Candlewick Cottage

Candlewick Cottage

Candlewick Cottage

The Edge of Lough Eske

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The Edge of Lough Eske

County Donegal

Perched on the scenic slopes above Donegal town, this secluded contemporary cottage has everything for an ideal family retreat, including a Japanese hot-tub, sensational veranda and dedicated children’s play area.
Donegal, with its abundance of mountains, lakes and beaches remains one of Ireland’s most under exploited Counties. A gem on the Wild Atlantic Way.

 

Ivory beams and oriental flavours

At the heart of this spacious stone cottage, and extending southwards, is a large luminous living room. Glazed on three sides, a complete wall of bi-fold doors can concertina to integrate a raised and sheltered timber veranda that enjoys exceptional views of the Eske valley.

 AT A GLANCE

  • Sleeps
    Up to 10 guests
    From €2,600 per week (off season)
  • Bedrooms
    Two Doubles & One Twin bedroom
    Master is ensuite with shower
    One mezzanine bedroom with huge bed
    One Twin Kids room with Family Bathroom
  • Other Rooms
    Sitting room, Dining room, Kitchen
    Living room den
    Japanese Hot-Tub shower room
    Utility room
  • Features
    Covered terrace with bi-fold doors
    Comprehensive Children’s playground
    Ceramic Green Egg charcoal Barbeque
    Two wood burning stoves
  • Contempo
    Large retractable screen
    with integrated TV projector
    Flat screen TV, DVD player, WiFi internet
    Good Cell phone reception
  • Restrictions
    Sorry, pets are not permitted

For the digitally dextrous, there is a baby grand piano; perhaps less conspicuous is the remotely operated screen that unfurls from ceiling, with video projector linked to sky and Netflix.

Separated by stylish dual-aspect log burning stove, the dining area is furnished with folksy refectory mode table and benches.

Off to the side, the impressive and eclectic kitchen stretches along through the original cottage, an abundant mixture of the most contemporary of gadgets, often couched in retro rustic styling.

Facilities & Ameneties

Kitchen Appliances

• Gas range with 2 ovens and 6 rings
• Full height Fridge
• Full height Freezer
• Dishwasher
• Toaster
• Nespresso coffee machine
• Blender
• Rice steamer

Utility Appliances

• Washing machine
• Spin-dryer
• Iron

Bedrooms

• Sizes – Two double beds, two single beds
• One 10ft Super-wide bed (4)
• Two single beds with two kids Trundle beds underneath
• 2 Hairdryers

Tech & Entertainment

• Wi-Fi Internet
• Sky sports, Spotify and Netflix
• DVD player
• Large retractable screen
• With integrated TV projector
• Flat-screen TV

Other

• Comprehensive Children’s outdoor play area
• Indoor Japanese Hot-tub with shower
• Good selection of books and games

Beyond the kitchen, there’s a cosy sitting room. Still with the cottage ambience – a stone slab floor and a wood-burning stove, it’s a more intimate TV den.

A small entrance lobby opens to the front, while ahead lies a charming twin bedroom.

In the attic space above, a delightfully quirky bedroom hosts an unusually wide bed that could happily accommodate four. Accessed by stairs from the bedroom below, the room overlooks the spaces below, mezzanine-style, through a glazed wall at one end.

The far end of the cottage is a more recent addition. There is a chic and well-appointed utility / laundry room to the rear, and a uniquely serendipitous bathroom with wooden Japanese hot-tub and overhead shower.

 

At the far end, in its own grey steel clad structure, the master bedroom floats above the cottage.

From the central free standing bed, the unique view through the grand picture fame window is a delight to wake up to.

 

The two bedrooms are served by a generous and radiant bathroom just off the TV den, featuring a double ended slipper bath and walk in rain shower.

The landing in the loft space above, is extended by views of the kitchen through more glazed voids formed by the chalky roof trusses.

To one side of the landing there is a twin bedroom with two single beds, which have additional pull out trundle beds underneath – primarily intended for kids.

Opposite, there is a discreet attic double bedroom with a typical confining ceiling, to one side.

An elegant ensuite with walk in shower and exotic basin adjoins it to the rear.

Outside

At the end of an exclusive leafy laneway, the cottage is not visible from the narrow road that winds up across the Bluestack Mountains, enjoying stunning views of Donegal Bay and the Eske valley on its way.

 

Across the broad paved area immediately surrounding the cottage, there is a magical and prodigious children’s playground, just packed with excitement for young ones, from Wendy house to countersunk trampoline.

Provisional Booking Form

This Home is normally only let by the week, except as follows:
Important – A Week’s booking runs from Saturday to Saturday

Public Holidays are at high season rates unless otherwise stated.

2023 Holiday Breaks

Easter weekend Friday 7th April to Monday 10th April € 3,100
Halloween Friday 27th October to Wednesday 1st November € 3,100
Christmas break Saturday 23rd to Thursday 28th December € 3,100
New Year break Saturday 30th to Tuesday 2nd January € 3,100

A refundable breakages deposit of €600 is payable with the rental amount will be refunded within seven days of departure, provided all is in order.

Rates Table

  Per week
October to April € 2,800
May to September € 3,100 min 7 nights

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  • Please note all booking requests are subject to 24 hour approval.
  • Once your provisional booking has been placed, the UIH team will verify it, answer any specific queries you may have, and request a deposit to lock in your dates.
  • Please note if your provisional booking is not confirmed and the deposit paid within 3 days it will expire.
  • If your preferred dates are not available, click here to review alternate options.
  • For additional information please contact us on +353 85 860 0027

Restrictions

Smoking – No, sorry!
Parties – The owners regret Stag or Hen parties are not admissible.
Important – No Pets are allowed on this property

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Reviews

 

Just wanted to drop you a quick line…

to say a massive thank you for sharing your exquisite home with us.We could have happily spent weeks there! It had everything we needed for an enjoyable stay and really was very well suited to our family, made all the better by your attention to detail and the little extras…the DVDs, children’s books (Poo Bum being the favouite! lol)
The house was pristine and so well presented and stocked. Thank you for all the preparation you put in for us coming..labeling the lights, the wine and cordial, the divine soap (loved it so much that we ordered some for our own house), the fluffly towels,travel cot, high chair etc. all adding to a pleasurable, hassle free stay.
The girls used the circular wooden bathtub every night and loved it so much I had bother getting them out of it and the two little twin beds were perfect for our two oldest girls. We wrapped up well and got out to the play park despite of the rain and watched Willy Wonka on the projector screen in the evening.
Glad we went away when we did as I’m sure we’ll be on lock down here soon!
Once again, huge thanks for everything and we will certainly be recommending Candlewick Cottage to others. We might even get back for a weekend in the summer if and when the weather improves.

Michelle and Niall McCullagh, March 2020



We never got anything lined up with the caterers. I had a difficult time coordinating with Feasta but it turned out that she was in London on a family vacation.
You are going to laugh but we discovered Kavanaghs Super Value ten minutes from our home and fell in love with the ready made dinners. They were all delicious and so easy. I’ve never found anything of that quality in America. We had lunch out every day on one of our adventures and it would have been too difficult to go out again for dinner with our grandkids.

The house was so comfortable that we just enjoyed spending time together and Pierce and Georgie loved the playground.

Thank you again. We can’t wait to return to Ireland soon.
Alice USA, October 2021


Our stay was wonderful.

WE loved the house and its surroundings. We really had an amazing time and we recommended the house and your company to many of our friends.
We would hope to go back there in the future.

Fabrice Rousseau October 2021

I just wanted to let you know…

that we’ve spent a week at your wonderful property and it really is something special. The house is simply stunning with every comfort a weary person could need. We all feel energized after our stay. Gerry has been very helpful. He’s a lovely man. I particularly enjoyed rambling the roads nearby. It’s so peaceful. Coming from Dublin there is a certain tension around the whole covid situation and we felt we could relax here in this beautiful property. To be honest I don’t want to leave. I’ll be walking out the door leaving the house the way we found it. One small thing I need to report. I’ve misplaced the soda stream lid from the bottle. I’ve searched everywhere for it. Even going through the refuse bins! But it’s disappeared into thin air. Apologies about this. I hope perhaps the handover crew might discover where it’s hidden. You’ve got an exceptional property here. I just wanted to commend you and your husband on it. It’s a rare find

Susan and Eugene, July 2020

Out & About

 

Wild mountains and churning oceans, fine food and hospitality, just some of the attractions of Donegal.

Here are some of our favourites…

The Locality

 

Donegal town, about ten minutes away by car, is the nearest centre for pretty much anything from groceries to fishing tackle. The centre of the town is known as The Diamond, and can get very busy in high season, with great pubs and live music.

photo Avramescu Marius

You can’t miss the recently restored Donegal Castle, built by Red Hugh O’Donnell in 1474, but there is also a charming harbour which you can reach along the Bank Walk beside the River Eske as it flows into the bay.
The town was invaded by the Vikings in the 8th century and they used it as a port – hence its Gaelic name Dun na nGall, which means ’Fort of the Foreigners’.

The county is renowned for its golden surfing beaches, such as Murvagh beach, and Rossnowlagh which is one of Europe’s finest. The European Surfing Championships have been held here on three occasions. Donegal Bay’s funnel-like shape encourages huge Atlantic rollers, occasionally as high as 7 metres (20 ft).

County Donegal is the largest in Ulster and the only one that is not in the UK.
Population decimated during the famine, still only about half of what it was in the mid-19th century.

Wild Atlantic Way
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Only half an hour away, Killybegs is home to Ireland’s largest off-shore trawler fleet, so it’s not surprising that some of the best fresh fish food is to be found here. The town is famous for its tapestries and carpets, some of which were produced on the biggest carpet loom in the world at the Donegal Carpet Factory. The carpets, known as Donegals, are hand-knotted in the Turkish style.

The Blue Stack Mountains straddle the county and its scenic trails are popular with hill-walkers. The Blue Stack Way walk connects Donegal Town with the town of Ardara further north – a three day hike.

The stunning sea cliffs at Slieve League are worth a visit. 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.

photo Terry Stewart

Lough Eske is a small and placid lake only a few hundred metres from the cottage. It is popular with anglers in the summer months, and is has numerous forest paths around its shores and a fine hotel restaurant.

During the Second World War this area experienced a lot of airborne activity as sanctioned flying boats from Lough Erne in the UK flew missions out over the short Republican corridor into the Atlantic. It was a Catalina from Lough Erne that spotted the notorious German battleship Bismarck out in the Atlantic – and this led to her demise by the British Navy who had been in pursuit but had lost contact in heavy fog.
The word Éire remains crafted in white stones on headlands around Donegal, which acted as navigation aid for those flying above.

How to get there – Car advised..

By Air: Flights to Dublin, Donegal (regional), Belfast or Shannon airports.
Dublin Airport – approx 3 and a half an hours from the cottage.
Donegal Airport – approx 1 and a half an hours from the cottage
Belfast Airport – approx 2 and a half hours from the cottage.
Shannon Airport – just over 3 hours from the cottage.

By Sea: Ferry crossings
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is about 3 and a half an hours from the cottage.
Rosslare Harbour for Ferries to South Wales is about 5 hours from the cottage.

 

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Lily’s Cottage

Lily’s Cottage

Lily’s Cottage

Towering Waves and Warm Turf Fires

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County Donegal

This is a respectful renovation of the cottage that was home to a spirited spinster known as Lily. The result is a wonderfully atmospheric modern home that is the perfect romantic escape.
From here you can explore Donegal’s renowned Surf Coast, stunning strands and windswept cliffs on the Wild Atlantic Way’s land of legends.

 

Chalky tones and contempo tweeds

In a cottage of two halves, the main entrance is now via a roomy well-lit lobby around the side of the house, that links the old to the new – classy and uncluttered.

AT A GLANCE

  • Sleeps
    Up to 4 guests
    From €1,050 per week
  • Bedrooms
    One double & One twin bedroom
    Family shower room
  • Other Rooms
    Open plan Sitting/Dining room
    Kitchen
    Entrance Lobby
  • Features
    Rear patio with lawn
    Private parking
  • Contempo
    Flat screen TVs, WiFi internet
    Good Cell phone reception
  • Availability
    Weekly: Saturday to Saturday
    Weekends: Friday to Monday
    Midweek: Monday to Friday

The original thatched roadside home remains the main living area with much of the traditional artisan feel of thick white plastered walls, petite windows, and a seductive stove at one end, all perfectly crafted.

A formally furnished dining area completes the other end of this charming open space.

Through the original front porch, a time-honoured split stable door frames neighbouring dunes that announce the ocean beyond.

The balance of this historic part of the cottage, is now a cosy twin bedroom.

Facilities & Ameneties

Kitchen Appliances

• 5 ring Electric range with twin ovens
• Fridge
• Dishwasher
• Quad Toaster
• Nespresso coffee machine
• Microwave

Utility Appliances

• Washing machine
• Tumble dryer
• Iron

Bedrooms

• Sizes – one King-size and two single beds
• Hairdryer

Tech & Entertainment

• Wi-Fi Internet
• Flat-screen TV

Other

• Logs & Turf
• Central heating
• Dual head shower
• Some board games & Books

A contemporary extension, sensitively annexed a step or two up to the rear, contains the kitchen.

Grey and alabaster white in a chic shaker country style, with a wall of sliding glass onto the sunny cobbledy back patio.

At the centre, comfy upholstered stools around the marble breakfast bar reclassify this as a family room.

The main accommodation is via a short passageway off the kitchen in this cottage extension.

The pristine shower room, has a luxurious walk-in twin-head rainfall shower.

Mirror-door sliding wardrobes are used to great effect in the master bedroom, concealing ample built in storage without diminishing the sense of space.

Outside

Although the cottage faces onto a main road, there is private parking behind. It is also surrounded by farmland, and adjacent to a fine equestrian centre, which you can check out here.

The dunes backing Tullan Strand can be seen across the road, but they are on government property and you will have to travel the short distance back into Bundoran to reach the beach.

Provisional Booking Form

A refundable breakages deposit 0f €350 is payable with the rental amount will be refunded within seven days of departure, provided all is in order.

Holidays’ Dates for 2023 are priced as following:
Easter Weekend 7th- 10th April 2023 – €1,500
Halloween   27th- 1st October 2023 – €1,500
Christmas  23rd to the 28th Dec 2023 – €1,500
New Years’  30th December 2023 to the 2nd January 2024 – €1,500

June to September €1,150 per week €165 per night
Minimum 7 nights
October to May €1,050 per week €165 per night
Minimum 3 nights
June to September 2022 €1,500 per week €215 per night
Min. 3 nights
October to May 2022 €1,295 per week €185 per night
Min. 3 nights

 

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Your travel arrangements are important, so all provisional bookings are double checked with the owners to ensure that your plans do not conflict with theirs, this can take up to 24 hours, but we haven’t forgotten about you.!

Provisional bookings will be followed up by email, at which point we can answer specific queries you may have, verify your booking and request a deposit to confirm.

Please note that all unconfirmed provisional bookings will expire after 3 days.
If your preferred dates are not available, please click here to review all houses that match your dates.

Restrictions

Parties – The owners regret Stag, Hen, Wedding or 21st parties are not admissible.

Pets or Smoking – No, sorry

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Reviews

 

I’m pleased to report…

that I could not have been more comfortable. Claire O’Reilly was kindness itself and looked after me most generously during the two weeks of quarantine, which I observed properly. And throughout was an ideal owner, ready to assist but never intrusive.I had to return to London for various appointments, but otherwise I would have been content to stay in Donegal indefinitely. I hope and intend to return.

Ian, September 2020

We had an excellent break in Lily’s cottage

From the moment we arrived, Claire was very welcoming with the stove lit for us on a very wet day. Her daughter baked delicious cupcakes and Claire also provided us with a complimentary bottle of wine, crisps and chocolate for the kids. Milk, butter, tea and other items were also there if we needed them.
The old cottage was beautiful with old antique furniture and fabulous interior design whilst the new extension had a modern kitchen with all mod cons.
The location of the cottage was excellent right beside an equestrian centre where my daughter and I went horse riding. Fabulous beaches and scenic attractions are all short drives from the house.
I would thoroughly recommend the cottage to others and have already recommended it to friends and family and indeed unique irish homes website.
I will definitely be looking up the website for our next holiday.

Patricia, July 2020

New to Unique Irish Homes – 2021

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Out & About

 

Bundoran is not just a surfer’s paradise, it’s also a mecca for anglers, walkers and golfers; and of course a gateway to the cliffs and magical mountain remoteness that Donegal has to offer…

Here are some of our favourites…

Festivals:
Rory Gallagher Festival end of May
Budoran Surf Music Festival in June

 

The Locality

 

 

The cottage lies half way between Ballyshannon and the coastal resort of Bundoran at the foot of County Donegal, on a narrow strip of the republic separating Northern Ireland from the Atlantic.

The county, and Bundoran in particular is world- renowned for its golden surfing beaches, such as the Peak, Tullan Strand, Murvagh beach, and nearby Rossnowlagh, which is one of Europe’s finest. The European Surfing Championships have been held here on three occasions. Donegal Bay’s funnel-like shape encourages huge Atlantic rollers, occasionally as high as 7 metres, putting the Wild into Wild Atlantic Way.

There has been an 18-hole golf course in Bundoran since 1894. Located on the historic Great Northern Railway Company site, old railway sleepers encompass the par 70 course which enjoys the most breathtaking and scenic views of the Atlantic Ocean.
The town has a number of popular cliff walks, and the one that borders the golf club passes unusual rock formations known locally as the Fairy Bridges.

During the Second World War this area experienced a lot of airborne activity as sanctioned flying boats from Lough Erne in the UK flew missions out over the short Republican corridor into the Atlantic. It was a Catalina from Lough Erne that spotted the notorious German battleship Bismarck out in the Atlantic – and this led had been in pursuit but had lost contact in heavy fog.
The word Éire remains crafted in white stones on headlands around Donegal, which acted as navigation aid for those flying above.

A magnet for salmon and trout anglers, there are several high quality fisheries in the region, with the first Irish salmon of the season frequently caught locally in the Drowes River on 1st January.

Ballyshannon is regarded by some as ‘Ireland’s oldest town’ and the museum has artefacts and memorabilia stretching back from the recent past to 10,000 BC. Though reared in Cork, guitarist and singer Rory Gallagher was born here and the town centre contains a statue erected in his memory.

The stunning sea cliffs at Slieve League are worth a visit. At 600 metres high, they are nearly three times higher than the more famous Cliffs of Moher. A narrow twisting precipitous road about an hour West of Donegal town will take you to the best viewing point at Bunglass.

photo Giuseppe Milo

Donegal town, about 25 minutes away by car, home to the recently restored Donegal Castle, built by Red Hugh O’Donnell in 1474. The town can get very busy in high season, with great pubs and live music.
Donegal was invaded by the Vikings in the 8th century and they used it as a port – hence its Gaelic name Dun na nGall, which means ’Fort of the Foreigners’.

Wild Atlantic Way
Click here to find out more…

Just 15 minutes south in county Sligo the iconic and dramatic Benbulben mountain has an easy walk from the southern more gentle side. From the summit there are stunning views over the coastal plain. Below on Mullaghmore Head, is Classiebawn Castle, the home of Lord Louis Mountbatton until his dramatic assassination in 1979.

This is Yeats country. William Butler Yeats was a Sligo boy who, with his brother Jack, evoked the Sligo countryside with great beauty and genius in poetry and painting. As children the boys visited Lissadell House – now becoming a popular destination – for cricket matches and horse racing, and often stayed there during the years 1893-5.

How to get there – Car advised…

By Air: Flights to Dublin, Belfast or Donegal airports.
Donegal Airport – is about one and a half hours from the cottage.
Knock Airport – is about one and a half hours from the cottage.
Dublin Airport – is just under 3 hours from the cottage.
Belfast Airport – is approx 2 and half hours from house.
Shannon Airport – is just under 3 hours from the cottage.

By Sea: Ferry crossings
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is just over 3 hours from the cottage
The Belfast Liverpool ferry is approx 2 and half hours from house.

 

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An Cúlú

An Cúlú

An Cúlú

Clifftop Cottage re-imagined

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County Donegal

Confidently perched on a coastal precipice with spectacular views over Donegal Bay, this elemental cottage has been extended and transformed into a luxurious Atlantic retreat.

Its chic contemporary interior merges seamlessly with an opulent floating deck that features integrated seating, firepit and spa.

An Cúlú featured on the RTE program My Bungalow Bliss presented by Hugh Wallace and designed by McCabe Architects.

 

Smart design in Donegal

The canary-yellow traditional stable-door entrance leads through the original cottage into an entirely unexpected elegant open-plan living area annexed to the rear.

Full height glazed panoramic walls define the south-eastern elevation of the home, with remarkable views spanning Inver beach, the Atlantic Ocean and all the way around to Benbulben in county Sligo.

The dining area is sandwiched between the handle-less kitchen and the sitting room, in a continuous extension of monochrome black and white, and furnished with fully upholstered high stools.

AT A GLANCE

  • Sleeps
    Up to 8 guests
    From € 2,950 per week
  • Bedrooms
    Two double bedrooms – 1 ensuite
    One double bunk room – sleeps 4
    Bathroom
  • Other Rooms
    Open plan Living room, Dining room
    Kitchen
    Utility room
  • Features
    Extensive Patio, Jacuzzi Spa, outdoor hot Shower
    Sunken Firepit with seating
    BBQ and Pizza Oven
  • Contempo
    Flat screen TV, fast WiFi internet
    Good Cell phone reception
    Underfloor heating
  • Availability
    High season Weekly only: Saturday to Saturday
    Weekends: Friday to Monday
    Midweek: Monday to Friday
  • Restrictions
    Children over 6 are welcome
    Sorry, pets are not permitted
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The television and its companion electric cassette fire are recessed into a satin black gable end, with more of the impeccable detailing and choice of materials that is a mark of this property.

Two large sections of patio door slide away from the corner of the sitting room to access a stylish glazed-balustrade balcony that almost spans the width of the bungalow.

Facilities & Ameneties

Kitchen Appliances

• Electric cooker with twin ovens
• Ceramic hob with built in extractor
• American Fridge-freezer
• Dishwasher
• Microwave
• Toaster
• Nespresso coffee machine

Utility Appliances

• Washing machine
• Spin dryer
• Iron

Bedrooms

• Sizes – King-size bed, double bed
• and two double bunks (sleeps 4)
• Hairdryer

Tech & Entertainment

• Fibre Wi-Fi Internet
• Flat-screen smart TV

Other

• Outdoor Jacuzzi Spa
• Patio with Sunken firepit area
• Hot outdoor shower
• Selection of books

Outside


The comprehensive multi-level patio area extending south-west of the cottage, and reminiscent of a cruise liner, incorporates some really exquisite features in addition to barbecue al-fresco dining.

To add a stretch into the evenings, an innovative and spacious outdoor sunken seating area wraps around a welcome firepit and provides some wind shelter.

Just a few hundred metres away, there is a secluded beach, and when you return, there is an inspired outdoor hot shower to flush away the sand…

There is also a sloping lawn with ample parking to the front.

Bedrooms

Bedrooms remain in the original cottage, with the superlative ensuite master bedroom indulging in more of those extravagant sliding doors directly onto the patio with its endless vistas.

Here too a genuinely charming bunk room – in radiant white – with built-in beds for four, is a magical retreat for kids. The beautifully detailed alabaster marble family bathroom with bath, is an absolute delight.

Provisional Booking Form

This Home is ONLY let by the week.
Important – A Week’s booking runs from Saturday to Saturday

A refundable breakages deposit of €450 payable with the rental amount this will be refunded within seven days of departure, provided there are no issues.

 

Rates Table

May to September €2950 /week
October to April €2,950/week

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  • Please note all booking requests are subject to 24 hour approval.
  • Once your provisional booking has been placed, the UIH team will verify it, answer any specific queries you may have, and request a deposit to lock in your dates.
  • Please note if your provisional booking is not confirmed and the deposit paid within 3 days it will expire.
  • If your preferred dates are not available, click here to review alternate options.
  • For additional information please contact us on +353 85 860 0027

Restrictions

Smoking – No, sorry!
Parties – The owners regret Stag, Hen, Wedding or 21st parties are not admissible.
Children – The property is not suitable for toddlers or children under the age of 6.
Pets – No, sorry!

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Out & About

 

Wild mountains and churning oceans, fine food and hospitality, just some of the attractions of Donegal

 

Lifestyle Photography of Donegal for Failte Ireland

Here are some of our favourites…

Festivals and Events in County Donegal

 

The Locality

 

 

Ten minutes away from the cottage by car, the harbour at Killybegs is home to Ireland’s largest off-shore trawler fleet, so it’s not surprising that some of the best fresh fish food is to be found here.

The town is famous for its tapestries and carpets, some of which were produced on the biggest carpet loom in the world at the Donegal Carpet Factory. The carpets, known as Donegals, are hand-knotted in the Turkish style.

Donegal town, about ten minutes away but in the opposite direction, is the nearest centre for pretty much anything from groceries to fishing tackle. The middle of the town is known as The Diamond, and can get very busy in high season, with great pubs and live music.

You can’t miss the recently restored Donegal Castle, built by Red Hugh O’Donnell in 1474, but there is also a charming harbour which you can reach along the Bank Walk beside the River Eske as it flows into the bay.
The town was invaded by the Vikings in the 8th century and they used it as a port – hence its Gaelic name Dun na nGall, which means ’Fort of the Foreigners’.

County Donegal is the largest county in Ulster and the only one that is not in the UK.
Its Population decimated during the famine, still only about half of what it was in the mid-19th century.

The county is renowned for its golden surfing beaches, such as Murvagh beach, and Rossnowlagh which is one of Europe’s finest. The European Surfing Championships have been held here on three occasions. Donegal Bay’s funnel-like shape encourages huge Atlantic rollers, occasionally as high as 7 metres (20 ft).

The Blue Flag Fintra beach – long and more sheltered, lies just beyond Killybegs, but much closer along the narrow St. John’s peninsula is the small clearwater Coral beach.

Historically this beautiful coastal locale was once an important whaling post, and the harpoon gun so associated with the industry was invented here. Whales and dolphins are happily still in evidence all around the shores.

The Blue Stack Mountains straddle the county and its scenic trails are popular with hill-walkers.The Blue Stack Way walk connects Donegal Town with the town of Ardara further north – a three day hike.

The stunning sea cliffs at Slieve Liag are worth a visit. 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.

Lough Eske is a small and placid lake about 20 minutes from the cottage in the Donegal direction. It is popular with anglers in the summer months, and is has numerous forest paths around its shores and a fine hotel restaurant.

During the Second World War this area experienced a lot of airborne activity as sanctioned flying boats from Lough Erne in the UK flew missions out over the short Republican corridor into the Atlantic. It was a Catalina from Lough Erne that spotted the notorious German battleship Bismarck out in the Atlantic – and this led to her demise by the British Navy who had been in pursuit but had lost contact in heavy fog.

The word Éire remains crafted in white stones on headlands around Donegal, which acted as navigation aid for those flying above.

How to get there – Car advised..

By Air: Flights to Dublin, Belfast or Donegal airports.
Donegal Airport – is about one and a half hours from the cottage.
Knock Airport – is about one and a half hours from the cottage.
Dublin Airport – is just under 3 hours from the cottage.
Belfast Airport – is approx 2 and half hours from house.
Shannon Airport – is just under 3 hours from the cottage.

By Sea: Ferry crossings
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is just over 3 hours from the cottage
The Belfast Liverpool ferry is approx 2 and half hours from house.

Wild Atlantic Way
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Hazelwood

Hazelwood

Hazelwood

Simply Bewitching

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County Donegal

This lovingly restored 19th Century stone house, full of traditional and quirky Irish artefacts and with luxurious attention to detail, sits in extensive mature grounds and has an astounding view over the beautiful blue-flag beach of Culdaff.
Wild, windy and rugged, Inishowen is the most northerly part of Ireland – a hauntingly beautiful wilderness, still, within a stone’s throw of the buzzing attractions of our Northern Ireland neighbours.

 

No place like home…

At the centre of the house, in what was the original structure, is a lofty, terracotta dining room. It retains much of the original cooking hearth complete with swinging pot crane and various cooking irons from a long-gone era.

A wonderful communal room for the evenings, with an oak table and seating for eight.

AT A GLANCE

  • Sleeps
    Up to 7 guests
    From €1,600 per week
  • Bedrooms
    One double bedroom – ensuite
    Two twin and one single bedrooms
    Family bathroom
  • Other Rooms
    Sitting room, Dining room
    Family kItchen
    Annex – Games room
    Utility outbuilding
  • Features
    Open Fire place, Wood stove
    Central heating, Patio, Ocean views
  • Contempo
    concealed TV, WiFi internet,
    Good Cell phone reception
  • Availability
    High season Weekly only: Saturday to Saturday
    Midweek: Monday to Friday
  • Restrictions
    Children over 12 are welcome
    Well behaved pets are permitted
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The latched doors, liscannor flagstone floor and small square curtained windows, preserve the Irish heritage evident throughout the home.

​A step down from the dining room is an amply appointed kitchen.
Colourful, contemporary, and of eclectic design, it’s also an ideal breakfast room.

Preparation surfaces are stainless steel, with a tall fridge concealed behind lofty press doors.

There is a door from here directly onto the front driveway – a handy entrance.

Facilities & Ameneties

Kitchen Appliances

• 4 Ring gas hob
• Twin electric Oven
• Fridge-freezer
• Dishwasher
• Twin Toaster
• Microwave

Utility Appliances

• Washing machine
• Tumble dryer
• Iron

Bedrooms

• Sizes – One double bed, four single beds
• Cabin bed
• Hairdryer

Tech & Entertainment

• Wi-Fi Internet
• Concealed TV in sitting room
• CD stereo player

Other

• Good selection of books
• Table tennis table
• Foosball table
• Some board games & music cds

In contrast, the sitting room appended to the opposite end of the house, is filled with light from the south facing windows that line one side, all the while framing that striking vista of Culdaff beach and the headland beyond.

Mustard in colour, and furnished with deeply comfortable sofas and a woodburning stove, the room also has French doors opening onto a stone flagged patio, for those special barbecue days.

The owner has a passion for quality recycled or repurposed furnishings, evident in fittings such as the truly efficient heating radiators, wash handbasins, vintage furniture and artworks.

 

Bedrooms

The master bedroom is of generous size and bookends the kitchen end of the house.

The ensuite features a commodious walk-in wet room shower.

At its centre, an archetypal wrought iron and brass knob bedstead overlooked by a brooding of bird pictures.

Directly off the dining room, there is a whimsical box bedroom paneled in a pale watery teal with views to the beach. The snug, cabin bed is as cosy as it is unique.

Off the passageway that threads through the house, a steeply meandering stairway leads to a long loft bedroom, furnished with a pair of traditional iron beds.

Timber sheeted and long, a charming feature is the novel interior window that overlooks the dining room.

There is a delightful bedroom in soft terracotta, with twin wrought iron and brass bedsteads and a duo of windows accessed from the central passageway.

The spacious family bathroom, also off the passageway, has a quirky bath dressed in rusticated stone tiles, a wet-room style walk-in shower and classic vintage sink.

Outside

The accomplished stonework of the house extends to the Rapunzel-tower entrance columns.

An expansive banked lawn falls away to a heavily shrubbed woodland in the front, where the stunning Culdaff beach view is the hero.

 

Out-buildings at the rear have been re-purposed to serve as a utility room, with an unexpected spacious games room above.

Provisional Booking Form

2023 Holiday Breaks

Easter weekend Friday 7th April to Monday 10th April € 2,500
Halloween Friday 27th October to Wednesday 1st November € 2,500
Christmas break Saturday 23rd to Thursday 28th December € 2,500
New Year break Saturday 30th to Tuesday 2nd January € 2,500

This Home is normally only let by the week, except as follows:
Mid-Week bookings run from Monday PM till Friday AM – 4 nights
Weekend breaks are not currently available
Important – A Week’s booking runs from Saturday to Saturday

A refundable breakages deposit payable with the rental amount will be refunded within seven days of departure.

 

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October to May € 2,000 € 1,600
June to September € 2,500 Not Available

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Out & About

 

Not only is Inishowen a fascinating and historical peninsula, with endless, empty sandy beaches and great golf, but for food and music it is unrivalled…

Here are some of our favourites…

 

The Locality

 

 

On the way you will drive through Culdaff, which is the nearest village to the house. It has 3 pubs, a restaurant and a coffee shop. Impossible to ignore is the magnificent Culdaff beach which the cottage looks out onto. Lifeguards are on duty in the summer months making it brilliant for swimmers and surfers. The eastern end has rocky coves and a children’s play area.
Boats may be chartered at Bunagee Pier, just down from the house – very popular with anglers and dolphin watchers alike.

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The market town of Cardonagh – 15 minutes by car – is where you will find a more comprehensive selection of shops, pubs and cafes; see also the famous 7th century St. Patricks Cross.

Inishowen is the largest peninsula on the island of Ireland, and is the starting (or ending) point of the Wild Atlantic Way. Far enough north, and with very little light pollution, you may catch occasional glimpses of the plasma light show that is the Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights. There are several websites that do forecasts of when views can be expected.

Just a 25-minute drive northwards is Banba’s Crown – the tip of Malin Head and the most northerly point of mainland Ireland. It is statistically the sunniest part of Ireland and also the windiest. Parts of the Star Wars movies were filmed in this other-worldly landscape.
There is said to be the highest concentration of shipwrecks in the world off the headland, which attracts both divers and fishermen alike. The German U-boat fleet was scuttled here at the end of World War II. A short ramble from the car park is a deep and narrow subterranean cavern known as Hells Hole.

More about Malin here

Inishowen has many historical monuments, dating back to early settlements, including the ruins of several castles, and the circular 7th century dry-stone fort at Grianán Aileach, which is probably the best known. Built some 250m above sea level, it is a windy and exposed place with breathtaking views. The 5m high walls consist of three terraces and accommodation was provided by wooden structures built against them.

Buncrana, half an hour away the second most populous town in County Donegal, after Letterkenny, and the largest in Inishowen. the historic home of the O’Doherty clan, and a major centre for the textile industry in County Donegal. The town is well known for its live music pubs. The renowned Fruit of the Loom clothing plant was a large source of employment in the town before it moved its operations overseas in 2006.

Golf Vacations are extremely popular in Donegal with its many fine courses. The most famous is Ballyliffin Golf Club, home to 2 championship 18-hole courses and just 20 minutes away.

10 minutes west from the house brings you to the inlet that is Trawbreaga Bay.
This is a Wildlife Sanctuary which is an important landfall for migrating geese and other birds.
At the narrow mouth of the bay is the fine sandy beach known as Five Fingers Strand. It is backed by ancient sand dunes which are amongst the highest in Europe – some reaching 30 metres high all held together by tough marram grass that prevents wind erosion.

Five Fingers Strand

The wonderful Kinnagoe Beach is a short trip south from the house, and it is here that in 1588 the Spanish Armada ship ‘La Trinidad Valencera’ was wrecked and lay undiscovered until 1971.

The peninsula is renowned for its traditional musicians and singers, so it will be difficult to avoid coming across a session in one of the pubs or hotels of an evening.

Derry City, the second largest in Northern Ireland after Belfast, is under an hour away by car. Built in the early 1600’s, it is the only surviving example of a complete walled city in Ireland, and one of the finest in Europe.It is one of the few cities in Europe that never saw its fortifications breached, withstanding several sieges and has a complex and troubled history.

Visiting The North of Ireland in the summer months you can avoid Derry altogether and save yourself a good half an hour by using the Lough Foyle Car ferry

The Inishowen 100 tourist route is an approximately 100-mile signposted scenic drive around the peninsula. Here is a link  to illustrate what you can expect in more detail.

Cycling is extremely popular in County Donegal, and the annual Inishowen 100 attracts hundreds of entrants every August.

How to get there – Car advised..

By Air: Flights to Dublin, Belfast or Donegal airports.
Belfast Airport – is about 2 hours away
Donegal Airport – is also about 2 hours away
Dublin Airport – just under 4 hours from the house

By Sea: Ferry crossings
Belfast Port is just over 2 hours away with ferries to Liverpool and Scotland
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is just over 4 hours from the house
Rosslare Harbour for Ferries to South Wales is just under 6 hours from the house.

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Cloughboy Cottage

Cloughboy Cottage

Cloughboy Cottage

Picture-perfect coastal escape

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County Donegal

This dazzling designer holiday cottage, notched into the southern slopes of the rugged Loughros Peninsula, boasts spectacular views across tidal sands and oyster farms to Assaranca waterfall and Slievetooey Mountain beyond.

The garden is six acres of moorland, indigenous wild flowers and grasses, on a rocky slope that is separated from the tidal shoreline by a narrow yet populous fenced road and a stretch of boggy pasture.
Here you are never far from fine food, fine sand and the cries of wheeling seabirds.

 

Comfortable in its surroundings

A generous double height atrium at the central core of this contemporary cottage, serves as open plan living and dining area.
Here, an eclectic mix of leather and antique sofas, invite cosy evenings of family games, or just lapping up the idyllic panoramas across Loughros Beg Bay through French doors that hinge out onto the front terrace.

AT A GLANCE

  • Sleeps
    Up to 9 guests
    From €1,540 per week
  • Bedrooms
    Three Double Bedrooms
    All ensuite with Shower
    One with Multi-Access Guest Bathroom
    One Twin Bedroom
    Ensuite with Shower
  • Other Rooms
    Open Plan Living/Dining Area

    Sitting Room
    Kitchen

  • Contempo
    Parking For Five
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To the other side of this large room a substantial oak table surrounded by classic Cassina Cab leather chairs, can comfortably seat eight to ten for dinner.

A black granite worktop spanning the rear wall accommodates a stainless steel sink, with built in dishwasher and drinks fridge beneath.

A tidy galley kitchen adjoins the dining area, housing a complete range of choice electric appliances and utilities inside solid oak presses.

Light and warmth flooding through the huge skylight that crowns the apex above our heads, bounces off white walls and is finally absorbed by the black slate floor during the day, to be radiated back at night.

Built-in storage units and sideboard are in solid oak, setting a theme for the rest of the furniture.
A long sitting room, with more uninterrupted views of the bay and relaxing bed sofas, follows through from the main atrium, and leads to the barbeque area.

There are two wonderful double bedrooms at either end of the ground floor linking to the central area via ensuite bathroom lobbies. All showers are power assisted.

Styling throughout the house is clean, modern and minimal, with under floor heating adding a subtle cosiness.

The prevailing feature of the interior is an elevated bridge spanning the atrium.

Accessed by a stylish, skeletal open-tread stairway, the catwalk links a twin bedroom with another double bedroom in the attic.
Both have ensuite shower rooms, and multiple velux windows provide ample daylight.

Facilities

Equipped with everything you would expect from a five star family home – from travel cot to microwave, satellite TV, wi-fi broadband and DVD. There is currently no clothes dryer.

If you have a particular requirement, be sure to tell us..

Outside

Enjoy spectacular views from the patio, with oak garden furniture and a large charcoal barbeque.

The grounds remain purposefully natural with grass, heathers, fuschia, escallonia and wild flowers, including orchids in season.
Although not visible from the cottage, you will need to cross a narrow fenced road that services the many cottages on the peninsula and cross a stretch of boggy pasture to reach the seashore. It’s not suitable for swimming at this point, but it’s great for collecting mussels at low tide. A healthy walk across the head brings you to Trabane, the nearest swimming beach.
Cormorants, sea birds, choughs, seals and an otter can be seen from the house. Dolphins also visit the bay occasionally.

Restrictions

Smoking – no, sorry
Parties – The owners regret Stag, Hen, Wedding or 21st parties are not admissible.
Pets – No, sorry, sheep and lambing environment.

Provisional Booking Form

This Home is normally only let by the week, except as follows:
Mid-week bookings run from Monday PM till Friday AM – 4 nights
Weekend breaks run from Friday PM till Monday AM – 3 nights
Important – A Week’s booking runs from Saturday to Saturday.

Rates for Public Holidays 2023:
Easter Week 8th- 15th April 2023 – €2,000
Halloween  28th October- 4th November 2022 – €2,000
Christmas 23rd to the 28th Dec 2022 – €2,000
New Years’ 29th December 2022 to the 2nd January 2023  –€2,000

A refundable breakages deposit of €350 is payable with the rental amount will be refunded within seven days of departure, provided all is in order.

June to September €2,000 per week minimum stay
October to May €1,650 per week Weekend €1000 Mid-week €1000

 

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Your travel arrangements are important, so all provisional bookings are double checked with the owners to ensure that your plans do not conflict with theirs, this can take up to 24 hours, but we haven’t forgotten about you.!

Provisional bookings will be followed up by email, at which point we can answer specific queries you may have, verify your booking and request a deposit to confirm.

Please note that all unconfirmed provisional bookings will expire after 3 days.
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