Creveen Lodge: A homespun Irish cottage

image from: www.tripadvisor.co.uk

image from: www.tripadvisor.co.uk

St. Patty’s day is coming, and since everyone is Irish this month I thought I would do some virutal house-peeping in Ireland.

Welcome to Creveen Lodge in Lauragh, County Kerry in the south of Ireland.

image from: selfcatering.travel

image from: selfcatering.travel

Creveen Lodge is used as a vacation rental, so if you ever find yourself on the Beara Peninsula of Ireland, you can spend the night at this 200-year-old farmhouse and experience “traditional Irish accommodation” yourself.

image from: http://www.homeaway.com/

image from: http://www.homeaway.com/

You can have your Bailey’s cream & coffee in the “conservatory porch” and enjoy the expansive views of the surrounding mountains and nearby bay.

image from: http://www.flipkey.com/

image from: http://www.flipkey.com/

The cottages’s 4 tiny bedrooms transport me back in time to granny’s house…

image from: www.homeaway.com

image from: www.homeaway.com

(Look at the little old sink!)

There’s something endearing about the dated wallpaper and faux-wood panel walls…

image from: www.fewo-direkt.de

image from: www.fewo-direkt.de

Underneath the 1970′s paneling I envision crumbling layers of animal hair plaster going back some 200 years. Probably damp and moldy plaster.

Not the height of fashion and design, [no, you never get that here at House Crazy!] but homespun and folksy in that special rural Irish way.

image from: www.homeaway.com

image from: www.homeaway.com

Outside, guests are welcome to explore the “garden” and the damp rolling hills that drop down to the Kenmare Bay.

image from: http://www.flipkey.com

image from: http://www.flipkey.com

Interesting tidbit about Irish real estate:

If you plan to buy a home within sight or smell of salt water, you can expect to pay 50% more than for inland property!

image from: www.daft.ie

image from: www.daft.ie

If – no WHEN – I get to Ireland, staying at such an old country farmhouse is high on my list. What better way to experience the true feel and history of the Irish countryside?

For more details check out:

Homeaway.com

Creveen Lodge official website

 

 

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