A fish­er­man’s friend in Mayo

Late chief jus­ticeTom O’Hig­gins bought Le­vally Cot­tage from former English Olympic gold medal­list David Ce­cil

The Irish Times - Thursday - Property - - The Market - 650,000

Happy mem­o­ries

Der­val’s brother, estate agent Tom O’Hig­gins, also has happy mem­o­ries of fam­ily hol­i­days spent in Le­vally: “I caught my first trout on Lough Conn with dad in the 1960s.”

No w Tom and Sherry FitzGer­ald are jointly han­dling the sale of Le­vally Cot­tage. With an ad­dress at Bofeenaun, Co Mayo, the de­tached 165sq m (1,776sq ft) sin­gle-storey four-bed on around 12 acres is for sale for ¤650,000.

Af­ter her hus­band Tom died in 2003, Terry O’Hig­gins lived full-time in the cot­tage on the shores of Lake Le­vally with Nephin moun­tain as a back­drop. In 2005, the house was re­mod­elled and re­fur­bished by ar­chi­tect Paul Keogh when an em­pha­sis was placed on tak­ing full ad­van­tage of the views, with floor-to-ceil­ing dou­ble-glazed win­dows and slid­ing doors run­ning the length of the house.

The liv­in­groom sits at the cen­tre of the wide house, and over­looks the lake: it has a vaulted ceil­ing, open fire­place and like most of the rest of the house, Juncker wooden floors and un­der­floor heat­ing.

The kitchen/din­ingroom (with a util­ity room off it) and small lounge are at one end of the house. The main bed­room at the other end also opens on to deck­ing out­side through floor-to-ceil­ing slid­ing glazed doors. It has a fully-tiled en suite, as does one of the other three bed­rooms off the hall that runs through the cen­tre of the cot­tage. The house has mains wa­ter, oil-fired cen­tral heat­ing and a sep­tic tank.

Out­side, there are ter­raced gar­dens be­yond elec­tronic gates, open­ing into pas­turage. It’s in an area “un­spoilt but not re­mote” says Tom O’Hig­gins, who be­lieves the chief at­trac- tion for any buyer will be the ex­cel­lent fish­ing in the area. Pon­toon is fa­mous for an­gling on Lough Conn and the nearby river Moy. There’s also coarse fish­ing in Lake Le­vally.

The O’Hig­gins clan aren’t quit­ting the area which Tom and Terry’s 31 grand­chil­dren have en­joyed for so many years – they have an­other fam­ily home there. Bofeenaun is about a three-hour drive from Dublin, 25 min­utes’ drive from Knock Air­port, and half-an-hour from West­port, says Der­val. Le­vally Cot­tage is a 10-minute drive from Pon­toon.

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