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4 of a kind

4 of a Kind: Refurbished old schoolhouses across the country

This week, we’re in Kildare, Galway, Kilkenny and Donegal.

LOOKING FOR A home that’s wholly unique? This week, we’ve scoured the country to find four charming homes that were formerly schoolhouses. Full of history and unlike anything else on the street, these are sure to teach you a thing or two when it comes to living in a period property.

Prosperous, Co Kildare – €365,000

This unique detached four-bed is a former schoolhouse in Co Kildare that offers modern living while retaining its charm. The warm decor complements the generous, sunlit rooms and the linked garage presents conversion potential (subject to planning). Landscaped grounds with access at the back and ample parking ensure it ticks a lot of boxes. 

The space comprises a porch, lounge with a back boiler stove, a kitchen/breakfast room, a dining area and a shower room on the ground floor. Upstairs, you’ll find the four bedrooms and a bathroom. Conveniently near Prosperous amenities, this home has a delightful setting. With features like dual central heating, PVC windows, and a linked garage, this property is convenient as well as full of character. 

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Moyard, Co Galway – €510,000

This charming former schoolhouse in Moyard, Galway blends history with modern comfort. Dating to the 1850s, it retains its original external character while boasting a completely refurbished interior, including underfloor heating and a fully fitted kitchen. The property is approached by a tree-lined driveway and a bounding river, set within mature grounds. Located between Clifden and Letterfrack, it’s close to Connemara National Park and Kylemore Abbey. 

The 150 m² house comprises a spacious kitchen and dining area, a cosy sitting room, three bedrooms and two bathrooms. This charming property combines historical appeal with contemporary living to create an inviting home in a peaceful setting that’s still close to local amenities. 

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Castlecomer, Co Kilkenny – €350,000

The Old Schoolhouse is a unique home with four bedrooms and one bathroom spread across a spacious 135 m² floor area. Originally built in 1936, it has been lovingly refurbished with new drylining, plumbing, electrics, double glazing and a private well. The home features a bright, open plan kitchen and dining area, a utility room and a bathroom.

It sits on a beautiful site with front and back gardens, mature fruit trees and plenty of privacy. One of its standout features is the River Dinin, that flows behind the property. The front has a walled entrance with a new driveway, outbuildings and a newly constructed shed. The house is walking distance from Coen village.

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Letterkenny, Co Donegal – €349,000

The Old Schoolhouse in Castlewray is a historic gem dating to 1850 and extended in 1990. Meticulously preserved by its current owners, this unique four-bed home has three bathrooms and still embraces its original features that are complemented by well-maintained mature gardens and the nearby Knockybrin River.

Ideal for families, it’s located close to Letterkenny Golf Club and Woodlands National School. The home has distinct spaces including a kitchen with terracotta tiles and a solid fuel stove, multiple sitting rooms adorned with tiled or maple flooring and spacious bedrooms. En suite bathrooms, a utility room and oil-fired central heating add comfort.

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