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Enchanting Donegal hideaway with its own lake, walled garden and wine cellar

Prospect House dates back to the early 1800s.

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APPROACHED VIA A winding tree-lined avenue, Prospect House is a highly impressive property from the outset.

It sits on 9.58 acres of private parkland, which include a lake with a fountain and waterfall, a walled garden and a hard tennis court. Located in Carrigans, Co Donegal, the house also boats views of Lough Foyle. 

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Dating back to the 1800s, Prospect House was originally built by the McClintock family of Dunmore Estate as a dower house. A protected structure, it has been cared for by its present owners for 46 years and benefits from a two-storey extension to the rear.  

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Stepping inside, the Georgian property enjoys a charming, country-style interior. The drawing room features large picture windows with shutters and views of Lough Foyle and the surrounding gardens, as well as an open marble fireplace with a brass inlay. 

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The formal dining room is well suited to those who like to host, with room to seat at least eight. Moving to the kitchen, this space is warm and welcoming and includes a living and dining area. There’s a large AGA in here, with more storage space available in the utility room. There’s access to a bright sunroom from here, as well as to the ‘sauna wing’, which boasts seating for six people. 

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From the inner hall, a staircase leads to the basement wine cellar, where there’s no shortage of space to store your favourite reds and whites. 

All five bedrooms are located on the first floor. The master bedroom, of course, is the most impressive, with views of the lake and the lawns. 

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There are multiple converted outbuildings on the grounds, including sheds, a car port and a tractor barn. On the first floor of the main outbuilding is a large open plan area which has been used as a function room/games room and opens onto the tennis court. There’s also a detached barn house, which benefits from independent access via the rear laneway and could easily be converted into a one or two-bed cottage, subject to planning permission. 

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The grounds at Prospect House are simply beautiful, with mature trees and high stone walls creating a great sense of privacy. French doors in the sun room open to a large patio, which makes for the perfect spot to dine al fresco. 

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Carrigans village is a 20-minute walk away, while Derry city can be reached within a 15-minute drive.

With spectacular grounds and a charming interior to match, Prospect House offers an idyllic place to call ‘home’.

Prospect House, Dunmore, Carrigans, Co Donegal is on the market for €995,000 through Sherry FitzGerald Rainey via Daft.ie.

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