Cottage in Connemara 4 by the bay


Co Galway: €800,000:A cottage on the slopes of Errisbeg Mountain just outside Roundstone, Co Galway, will tempt buyers in the market for a rural retreat with a touch of romance. The cottage, dating from the early 1900s, has an enviable position at the end of a boreen overlooking Dog's Bay and Gurteen Bay. Views from the cottage also take in Inishlackin Island and Lettermore Peninsula. It is for sale through Spencer Auctioneers and has a price tag of €800,000.

The picturesque cottage, surround by fuchsia hedging, is set on an acre of grounds, including a small orchard, lawns and old stone outbuildings. Inside, the 120sq m (1,300sq ft) cottage is rustic and homely. The kitchen/diningroom has quarry-tiled flooring and an oil-fired Stanley range. The sittingroom forms the heart of the cottage and leads to a sunroom. There are two bedrooms and a loft room.

And if all that splendid isolation is a bit too much, the fashionable village of Roundstone is three miles down the road. Described as "the law society on tour", Roundstone has long been the favourite retreat of well-heeled Dublin professionals and offers good dining options, designer goods and a choice of pubs.