4 of a kind... Country Cottages
Boherbee Cottage is thought to date from 300 years ago and is about as quaint a thatched cottage as you could hope to find.
Charming in Carraroe
In recent years, it has been extended and modernised.
The cottage sits on a two-and-a-half acre site bounded by stone walls, with trees to the front and gardens to the rear. There are magnificent views of the sea to the front and Lough Natawnymore to the rear.
The cottage has 106sqm of living space, made up of an entrance hall, guest lavatory, shower room, kitchen and a living room/dining room that retains the original open fireplace. There are three bedrooms, and the master is en suite.
Boherbee lies a short distance from the village of Carraroe, in the heart of the Connemara Gaeltacht, which has shops, restaurants and pubs, and is home to Raidió na Gaeltachta and TG4.
The village is famous as the home of the traditional fishing boat, the Galway Hooker, and every August bank holiday, Carraroe hosts Feile an Doilin, the largest Galway hooker festival in Ireland, and one of the largest maritime festivals in the country. The main boats are the Baid Mhora (big boats) and Leath Bhaid (half-boats), which in earlier times were used for hauling turf from the peat bogs in Connemara to the Aran Islands and the Burren. The smaller boats are the Gleoiteoga, traditionally used for fishing. These boats can be found at Sruthan Pier, which is the main pier in Carraroe and from where there are panoramic views of the Twelve Bens mountains. Today, the boats are used for racing.
There are numerous safe beaches in the area, including the famous Coral Beach, a biogenic gravel beach that is actually formed from coralline algae.
Agent: Mullery Auctioneers (091) 567275
Dinky in Donegal
Adderwal, near the village of Doochary in Co Donegal is a chocolate-box pretty cottage located at the end of a quiet tree-lined country lane. The cottage has a large, open-plan living area with a kitchen fitted with a Belfast sink with brass taps, and an integrated oven, hob and fridge-freezer. This opens on to a decked area with views over the surrounding countryside and mountains. There are two en-suite bedrooms and the cottage sits in grounds of half an acre. There is not much in the village of Doochary, but Glenties is a 12-15 minute drive away, and has a good range of local shopping and recreational amenities. Beyond Doochary, the area around Dungloe - also 15 minutes away - has fine sandy beaches.
Agent: Franklins (074) 918 0000
Thatch in Tullagower
Located on the main road just outside Kilrush, Co Clare, Thatch Cottage is a traditional stone cottage with an outbuilding and half an acre of garden. Purchased by an American couple in 2009, the two-bedroom cottage has undergone a complete refurbishment, and the interior features vaulted ceilings and exposed beams. The thatch ridge was replaced and the rest of the roof repaired. The cottage is not a protected structure. There is 93sqm of living space and among its features are double-glazed windows, solid fuel stoves and exposed stack stone walls in the kitchen and master bedroom. The cottage is being sold furnished, complete with €12,000-worth of new furniture specifically purchased for the cottage and imported from the US.
Agent: Sherry FitzGerald McMahon (065) 686 7866
Traditional in Tipperary
Croughclooney is located in a scenic and quiet rural spot close to the village of Ballymacarbry and within commuting distance of Dungarvan, Clonmel and Waterford City. The two-bedroom cottage, which is suitable as either a holiday or permanent home, sits on gardens of three-quarters of an acre. The original cottage and outbuildings have been carefully restored, from the traditional half door at the entrance to the kitchen/dining room with its newly-fitted kitchen units. The living room has a vaulted ceiling, a newly-fitted solid fuel stove with brick fireplace and views over the surrounding countryside. The main bedroom is located on the ground floor with French doors to the rear garden. The large bathroom and second bedroom are up stairs.
Agent: Sherry FitzGerald Reynolds (058) 23444