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PHOTOS: Own your own island cottage for over €400,000

Duck Cottage, a former coastguard station, on the water’s edge on Rutland Island, has been introduced to the market.

The island sits between Burtonport and Aranmore Island and is half-a-mile from the Donegal mainland.

Built in the early 1800s and modernised over recent years, Duck Cottage is one of just fourteen properties on this “unspoiled” island.

The owner said the property will “suit people with a love of nature, the coast, unspoilt beaches, boating and the countryside” and is a “perfect place to shelter from the Covid storm”.

Duck Cottage has its own boat slipway, with a low water tide giving a boat access to other islands and the mainland. The Islands of Edernish, Innishcoo, Eichter, Innisfree and Inishkeeragh are all within reach.

“There are no roads or mains water on Rutland. Pure Donegal rainwater is harvested from the cottage roof for showering and washing up. A solar panel system helps heat the hot water.”

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Features include an electric two-oven Aga cooker, two multi-fuel stoves, an open kitchen fire and storage radiators throughout.

“A spectacular upstairs loft-style lounge allows amazing views of the sea, nearby islands and the fishing boats and ferries heading for Aranmore.”

A beech and oak kitchen is at the heart of this cottage – ideal for “get togethers, and cosy winter evenings”, the owner said.

Rutland Island

The island itself features historic ruins, a main harbour and new landing steps. Mariam grass meadows are grazed by rare breed cattle and sheep.

There are walks, sand dunes and wonderful golden sands stretching around of the island’s northern, southern and western shores. Sea otters, wading sea birds and rare orchids and butterflies can be seen throughout the year.


    • Main porch leading into kitchen.
    • Kitchen: 20′ 0″ X 11′ 5″ (6.10M X 3.48M) with windows onto the garden and sea. Featuring an oak floor and unfitted beech cupboards including a large glazed oak dresser, painted larder cupboard, Hoover fridge and 13-amp electric two-oven Aga cooker with timer control. Large-washed pine kitchen table with six dining chairs.
    • Family room: 14′ 0″ X 11′ 0″ (4.27M X 3.35M) From the Kitchen – Cast iron multi fuel stove and an old pine glass fronted bookcase, oak floor. Oak ledged and braced doors leading to the 3rd bedroom and bathroom while open stairs lead to the 4th bedroom in the eaves.
    • Bathroom: With low-level WC, wash hand basin and Triton electric shower over bath. Hot water storage tank and solar panel control. Immersion heater.
    • Bedroom (1): 15′ 0″ X 9′ 5″ (4.57M X 2.87M) Dual aspect windows onto the garden, the slipway and the sea.
    • Bedroom (2): 11′ 0″ X 10′ 5″ (3.35M X 3.18M) Window overlooking the side garden.
    • Bedroom (3): 8′ 0″ X 7′ 5″ (2.44M X 2.26M) Window overlooking the rear garden.
    • Bedroom (4): 14′ 0″ X 11′ 0″ (4.27M X 3.35M) Double bedroom in the eaves with restricted head height (5′ 6″) – suitable as children’s bedroom. New Velux window.
    • Utility room: Painted wooden worktops and Belfast Sink, houses second fridge, Zanusi dishwasher, Samsung washing machine, Hotpoint tumble dryer, Sharp microwave/cooker. Victorian pulley rack system for drying clothes. Windows with wooden slatted blinds onto the rear garden. Door accesses to rear patio and garden. Picnic table outside.
    • Wet room: Features tiled shower room with Mira Vigour shower using harvested rain water and Jabsco ship’s toilet.
    • Loft lounge: Featuring painted wooden floor and open beam ceiling, Morso multi fuel stove, VHF radio point and Satellite dish point. Floor to ceiling double glazed French doors along the sea facing wall opening onto a stainless-steel balcony with timber deck with views to the sea, nearby islands and the mainland. Dormer window overlooks the island.

“The property has the sea on three sides and fenced gardens featuring a natural rockery for shrubs and alpine plants.”

“The slipway in the cottage grounds allows direct sea access when the tide suits and provides parking for boats. There is an alternative deep water mooring near the cottage.”

A stone outbuilding for garden equipment contains a small freezer and a tall Hoover fridge freezer. It connects to an open, roofed storage area for kayaks and sailing dinghies.

Shed and rainwater harvesting tanks

A wooden shed in the rear garden is useful for storing water sports equipment and fishing rods. There are two 5,0000litre rainwater harvesting tanks, with paper filter, ultraviolet filter and brand new demand pump.

“A gate leads out to Duck Street – a unique street of stone built terraced houses dating to the late 1700s when Rutland Island was an important herring fishery station.”

The selling price is £395,000 or approximately €442,858.




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