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Catherina Cunnane
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Photos: €30,000 for 18th-century cottage on 1-acre site

New to the market is a traditional 18th-century cottage in Fairymount, Leitrim, County Roscommon and is for sale through Sherry FitzGerald P Burke.

According to the selling agent, the “unique” cottage, sitting on a 1-acre site, requires a “complete restoration”. The property is five minutes from the main Dublin – Sligo road, N5.

Accommodation comprises:

  • Kitchen;
  • Dining room;
  • Bedroom;
  • Bathroom.
Original thatch

The selling agent commented: “Boasting original post and beam structure and bog scraw sod roof darkened by centuries of turf, the house has the original thatch under the present corrugated tin roof.”

“Built in the late 1700s/early 1800 s with traditional style, The cottage has all the charm of historical vernacular design. Inside is a large living room kitchen. A bedroom to the rear and a bathroom/shower room to the side.”

“Off the living room is an unusual alcove opening known as the cailleach or hag which was often the sleeping quarters of the old woman of the house.”

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“This particular style of alcove was specific to a band stretching from Connemara across to the North of Ireland and Scotland.”


Outside boasts a long stone clad driveway with large flagstones to the front of the house, “albeit slightly overgrown”.

Furthermore, there are two “very large” gardens on either side of the driveway and a good-sized field to house’s rear. An outhouse with traditional stonework sits to the left.

Also, there are small streams running behind and to the front of the property.

“The cottage may suit as a home with the possibility to extend out the back subject to planning and may also suit as a charming holiday home.”

The cottage boasts “breath-taking nearby scenic views” of the preserved raised bog. It is 35 minutes from Ireland West (Knock) International Airport, two hours from Dublin and 1.5 hours from Galway. Besides, it is 10 minutes from Castlerea and Lough Key forest park is nearby.

Property features highlighted by the selling agent:

  • Hedged entrance with wrought iron gates;
  • Beam roof structure with bog scraw roof;
  • Original thatch underneath the tin roof;
  • Toilet / shower, running water & septic tank;
  • Requires complete restoration / renovation / rewiring;
  • Traditional farm shed.
Video of cottage for sale in Roscommon 

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