Don’t spare the rods as Victorian angling lodge comes on stream

CALLING all anglers - cast your eyes and rods towards Lough Arrow in Co Sligo, where a unique period lakeside residence is up for sale. Lecarrow Lodge is a pure confection, a veritable gingerbread house on 30 acres.

It is a place where new owners won't spare the rods, and children will be spoiled by the grounds there's an ancient lime tree called the Faraway Tree (after an Enid Blyton story) on which generations of children have clambered.

"I spent my childhood stealing over the wall of Lecarrow, it is an early magical place, absolutely at its best at this time of the year, with the azaleas in bloom and the Mayfly out," says Sandra McCrann, a fisherwoman trapped in an auctioneer's role an 8lb 5oz trout taken last week came just too late to feature in her brochure eulogy.

The late Victorian lodge has been well preserved without being over-restored, has planning permission to be doubled in size and carries a e1.35 million price guide with its joint selling agents John Hamilton of Jackson Stops and Sandra McCrann of David O'Connor in Boyle, Co Roscommon.

It is a real angler's paradise, situated at the southern end of the four mile-long and two mile-wide lake with its several islands.

Lecarrow Lodge has several peninsulas (Little Douris and Big Douris) jutting into the lough for angling has a boathouse, stone jetty, mature screening and boundaries, and two areas of pasture.

At present, the Hansel and Gretel-style house with its Victorian trimmings and leaded windows (some with shutters) has four bedrooms, study, dining room, sun room, family room, kitchen with Stanley stove, two shower rooms and oil central heating.

It was built in 1896 as a fishing lodge for Stephen Woulfe Flanagan and has been in that family's hands for decades, with a rich spawning ground river as a boundary.

Given Lough Arrow's on-going reputation as a fly fishing paradise, it is likely its new owners will continue with that tradition.

Salmon fishing is also available locally, and other amenities include golf, hunting, surfing/beaches and sailing, plus hill and mountain routes. Carrowkeel, with its megalithic passage tombs, and Queen Maeve's tomb, a giant cairn, are situated nearby.

The area is steeped in natural beauty and boasts a plethora of wildlife the gardens are home to kingfishers, lapwings, golden plover, jay, coal tits and dippers.

This pastoral paradise is 120 miles from Dublin, less than 20 miles from Sligo and airport, while Knock airport is half-an-hour's drive away.

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