You could be excused for thinking you’d taken a wrong turn and arrived in Spain on your way to the village of Mount Temple in Co Westmeath.
Not because of the weather, needless to say, but because of the surprising sight that will greet you there – the Corpus Christi Catholic church. It was designed by Dublin architect Thomas McNamara, a big fan of the architecture of Spain and Italy, and he presented the people of Mount Temple with a striking Lombardo Romanesque church for their worship. It was dedicated in 1933 and is described by the National Inventory of Architectural Heritage as “an unusual choice in rural Ireland and unique within Westmeath”.
About a kilometre from the church is another architectural curiosity known as Fairfield View. Although ostensibly it’s an unpretentious dormer bungalow, Fairfield View has been taken in hand and turned into something quite unusual.
Perhaps most noteworthy is its energy-efficiency. With its solar panels, its 6kW wind turbine, and its ground source heat pump, it has an A3 energy rating. It would be hardly worth the meter man’s while to come all the way up to the end of the cul-de-sac to get a reading.
It’s also pretty vast, at 4,388 sq ft, with plenty of room for people who like mucking about and making things.
There’s a workshop on its ground floor and on the first floor a huge, open-plan hobby room and games room, as well as an office and a gym.
There’s one en suite bedroom upstairs too, and three more bedrooms downstairs (one en suite). Also downstairs are three reception rooms, a dining room, lounge and family room and an eat-in kitchen, all with doors to the four acres of grounds, including an acre of gardens and two polytunnels.
The M6 motorway is 10 minutes’ drive from the property.
Sherry FitzGerald O’Meara (01) 647 5500 is asking €595,000.