Le Général's hideaway in Connemara for €385k
The Cottage, Cashel €385k
Published 17/07/2015 | 02:30
General Charles de Gaulle died in 1970, having resigned the presidency of France in April 1969. A month after his resignation, he and his wife Yvonne came to Ireland on holiday, and spent two weeks at the Cashel House Hotel, a handsome Victorian property on 50 acres overlooking Cashel Bay in Connemara.
Just down the road a little way from the Cashel House Hotel is a traditional-style thatched house.
It didn't exist at the time of De Gaulle's visit though, nor for more than a quarter-century after it. Despite its traditional appearance, The Cottage was built only 20 years ago.
It's not just the exterior that's a reproduction of cottage chic - the interior too has features such as flagstone floors, rough plaster and exposed stone walls.
The red front door opens to an entrance hall with a stone wall and flagstone floor, and stairs up to a gallery landing. Off this hall, there's a living and dining room with a pitch-pine floor, fireplace, and double doors to the patio.
Steps lead down through a timber archway to the galley kitchen, which has a flagstone floor and a Belfast sink, and there's a separate utility room.
The other main reception room is a sitting room with a stone fireplace and four sash windows overlooking Cloonisle Bay.
There are two bedrooms on the ground floor too, as well as a bathroom, while the other three bedrooms are upstairs, one en-suite.
The current owners also got planning permission to add a conservatory and a garage.
The cottage is on just less than an acre of stone-walled grounds, with a sunken patio, lawns and ornamental trees and shrubs in the garden. The Cottage is for sale for €385,000 with Ganly Walters, (01) 662 3255.