An iconic Irish postcard image, the rural thatched cottage is still alive and well on the Emerald Isle. And, right now, you’ll find some charming thatches on the market at attractive prices—many of which come with outbuildings and a decent slice of land.
What’s the catch with thatch? You’ll need to factor in the cost of roof maintenance and rethatching which may need to be done as regularly as every 5 to 10 years, depending on the type of straw, weather conditions, etc. Fortunately, the Irish government provides a grant for thatch renovation on owner-occupied houses (which may cover up to two thirds the cost).
Here are 10 of the best thatched properties—from bargain to luxury—we’ve dug up on the market today…
- Cute And Cozy In Carrick-on-Shannon—119,900 euros (US$136,450)
Overlooking the Erne Waterway, The Wren’s Nest in Carrick-on-Shannon, County Leitrim, represents extraordinary value. Recently renovated throughout, the natural stone house has three bedrooms, kitchen/dining room, living room, utility, decked patio overlooking the lake, and outbuildings that include stables and a garage/workshop.
- Seaside Escape In Louth—135,000 euros (US$153,656)
Cove Cottage in the village of Clogherhead, County Louth, is close to shops, restaurants, and services, yet also just meters from the beach. Interesting features include a spiral staircase from the living room to a mezzanine loft bedoom, high vaulted ceilings, and handmade sash windows.
- Privacy In Puckaun—159,500 euros (US$181,551)
Near the village of Puckane (officially “Puckaun”—you’ve got to be sold on the name alone), County Tipperary, this three-bed cottage enjoys true privacy and tranquility. It sits on a 1-acre site and has distant views of Lough Derg.
- A Gardener’s Delight—170,000 euros (US$193,434)
Recently reduced by 30,000 euro, this property is located in County Wicklow (the “Garden of Ireland”). The dormer has beautiful landscaped gardens with a glasshouse, vegetable plot, and herb bed. Beyond the traditional half-door at the front entrance, you’ll find three bedrooms, dining room/guest room, open-plan kitchen and lounge area, and conservatory. It’s also just 50 kilometers from Dublin.
- The Best Of Ireland’s Wild West—175,000 euros (US$199,660)
With magnificent views over Galway Bay, this 91-square-meter cottage is within walking distance of a local swimming spot and 3 kilometers to the village of Nogra—renowned for its impromptu traditional music sessions. Needing some renovation, the cottage has four bedrooms, kitchen, living room, two bathrooms, and an outbuilding.
- Close To The Capital—200,000 euros (US$227,618)
In Naas, County Kildare, this cottage on the banks of the River Liffey is an easy commute (less than 30 minutes) to Dublin City Center. On 0.6 acres, it’s 77 square meters and has entrance porch, living room, family room, kitchen, two bedrooms. Among its original features are vaulted ceilings.
- Bring All Your Pets (And Then Some)—269,000 euros (US$306,118)
All 20 of your dogs and/or cats will enjoy the kennels and running space around this 2.1-acre property in Tallow, County Waterford. A truly tranquil haven, set in landscaped gardens and woodland, Gingerbread Cottage is human-friendly, too, with two bedrooms, dining room, kitchen, living room, and lots of old-world features.
- Postcard Perfect In County Donegal—275,000 euros (US$313,140)
In an idyllic setting in Ireland’s northwest, Honey Cottage lies 5 minutes from Killybegs Harbour and 10 minutes from the Heritage Town of Ardara—famous for its tweeds, hand knits, craft shops, and sandy beaches. The cottage was extended and restored in 2005 and currently makes 10,000 euro to 15,000 a year in holiday rental income. Sitting on 6.5 acres, it has two bedrooms, open-plan kitchen/living/dining room, bathroom, utility, and outbuilding.
- Mountain And River Views—275,000 euros (US$313,140)
Recently renovated, this 190-square-meter dormer in County Tipperary keeps many of its original features, including two-foot-thick walls. On 0.75 acres, it has both river and mountain views and includes three bedrooms, study/fourth bedroom, kitchen/living/dining room, sun room, bathroom, and shower room.
- Live Like A High King—750,000 euros (US$855,390)
Near Tara, the ancient seat of the High King of Ireland, this was once the hunting lodge of the Duke of Beaufort. One of the largest thatched properties in Ireland, the 625-square-meter house has formal drawing rooms and dining rooms, large living/reception room, conservatory, large oak kitchen, five bedrooms, and four bathrooms. On grounds of 14 acres, it includes four gardens, two ponds, and 15 stables. And, the property is just 25 minutes from Dublin Airport.
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