Four on the market: Thatched cottages
A choice of four impressive thatched cottages currently on the market.
Well’s Cottage, Ballyedmond, Co Wexford
€465k Warren Estates (053) 9421211/Sotheby’s (01) 905 9790
Well's Cottage, outside the Co Wexford village of Ballyedmond, is thought to date back to the late 1600s. The thatched cottage, which incorporates a mid-20th century extension, was restored in the last decade and is set behind timbered electric security gates. The home, which spans 1,523 sq ft, has a quaint thatched porch that leads to the white-washed reception hall and its carved timber staircase. There's an open fireplace in both the living room and the kitchen. Double French doors open from the family room to the garden. Well's Cottage is just a five-minute drive from a sandy beach and 16km from Gorey.
Tullagower, Kilrush, Co Clare
€110k Sherry FitzGerald McMahon (065) 686 7866
The American couple who own Thatch Cottage at Tullagower, near the West Clare town of Kilrush, bought the 150-year-old house in 2009 and set about restoring it back to its picture-postcard glory. The vendors, who are now selling the property at auction, replaced the thatched ridge and upgraded the electrics, pipes and windows. The result is a stone cottage that sits on 0.5 acres of garden, making it an ideal west of Ireland holiday home. It now has a gleaming white-washed exterior, a neat thatched roof and a bright yellow front door. Inside, the pristine three-bed property has exposed beams, flagstone flooring and vaulted ceilings. A new custom-built staircase leads from the kitchen/diner to the first floor.
The Grange, Ballyboughal, Co Dublin
€825k Flynn & Associates (01) 890 1141
Well-heeled buyers with a penchant for a traditional cottage with all the trimmings of modern life will be drawn to the thatched cottage at The Grange - the Ballyboughal home comes with a private tennis court and a contemporary extension. A glass-walled space seamlessly links the new extension to the original, restored cottage, which is now home to bedrooms, a study and reception rooms. The new addition houses an open-plan kitchen/diner with a bespoke fitted kitchen, a wood-burning stove, and a high vaulted ceiling with exposed wood. The entire property wraps around a central courtyard. There is also a commercial retail unit in the extension that used to be run as a gallery and café.
Rowan Cottage, Ballnaclash, Co Wexford
€165k REA Boyds (056) 776 4833 or REA McCormack Corish (053) 912 2577
Rowan Cottage, which is situated between the Co Wexford villages of Curracloe and Blackwater, is oozing with original features, from a decorative thatch roof and wrought-iron gates to sash windows, stone floors and timber-panelled ceilings. The country cottage is located in the townland of Ballinaclash, just 500m away from the nearest beach, and is nestled on a sheltered site with a wild meadow garden. Inside, the property, which is for sale by auction, has a sitting room, a kitchen/dining/living area, a bathroom, two bedrooms and a shower room.