9 May


Whilst driving to Sligo from Ballaghaderreen a few weeks ago I spotted the above sign.  A Victorian Gothic Mansion for sale! Had to be checked out! A few enquiries revealed that the house was empty. The last resident had passed away a few years ago.


With my friend Justine in tow off we went to check it out. Well if I won the lottery I could be a potential purchaser!  Isn’t it just beautiful? Built in 1850 Coolavin House is  in great repair even though it looks like not much has been done to it since it was built. Even the windows are original…



and all the beautiful cast iron gutters are intact.


Beautiful archway and front door.


Lots of lovely antiques visible through the windows.


This stuffed bird has seen better days.


If only old places could tell their stories. I’m sure this place has many a tale to tell.


Really enjoyed looking round this old place. Could even imagine living there…


but the reality is I didn’t win the lottery…actually as usual I forgot to buy a ticket…and the place is already sale agreed. C’est la vie!

22 Responses to “Exploring.”

  1. Ena Ronayne May 9, 2014 at 7:38 pm #

    was just about to ask you how much when I googled auctioneer to discover sale agreed (not that I had the money)

  2. charlieeasterfield May 9, 2014 at 7:49 pm #

    was gutted by “sale agreed” sentence…., was gonna ask for the South wing! They knew how to build in them days….and I want the derelict bird!!

    • bridget May 9, 2014 at 8:31 pm #

      They sure did know how to make ’em all right. Such a gorgeous place. Beautiful trees on the land. I was imagining a space for my natural burial ground here.

  3. WoodlandBard May 9, 2014 at 7:51 pm #

    Empty? Claire and I went to check it out one day last year, thinking it was empty … and there was a big party having a picnic on the lawn. We sneaked out rather than say hello.

    • bridget May 9, 2014 at 8:28 pm #

      Maybe they were trespassing too!

  4. How amazing! Thank you for taking us there today. Wow. ~Audrey

  5. Jane May 9, 2014 at 8:19 pm #

    I’d have chipped in to live there.
    I imagine it as a co operative of like minded people, living with the earth…off the grid,self sufficient,shared meals around a HUGE table,making music …living.
    Jane x

    • bridget May 9, 2014 at 8:33 pm #

      It does inspire one to think such thoughts. I imagined my natural burial ground here too. It will be interesting to see who has bought it.

  6. thegardendeli May 9, 2014 at 9:26 pm #

    What a great house – so much character and as you say, probably many stories to tell. It must have been tempting to pose as a buyer and get a viewing of the inside too!

    • bridget May 9, 2014 at 9:42 pm #

      If it had’nt been already sold we would have done!

  7. Donna@GardensEyeView May 9, 2014 at 10:06 pm #

    This house was taken care of and looks like it needs someone new to love it…I would love it too…so many special features

    • bridget May 9, 2014 at 10:28 pm #

      I would love it…given the chance!

  8. thedogwalkinggardener May 10, 2014 at 1:33 am #

    oh, wouldn’t it be fun to wander the halls and feel that energy of this magnificent building! Thanks for exploring and sharing these photos with us!!!

  9. Beth @ PlantPostings May 10, 2014 at 3:22 am #

    I enjoyed your tour. Darn! If only they hadn’t sold it already! Who knows, maybe you would have won the lottery next time! And I agree…the stories that place could tell…

  10. puppiesinparadise May 10, 2014 at 8:59 am #

    What a magnificent house! It looks huge. I wonder what stories it could tell.

  11. Mominthegarden May 10, 2014 at 9:57 am #

    Oh I hope the new owners will bring it to its former glory! What a magnificent home this would be. Thanks for the tour! Dana

  12. silverbells2012 May 10, 2014 at 7:11 pm #

    Shame!!! It would indeed be a fascinating place to live 🙂

  13. oawritingspoemspaintings May 10, 2014 at 9:17 pm #

    Beautiful place!

  14. Mizz Winkens May 11, 2014 at 8:12 am #

    Ahh but your smallholding is so beautiful- that gothic mansion, lovely as it is, would have been a divil to clean! There is a reason why you didn’t buy that lottery ticket 😉

    • bridget May 11, 2014 at 9:03 am #

      I’m sure you’re right Karen. I do home somebody nice has bought it. It deserves someone who will cherish it.

  15. John McDermott October 30, 2014 at 12:58 pm #

    It’s the ancestoral home of the McDermott clan (Macdermot). Since they were evicted from Their Island Castle at Lough Key Co Roscommon. I also enquired but heard Sale Agreed and that was in September 2013. All the contents (antiques) were sold in an auction house in Limerick end of 2013. The last of the clan Rory (the Macdermot) died hence sale.
    More pictures inside at http://www.macdermot.com. Slan agus beannacht John McDermott (Leeds UK).

    • bridget November 2, 2014 at 5:49 pm #

      Thanks for that info John.

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