Tuesday, 1 April 2008

About Daisy Cottage

Daisy Cottage is an old two story cottage in the centre of the small village of Dunkineely in south Donegal. The cottage dates back to at least 1903 making it over 100 years old.

On the ground floor, street level, we have a living room to the front and a smaller living room to the back of the house, a large kitchen/diner which runs the width of the house, a utility area, and another room which we hope to convert to a downstairs bedroom with an en suite shower room. At the moment the kitchen houses an old Aga stove which has been converted to oil. It is in a bit of a sorry state right now and we can't decide whether to keep it or sell it on. One day the decision is to keep it, the next we are all for selling it. Decisions, decisions!

Upstairs, the first floor, there are five bedrooms and one bathroom and yet again, more decisions. At first we were going to convert the smallest bedroom into an en suite for the master bedroom but now we are considering converting the central bedroom into two en suites, one for the master bedroom and one for another double bedroom. This would leave us a double bedroom, a double bedroom with en suite, another double with en suite and a single bedroom. That is the choice for now, but knowing us it could change!

Outside we have an enclosed back yard which is big enough to park a couple of cars, a small garden which we intend to pave and build a bbq area in, and then beyond that we have another garden and tiny orchard. Even in it's overgrown state, the garden is lovely and the apple trees only add to the appeal. We won't do much with it other than have the trees trimmed and the grass cut to slightly less than the jungle level it is at at the moment.

There is a two story shed attached to the back of the house the ground floor of which we will convert to use as a laundry (for the housekeeper). Our thinking behind this is that we can keep the utility area in the main house for guests' use only. The upstairs will be converted to a games room and house a snooker table, darts board, etc. to be used as a games room - useful on a rainy day as we mums will understand!

So that's just a little about the house and our ideas. So far!

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