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An Inspiring Potpourri of Spectacle and Weather

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Ballyganny House, County Donegal

Overlooking Loughros Beg Bay to the west, this award winning home is a direct target for some of Ireland’s most stunning sunsets. Manifestly built as a vacation retreat for the owner’s family it has been designed to capitalise on its location.
Dramatic mountains and barren bog scenery are all around making west Donegal uniquely bewitching and uniquely popular.

living room

Split level contemporary cottage

The pervasive theme to this vibrant home is the extraordinary westerly view across tidal strands to the Atlantic.

the house stairs to mezzanine

Three separate living spaces occupy different levels of the multi height central atrium that greets you from the entrance, and it is from the mezzanine solarium that the panoramic view is best witnessed.

mezzanine windows
Rates & Dates living room kitchen from living room

Reflected light streams down across the clocks and quilts that jostle for position on the busy walls of the snug sitting room. A wood burning stove and comfortable leather sofas conspire to invite lethargy.

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kitchen door

Three steps down, the kitchen-dining area shares that omnipresent sea view. The adjoining utility room exits onto the front lawn barbeque area, and also connects to a wet-room complete with shower - which is opportune when returning from expeditions on the beach.

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the kitchen

To get away from it all there is a separate study with curl up sofas on the ground floor.

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one of the landings

Facilities

This family home is equipped with everything you would expect in a quality family holiday home - from WiFi to barbeque, clothes dryer, twin ovens, twin freezer, microwave, videos, children’s cot .. If you have a particular requirement, be sure to tell us…

FAQs

Three of the bedrooms in simple cottage style, are off little landings upstairs from the mezzanine, and share a bathroom.

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Restrictions

Smoking - No, sorry!
The owners regret Stag or Hen parties are not admissible.

master bedroom bed shower room

Outside

50 metres from the shore, Ballyganny is the last house along this narrow road before it rolls onto the tidal sands en route to the mussel beds.
There is a lawned area in front of the house with garden furniture for dining al fresco, and a built in barbeque around the side.

house and shed
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Lying in bed in the master bedroom on the ground floor, there is yet another version of that ubiquitous view.

the master bedroom road to the bay

Out and About

Donegal is wild, mountainous and steeped in history, with the softest people and a generous helping of experiences yet un-had…

waterfall
Here are links to some of our favourite activities-

There are a number of regular events in Ardara including the Cup of Tae Festival, St Patricks Parade, Matchmaking weekend, Homecoming weekend, Ardara Show,Walking Weekend

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About the Locality

The property is surrounded by sheep farming land with the nearest house approximately 200m away.
Ardara, 3 km down the road, is the nearest village for shopping, charming pubs, cafes and restaurants. The town is best known for its tweed and knitting production, but also renown for an unending chain of festivals.

the valley

There are many, many beaches around the ragged Donegal coast, so you are never far from sand whether walking, cycling or driving. The splendid rambling Maghera Strand across the sound from the house can only be reach by returning inland and following the road out passed the delightful Assaranca Waterfall.

narin beach

It’s an easy cycle ride northwards to Portnoo (13km) which not only has a huge, magnificent, unspoilt beach, but backs onto a wild and picturesque Atlantic golf links. At low tide you can walk out to Inishkeel Island from the beach, but please make sure you don't get stranded by the incoming tide.

While you’re over that way, the Kilclooney dolmen is one of the finest examples of a portal tomb to be found in Europe. Over 4,000 years old, it’s well worth the short boggy trek from the road

Wild Atlantic Way

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Ardara is on the edge of the second largest Irish speaking district in Ireland. Some 30,000 Irish speakers live in the Donegal Gaeltacht, or roughly 24.5% of the total Gaeltacht population.

For anglers seeking scenery and unspoiled fly fishing, then look no further the Owenea River which enters Loughrosmore Bay at Ardara - one of the best salmon rivers in the county.

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To the South, don’t miss a trip through the beautiful Glengesh Pass on the way to the Slieve League sea cliffs. At 600 metres high, they are nearly three times higher than the more famous Cliffs of Moher. A narrow twisting precipitous road will take you to the best viewing point at Bunglass.

killybegs

Killybegs, 20km from the house, is a sheltered fishing port on Donegal Bay. It is home to Ireland's largest off-shore trawler fleet, also not surprisingly, some of the best fresh fish food to be found.

oysters

Galway holds the limelight when it comes to oysters – but up here in Donegal we think we do better.. let us know what you think

How to get there - Car advised..

By Air: Flights to Dublin, Derry, Knock or Shannon.
Derry Airport - approx 1 hour from house.
Knock Airport – approx 2 hours from house.
Dublin Airport - approx 3.5 hours from house.
Shannon Airport - approx 4 hours from house.

By Sea: Various sailings run to Belfast or Dublin from UK
from Cairnryan in Scotland to Larne or Belfast – under 3 hours from house.
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is approx 3.5 hours from house

view of the bay

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