“One of the Midland’s most iconic and charming cottages” on circa 0.5-acres is for sale in County Westmeath for €85,000.
Kearney Auctioneers is overseeing the sale of Conlon’s Cottage in Seeogue, Moate, County Westmeath.
The selling agent noted that the one-bed cottage is “familiar to many, not only for its prominent position on the old Dublin Galway road, but for the elegant peacocks often found spanning their wings to the delight of many American Tourists who stopped their bus for photographs with Tom and Pat”.
“The Conlon brothers spent their long lifetime working the land and tending to their much-loved home.”
Furthermore, this traditional Irish cottage is centrally located just a minute from Exit 7 off the M6 Motorway, 4km west of Moate and 12km east of Athlone. Besides, Dublin Airport and Galway City are approximately 1 hour away.
Original features – cottage for sale in Westmeath
The cottage is based on a simple rectangular plan, the walls were built with local stone pieced together in interlocking fashion, then covered with a mud plaster before being white-washed.
“The cottage retains many of its original features; its only advancement into the twentieth century was the insertion of a Stanley 8 range in the kitchen and a tiled fireplace in the parlour.”
Limited number of windows
Accommodation includes a kitchen, bedroom, and parlour. All rooms have double aspect.
“Irish thatched cottages boasted few windows. This helped limit heat loss in winter and kept the interior of the cottages cool in the summer months.”
“However, one of the main reasons for this limited number of windows was the infamous ‘window tax’ imposed by the British government from 1799 to 1851.”
“This ludicrous tax was imposed on any homeowner whose house had more than six openings. This penalty came to be called the typhus tax because of the increased incidence of respiratory problems related to poor air quality in these thatched cottages.”
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