Kiltimagh, County Mayo – €99,950
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.
Coon, County Kilkenny – €85,000
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.
Murroe, County Limerick – €85,000
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.
Glasson, County Westmeath – €65,000
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.
Dinish Island, Galway – €150,000
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.
Ballygawley, County Sligo – €59,950
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.
Ballinamore, Co. Leitrim – €82,000
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.
Inagh, County Clare – €85,000
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).
Louisburgh, County Mayo – €55,000
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.
Kilmuckridge, County Wexford – €70,000
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.