Wednesday 28 September 2016

Le Général's hideaway in Connemara for €385k

The Cottage, Cashel €385k

Published 17/07/2015 | 02:30

Despite its traditional appearance, The Cottage was built only 20 years ago
Despite its traditional appearance, The Cottage was built only 20 years ago
The living room and dining room.
The view over Cloonisle Bay

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.

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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.

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