The Old Knitting Factory , Carraroe, Galway H91 EP8R€195,000

4 Bed House 147.62 m² / 1589 ft² For Sale G


A character filled waterfront home in an idyllic location nestled on the edge of Carraroe lake and within easy walking distance of the village.

The spectacular open plan kitchen/dining room has a double height vaulted ceiling, wood panelled and cut stone walls, 100 year old timber floors and a large handmade solid elm bespoke kitchen. New double glazed doors open from the dining area onto the upper entertaining area on the edge of the lake. Wandering through the garden the steps lead you down to the waters edge where you can launch your kayak or fish for trout.

Leading from the kitchen a wide timber lined corridor leads through to the bedrooms and family bathroom. The large master bedroom has a large walk in robe(suitable for conversion to a large ensuite), a cut stone fireplace, and ample room for wardrobes and a king size bed.

Also leading off the hallway are two more bedrooms each with spectacular views over the lake. Upstairs is a large room which also has lake views and a beautiful stained glass window. The large family bathroom has a large bath, timber panelling, high ceiling and views over the lake.

In the evenings feed the swans, watch the Curraghs train on the lake and enjoy the spectacular sunsets over the lake with the 12 Bens and Mamturk mountains as the backdrop. With no neighbours on three sides and the lake wrapping around the property you have close to 80m of private waterfront and 180 degree plus water views.

For those who like the outdoors you will have no excuses as you can just launch your kayak or boat from the garden and head out for a paddle or some fishing. The lake was one of artist Charles Lamb's favourite fishing spots and the lake features in many of his paintings.

There are many local walking trails and the Mamturks and 12 Bens are visible from the house and a 30 min drive away. Other local attractions include the Connemara Isles Golf course (10 min drive), ferry to Aran Islands (10 min drive) and countless beautiful beaches, piers and coves.

The house is only a short stroll(300m) from Carraroe village famous for it's Galway Hooker racing and the nearby Coral Beach. The village has all the facilities you could need including large supermarket, pubs, restaurants, school, hardware store, church etc all of which are within easy walk from the house. For those who like sailing the nearest pier with yacht moorings, Sruthan, is only 800m from the house.

You can sail into the pier and be within easy walking distance from your house and the village. The nearest beach is 1.5km away and the famous Coral beach is a 5min drive(4km) and Galway city is only 20 miles away.

The house also had planning permission for a split level boathouse and garage which expired in 2017. The lower level is the boathouse and has double height ceiling with large double doors opening onto the edge of the lake. This could make a great studio space or workshop for budding or accomplished artists alike.

It is very very rare to get the chance to own a historic lake front property with such spectacular views within easy walk of pubs, restaurants and the local pier.

Make sure to try time a viewing for sunset as you will be amazed at how truly breathtaking and relaxing the sunsets can be from your back garden.


• waterfront property with over 80m of private lake front and 200 degree + lake views
• direct access to lake
• Easy walk to Carraroe Village (only 300m) and pubs/restaurants/supermarkets/school (approx 600m)
• 1.5km to nearest beach (4km to world famous Coral Strand)
• Galway city 40km
• Off road parking for approx. 8 cars
• 800 meters to local pier with yacht moorings available (8km to Rossaveal harbour marina with winter moorings available)
• zoned oil fired central heating
• double/triple glazed windows
• large open plan kitchen/sitting/dining room with double height ceiling
• water views from most rooms (Sunsets visible across the lake year round)
• 3 cut stone open fireplaces
• Double glazed French doors opening out onto rear patio area with spectacular lake views
• Unobstructed views across lake of sunsets
* spectacular unrestricted views over the lake with the Mamturks Mountains and 12 Bens visible in
the background
* No neighbours on 3 sides
* Master bedroom with large walk in robe(suitable for conversion to large en-suite)
* Previous planning permission(expired in 2017) for split level boathouse and garage - Planning reference of boathouse/garage - 12632

BER Details

BER: G BER No.106972540 Energy Performance Indicator:151.75 kWh/m²/yr


The Old Knitting Factory(Teach an Mhuilinn(House of the lake)):

The Old Knitting Factory, Cararoe. Also known as Teach an Mhuilinn & Carraroe Lake House

3/4 Bed Lakefront/Waterfront House steeped in local history
This inspiring waterfront 4 bed property is located on the wild Atlantic Way in the heart of Connemara. The house is filled with character and steeped in history and is only a short stroll (300m) from the well serviced Gealtacht village of Carraroe (An Ceathru rua). The house was built in 1906 as a knitting school and has been lovingly transformed into a beautiful family home retaining many of its original features including cut stone fireplaces, original wooden floors and wood panelled walls.

Additional Details:
The house had planning permission in place for a split level boat house and garage. Drawings are available on request.


From Galway approaching Carraroe, pass the Top oil petrol station on the right hand side, the property is located just 0.6km further along this road on the right hand side identified by a DNG Martin O'Connor For Sale sign. Eircode H91 EP8R

Viewing Details

Viewings are strictly by appointment through the sole selling agents DNG Martin O'Connor Tel 091 866708 or email


An Cheathrú Rua or Carraroe is the main population of South Connemara and the principal town in the Connemara Gaeltacht. 40km from Galway City it is situated on a peninsula, with Casla Bay to the east and Greatman’s Bay to the west. The shoreline is dotted with beaches, the most famous of which is the Dóilín or the Coral Strand, made from an unusual coralline algae known as maerl.
An Cheathrú Rua is a centre of cultural and social life with a strong emphasis on the Irish language and traditional crafts and activities. Few places in Ireland have a stronger everyday usage of the Irish language. NUIG has located some of its Irish language department here, while Radio na Gaeltachta and TG4 broadcast from nearby.
The sea and traditional boats are central to life in An Cheathrú Rua and nearby. Casla Bay, Greatman’s Bay and Kilkieran Bay are home waters for many of the Galway Hookers, na Báid Mhóra, and their smaller cousins gleoiteogs and púcáns. These traditional sailing craft are raced up and down the Connemara coast at regattas held every weekend during the summer. The race from Sruthán Pier at the head of Casla Bay to Kinvara at the head of Galway Bay sees the waters off the shore at An Caorán Mór filled with sail every summer. Canvas currachs are also raced in intense sea races at regattas while wooden currachs found all along the shore are used for fishing, checking lobster pots and pleasure.
An Cheatrú Rua hosts many of the services for the South Connemara region including pubs, shops, doctors, schools, a library, ambulance service, Garda station, garages, sporting facilities and clubs etc.
Additional details for the town of Carraroe (An Ceathru Rua) can be found at the following website:


The house dates from 1906 and was originally built as a knitting school by the congested districts board. The school educated the local women in the art of knitting and provided much needed employment and income for the area. The house is known as “An Sean Monarcha” (The Old Factory). It is also known locally as Teach an Mhuilinn (house of the lake) due to its location on the shore of Loch an Mhuilinn.
The house is full of character and has been home and inspiration to many artists over the years. The house was once home to the filmmaker Bob Quinn and his family. His films include Poitín, Caoineadh Airt Uí Laoghaire, and Atlantean. During his time in the house Bob set up the independent Cinegael, an Irish language cinema, showing Irish language films. The largest room in the house was used as the cinema. Bob’s son Robert Quinn grew up in the house and his award winning documentary ‘Cinegael Paradiso – Once upon a time in Connemara’ is based on him growing up in the house/Cinema.
More recently the jewellery makers Jackie and Edd Kielty operated their jewellery making business from the house.
The house is nestled on the edge of the pristine Loch an Mhuilinn. The lake and the surrounding scenery formed the inspiration for many of Charles Lamb’s paintings when he lived in the area from 1933 until his death in 1964. The lake was a favourite fishing spot for Charles Lamb and still contains numerous trout which can be seen jumping at the bottom of the garden most evenings.


Make sure to call around on a clear evening to witness the spectacular sunsets across the lake from the back garden. No two sunsets are the same and you will never tire off sitting out with a glass of wine (or a cup of tea) enjoying the sun setting over the lake.


Holiday Home /Investment:
The house has the potential to command very good holiday rental income during the summer months due to it’s character, waterfront location and proximity to the village/pubs and local beaches. The house is located on the Wild Atlantic Way which will also help sell it as the great holiday rental. The house will tick all the boxes for those holiday makers looking for a character filled waterfront property and has the bonus of being within an easy walk of the local pubs/shops and restaurants.

Owners Comments

“From the day I arrived in this home, I loved living here. I loved the peace and calm, the beautiful views and the sense of history attached to the house.
An evening in the back garden was always memorable, due to spectacular sunsets that, on those right nights, are truly unrivaled. And while it always felt lovely and remote, a pint was just a short stroll to the village away.
This is a house for all seasons! It was beautiful in the Summer – sitting outside watching that sunset while drinking a glass of wine. On Autumn and Winter nights - in for the night , cozy by the blazing fire, relaxing. And Spring was a wonderful time to spend out beside the lake in the lovely fresh air, doing some gardening.
I will miss the Old Knitting Factory, and I wish the future owners all the happiness that I enjoyed here!”


Porch - 5.4ft x 3.8ft
Complete with original tongue and groove slatted wood on walls - painted white, original sash windows and double doors to living room.

Entrance Hall - 20.3ft x 4.3ft
The hall along the front of the house is in two sections with wood flooring. It enjoys two large windows with attractive folding shutters and a storage unit.

Living Room/Kitchen/Dining Room - 21.9ft x 18.1ft
This room would originally have been the main part of the knitting factory. It is a very spacious room with high ceilings (14.7ft at its highest). The majority of the walls are complete with painted tongue and groove style slatted wood and part of the ceiling is done in the same style. The room enjoys the most delightful views of Carraroe lake and to the hills of Kilkerrin further west. This fine room has three large windows and a set of French patio doors to the rear garden. Complete with original solid wood floor, the focal point of the room is the large open fireplace with exposed stone chimney breast. The original stone arches over the patio doors and kitchen window can been seen. There is an extensive handmade solid elm bespoke kitchen complete with a NEFF electric cooker top, space for an extractor hood, Zanussi oven, sink and half bowl with work top and Zanussi fridge freezer. This is an exceptional room where one can experience its total unique location on the water's edge.

Bedroom 1 - 11.3ft x 9.7ft
This lovely room has views of the lake and the hills in the distance which can be enjoyed from the window seat. There is original wood flooring, wainscotting on all walls. Just off the room is a walk-in closet. The ceiling height of the room is 9 ft.

Closet - 5.8ft x 4.9ft
Shelved throughout, ideally suited for conversion to an en-suite.

Return Hall -
This hall is carpeted and leads to the following accommodation:

Bedroom 2 - 14.4ft x 11.5ft
A fine spacious room with a stone built open fireplace, carpeted. Adjacent to the room is area(8.7 ft x 7 ft) with a window overlooking the lake which would be ideal for a walk-in closet or en-suite bathroom.

Rear Hall - 8.7ft x 4.8ft
Tiled floor, rear door entrance and stairs to first floor.

Bedroom 3 - 14.8ft x 10.5ft
This room overlooking the lake, originally used as a study/evening room, ideal to watch the ever changing views of the lake. It still features an open fireplace and original wood flooring.

Bathroom - 9.7ft x 9.5ft
This fine bathroom with high ceilings is complete with bath and mixer shower, wall mirror, wash hand basin and WC. The room is also plumbed for a washing machine and dryer. There is also a hot press with factory insulated tank.

First Floor Room - 18.6ft x 9.3ft