Picturesque cottage is an exciting renovation opportunity

Galway Daily property Picturesque cottage is an exciting renovation opportunity

For a taste of classic rural Ireland, you can’t get any closer than a thatched cottage surrounded by green fields, and this one bedroom cottage outside Headford is a perfect example of how an old cottage can be made into a home for the 21st century.

The beautiful one-bedroom “Quarry Cottage” at Pollacullaire, Headford is bursting with potential from its incredible site, modern refurbishments, and room for expansion.

O’Donnellan & Joyce are giving people the chance to create their own dream home out of this property at public auction next week. 

Picturesque cottage is an exciting renovation opportunity

Built roughly 200 years ago, this cottage sits on land that once provided stone for building the church in Headford, hence the name, with ample green space on the one acre site, which is bounded by dry stone walls and mature trees.

But don’t let the age fool you, this home has undergone extensive refurbishments to make it fit for modern living, while retaining those qualities that make people fall in love with cottages, and leaving plenty of room for someone to put their own stamp on the property.

The main cottage has recently had its thatch replaced, so that roof will be keeping you warm and dry for a long time to come. Refurbishments made to the interior include locally sourced marble flooring, teak sash windows and underfloor heating.

But none of this has detracted from the style of the cottage in the least, with the original stone walls, and a cut stone fireplace fitted with a stove in the main room, which contains a custom made, solid wood kitchen and living area. 

The cottage bedroom features an open fireplace, on top of the underfloor heating, for keeping warm on winter evenings.

Galway County Council previously granted planning permission for the construction of a 2,200sq ft expansion to the rear of the cottage. 

But though that has since expired, any enterprising homeowner could seek to revive it with the council.

A modern designed extension would be the perfect complement to this historic cottage, giving any occupants the best of both worlds between old world style, and modern comfort.

The state of the art extension was already architecturally designed, and gives a clear visual indication of just how special this home could become with some work. 

Along with the main cottage, this property also includes a separate, block-built mews building, which is outfitted with a kitchenette, bathroom, storage cupboard, and living area, which is ripe for refurbishment.

While the mews is already habitable, it would benefit from some upgrades, and there is plenty of room for any homeowner to shape it to fit their vision with a fully furnished interior.

A stone storage shed on the site provides yet another opportunity for renovation for a homeowner who wants more space.

The property is also located within walking distance of all the amenities of Headford, including the local creche, primary and secondary schools, as well as shops and pubs, making it a perfect place for a family outside the bustle of the city.

To see more of this wonderful cottage, check it out on O’Donnellan & Joyce Auctioneers website at

Viewings of this property are available by appointment on Sundays & Wednesdays. Call 091 564 212 to book your time slot.

September Auction

O’Donnellan & Joyce’s next public auction will take place on Friday, September 18 at the Harbour Hotel, New Dock Road, in Galway City, starting from 12pm.

To see the incredible homes and other properties in Galway and around the country that could be yours, consult the auction catalogue at

There are 28 properties on the block in Galway city and in towns, villages and rural areas around the county including apartments, houses, and three former Garda Stations.

Register now to bid by phone, internet or via proxy. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, no in person attendance will be allowed, but this auction will be live streamed through O’Donnellan & Joyce’s website and social media channels.