Cottage Spotting: Traditional Thatched Cottage, Co. Clare

It’s time for a little eye candy for all you cottage enthusiasts out there; I came across this beautiful Thatched cottage for sale in Lissycasey, Co. Clare this week. It ticks all the right boxes with its neat thatch, half door, sliding sash windows, barge and rough render – and that is only on the outside! Inside it appears that the owners have really kept the traditional feel while incorporating modern living standards such as under floor heating. The thatch is actually just for decoration as it has a tile underlay – twice the protection from the elements and heat loss. Long gone is the outhouse, this cottage features no less than three bathrooms – some traditions really are better left in the past and running to the outhouse when nature calls is definitely one of them. Modern renovated cottages are usually the masters of deception and this is no different as it has three bedrooms tucked away under its golden fringe. Its floor area is around 127 square meters (that’s just under 1,400 square feet in old money!) The hearth is as traditional as they come – large, open and at floor level with a cooking crane and various traditional cooking utensils around it. The windows have the deep reveals typical of these solid old stone structures. High ceilings and white rough rendered walls give a large airy feel to the cottage. Although the kitchen is modern with fitted cabinets they are have a traditional finish and details such as the dresser and solid wood table and súgán chairs give it a real homey, cottage feel. Everywhere there...