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4 of a kind

4 of a Kind: Unique and historic homes that date to the 1800s

From a detached stone cottage to a terraced period townhouse.

LOOKING FOR A home with tons of character? This week’s 4 of a Kind is full of gorgeous homes that have been renovated to modern standards but retain the charm from the age they were built. 

Tourmakeady, Co Mayo – €215,000

Nas Na Riogh is a renovated 1890s bungalow in Tourmakeady offering modern comfort in a rural setting. With spacious rooms and recent extensions, it’s perfect for a growing family. With a floor area of 111 m² inside, outside it’s surrounded by one acre of grounds with ample parking, outbuildings and a studio ideal for a home office. Features include mature gardens, PVC windows and multi-fuel stoves. 

Conveniently located near Tourmakeady Village, it’s a short drive to Ballinrobe, Westport and Castlebar. Enjoy nearby attractions like Loch Mask, Tourmakeady Woods and fishing spots. The property’s energy efficiency has been enhanced, although the BER rating predates renovations. This is a great opportunity to own an updated home in a popular Mayo location.

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Westport, Co Mayo – €375,000

This charming 126 m² stone cottage dates to the late 1800s. It has been beautifully renovated and extended over the years and now blends traditional features with modern comforts. Set on a landscaped site with two wildlife ponds, it’s certainly a unique place to live. Highlights include polished concrete floors, mosaic-tiled bathroom and a bespoke kitchen with solid timber countertops. 

The spacious layout includes a living room with a solid fuel stove, three bedrooms and a light-filled kitchen with dining and lounge spaces with exposed stone walls. Surrounded by attractive gardens with fruit trees, raised beds and timber sheds, this is a peaceful countryside retreat. With triple and double glazed windows and a solid fuel heating system, it offers both efficiency and character.

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Clarinbridge, Co Galway – €329,000

6 Sea Road is a 75 m² terraced cottage with two, but potentially three bedrooms. It dates to the early 1800s and has been lovingly upgraded for modern living while preserving its historic charm. Ideally located just off Clarinbridge’s Main Street, it offers convenience to Galway City and nearby tourist attractions. 

With a quirky mezzanine bedroom, electric storage heaters and a solid fuel stove, it’s both cosy and efficient. Features include double glazed windows, timber floors and a recent extension with kitchen, utility and bathroom. Outside, a private patio with a shed and flower beds provides a tranquil retreat. It’s perfect for holiday stays and long or short-term rentals, too.

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 Waterford City, Co Waterford –€525,000

57 Saint Declan’s Place in Lower Newtown is a 200 m² terraced home with five bedrooms. This three-storey family home dates to the 1870s and it exudes period charm while embracing modern comforts. Tastefully upgraded, it retains original features like tiled flooring, coving and fireplaces. The ground floor enjoys a light-filled living room, sitting room with access to the garden and an extended kitchen and dining space with a vaulted ceiling. 

Upstairs, you’ll find the spacious bedrooms with original shutters and a modern shower room. The house benefits from gas central heating, double glazed windows and back garden access. Located in Lower Newtown, it’s close to schools, parks and everyday amenities, with easy access to Waterford city centre and Ardkeen Shopping Complex. This is a chance to own an elegant period residence in a city location.

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