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The Irish countryside is dotted with sweet old cottages that would make perfect holiday houses, restful retreats or even forever homes. Here are 10 such loveable Irish cottages on the market right now, most for under €100,000 (approximately $107,000 at the time of writing).
A tastefully restored stone cottage dating back to the famine times in Ireland, ‘White O’Morn Cottage‘ looks like something straight off a postcard, both inside and out. As well as having an interior in turn-key condition, this County Mayo site comes with an adjoining stable, original hen house and an external workshop.
Described by its real estate agent as ‘a real gem’, this traditional cottage in County Kilkenny is particularly special because its former owners chose to retain a host of its original features, including high cladded ceilings, a large open fireplace with cast iron fixtures, and Belfast sinks. Outside are outbuildings and just over an acre of accompanying land.
A thatched roof, exposed ceiling beams and wood burning stove set this petite bungalow in County Limerick apart with a distinctly old-world charm. For those who like having people around, its location is slightly more sociable than some of the more remote properties on this list – it’s one in a terrace of three.
With a forest garden out the back and situated just a few yards from the shores of Lough Ree, this Westmeath cottage could easily be transformed into the ultimate writer’s or artist’s retreat with a little bit of love from the right owner. Adding some intrigue, it was once the home of a famous local artist who would prefer to remain nameless.
Though a little pricier than the other properties on this list, this cottage is an absolute bargain for its incredible location, on the small island of Dinish – mentioned in an essay by the Irish writer John Millington Synge – off the coast of County Galway’s scenic Connemara region. This property would make a perfect countryside bolthole for anyone looking to take a break from the hectic pace of modern life – the island can only be accessed by boat and has no permanent population.
Set in the western countryside only a short drive from Sligo town, this traditional cottage in Ballygawley has amazing views, and its master bedroom boasts wooden floors and a standalone stove. Its location close to the luxurious Castle Dargan Hotel is a major plus for lovers of golf, who can avail of its 18-hole parkland golf course.
This two-bedroom stone-built cottage just outside the town of Ballinamore, and close to Lough Allen in County Leitrim, has been recently modernised with a new kitchen and bathroom extension and comes with an almost two-acre site. Its living room features a wood-burning stove inside an open fireplace.
Named ‘Bean’, this 200-year-old cottage is just a 15-minute drive from Ennis, and within a 35-minute drive of Shannon International Airport. Having been extended to the rear, it has a surprising number of rooms for its size – including both a living room and a parlour, and three bedrooms (two of which are attic rooms).
Encircled by rolling green countryside with a river feature close by, this old stone cottage in County Mayo is in a locality well suited to hill walking, fishing, and generally being close to nature. Although in need of some work, this unique spot could most definitely become a dreamy rustic refuge.
A two-storied ‘fixer-upper’ one kilometre (.6 miles) from the popular seaside tourist village of Kilmuckridge in County Wexford, this property is in need of a complete overhaul but has masses of potential, coming with a large plot of land and a mobile home onsite. This area of Wexford is known for its beautiful beaches, making this an ideal spot to create a welcoming holiday home.