Fairytale style home worthy of Bilbo can be yours for €275,000
Killoran, Portroe €275k
If Bilbo Baggins could have been induced to live above ground, this is the sort of house he'd probably have chosen for himself.
The owners of this four-bedroom detached house at Killoran, Co Tipperary, near the eastern shore of Lough Derg, have taken a traditional stone-built cottage and completely reimagined it.
It's far from a slavish tribute to Irish vernacular architecture, but it's nonetheless pleasing for that, with its smooth curving thatch and rounded dormer windows.
Inside, it has a kitchen with a maple floor and beamed ceiling, and bright green cabinets. There's a wood-burning stove to warm the occupants when it's cold, and French doors to the garden for when it's hot.
Double stained-glass doors open from the kitchen to a conservatory, where there's a vaulted ceiling with exposed beams.
The living room has painted stone walls and an original fireplace, in addition to more French doors leading out to the garden.
One of the four bedrooms has an en-suite, and another has a pair of French doors to the garden.
The main bathroom has a vaulted beamed ceiling and a claw-foot cast-iron bath with a separate shower.
The total floor area is 2,110 sq ft.
The property is set on a three-quarter acre site at the end of a cul-de-sac, past a handful of neighbours and in the middle of a clot of mature trees. There's a gravelled driveway up to the house and a patio in the garden. The water is from a private well.
The nearest village is Portroe, about five kilometres away. It has a disused and flooded slate quarry that's popular with scuba divers keen to see the remains of a Hiace van visible at about 12 metres. Killaloe is 12km distant, and it's about 25 minutes' drive from Nenagh.
The agent is Green Valley Properties, (061) 921 498, and the asking price is €275,000.