Take me to churches: Two properties for less than €215,000

With a little TLC and some investment, these former churches could be converted into unique living spaces

Quivvy Church, Belturbet, Co Cavan: €199,000

Partially converted church on about one-third of an acre on the outskirts of Belturbet in Cavan's lake district and just 400ft from the Border with Northern Ireland.

The church has served various community purposes – as a general meeting place, as a storage space and, at one point, a hatchery for butterflies that still reproduce there. Converted to a home in recent years by the present owner, it still has plenty of potential to develop further. Close by are Lough Killylea and Lough Derrykemb. Quivvy Marina is located only 200m from the property along the banks of Lough Derrykemb, which is connected to the renowned Shannon-Erne Waterway.

Agent: DNG O'Dwyer

The Manse, Hollymount, Claremorris, Co Mayo: € 210,000

Period house and former Presbyterian church on an acre of grounds in a village location in an unspoiled part of Ireland. The house has three fine reception rooms, one of which was used by the minister to meet his parishioners. The southerly aspect gives the property a bright and airy feel. To the rear is a mature walled garden with potting sheds, mature fruit trees and an ornamental pond. The  church building adjoining the house has several soaring windows but like the house is now in eed of complete refurbishment.


Agent: Helen Cassidy