Live Green in Ireland
Live in harmony with the earth. Leave a small footprint and live virtually off the grid in this County Clare ecohouse. Currently self-sufficient in water via a rainwater supply and storage system, and self-sufficient in an ample supply of timber for your woodstove. Options for being completely off-grid include photovoltaic panels, geothermal, or wind turbine.
Stunning County Clare Ecohouse for Sale
The directions to Derrynaneal are by the little bridge with metal railings, beyond the lake and halfway along the windy lane. Welcome to Derrynaneal in rural Ireland.
The name, Derrynaneal, means ‘oak forest in the clouds’ in Irish and marks what was known as one of the most sacred parts of the Great Forest of Aughty which stretched from the north to the southeast borders of County Clare in years gone past.
There are no deer in the surrounding areas of this County Clare ecohouse and as a result of the owner’s land management, the progeny of that vast forest is slowly regenerating with oak saplings appearing across the land.
“This is a place for people who love trees and working with wood.”
Most things feel slow and quiet here, yet the vitality of the land touches you as you walk down the short track to the house; the 3½ acres are home to over 70 species of native medicinal herbs, red squirrels, otters, hares and the rare marsh fritillary butterfly.
Living here, you will be rewarded by an orchestra of songbirds in the spring, the magnificent flight of hen harriers and the occasional glimpse of white-tailed eagles which live on nearby Lough Derg, one of the most mystical of Ireland’s many lakes.
The current owner of this County Clare Ecohouse is a botanist and ecologist and she has worked the land to enhance its biodiversity. The front garden is laid to organic vegetable and fruit beds with a large productive polytunnel; the woodland – birch, beech, ash, rowan and oak amongst others – provides year-round fuel for the stove, and an almost unlimited supply of filtered rainwater serves the house. There is also a disused well, bored 11 years ago, which could be brought back into use. Currently, there is a dual broadband system, both fixed line and satellite providing fast and reliable internet access. For someone interested in projects, electricity is all that’s required to make the house self-sufficient.
Rural and tranquil it is, yet, this County Clare ecohouse is anything but isolated. Ennis, the bustling county town is 25-minute drive; Galway and Limerick less than an hour; Dublin 2½ hours and international Shannon airport with direct routes to the US and the UK is only 40 minutes. The glorious coastline and unique Burren landscape is a beautiful hour’s drive across the hills. This is a perfect home for home-based professionals, writers, herbalists and naturalists who can appreciate the wonderful wildlife; the glorious soft light in the house and the peaceful ambiance of the environment.
For those who want nearby amenities, the local town of Tulla is flourishing with a new secondary school and soon to boast state-of-the-art sports grounds and fitness tracks. East Clare is more cosmopolitan than many parts of Ireland, people from all over Europe and elsewhere are drawn here by the Steiner school; by Irish Seed Savers which has one of the largest collections of native and traditional apple varieties in Europe; for opportunities to live light carbon footprint lives, and for the pleasure of the many local lakes for fishing, kayaking and wild water swimming.
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