Self-built 2-bedroom house set on 1-acre of rolling Irish countryside

Self-built 2-bedroom house set on 1-acre of rolling Irish countryside




Feb 2013

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2 Bedrooms
Sleeps 4
1 Bathrooms

About our home

My house is a two-bedroom, one-bathroom bungalow set amongst the hills of East Clare in the west of Ireland. The house is heated with under-floor heating throughout. The eco-friendly heating system is an air-water exchange system which also heats the water. The kitchen is equipped with a gas hob (stove-top) and a fan-assisted electric oven. The island in the middle of the kitchen is a great work space for people to share in the preparation of meals. There is a refrigerator/freezer in the kitchen and two chest freezers in the utility room that are well-stocked with produce grown on the land. The kitchen and sitting room are open-plan with several south-facing windows that allow the natural sunlight and heat to pour through. Many houseplants are located throughout the house which will need some TLC while I am away travelling. The bathroom is en-suite to the master bedroom and it can also be accessed from the hallway. The master bedroom has a king-sized bed, wardrobe space and bedside cabinets. The spare bedroom is equipped with wardrobe, computer and desk and double bed. The utility room has a large pantry with plenty of storage space.


More about us

  1. I am in my early 50's and work as a pharmacist. I enjoy working in the garden and love the nature that is all around me. I have four cats, one female and three males. They are both indoor and outdoor cats. Actually, they pretty much do as they please.
    There are always some vegetables to eat fresh out of the garden and this even includes the winter! At the very least, you can enjoy salad leaves, leeks, onions, beetroot and garlic while you are here. The pantry will also have home-made pickles and other produce that you are encouraged to try.
    Please come and make yourselves at home!

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Where is it?


I live in the rural countryside of East Clare in the west of Ireland. I grow vegetables and fruits on about 1 acre of land. The garden consists of two poly-tunnels (greenhouses) for protected crops and a large outside area covered in raised-beds for more hardy vegetables. I also keep hens that lay eggs on a daily basis. There is very little traffic passing along the winding, one-laned road. Only a few neighbors inhabit the area.
The village of Tulla, 4 miles away, has all the amenities you will require. There is a large grocery store, post office, two hardware shops, several pubs that feature traditional Irish music, a butchers, healthfood shop, fruit and veg shop, mens wear shop, library, bank, laundrette & dry cleaners, catholic church, hairdressers, gas station, a Chinese restaurant, a traditional Irish restaurant and a fish and chip take-a-way. Ennis, the county town of Clare, is only a 20 minute drive away and offers a variety of shopping for everyone. There are also a multitude of restaurants and cafes to tempt you. Limerick and Galway are within an hour's drive and offer everything big cities in Ireland do.
East Clare has an abundance of fishing lakes and there are about 20 lakes within a 10 mile radius of our home. The East Clare Golf Club is only down the road near Feakle, which is the home of traditional Irish music in East Clare. There are several pubs there offering the best in music and fine-dining to boot!
Further afield is the Atlantic coastline with the Cliffs of Moher, the Burren, Lahinch, Doolin Cave, Aliwee Cave and much more to interest you. Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, Knappogue Castle, Cragganowen, Dromoland Castle and Coole Park are just a few of the sights to see the diverse and beautiful flora and fauna of the west of Ireland.

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