The Tawnagh Tower Mill is set on approx 0.43 hectares bordering the north east shore of Bridge Lough, which itself covers about 4.5 hectares and is located about 5km from the village of Kinvara in Co. Galway. The lough is included in the sale.
This stone tower is what remains of a tidal wind mill built between 1780 and 1820 on part of the estate of Count Florimund de Bastero, a well known French landowner who lived in Doorus House nearby. He was a close friend of Lady Gregory. The mill is a free-standing limestone structure and is in excellent condition despite its age.
Although it is currently roofless and derelict, it’s design indicates that it had three floors. It was likely capped with a conical thatched roof. The mill is an impressive local landmark and is located in an area of outstanding natural beauty rich in estuarine birdlife and surrounded by the Burren hills, and the waters of Bridge Lough and Kinvara Bay.
It is situated on the Wild Atlantic Way route and is only 500 m from the blue-flagged beach of Traught and 1 km from Parkmore Pier, a popular sailing, canoeing and oyster growing centre at the mouth of Kinvara Bay. The vibrant and popular village of Kinvara (the gateway to the Burren) has excellent shops, pubs, restaurants and entertainment activities including traditional Irish music and the annual Cuckoo and Cruinniu na mBad festivals.
The Tower with Bridge Lough offers exciting development opportunities which could include reconstruction and conversion of the mill into an artist’s studio, an interpretive centre, coffee dock, art gallery, or a local marine related heritage centre with activities, i.e. seaweed harvesting, oyster culture, fishing and boating.