Have you ever seen a derelict or abandoned building and thought about trying to buy it and restore it to its former glory? The images on this page show what can be done with a bit of imagination and patience. What once were old crumbling buildings have be turned into beautiful homes and places to stay and visit.
Triumphal Arch Lodge, Co. Fermanagh
This is great example of the fantastic work done by the Irish Landmark Trust. This lodge is one of the gateways to Colebrooke Park, one of Northern Ireland’s most important and historic stately homes which was recently renovated and refurbished by the present Viscount and Viscountess Brookeborough. It is now available as self-catering accommodation.
Former Church, Co. Galway
This former church was a ruin before work started on converting it into a modern home in 2005. It was built in 1820 but hadn’t been used as a church since 1920 and had remained derelict for decades, having also been used as a community hall. Some of the older neighbours in the area had stories of going to dances here and there was the remains of a rusty basketball hoop in what is now the kitchen. This church conversion took almost 3 years and it is now a very popular Airbnb.
Tullaun Castle, Co. Tipperary
The owners of Tullaun Castle spent four years searching for ancient ruins with a view to finding an ideal tower house to restore. That search eventually led them to Tullaun, an O’Kennedy tower house in North Tipperary. It’s in a very scenic location, surrounded by fields, woods and forestry. Picturesque Lough Derg is about 2 km away as the crow flies. From the top floors the views are magnificent. The ruins of Annagh and Cashlaunteigebocht (Poor Teige’s) Castles (both former O’Kennedy strongholds) can be seen from here. For more on the history of the castle visit the website at www.tullauncastle.com.
Magherintemple Lodge, Co. Antrim
The Irish Landmark Trust completed the restoration work on this project in June 2011 and it is now available as self-catering accommodation. It is a beautiful building situated just outside the town of Ballycastle, Co. Antrim. Magherintemple Gate Lodge is interesting not only because of its architectural history but also because of its historical importance as the seat of the Casement family.