We are delighted to share with you the Yellow Cottage, so called because it has a yellow door! It is a later 19th Century smallholder's cottage that was built for the family that originally farmed the land around it.
The Cottage is a renovated two-bedroom cottage located in Doolin towards Lisdoonvarna. It has lovely views over the valley towards Doolin village and the sea.
The Cottage is in Tournahoon, around 3.5KM from Doolin Village and around 3.5KM from Lisdoonvarna. Tournahoon is a small hamlet of around half a dozen houses. The Cottage is between two newer properties, but on a quiet and private site. The Yellow Cottage has views across Doolin village and the coast.
The Yellow Cottage was fully renovated some 15 years ago and two years ago was given a significant refurbishment (including new kitchen). It has many original features, including a large hearth (with wood burning stove) and Liscannor stone flooring.
The Cottage has delightful features and consists of:
The Cottage is fully furnished and equipped, including a washing machine.
The Cottage is a comfortable base from which to explore the area and also enjoy the peace and quiet of the countryside.
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.
Why the "Yellow Cottage"?
The first thing we are asked is why we call it the "Yellow Cottage". A simple answer; because, drum roll, the door is yellow! This helps everyone from the postman to visitors differentiate it from the other cottages in the area (and it helps us, as we have two other cottages; the Red and Blue). In this part of the world there are very few house numbers, and until recently no postcodes and few road numbers. So much of the navigation is based on property features; be it the door colour or who once lived there.
Who Originally Owned the Cottage?
Until about 50 years ago the Cottage belonged to the family who farmed the fields around it. As was often the case, the last surviving family member was a widower and he had no surviving children to inherit the smallholding. So the Cottage and fields were left to his nephews. One nephew got the Cottage and the other two got the fields. We bought the Cottage from one of the nephews in 2012.
The Cottage is very typical of those on smallholdings all across the area. One thing you will notice is how they were built for shelter; orientated away from the wind and rain. In more recent times a small extension added a kitchen,bathroom and a stone porch.
Why the Small Windows?
All traditional Irish cottages 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.