On the market: Three with their own power source
Three properties on the market which come with their very own power source.
Dwelling on potential
Pollmounty or Poulmounty Mill is an old woollen mill on two rivers near New Ross, Co Wexford. The property consists of a main house, a three-storey mill building with a hydroelectric power turbine, and two other houses, all on five-and-a-half acres.
The main house, beside the mill, has a kitchen/living room and three sitting rooms, no less. Two of them have fireplaces, and one has French doors leading to a sunroom.
A staircase leads to four bedrooms upstairs, and another two bedrooms are off one of the sitting rooms, leading to bedrooms five and six.
The guest cottage has a living room, dining room, kitchen, two bedrooms and a bathroom. The corn mill house, meanwhile, has an open-plan kitchen/living room on the ground floor and a bathroom and two bedrooms upstairs, with leaded windows throughout.
The agent is REA Dawson in Tullow (059) 915 1142 and the asking price for Pollmounty Mill is €690,000.
Powered by water
A cottage with a separate granary at Oughaval, near Aclare in Co Sligo, borders two streams that are used to generate hydro-electric power.
The property is on 30 acres, of which 27 are in forestry, so there's a source of wood for heat as well, and some years of income still left from the forest.
The property consists of two detached stone houses. The main house has an open-plan sitting room, dining room and kitchen with a solid-fuel stove, a larder, and a bathroom, with a mezzanine bedroom and an office above.
The 'granary' has another kitchen/sitting room with French doors, a bathroom, a scullery and a bedroom space upstairs with an open fire. Also on the grounds is an American-style barn.
Oughaval is close to the Mayo border, and Knock airport is less than 30km away. It's for sale for €245,000 with Schiller & Schiller (071) 916 3284.
The inhabitants of White Hill Cottage, at Raheelin, Kiltyclogher, Co Leitrim, can hope never to get another utility bill. The cottage is said to be entirely self-sufficient, as it has a well for water, and for electricity, it has a wind turbine, solar panels and a hydroelectric system drawing power from the nearby stream.
The house is on 7.15 acres up a private lane. It's been refurbished and extended in recent years, including plumbing and wiring, and sheep's wool insulation. It has two reception rooms, a bathroom and two bedrooms. Heating is by solid-fuel, with three wood-burning stoves and a Rayburn.
There are various outbuildings including a stable, and there's a garden and paddock. And should you find yourself missing the monthly bill, there is an electricity pole nearby so it's possible to connect to the grid.
Fermanagh Lakeland Properties (048) 6865 9705 is handling the sale of White Hill Cottage for €159,500.