By the lake isle of Innisfree for €725,000

Shriff Cottage is a period hunting lodge on 70 acres in Co Leitrim

Shriff Cottage is a 344sq m hunting lodge dating from the early 1800’s on 70 acres. Built and owned by the Palmer family until the mid 1950’s, the house was purchased 30 years ago by German owners who completely restored the house and gardens.

Set on the shores of Lough Gill overlooking the island of Innisfree, the house also comes with its own fisherman’s cottage, stables, coach houses and private jetty.

The current owners also restored the two-acre walled gardens, which are laid out in Victorian fashion. The 70 acres are divided into 20 acres of grazing land and 50 acres of woodland.

The five-bedroom Virginia creeper clad property lies at the end of a modest entrance on the western shores of Lough Gill, and is decorated in a simple fashion with Scandinavian influences of white walls and wooden flooring, which allow period details to shine through.


The main reception room lies upstairs, taking full advantage of the panoramic views of the lake, islands and waterfalls. The house retains shooting rights over six adjoining townlands and has excellent stocks of woodcock and snipe.

Lough Gill, with its unique microclimate, has early runs of spring salmon and the shores are home to the most northernmost specimens of Arbutus unedo in the world. The lough is also home to white clawed crayfish and sea lamprey, along with various important bird species including kingfishers.

New owners of Shriff Cottage can find the peace pined for by WB Yeats in his poem The Lake Isle of Innisfree. The only sounds to be heard at this unique waterside property are those of nature. Available through estate agent Ganly Walters with an asking price of €725,000.