Classic Eco Stone Cottage
Built over 100 years ago the craftsmanship used to build this original old stone cottage shows real artisans at work. We set out to retain the authenticity of the original build and to bring it back to life after 60 years of neglect. It has been a labour of love for the building itself and the deep roots we have with this part of Leitrim. It is our 'home' in Ireland which is reflected in the quality of the re-build and the choice of interiors.
The original stone cottage is highlighted by bare stone both outside and inside showing off the original grand fire place, original wall joists and even the metal rings built into the stone to harness the animals during the winter months. This is sharply contrasted by the new built extension with its clean lines, white walls and glass.
Throughout the house we have tried to bring in as much natural light as possible with a floor to ceiling glass wall along the back wall of the kitchen and a stunning glass extension to the side of the house with views across the valley capturing the continuous changing skies and setting sun on the Western horizon. Having discovered the monolithic fireplace we needed to show it off in all its glory and created a double height lounge area with mezzanine level adding to the sense of light and space.
Leading off the lounge area is the high quality kitchen made and fitted by a local craftsman. The granite worktops are in keeping with using natural materials and the central island often becomes the social hub of the house.
Upstairs the views from the mezzanine are framed by the windows and the master bedroom with its 2 large windows capture the beauty of the valley beyond. The bedroom is set off by a luxurious en-suite bathroom with bath and separate shower with windows providing light and great views.
The interiors have been chosen to suite our style and comfort and we have furnished it with old family favourites, stylish mid-century pieces, sumptous sofas and comfortable mattresses.The natural oak flooring throughout is beautiful, warm under foot and complements the furnishings.
Outside the distinction between the old stone cottage and the new build is highlighted by red cedar wood which wraps around the back half of the building and in time will change naturally to blend in with the surrounding countryside.
It can accommodate 6 people and includes:
- Open plan living with kitchen, lounge and glass conservatory creating a natural flow from one room to another.
- High end, fully equipped modern kitchen
- Lounge running the Full length of the cottage featuring double height ceiling at one end and cosy TV area at the other end.
- Contemporary Floor to Ceiling Glass Conservatory used as dining room and reading room with stunning views
- Twin bedroom with views down the valley
- Utility room with washing machine, tumble dryer, microwave, ironing board, iron, hairdryer.
- Master bedroom with Super King size bed and wonderful views. Luxurious en-suite bathroom with freestanding bath and separate shower and wonderful views.
- Mezzanine area with Day bed, chaise longue and sofa bed which doubles up as 3rd bedroom
- 2nd large luxurious bathroom with shower
- Open walkway looking down on lounge and kitchen.
- Beautiful front garden bordered by dry stone wall. Steep grass bank to the back.
- Parking for 3 cars
- Garage for bikes
- Ground Source Heating (no use of oil)
- Solar panels
- re-cycling of original stone
- Use of natural materials sympathetic to the enviroment - red cedar wood wrapping back half of house
- 2 wood stoves
- Air recovery system
- Underfloor heating throughout
- Towels and bed linen supplied
- Free WIFI
History of the re-build and renovation
A local estate agent showed us this house in 2006 and we immediately knew it was what we were looking for. A classic stone cottage built at the turn of the century using the warm, caramel Cullentragh Stone, with stunning views. It didn’t matter it had been derelict for the last 60 years, had no doors or windows, a tree growing out of the chimney and a ‘fern jungle’ growing downstairs, we were excited to have found an authentic Irish cottage built by a craftsman only a few kilometres from where both Teresa's parents were born and brought up.
We started work in January 2008 doing much of the initial work ourselves and then using local craftsmen. We have re-cycled all the original stone, including the original flagstones which now form the flooring for the seating area outside and the 'tressel stone' at the front door. Where ever possible we have used natural materials that compliment the stone such as the red cedar wrapping the whole of the new extension and gravel from a local quarry to create paths around the house.
Our aim was to be as eco friendly as possible and have installed 'Ground Source Heating' and Solar Panels.
The lady standing in the draughty door entrance is my mother who was born and raised 2kms away in the tiny hamlet of Ballaghbehy. She's just after saying 'she wouldn't give us a fiver for it'! Such a shame she never got to see it brought back to life. From the house we look down on where she went to school at Cullentragh so I always have a sense of her being not too far away.