Living in a traditional Irish cottage is the idyllic dream - a beautiful abode in Ireland's countryside. These precious properties are some of the most coveted, especially for those looking to relocate to Ireland.
Here are eight of the most beautiful cottages in Ireland on the market right now, all for under $310,000 (€350,000) - and most for much lower. Many of them are even in the beloved thatched Irish cottage style!
Glengesh Cottage, Glengesh, Ardara, Co. Donegal - $134,031 (€109,000)
"Very quiet, traditional thatched cottage situated in a most scenic, rural and important County Donegal landscape enjoying delightful views over the majestic glacier formed Glengesh Pass between the popular heritage towns of Ardara and Glencolmcille in south-west Donegal. It is very reminiscent of the cottage which featured in the legendary 1952 film, The Quiet Man in which John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara co-starred." Listing here.
Rose Cottage, Yoletown, Tagoat, Co Wexford - $183,217 (€149,000)
"A very pretty 89 square meter house on 0.25 hectare (0.62 acres) site that will be fun to come home to. You can indulge your hobbies on a large garden whether that be keeping a few hens, active gardening.... really whatever it is you like to do with your free time.
"The house is warm and friendly and one of the best features is a lovely big sunroom that overlooks the south facing garden. The open fire in the sitting room has a back boiler and is run by solid fuel. If you are looking for a place to move into and just enjoy, Rose Cottage could be the one for you." Listing here.
"The Old Farmhouse' of Sheskin is charmingly presented and has a wealth of classic features throughout this 300 year spectacular example. The Cottage has been tastefully renovated in the last three years, offering carefully preserved historic work with modern comforts. Professionally rethatched in hardwearing Turkish Reed in 2014, completely renovated inside, creating comfortable accommodation with a traditional atmosphere throughout.
"The Cottage was originally constructed with wide stone walls which are now dry lined and insulated with upgraded double glazed sash windows. Handmade cupboards in the kitchen and utility room, Wellstood solid fuel cooker, half door from the kitchen to the rear garden, old stone outbuildings and a productive vegetable garden all contribute to this very impressive property. This Cottage is a delight to visit and will impress any potential purchaser with its uniqueness and sheer tranquillity of its situation." Listing here.
The Old Forge, Okyle, Camphire, Cappoquin, Co. Waterford - $233,633 (€190,000)
"Situated in a most scenic location, this gorgeous thatch cottage is steeped in the history of the area and as its name suggests it was originally the location of the local forge. Standing on 1.55 acres approx. the property is surrounded by stunning gardens and has wonderful countryside views to the rear.
"Inside, the property has been very well maintained by the current owner. The cozy lounge is the heart of the cottage and has a feature open heart style fireplace with fitted stove and open fire side by side. The large living room is just off the kitchen and is very spacious with windows to all sides and is perfect for entertaining guests. The master bedroom is to the rear of the cottage and views of the beautiful gardens." Listing here.
Mace, Aughagower, Westport, Co Mayo - $172,151 (€140,000)
"This traditional three bedroom stone cottage is in need of renovation but is conveniently located just a five-minute drive from Westport town. The cottage has had some work carried out including the installation of double glazed windows and oil heating, however, it is in need of repair and modernization.
"Internally the floor area extends to approximately 86.5 sq m/ 931 sq ft. Accommodation comprises of an entrance hall, living room, kitchen, three bedrooms (one en-suite) and bathroom." Listing here.
Keash, Ballymote, Co. Sligo - $120,505 (€98,000)
"Charming country cottage set on an elevated scenic site with stunning countryside views. The cottage itself has been restored over the years keeping its original charm and character intact.
"Idyllic country setting nestled away in a valley setting surrounded by the Carrowkeel megalithic passage tombs & the Keash caves. Located only a short drive to Castlebaldwin village & Ballymote town." Listing here.
"Who doesn’t dream of a nice thatched cottage in the Irish countryside? Fire crackling, warm cup of tea whilst watching the rolling hills from the windows. Here is your opportunity to purchase such a place.
"Conveniently located on the main road just outside Kilrush sits a 150+-year-old quintessential stack stone cottage, coupled with an outbuilding and 0.5 acres of garden. The postcard of Irish cottages!
"An American couple purchased this non-protected property in 2009 and set about completely refurbishing it to the high standards warranted, whilst keeping all the character essential to such a unique property. Vaulted ceilings, exposed beams, you name it!" Listing here.
Upper Cloonsharragh, Cloghane, Co. Kerry - $178,299 (€145,000)
"This quaint cottage consists of a porch leading into a main living room which contains a wood burning stove. Off to the left of the living room is a small kitchen and off to the right is the main double bedroom. The kitchen leads into a flat roof extension which has another bedroom and shower room. There is a further bedroom in the loft area of the house accessed via a ladder stairs situtated in the main living room. The main bathroom is located beteween the bedrooms on the ground floor.
"Nestled in between the villages of Cloghane and Brandon, the surrounding landscape offers beautiful scenery and the stunning Cloghane Estuary and Brandon Bay." Listing here.
Which one would you choose? Tell us in the comment section.