Three very different takes on the Irish cottage

A cottage doesn’t have to be confined to a rural, holiday location: urban and suburban cottages exist too. But what is it about these modest, cosy homes that draws such interest? Here’s an example of what’s on offer in each category at the moment

Weavers Cottage, Baltyboys, Blessington, Co Wicklow: priced at €625,000


Weavers Cottage, Baltyboys, Blessington, Co Wicklow

On an elevated 0.4-acre site with uninterrupted views over Blessington lakes, this picture-perfect cottage was a school from 1837 to 1945, and a youth hostel from 1945 to 2005. Then the current owners bought it and embarked on an ambitious and highly successful project to turn it into the modern, ideal country home it is today.

The reconfigured 200 square metre interior comprises a living room with wide ...