We are delighted to share with you Stonecutter’s Red Cottage, so called because it has a red door! It is a 19th Century terraced cottage that was built for the foremen of the Liscannor 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 Red Cottage was in disrepair when we bought it 15 years ago and we have completely renovated it from top to bottom. We have also furnished it with the type of furniture and fixtures that was typical of small cottages of that day.
We rent the Red 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 Red Cottage comprises of:
To get the most enjoyment out of the Cottage and the self-catering experience, we have compiled a Property Guide to help you settle in and enjoy the wonderful pleasures of getting away from it all.
Here, we share with you some of the history of Doonagore and features of the Cottage.
Why the "Red Cottage"?
The first thing we are asked is why we call it the "Red Cottage". A simple answer; because, drum roll, the door is red! This helps everyone from the postman to visitors differentiate it from the cottage next door (known as the Blue 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 Stone Hearth
The living room in the Cottage has the original stone wall (exposed) and hearth. One of the most unique and charming features of an Irish county cottage is the large stone hearths. It has long been the central feature of Irish home life.
As a young Dublin girl visiting her relatives in the country, Val has vivid memories of sitting transfixed in front of these huge open hearths where her elderly aunts would spend the day stoking the fire, boiling water in the huge black kettles to make tea. Slowly cooking ham and potatoes in the black cauldrons that hung on cranes over the fire (see the size of the cauldron in the back garden).
At night a constant trickle of relatives, friends and neighbors would “come visiting” and huddle around the fire, telling stories, singing songs or playing a fiddle or a tin whistle.
The Traditional Fixtures and Furniture