Hi my name is Dee and I am listing this lovely 'Thatch Cottage' located in Ireland.
I love travel, meeting new people, hill walking, crafts, art, gardening, floppy eared rabbits and dogs (not necessarily in that order) but what I love most of all is to renovate buildings...in particular old buildings. My thatch cottage -which in its former life was a busy farmhouse- turned out to be a real labour of love. I had to rescue it from becoming a ruin....and it took nearly 4 years, on and off, to get the cottage & the garden to the condition you see in the photos today. After all the toil and trouble, I now love to sit in the living room (which was the old farmhouse kitchen) on a chilly evening with my feet up in front of the turf fire gazing up at the bog oak beams wondering what life was like for the person who carved them 400 years ago....and wonder about his decendants who can't have been very tall, because the door leading off to the bedrooms is only a little over 5 foot high!
This central room and the little bedroom next door once formed what was probably a barn dwelling, people living at one end (the fireplace end) and animals kept in doors at night the other end. The fireplace design is typical of cottage fireplaces from around 1600. Sometime maybe in the 17th century or early part of the 18th this room was divided into a seperate bedroom and living area and a barn built for the animals outside. The design of the little door and its hinges are typical of this period in history. Next to be added was probably the dining end of the kitchen, maybe as a barn and then knocked through to form extra living space as I found a large door opening which had been filled in to accommodate a window in the wall where the french doors are now located. The dresser end of the kitchen was added next with the twin room and dairy room/bathroom being added last. These last two areas are built in stone whereas the rest of the house is mud...and were built as outhouses. The twin room was the stable and was knocked through to form a bedroom in the 1950's and I knocked through into the dairy room/bathroom end of the house in 2008. So the cottage has evolved over many hundreds of years which leaves us with a variety of different doors, windows, ceilings, alcoves and fireplaces throughout, giving each room its own character and its place in history. It really is a unique place. I just love it and I hope everyone who comes to stay will to.
Unfortunately for me, my work takes me away from home a lot, so I thought rather than leave the house empty it would be a great idea to let people come and stay and enjoy a holiday in Ireland in a truely authentic Irish cottage!
If I ever win the lottery my dream would be to rescue other unloved neglected little cottages down forgotten lanes all over Ireland and turn them into great places for people to stay!