We are delighted to share with you the Stonecutter’s Blue Cottage, so called because it has a blue door! It is a 19th Century terraced cottage that was built for the foremen of the Lisconnor Stone quarry behind the cottages.
The cottages are at Doonagore, around 5KM from Doolin Village and around 7KM from Lahinch and have speculator views, great walking and are in a peaceful location.
The Blue Cottage was renovated some 15 years ago and 5 years ago was given a significant refurbishment. It has many original features, including an 19th century range and Liscannor Stone flooring.
We rent the Cottage out to visitors during the Spring and Summer season. If you would like to rent the Cottage please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org our use the Contact Us page.
The Blue Cottage has delightful antique features and consists of:
Why the "Blue Cottage"?
The first thing we are asked is why we call it the "Blue Cottage". A simple answer; because, drum roll, the door is blue! This helps everyone from the postman to visitors differentiate it from the cottage next door (known as the Red Cottage for the same reason). In this part of the world there are very few house numbers, no postcodes and until recently few road numbers. So much of the navigation is based on property features; be it the door colour or who once lived there.
Why Were the Cottages Built?
Up until the end of the 19th century Doonagore was a bustling hamlet. The Cottage is part of a terrace of six cottages were built for the foremen of the stone quarry that was once worked. Today only four of the cottages still exist. These cottages are referred to as “post-famine” because they feature the relative luxury of three rooms, instead of two.
The roof of the Red and Blue cottages is the original stone from the quarry. To learn more about the quarry we recommend a visit to the Liscannor Rock shop (past the Cliffs of Moher on the left hand side of the road). Which has a small museum and holds photo archives of the history of the Doonagore quarry. “Liscannor Stone” was highly prized and it was shipped from the small harbour in Liscannor all over Europe.
You can see in the photograph on the living room wall what Doonagore village looked like over a century ago. If you look out to the back from the Cottage you can still see some of the rest of the village; the two taller houses used to be the sweet shop and the grocery store.
We have found a photograph of the village as it looked when the quarry was in full production around the 1850s; which we've included below.
The Bog Landscape
All that lies in the front of the cottage is bog land. If you take a walk on the paths across from the Cottage you will see how the farmers have cut long strips of turf and raised it up to dry out. Turf or peat has been the primary source of fuel in Ireland for centuries.
Why the Small Windows?
Like all traditional Irish cottages, they are distinctive for their small windows. Before the famine, English protestant landlords charged the Irish Catholic farmer tenants extra rent for windows; hence the limit in the number of windows and their size.
Why White Washed Walls?
This is the traditional colour of Irish cottages to help create light due to the small size of the windows. Red, Yellow, Blue and Green are the traditional colours for the doors and window sills.
The living room in the Cottage has the original range. This is where all meals, hot water, drying and family life was focused. Although the side ovens have got too old to use, the range top still works (a former tenant, who lived full time at the Cottage, used it to cook).
We use the range now for a bit of warmth on a cold evening and for the general charm of sitting around a fire.
The range marks the Blue Cottage out as having been for a more senior (or wealthier) quarry worker. Typically in that era, cooking would have been over open fires; which might look lovely but is not nearly so practical as a range.