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County Donegal

Hazelwood

Price starts from €2,000 per week

Simply Bewitching

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.

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At a Glance

Bedrooms

Sleep up to 7 guests
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

Contempo

Concealed TV
WiFi internet
Good Cell phone reception

Features

Open Fire place
Wood stove
Central heating
Patio
Ocean views

Availability

High season Weekly only: Saturday to Saturday
Midweek: Monday to Friday

Restrictions

Children over 12 are welcome
Well behaved pets are permitted

Bird’s-Eye View Of Hazelwood

Property Features

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.

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.

The latched doors, liscannor flagstone floor and small square curtained windows, preserve the Irish heritage evident throughout the home. Preparation surfaces are stainless steel, with a tall fridge concealed behind lofty press doors.

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.

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

Bedrooms

Sleeps up to 7 guests.

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.

Facilities

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

Out and 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…

Things to do

The Locality

Wild Atlantic Way

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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Cardonagh and Inishowen

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.

ust 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.

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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

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.

Trawbreaga Bay

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.

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

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

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.

Pricing Options

This home is let by the week, except for weekends/midweek between October and May.

Week bookings run from Saturday to Saturday – 7 nights
Mid-week bookings run from Monday PM till Friday AM – 4 nights
Weekend bookings run from Friday PM till Monday AM – 3 nights

Christmas, New Year and some Public Holidays are at the high season rate.

A refundable breakage deposit of €350 is payable with the rental amount and will be refunded within seven days of departure.

Months Per Week Weekend Midweek
October to May €2,000 €1,600 €1,600
June to September €2,500 N/A N/A
Easter Weekend Thurs. 28th March – Tues. 2nd April 2024 €2,500
Christmas Break Sat. 21st December – Fri. 27th December 2024 €2,500
New Year Break Sat. 28th December to Fri. 3rd January 2025 €2,500

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