Old School, Cross, Kilrush, Co Clare € 299,950
His national school at Cross, Co Clare, opened in the late 19th century, and during its heyday, more than a hundred boys and girls attended at the same time.
Then, in the 20th century, the school closed to be replaced by a new school half a kilometer away at the other end of this Loop Head peninsular village.
In a sign of the changing rural communities, the ‘new’ school has also now closed due to a shortage of students. Local children today attend school in the nearby villages of Carrigaholt or Kilbaha, while their old school has become a ‘digital hub’.
The original school also remains a continuing interest under the new purpose. Rescued from derelict by its current owner some 20 years ago and carefully restored without losing any of its former identification, it has operated in recent years as a Hostel & Meals. successful morning.
The main reception room, to the right as you enter, formerly a study, is now a living room with vaulted ceilings with exposed beams, a stone fireplace with hob and style doors. France leads to the garden.
To the left of the hallway is the kitchen, which has another stone fireplace, an oil hob and a breakfast island.
There is one bedroom on the ground floor and three other bedrooms upstairs, all with private showers. Total floor space is 2,648 sq ft.
Like most schools of this era, it was one room deep and as the back of the property faces South towards the Shannon Estuary, you get sunlight and views into most of the rooms.
The garden has a lawn and vegetable garden and the annexes include the workshop and open storage.
Old School is on sale for €299,950 with DNG O’Sullivan Hurley (065) 684 0200.
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