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County Westmeath

This an area with a rich farming heritage, County Westmeath is located in the heart of Ireland and is famous for its many beautiful lakes and waterways.

The shimmering waters of the lakes here are often the enduring images that visitors to County Westmeath take away with them. One such lake, Lough Ennell, is located near to the county town of Mullingar and tradition has it that, while drifting on a boat in the middle of the lough, author Jonathan Swift was inspired to write Gulliver''s Travels.

On the shores of Lough Ennell can be found the 18th century mansion Belvedere House, a painstakingly restored building set among some truly stunning and abundant gardens. The woodlands and parklands which provide a picturesque backdrop to Belvedere House are ideal for leisurely walks. Mullingar itself is the largest town in Westmeath and has a good mix of independent shops, in addition to a traditional farmers'' market which is held every Sunday.

Athlone in the south west of the county is at the gateway to the River Shannon. Visitors can explore the medieval castle or maybe rent a cruiser. Good shopping is to be had on the Left Bank of the river, with winding streets and many arts and crafts shops, bars and restaurants.

Although Westmeath is known chiefly for its abundance of beautiful lakes and connecting waterways, the county also has a rich historic legacy. Westmeath''s fascinating history is best evidenced by the plethora of castles to be found throughout the county. Tullynally Castle, located to the north of Westmeath, near to the village of Castlepollard, is arguably the most famous and is set in truly magnificent gardens. Dating from the 17th century, Tullynally is still relatively modern when compared to the likes of Delvin Castle and Athlone Castle, two of the oldest buildings in the county, built in 1181 and 1210 respectively.

With glistening lakes, dense woodlands, historic buildings and bustling towns such as Mullingar and Athlone, County Westmeath offers much to see and do and will appeal to a wide range of tastes. For self catering accommodation check out our range of holiday cottages in County Westmeath today.
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  • Main Street

    Finea, Co. Westmeath

    Ref: W31925

    Situated in a small quiet village, 20 miles from Mullingar and 17 miles from Cavan, this well presented semi-detached property is the ideal holiday location. Local pubs and shops are just a stroll away and you can enjoy the large garden which has its own private access to the River Inny. The central location makes a great touring base while locally there is a wonderful variety of activities available. Golf, fishing (permits available for Lough Sheelin), forest walks at Mullaghmeen Forest. Belvedere House and Gardens, Cavan Crystal, Cavan Equestrian Centre and Lough Crew Megalithic Site are just a few of the places to see.

    Ground floor: Liivng room with French doors and wooden floor. Dining room/kitchen with French doors and tiled floor. Conservatory. Separate toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double (5ft), each with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Open fire in living room included. Oil central heating included (September-May by meter reading). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Digital TV. Electric cooker. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (3 cars). NB: River in garden, 100 yards.

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  • Togher Lodge

    Finea, Co. Westmeath

    Ref: W31334

    Rural location.

    Detached stone cottage for 6/8.

    This beautifully restored stone cottage is situated in peaceful countryside beside the famous trout fishing lake, Lough Sheelin. This property is 150 years old and has a wealth of history having even been a jail during penal times. It is situated by a main road but in its own grounds which are completely enclosed. Activities available locally are fishing, forest walks, 9-hole golf and horse riding, whilst Belvedere House and Gardens, Tullynally Castle and the megalithic site at Lough Crew are well worth a visit. Shops and pubs 2 miles, restaurants 6 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. First floor: 2 double bedrooms, one with additional double. Shower room with toilet.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating and electricity included (by meter reading September-May). Bed linen and towels included. Cot. TV/DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Cottage grounds with furniture. Parking (3 cars).

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