From thatched cottages to lakeside locations, these four properties certainly have the romance factor in abundance.
€245k Sherry FitzGerald Crowley (098) 29009
Lough Beltra is well thought-of among anglers for its fish population, but also generally admired for its beauty, as it's pooled at the foot of Croaghmoyle Mountain. A couple of hundred metres from the lake shore is a 1.3-acre property with a pair of cottages - handy if you have a falling-out, as you can cool off in separate quarters. McCormack's Cottage is 636 sq ft and has a sitting room, kitchen and one bedroom. Daisy Cottage, behind it, is 705 sq ft with one open-plan room and one bedroom. Newport is about eight kilometres from here.
€125k Power & Walsh (051) 640 528
Rathgormack Village is in north Waterford, near the Tipperary border. The nearest town is Carrick-on-Suir 10km away. Standing on 1.8 acres, this thatched cottage is said to date from the 18th century and is traditional inside as well as out, with exposed thatch and rafters, and a crane in the fireplace. It consists of a kitchen with the open hearth, a parlour with a cast-iron fireplace and one ground-floor bedroom. A little stairs in the kitchen leads up to a loft bedroom. There are outbuildings too that are semi-derelict.
€495k Sherry FitzGerald Daly (064) 664 1213
There are clear views across Kenmare Bay from this detached dormer bungalow on 1.6 acres. Indeed, the land going with the property stretches down to the water's edge, across the road. The house itself is 1,675 sq ft with an open-plan living room and dining room with a wood-burning stove and a picture window with sea view. The kitchen is separate and there's also an adjoining studio. The first floor has three bedrooms, one with a walk-in wardrobe and ensuite shower. The grounds include an orchard, a wildflower meadow, a polytunnel and an old stone outbuilding.
€235k Online Estate Agent (01) 513 7542
The barn next to this 200-year-old thatch in east Co Galway has been converted as well, and the two buildings are linked by an extension containing the kitchen, along with a bedroom and bathroom. The half-doored original cottage has the main living room, a ground-floor bedroom and an upper loft bedroom. The barn measures 355 sq ft and has a vaulted ceiling with a 100 sq ft mezzanine. It's on 0.56 of an acre of very pretty gardens, including some outbuildings.