By the sea in Bal­ly­con­neely

DERRYGIMLAGH LODGE, BAL­LY­CON­NEELY, CO GAL­WAY €395,000

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Property - - SUNDAY PROPERTY -

DERRYGIMLAGH Lodge is perched on the shore of Lough Em­laghn­abehy, a haven for wildlife, be­tween Clif­den and Bal­ly­con­neely. The orig­i­nal lodge dates back to the mid-1800s and has been ex­tended and re­fur­bished. It is now bright and spa­cious, and con­fig­ured to max­imise the panoramic views across the lake.

The draw­ing room, kitchen and master bed­room all have pic­ture win­dows over­look­ing the lake and is­lands, one of which is home to nesting herons. Two of the four bed­rooms are on the ground floor.

From the sun-room there is ac­cess to the orig­i­nal walled gar­den where there’s a lily pond, ter­races formed from Lis­can­nor stone, and a fine ar­ray of roses and planted beds. For those who like to grow their own, there is al­ready a vegetable gar­den and fruit trees, and there is a sub­stan­tial work­shop that could be re-pur­posed as an artist’s stu­dio. In to­tal the prop­erty comes with al­most an acre and a half of gar­den.

Derrygimlagh has been named one of the 15 most breath­tak­ing sites on the Wild At­lantic Way. The Lodge is sit­u­ated at the start of one of Ire­land’s most beau­ti­ful walks, through the spec­tac­u­lar blan­ket bog, a mo­saic of tiny lakes and peat, and tak­ing in the site where Al­cock and Brown landed their plane af­ter the first-ever transat­lantic flight and the Mar­coni ra­dio sta­tion.

The area is known for its sport­ing and coun­try ac­tiv­i­ties, with plenty of op­por­tu­nity for fish­ing. The Twelve Bens north of Clif­den and the Na­tional Park at Let­ter­frack are great for walk­ing, hik­ing, and climb­ing. Man­nin Bay, Bal­ly­con­neely Bay, Dogs Bay and Gor­teen Beach are within min­utes’ drive. AGENT: Ganly Wal­ters (01) 662 3255

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