On the water in Donegal
An Tearmann - meaning 'sanctuary' - lies between Greencastle and Shroove on a stretch of water known as Port Blaney on Donegal's Inishowen peninsula, on the Wild Atlantic Way. The cottage sits in an elevated position on the banks of Lough Foyle, three kilometres from thriving Greencastle with its great range of bars and restaurants. The original house has been extended and renovated and now has 110sqm of living space, with two bedrooms, two bathrooms and an open plan kitchen/ living/ dining space. The garden is nicely sheltered and suited to eating outdoors; in total there's just over half an acre of garden with a handy storage/toolshed to the rear. Golfers will know that Ballyliffin, 27km away, has two championship courses, one designed by Nick Faldo.
Agent: Savills (01) 663 4350
FOR SALE: €195,000
Thatched in Kilkenny
The Thatched Cottage on the Main Street in Mooncoin is more than 200 years old and located in the centre of the village, close to shops and other amenities. The cottage has 60sqm of living space but there is room to extend, subject to planning permission. As currently configured, there are two bedrooms (one of which is in the attic) and one bathroom plus a living room and kitchen. The cottage has two oil-fired Stanley ranges and there is plenty of scope in the large garden for trampolines, goal posts and all manner of sporting equipment as well as for growing vegetables and perhaps even keeping a few chickens. Mooncoin is just over 10km from Waterford City and these days is becoming known as the home of delicious Mooncoin Homegrown Beetroot.
Agent: Power & Walsh (051) 64 0528
FOR SALE: €200,000
Blank canvas in Wicklow
The Cottage in Glencormac South, near Kilmacanogue, is on the market for the first time since it was built in the 1930s. The original semi-detached 'land cottage' requires complete refurbishment, and there may be the potential to extend (subject to planning permission) as the site extends to a quarter of an acre. Although the cottage lies close to the N11, the location is tranquil and offers a best of both worlds scenario to prospective purchasers - close enough to Dublin to commute, yet with a rural sensibility. Currently there's 66sqm of living space comprising a kitchen, living room and dining room, as well as two bedrooms and a bathroom. In the garden, which has views towards Sugarloaf Mountain, where locals take their weekend exercise, there's a handy block-built shed.
Agent: Sherry FitzGerald (01) 286 6630
FOR SALE: €350,000
By the river in Clare
Mill Farm House near Lahinch in Co Clare occupies a four-acre site bounded by the Dealaigh and Caheraderry rivers which flow into the Atlantic. The mature ash, oak and sycamore trees surrounding the property ensure seclusion, even though it is located just a few minutes' drive from the seaside town of Lahinch, and there's an abundance of wildlife including herons and ducks, with wild salmon said to be found in the rivers. The attractive main house has been fully restored, re-plumbed, re-wired and insulated, and now has three bedrooms as well as a parlour with a stove, garden room and kitchen with a traditional oil-fired Aga and electric companion. The original mill, dating from 1830, and various outbuildings may have potential for conversion into additional accommodation.
Agent: Savills (01) 663 4350
FOR SALE: €450,000