Nasool Cottage & Houses, Geevagh

Co. Sligo, F52NY97
€420,000   Guide price (€420,000 )


Two Charming and Historic houses in an idyllic setting overlooking Lough Nasool.


The property is located in the beautiful Yeats County of Sligo, amidst an unspoiled landscape of gentle hills, lakes and rivers, all encircled by the Ox Mountains, the Kings Mountains and the magnificent Benbulbin. Nearby the mountains and prominent Megalithic sites of Carrowkeel, and Queen Maeve's Knocknarea, offer extensive walking trails and spectacular views extending to Sligo, Ballisodare Bay, and even further to Mount Nephin in Mayo, and to the sea cliffs of Slieve League in Donegal. Lough Arrow, Lough Key and Lough Gill are world renowned for their fishing, and there is extensive access to the River Shannon and the river marinas of Carrick-on-Shannon and Boyle. The locality offers a wide range of outdoor pursuits, water sports, sailing, cycling, walking, along with surfing, riding and golf on the coast at Strandhill. Sligo is a vibrant market town, offering a full range of amenities, services and cultural activities. There are daily bus and train services from Sligo and Boyle to Dublin city. There are good primary schools within close proximity, and a well-regarded secondary school near the local village of Rivertown (approx. 6.5km). A school bus service passes Nasool servicing local schools. Further primary, secondary and private education institutions are available in Sligo and Galway. Sligo Institute of Technology provides third level education.

Sligo Institute of Technology 27 km
Sligo town 30 km
Knock Airport 60 km
Enniskillen 71 km
Dublin city 182 km
Dublin airport 195 km
All distances are approximate
About 0.8 hectare / 2.0 acres

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The property of Nasool comprises a pair of distinctive dwellings occupying a private, unspoilt setting with excellent views overlooking Lough Nasool. Set amidst an enchanting rural setting, the property is steeped in history with an attractive combination of period and modern architecture. History Two cottages at Nasool were erected in circa 1750 and exist within a farmyard, known as a ‘cloghan'. Today two dwellings - a house and a cottage - are set around a courtyard within two acres of mature gardens. In the first cottage the original ‘scraw' sod roof remains. It is reportedly one of what are possibly the only two remaining in Ireland. In 1968 the Irish artist John Jobson and his wife The Lady Lavinia Jobson purchased the cottages in a derelict state, restoring the first cottage by adding a northwest extension complete with a nineteenth century Gothic Revival window, salvaged from Killruddery House in County Wicklow. Part of the cottage was remodelled to be John's studio. In 1976 his father, the landscape painter, Robert Jobson, moved there and painted the surrounding landscape from the same studio until the late 1980s. This studio has now been converted into a light, airy, open plan kitchen. The previous local inhabitants of Nasool were its local farmers and craft workers. It was the Ceili House of the community and after the renovations made by John and Lavinia was locally known as “the thatched cathedral” due to its ornate large gothic window. Both cottages were thatched by the owners with the assistance of their neighbours in the traditional manner. The cottages have remained in the Jobson family, extensively used as living and work space for artists, musicians and theatre practitioners. The Irish Georgian Society recognises Nasool as a unique and fine example of vernacular architecture and a rare reminder of the lost farm culture in the Connaught region. The original cottage with its rare sod ceiling and thatch roof is now listed as a Protected Structure, and has been awarded funding over the past twenty years by the Irish Georgian Society, the Heritage Council and Sligo County Council. Moytura and Lough Nasool Moytura, the hilltop fort, where the second Battle of Moytura, the jewel in the crown of Irish mythology, is said to have taken place, is clearly visible from the property. In battle the Tuatha De Danann High King Lugh, defeats his grandfather, Balor, the one eyed giant-King of the Fomorians. Lugh famously slew Balor and removing his eye flung it across the landscape. It is said that where it landed, Lough Nasool (Na Suil), the Lake of the Eye, sprung up. This archetypal story has been told and retold many times, and is said to be a foundation myth of the Star Wars epic, in which Balor is recast as Darth Vader, and his grandson Lugh, as Luke Skywalker. Indeed, in the story the Battle was fought using one of the four treasures of the Tuatha Dé Danann, the Sword of Light, the lightsaber in Star Wars. It is also said that this myth was used in the creation of the Lord of the Rings. Lough Nasool, the ‘disappearing lake' is a turlough, naturally draining periodically. Set amidst a geological landscape similar to that of the Burren, a network of underground caverns and unique hydrology all combine to create this unique phenomenon. It last ‘disappeared' in 2012. Nasool Cottage. The accommodation at Nasool Cottage has been extended, while retaining the heritage of the original cottage, including its thatch roof. The original cottage presently serves as an atmospheric sitting room, with a unique ceiling comprising original sods, timbers, hay ropes, hazel rods, and of particular note the St. Brigid's Crosses and sacred sprigs of yew woven into the fabric of the ceiling. The combination of this unique ceiling and thatched roof is a showcase for how traditional cottages were constructed over 270 years ago. The timber casements and square-headed window openings are fine examples of Irish vernacular architecture. As are the cut gable stones on the south end of the cottage. The internal accommodation includes many architectural salvaged features such as decorative oak door surrounds, hardwood floors and doors. A large light-filled, open-plan kitchen with living and dining areas is a focal point in the cottage. This is a fantastic room with vaulted ceiling, exposed beams and Gothic Revival window. All of the salvaged pieces in the house were bought from or gifted by Kilronan Castle, Anamore House, Killruddery House and the Representative Church Body, Kildare Street, Dublin.

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Nasool House Built by the current owners, the house is located to the rear of Nasool Cottage and can be approached by its own private driveway. Applying the same artistic flair, the house was built in this original style, not only to remain in keeping with its intended rural setting but also to keep open the original farm's “cloghan” area between the two dwellings. It has striking features - large arched openings with full-length, tripartite window panes and a high pyke-shaped roof, reflecting the pykes (hay stacks) that once stood on stone bases in the surrounding fields. The house includes a spacious studio, with high ceilings and studio roof light, which provides flexible accommodation and opens into an adjoining garage with voluminous attic space above. The Gardens The mature gardens at Nasool extend to approximately 0.8 hectare / 2.0 acres and were established by the current owners and their family. The landscaped lawns, secluded grounds and twin entrances with gravelled drives are particular features of this property. A variety of mature trees and plants include rare unusual species, the shrubs and flowers providing a blaze of colour in season. These were all sourced from a variety of well-known gardens in Ireland and UK, including Rowallen in Northern Ireland, Killruddery Gardens in Co. Wicklow and Kilronan Castle in Co. Sligo. A notable feature of the property is the peaceful and private setting, with its wonderful views over Lough Nasool. Tenure & Possession The property is offered for sale Freehold. Entry is by agreement, with vacant possession given on entry. Services Mains water and private drainage by septic tank. Both dwellings have separate supplies of mains electricity and separate oil fired central heating systems. Fixtures & Fittings Some fixtures and all moveable items including furniture, light fittings, blinds, curtains and garden statuary are expressly excluded from the sale. Closing Date A closing date for best offers may be fixed and prospective purchasers are asked to register their interest with the selling agents following inspection. The sellers reserve the right to exchange a Contract for the sale of any part of the subjects of sale ahead of a notified closing date and will not be obliged to accept the highest or any offer. Financial Guarantee All offers (regardless of the country of residence of the offering party) must be accompanied by a guarantee or suitable form of reference from a bank, which gives the sellers satisfaction that the purchaser has access to the funds required to complete the purchase at the offered price.

Kilfeather Keyes Solicitors
12 Market Street
Tel: +353 (0) 71 9149 513


Local Authority
Sligo County Council County Hall, Riverside Sligo
F91 Y763
Tel: +353 (0) 71 9111 111 Email:
Savills Country
20 Dawson Street
Dublin 2
Tel: +353 (0) 1 6634350
PSRA License 002223

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Millbrook House
JFK Parade
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PSRA license 002521

Directions: Directions Travel from Dublin to Sligo, along the N4 roadway for 183 km. In the village of Castlebaldwin, Sligo, take a right hand turn signposted for Highwood (L1404). Travel east to the T-junction and then take the left turn. Continue for about 0.5 km and follow the road around to the right, signed posted for Highwood. At the Bow and Arrow pub take the left hand turn signposted for Drumnacool (and not the immediate left signposted Riverstown) continue straight on for 5 km climbing up a steep hill. On descending the hill, Lough Nasool can be seen on your right and the entrance to the property is located on your left.


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Contact Property Agent

James Butler

Savills Dublin - Country

20 Dawson Street

Dublin 2

Dublin 2

+ 353 (0) 1 663 4350

Pat O'Hagan

Savills Dublin - Country

20 Dawson Street

Dublin 2

Dublin 2

+ 353 (0) 1 663 4350