1. Duck Cottage, Rutland Island, County Donegal
We featured Duck Cottage last year as one of Ireland’s greatest escapes from an increasingly crazy world. The former coastguard cottage on Rutland Island is still on the market and we’re still obsessed with it.
Not only does this Donegal cottage boast a comfortable inside but you’ll also have plenty of space outside to moor your boat (or two!). Duck Cottage comes with its own private slipway. And when the tide is low, a deep water mooring allows your boat to be close at hand. The island’s harbour is just a few hundred yards away and the old landing steps allow access to the island whatever the tide.
2. Sneem, County Kerry
A home with a sea view doesn’t have to cost the earth… this run down farmhouse in Kerry is packed full of original features and character. Although the previous owners of this 2 bedroom cottage have undertaken some renovation work, there’s still lots of love and attention needed inside.
You’ll enjoy south facing views across Kenmare Bay looking out across the dramatic Beara Peninsula from this traditional farmhouse.
3. Renvyle, County Galway
This coastal property has been built to make the most of incredible sea and mountain views. The architecturally designed home sits on elevated ground and looks out across the Atlantic Ocean, Mweelrea Mountain, and many islands and inlets.
The 3 bedroom house is flooded with natural light, thanks to a central atrium roof light that runs through the spine of the house. The property enjoys a bright and welcoming kitchen which leads into the dining area and off this is a beautifully decorated and tasteful sitting room. In addition to the three rooms, there is a large master ensuite and family bathroom.
Almost every room of this modern home enjoys stunning views across mountains and oceans.
4. Dingle Peninsula, County Kerry
Slea Head drive on the Dingle Peninsula is one of Ireland’s most breath-taking drives. Houses don’t come up for sale around these parts often.
This traditional Irish cottage has been renovated and extended- transformed into a modern home that makes the absolute most of the stunning sea views. The 4 bedroom coastal property boasts a modern living room with vaulted ceilings and a stove. This room also enjoys the most magnificent sea views from the large floor to ceiling windows.
There is a modern fully fitted kitchen with sliding glass doors leading into the garden- from where you can enjoy unobstructed views of the Slea Head and the Blasket Islands. There are 4 double bedrooms, 2 on the ground floor with a shared bathroom and 2 double bedrooms on the upper floor. Both are en-suite. If that’s not enough… the master bedroom also comes with a walk in wardrobe.
5. Cloch na Scith, Spiddal, County Galway
This coastal property offers not one but two traditional Irish thatched cottages. The pair of cottages are nestled together on the Wild Atlantic Way with a private and peaceful garden that stretches right down to the Connemara shore.
The main cottage is a 5 bedroom, 5 bathroom family home. Traditional features run throughout the house including open fires, stoves and vaulted ceilings. This main residence could also lend itself to conversion into a guesthouse- there’s that much space. And when the world is back to normal and we’re all traveling freely again… demand for guest beds along Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way will surely rocket.
If you don’t fancy running a guesthouse but still like the idea of having a slice of the lucrative pie that is tourism in Ireland… this property comes with another cottage. Another thatched cottage, self contained and packed with as much character and as many traditional features as the main residence.
This self catering guest cottage has been listed on Airbnb since 2014 with the owner merited to Super Host status. On Trip Advisor, the guest cottage, has over 150 reviews and a 5 star rating.
6. The Old Rectory, Easkey, County Sligo
This 6 bedroom Sligo home is right on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way. The Old Rectory in Easkey is a giant of a property that would make a dream family home or guesthouse. The unspoilt period property is just a short walk from one of Ireland’s most famous surf spots.
The Old Rectory boasts all the original features you would expect from a Georgian home like this. Original features include: high ceilings, bright and well proportioned rooms, recessed wooden sash windows with shutters, a fireplace in every room, wide, panelled doors, corniced ceilings with central roses and lime and pine decorative panelling in the breakfast/ dining room.
There are period wooden floors in the front reception rooms and attractive, old quarry tile and stone flagged floors to the rear. The kitchen and bathrooms have been modernised without spoiling the character of this coastal home.
7. Pier Cottage, Schull, West Cork
Pier Cottage is a rare opportunity to buy one of West Cork’s most stunning coastal homes. The traditional 2 bedroom cottage enjoys extended sunshine and south facing views over Roaring Water Bay.
Pier Cottage doesn’t just enjoy coastal views but also has direct access to Colla Pie, the harbour and shoreline. This West Cork cottage is in need of modernisation and some much deserved love and attention from new buyers.
8. Cloghanelineghan, Cahersiveen, County Kerry
Cloghanelineghan isn’t just a traditional Irish cottage but an entire smallholding with some surprising extras available…
The 3 bedroom cottage sits right on the shore on the Iveragh Peninsula in beautiful County Kerry. The total land that comes with the cottage is just over 14 acres and includes farmland, patches of woodland, wetland and unspoilt shoreline.
The main residence is full of charming character and modern luxuries- like underfloor heating!
The rest of the coastal property comes with a functional studio (with high ceilings and a self contained bedroom and en-suite), horse stables/ workshop, a cosy log cabin, a timber and turf storage shed and a horse shelter…
9. Edgewater, Kinsale, County Cork
The name of this luxury Cork property says it all. This modern 4 bedroom home sits right alongside the water in what is one of Ireland’s most desirable coastal locations.
Kinsale is renowned worldwide for its magnificent and sheltered harbour which attracts many overseas sailors every year. The town is also recognised as the gourmet capital of Ireland- having recently achieved its first Michelin Star at Bastion restaurant. The historic coastal town is home to Kinsale Yacht Club with a private marina in the heart of the town. Kinsale is also well known around the world for being the starting point for Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way.
If you’re a sailing enthusiast or just prefer to watch the boats go by… this is the dream home for you.