Greenville Cottage is part of my home, a stone built thatched cottage dating back to the early 1840s. It was built by my Great Great Great Grand Father Martin Maher. His brother James also resided at the property, in the quarters where I live with my husband and three children. James and his family emigrated in the late 1840s, to the United States, settling in Greenville Ohio. The Cottage section of the property accommodates four guests, having two bedrooms, the Parlour Bedroom and the Loft Bedroom, and one bathroom, as well as a small but functional kitchen and the living/dining room we call "The Aula" . In the past year we had to do necessary renovations on the cottage and are very grateful to the Heritage grant that facilitated the re-thatching of the back roof. Guest can enjoy looking at the beauty of this craftsmanship while eating in the Orchard Garden, snugly situated at the rear of the house, and available to our guests.
The house has many examples of art, mostly by local artists, photographers and crafts people who are our friends, which guests can enjoy, and the interior design of the cottage is of an exceptional high standard. I live right next door with my husband and three boys - and our two pet dogs. The boys love to play in the front yard and the dogs can do a little barking when they want food (and lots of tail wagging!), but they are friendly and warm creatures.
We have our own rural Country well, so we advise guests not to drink the tap water. It has lime in it and can, in heavy rains, get slightly discoloured. We leave a large complimentary bottle of water for guests which is low in lime, the one we use ourselves, for tea/coffee, cooking.
Old houses can be very hard to dust to an exceptional high standard, as some of the walls inside are natural stone. The also attract the odd harmless spider. Also guests like to light a fire in the stove during their stay, so if we remove ashes, this too can generate a small amount of dust.
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