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4 of a kind: Restored cottages worthy of a fairytale

Don’t be surprised if you wake up to birds singing in your bedroom.

WITH NO NEIGHBOURS in close proximity (or at all), heaps of character and one-of-a-kind design, a country cottage is a dreamy prospect.

Provided you can find one on the market in your price range, of course. Luckily, we can offer some guidance on that front.

This week we’ve rounded up four cottages around the country, with prices ranging from €525,000 to €895,000. Read on to see what’s on the market right now…

Kilmore Quay, Co Wexford

Sitting on a site of three acres facing the beach, Sunnyside is a property that lives up to its name. This traditional thatched cottage boasts views of The Saltee Islands, St Patrick’s Bridge and Kilmore Quay Marina. With four bedrooms and two bathrooms, there are spectacular sea views throughout the property – particularly in the open-plan kitchen and living room with floor-to-ceiling windows providing uninterrupted views.

Sunnyside also boasts a detached garage/games room and a paved boat yard, if your preferred mode of transport is by sea. The village of Kilmore Quay is just a short walk away, alongside its pubs, restaurants and coastal walks. Rosslare Ferry Port is a 20 minute drive away, while the journey to Dublin will take just over two hours.

Make it yours for €525,000.

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Newcastle, Co Wicklow

With wisteria and clematis framing the doorway and roof, Sweetbank is a picture-perfect  property on 1.5 acres – including an all-weather tennis court. Deceptively large, the accommodation is made up of four bedrooms and three bathrooms. Ceramic tiled flooring in the entrance hall leads to a bay window and seating area with views of the mature gardens.

There’s plenty of space for the entire family to relax in peace, with a sunroom, living room and dining room. The master bedroom boasts an en-suite bathroom and walk-in wardrobe. Outside, there is a detached two storey cottage – ideal for hosting guests or as a granny flat. Sweetbank is located just a few minutes from the villages of Newcastle and Ashford, while the M11 motorway is within a five minute drive. 

It’s on the market for €730,000.

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Ballyboughal, Co Dublin

A restored and extended thatched cottage, The Grange  is a truly unique property. The five-bedroom home retains the warmth and character of the original cottage, but has been extended to allow for more space.  The living room features vaulted wooden ceilings, while the family room has an original brick chimney breast.

Situated on over an acre site, The Grange boasts an additional detached commercial dwelling with a private car park and separate entrance. Despite its beautiful countryside setting, the M1 and M50 motorways are just a few minutes’ drive away. 

It’s yours for €840,000.

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Delgany, Co Wicklow 

A real-life fairy tale cottage, Creech Barrow looks as if it has emerged straight from a Disney film to the heart of Delgany village. It is situated on a private and manicured garden of 0.3 acres, and enjoys the sun in the afternoon and evenings thanks to its south-westerly orientation. Creech Barrow has all of the romantic, classic charm of a country cottage while modern conveniences have been integrated seamlessly. 

Originally built circa 1950, the detached cottage has been consistently restored and updated to provide all the comforts of a 21st century home. It features four bedrooms and two bathrooms, with the master bedroom alone on the first floor. A separate detached mews with its own kitchen, living room, bathroom and bedroom also sits on the site. 

Snap it up for €895,000.

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