post and wire fencing. The oldest and greater part of the property completely retains its original exterior stone walls with their iconic appearance and being virtually maintenance free. Originally constructed circa 1900 the traditional stone cottage was lovingly refurbished, improved and extended in 2011 with all planning compliances being met under application number 10-847. The property now provides circa 700 sq. feet of accommodation in impeccable condition throughout and benefitting from dramatic and outstanding views from almost every room. The property is fully equipped with UPVC double-glazed and lockable doors and windows which, along with the insulation of all walls, floors and ceilings, provides for an unusually good energy rating for this type of property. The property currently benefits from high-speed broadband and satellite TV services, the basic infrastructure for which is included in the sale. The property benefits from oil-fired central heating which provides all necessary hot water and heating with radiators in every room. The original chimney was rebuilt during the renovation work and provides the option for the existing open fire to be opened up if required. The property is being sold with all kitchen appliances, window and light fittings and other contents would be available by separate negotiation.
A summary of the accommodation with room aspects and approximate room measurements is as follows:
LIVING ROOM: (N, S) 4.00 m x 3.33 m (13’1 x 10’11) with natural slate and wood effect flooring throughout, beautiful light room with panelled ceiling, television point, internet setup, doors leading to 3 bedrooms, storage cupboard and inner corridor.
KITCHEN: (N, E) 4.08 m x 2.96 m (13’4 x 9’8) with tiled flooring throughout, beautifully fitted range of wall mounted and base units with tiled splash back, inset stainless steel sink drainer, inset Electrolux oven and four ring gas hob with brushed steel extractor above, space and plumbing for washing machine, space and plumbing for dishwasher, space for large fridge freezer, panelled ceiling, smoke alarm.
INNER CORRIDOR: with tiled flooring throughout, main electric fuse box, panelled ceiling, door leading to kitchen and bathroom.
BATHROOM: (N) bath with panelled surround and part tiled walls, Mira Elite ST wall mounted shower, low level WC, wash hand basin with tiled splash back and shaver light, wall mounted heater and panelled ceiling.
BEDROOM 1: (S) 4.10 m x 2.69 m (13’8 x 8’9) with wood effect flooring throughout, panelled ceiling.
BEDROOM 2: (N) 2.39 m x 3.21 m (7’10 x 10’6) with wood effect flooring throughout, panelled ceiling and views to the rear.
BEDROOM 3/STUDY: (S) 3.15 m x 1.47 m (10’4 x 4’10).
HOT PRESS: accessed off the living room, shelved with a factory lagged tank.
OUTISDE: the property is approached by a cattle grid into a large turning and parking area to the front of the property with gardens that are primarily lawned surrounding the main dwelling with trees providing additional shelter and privacy. To the east there is a traditional stone built out-building primarily comprising a main area 5.23 m x 2.94 m (17’ x 9’7) currently used for storage but available as a car-port / garage (subject to alteration). To the side there is an additional section which currently houses the fuel tank for the heating / hot-water boiler system. This building would be a natural choice should an extension be desired, this obviously would be subject to the necessary planning constraints.
SERVICES: main electricity, private waste water treatment plant, group water scheme.
BER: C3, 102202736, 214.62 kWh/m²/yr, 52.81 kgCO2 /m²/yr
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