WHILE IT’S EASY to understand the appeal of a contemporary property, there’s a certain charm that only comes with a traditional cottage in the countryside.
This week we’re looking at four homes around the country with just that – from a lodge on five acres in Co Westmeath to a coastal property in Co Kerry.
Located on five acres of grounds in the Westmeath countryside, Catstone Lodge is a unique property that’s sure to be appreciated by someone with a love for animals and the natural world. Four of the five acres of grounds are made up of agricultural lands, and include an enclosed barn, stables, a hay barn and a large garage.
Catstone Lodge, which measures 1,834 sq ft, has been remodelled in recent years and features a charming interior. It’s divided into three sections, comprising the main house in the middle of the building and a self-contained apartment on either side. Exposed stonework, ceiling beams and wood furnishings give the lodge a warm and welcoming feel throughout.
A picture-perfect property, Greendale Cottage boasts a beautiful location at the foothill of the Keeologyboy Mountains. It sits on a site of 1.5 acres off a quiet country laneway, and includes a south-facing patio, landscaped gardens and two paddock fields, as well as a number of outbuildings.
The three-bed cottage has been renovated by its current owners, making for a light-filled interior that oozes country charm. The open-plan kitchen and dining room is the heart of the home, with a bespoke wrought iron spiral staircase, vaulted ceilings and a solid fuel stove.
Located just minutes away from the Co Kerry coastline, Seana Thig benefits from uninterrupted views over the Atlantic Ocean, Dingle Bay and Dingle Peninsula. It is positioned on a 0.8 acre site, with several sun terraces dotted around the property for its residents to enjoy the views.
Built in 1996, the thatched roof cottage features a warm and welcoming interior. The open-plan kitchen, living and dining area is designed to make the most of the surrounding views, while both bedrooms overlook the bay. For the colder months, there’s underfloor heating throughout the property.
An idyllic thatched cottage, Cuing More is located within easy access of Lough Cullin and Lough Conn. The roof of the cottage was replaced five years ago, while the rest of the property was refurbished and extended around 20 years ago.
It features a charming interior with plenty of character, comprising two living areas, two bedrooms, a kitchen, two bathrooms and a loft room. Cuing More is tucked behind a tree-lined avenue to the front, while 2.15 acres of mature grounds surround the property and provide the upmost privacy.