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22nd October 2012

Will we be seeing gondolas on the River Carrowbeg? as Westport, Co Mayo is named ‘The Venice of Ireland?’

By Sherry Fitz.


 Described by the 19th century novelist William Makepeace Thackeray as having ‘the most beautiful view I ever saw in the world,’ Westport, Co Mayo has proven itself as not just a pretty place by beating stiff competition to be voted The Irish Times’ ‘Best place to live in Ireland’ 2012. The winning criteria for the now dubbed ‘Venice of the West’ was not simply based on aesthetics, but also included cleanliness, good dining, cultural endeavors, employment opportunities, affordability and community spirit and drive of which there is plenty. Westportians are famously known for their hospitality and with a population of just 5,500, it has no less than 97 voluntary associations that work together creating top class amenities for the towns lucky inhabitants and with efficient transport options being a priority for most buyers, no gondolas are required, as West Venice has some of the best transport links in Ireland. As if that wasn’t enough to attract prospective Westportians in search of a prize winning and idyllic location, this picturesque and highly community orientated town truly presents some of the most affordable and luxurious properties in County Mayo.

 Thinking of retiring to the sublime West of Ireland? Westport’s award winning active retirement group is considered the best in the West and the stunning Ivy Cottage, Rosbeg, situated within walking distance of West Quay’s abundant amenities and just a 3 minute drive from what’s officially ‘The best’ town centre in Ireland, would make the perfect retreat or second family home. A magnificent period residence originally constructed in 1810 and steeped in local history, Ivy Cottage has been cleverly restored and extended to incorporate the original features. This welcoming and comfortable family home sitting on 0.6 acres exudes character and charm and has the added luxury of a private one bedroom detached residence delightfully named Con’s House, located to the rear of the main residence. The wonderful natural gardens include a small seasonal orchard area and the cottage boasts no less than four double en suite bedrooms and three reception rooms including a sun lounge to enjoy the Mayo sunshine.

 For a contemporary rural living experience, the unique architectural splendour that is Lios Mór, Kings Hill, situated just ten minutes from Westport town centre, would make the ideal family home for a country relocation. With Westport’s excellent employment options and some of ‘The best’ schools and sports and leisure facilities in the West, Lios Mór would make your dream of an idyllic country life all the more obtainable. Combining the best of modern features with quality finishes, this well -designed split level residence includes three light catching reception rooms that provide stunning panoramic views of Croagh Patrick and Clew Bay. With all that Westport has to offer there is no doubt you will be receiving visitors, your weekend guests could relax after a day’s hill walking and enjoy the meticulously designed garden entertainment area and its perfect views, retiring to Lios Mór’s four luxurious en-suite double bedrooms for a peaceful night’s sleep.

 Fancy a quaint country retreat with an affordable price tag? Westport is also officially the most affordable town in Ireland and the lovingly restored traditional three bed thatched cottage at Slinuan, Clogher, sitting on 0.6 acres of land and within easy reach of the town, with the asking price of €195,000 would make an ideal refuge for those seeking rural tranquillity or as a weekend escape from city living. Or, how about a beautifully interior designed detached four bedroom family home situated just four miles from the towns of both Westport and Newport? Comprising of two reception rooms and a sun room, and nestled on 0.75 acres of land in the popular and scenic area of Gurteen, at €225,000 this high spec family home with beautiful views of Croagh Patrick epitomises everything that is Wesportian affordable luxury click here to view.

If you have a country relocation or holiday retreat in mind or as a proud resident of ‘The Venice of The West’ you’ve experienced first-hand ‘The Best’ that Wesport has to offer and understandably plan to put down prize winning roots then contact Andrew Crowley at our Westport Branch on 098 29009

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