1. Alder Cottage, Derora, Churchill, County Donegal
Alder Cottage is what most people think of when they imagine a traditional Irish cottage. It’s white washed walls and carefully painted red features set it perfectly in the hills of Donegal.
It’s no surprise then that this traditional cottage is a is a Failte Ireland registered self catering holiday home since 2004, with 4 stars.
The new owners could just as easily return this 2 bedroom cottage to a family home if they wanted to. Alder Cottage oozes homeliness with a log burning stove, vaulted ceilings and cosy, traditional features throughout.
2. Briar Rose Cottage, Aglish, Cappoquin, County Waterford
Just a short distance from Anglish village is this 2 bedroom cottage for sale in rural County Waterford. The traditional thatched roof cottage still has many of it’s original features, including a solid timber stable door and ornate fireplace that warms the living space.
The interior is in good condition but there’s an exciting opportunity to renovate the space and make it your own.
The kitchen window looks out onto the private garden which is about a third of an acre.
3. Cloonacauneen, Claregalway, County Galway
This bold cottage in County Galway is what an estate agent would describe as having “curb appeal”. There’s certainly no missing it. Gone are the white washed cottage walls… instead, this 4 bedroom cottage has been proudly painted pink and blue! It’s a look.
This traditional thatched roof cottage sits on about an acre of land and comes with an additional 2 acre field complete with stone wall boundary.
Although this cottage is set in rural Galway, Galway city centre is just 4 miles south. The perfect location for anyone who wants the best of both worlds.
4. Rose Cottage, Church Hill, Cuffesgrange, County Kilkenny
Rose Cottage has been lovingly upgraded, renovated and extended over the years to create a substantial family home set in rural Kilkenny.
The 4 bedroom cottage sits on it’s own acre of land and enjoys privacy from the outside world. The character of the original traditional Irish cottage is so intact it’s hard to distinguish the new from the old in Rose Cottage.
As well as a gorgeous vaulted ceiling winter room which makes the most of it’s views over the private garden (and potentially a great space to work from home in), there are wood burning stoves throughout the cottage that give this home a cosy and homely feel.
5. Dunkerron Lodge, Kenmare, County Kerry
Dunkerron Lodge is a beautfuly maintained period cottage in one of Ireland’s most popular rural settings. The 2 bedroom home is situated just outside Kenmare near the Cork and Kerry border and is surounded by about half an acre of mature gardens. The gardens and interior of Dunkerron Lodge was lovingly restored and maintained by it’s present owners.
This traditional Irish cottage has been lovingly maintained and still retains original features that fill this period home with charm and character.
6. Newtown Cottage, Newtown, Donard, County Wicklow
Newtown Cottage in County Wicklow could probably win prizes for just how adorable it is! The granite stone cottage is nestled on the edge of the picturesque village of Donard in rural County Wicklow and is surrounded by an acre of it’s own private and unspoilt land- that makes Newtown Cottage a real hidden gem.
The 2 bedroom traditional cottage enjoys panoramic views of the surrounding countryside and would make the perfect home for Irish country living. Inside is cosy and beautifully decorated.
7. Ardea, Kenmare, County Kerry
This traditional Irish cottage is situated in one of the most beautiful corners of Ireland. The 2 bedroom rural retreat is just a 15 minute drive away from Kenmare- a beautiful and popular small town famous for it’s many independent shops and thriving food scene.
The cottage was fully renovated in 2014 and boasts a bright and spacious living area complete with feature stone fireplace. The whole home makes the most of it’s surrounding landscape with unrivalled views of Kenmare Bay and the famous Kerry mountains. As well as the 2 bedroom main residence, the one acre site also has a self contained chalet and pond (currently home to a small family of geese).
8. Coastguard Cottage, Ring, Dungarvan, County Waterford
This is a rare opportunity to buy a traditional Irish cottage along Ireland’s south-east coast- with priceless sea views. The cottage was originally built in 1836 to service the signal station on top of Helvick Head.
The 3 bedroom bungalow cottage has recently been refurbished and would make a perfect coastal retreat. You’ll enjoy sea views from inside the cottage as well as from it’s elevated rear garden.
9. Primrose Cottage, Wellington Bridge, County Wexford
Primrose Cottage looks like something out of a fairy tale. This unique 4 bedroom home is enchanted with old world charm and character. Set in 5 and a half acres of private land, the cottage comes with a host of outbuildings too- which could make for a great side business renting them out as short term holiday lets.
This rural retreat has an absolutely endless amount of character and potential to be a cosy family home in the countryside but just 20 minutes drive away from Wexford town.
10. Pier Cottage, Bunbeg, County Donegal
Pier Cottage is a traditional stone built Irish cottage that dates back almost 200 years to the 1830s. As it’s name suggests, Pier Cottage is situated next to Bunbeg Harbour which is still a busy spot with a regular ferry to Tory Island and oyster and wild salmon fishing.
The traditional cottage has been lovingly maintained and upgraded over the years and enjoys picturesque views over the harbour, Clady River and Loughlin Island.
11. Conlon’s Cottage, Seeogue, Moate, County Westmeath
Conlon’s Cottage is one of the Midlands most iconic and charming cottages. The traditional thatched roof cottage will be familiar to many not only for its prominent position on the old Dublin to Galway road but also for the elegant peacocks often found spanning their wing- to the delight of many tourists who stopped their bus for photographs with the previous owners, brothers Tom and Pat. The Conlon brothers spent their lifetimes working the land and tending to their much loved cottage home.
The traditional Irish cottage retains almost all of it’s original features. It would be almost impossible to find a cottage that is as unspoilt by modernity as this one, anywhere else in Ireland.