traditional Donegal coastal cottage in private location with great views over the lough!
The Times: Best Irish Cottage! WIFI
The Times: Best Irish Cottage! WIFI

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2 Bedrooms

2 Beds

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About this listing

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Named in the Sunday Times (Travel) as one of 'Top 20 Places for the Summer in UK or Ireland' 2012!

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Croaghacullion is a traditional Donegal coastal cottage that enjoys a remarkable secluded position overlooking Lougheraherk (lake) in this, the most traditional and picturesque part of Ireland. You get the whole cottage, in 3/4 acre of land overlooking a lake. Glencolmcille village (shops, great pubs with traditional music, Folk Museum, cafes, is a 13 minute drive).

The cottage sits in the heart of the Irish-speaking Gaeltacht in what is probably the most traditional area of Ireland. You can walk down to the beach from the cottage and you're unlikely to see another tourist, maybe just a lobster fisherman or one of the friendly, farmer neighbours. See more photos of this Donegal cottage. Just sitting on the bench in front can be lovely - you can usually hear the waves from the other side of the mountain.

Stay here to discover one of the most remarkable and beautiful landscapes in Ireland - we doubt you'll ever find better beaches than can be found locally, friendlier people, or such a sense of wilderness. These photos show the walk down to Port beach from the cottage, which feels like the very edge of Europe (9 times out of 10 you'll have the whole bay to yourself), or sit at home and enjoy the views over 'your' lough (lake).

Pets welcome - ask they are never allowed on sofas or beds please. Great place for dogs - enlcosed garden and miles of open mountain walking from the door, with fabulous beaches near.

Guest access

A detached lakeside cottage and about an acre of land, with direct access to open-mountain walking.

Interaction with guests

You'll meet my lovely housekeeper, Mary, who lives in the neighbouring house on the track on the way to the cottage.

Other things to note

Note - this listing has 'live' and correct availability - you can book instantly - no need to enquire if there is availability - the calendar is correct :)

The space
Accommodates: 4
Bathrooms: 1
Bedrooms: 2
Beds: 2
Check In: Anytime after 4PM
Check Out: 10AM
Room type: Entire home/apt
Self check-in: Lockbox


Extra people: $23 / night after 2 guests
Cleaning Fee: $58
Security Deposit: $288
Weekly Discount: 8%
Weekend Price: $80 / night
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House Rules
No smoking
No parties or events
Check in is anytime after 4PM

Flexible booking allows holidays of any length starting any day of the week minimum stay 2 nights. However we do not allow you to leave one empty night that we cannot then sell.

Pets - we welcome well behaved pets and a maximum of 2, there is a surcharge (please contact us about this) but I ask please to clear any waste from garden and depose of it in a responsible way and never allow them on the sofas or beds, thanks. It is VERY important that pets are kept on leads when they are not in the garden, there are lose sheep on the roads and mountainside. I have a dog myself and I know from experience that most dog owners are very careful - thank you!

Thank you for leaving the cottage tidy. I don't expect you to clean but do wash up etc and leave in a reasonable state for Mary, thanks. Great if you can strip the bedsheets to help her after, thanks.



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Safety features
Smoke detector

2 nights minimum stay

125 Reviews

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Debbie User Profile
June 2017
We had a reall wonderful stay at Croaghacullion. The location was ideal if you want to get away from it all for a while - beautiful countryside and views, lovely and quiet- the only sounds were sheep and birds! The house itself has everything you could need or want and it has been refurbished in a way that preserves the authentic Donegal cottage style and feel. Everything worked perfectly; heating, hot water, kitchen appliances. here were lots of books to read and blankets to snuggle up with plus two stoves. It was also really lovely to chat with Mary. We toured around quite a bit of the Donegal coastline from the cottage but would like to explore more of the immediate surroundings next time. We did spend several hours at An Port one day and would definitely recommend it. Stunning views, beautiful secluded beach with waterfalls and coastal path to walk on. The only downside to our stay was that it was too short. We only had four nights but there's always next time! Thank you Greg, Yvonne and Mary. Debbie & Greg

Channah User Profile
June 2017
This cottage is fantastic. You will feel as though you are living in a painting everyday. The views from the cottage are gorgeous. We used it as a home base for two out of our three week Holiday in Ireland. Mary was so incredibly welcoming to us and it was joy popping in to speak with her and visit for a few minutes most days. On our last day she even took us to meet some orphaned lambs that they were bottle feeding - so adorable! If you have the time follow the nearby Wild Atlantic Way which will lead you to several beautiful locations that will take your breath away. Also, don't miss out on the beautiful beaches and waterfalls all within a 30 minute drive. Thank you Mary, Greg & Yvonne!!! Our stay was LOVELY!

Catherine User Profile
May 2017
Greg's cottage was a magical place. Words cannot describe how beautiful this part of the world is. You really have to see it for yourself. We were very comfortable in the cottage and enjoyed our turf fires every night. We had a lovely conversation with the wonderful Mary who is a true gem! Our only regret is that we don't have more time here!!

Corrie User Profile
May 2017
We had a lovely time at Greg's place. The walk to the port and tower was fabulous and we enjoyed the quiet and views. Thanks for a great experience!

Christine User Profile
May 2017
We stayed 2 nights at Greg's place, and it wasn't long enough. It is a traditional Irish cottage, and everything is as on the website. Greg has built an underground pod studio in the garden, so presumably at some point when it is occupied you may get neighbours. Great location for walking, visiting Slieve League or just chilling in the garden or by the peat fire. Definitely recommended!

Leanne User Profile
May 2017
Absolutely beautiful place. We stayed for a long weekend but it wasn't enough as there is so much to see and do. Next time we will book in for an extra few days. Looking forward to it already.

Richard User Profile
April 2017
We had a fantastic four nights in Greg's quirky and historic cottage. Its remoteness is arguably its chief attraction - you really do feel as if you are squirrelled away in a hidden corner of Ireland. The peace and tranquility is really something else (as our the pitch black night skies). At the same time, it's a perfect place for exploring southern Donegal and for doing some great walks/treks. We hope to return in the future.

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I'm an architectural historian and I restore unusual and historic buildings across Europe and let them for holidays.

I'm a former University lecturer from the University of Wales (archaeology/ architectural history), and have written several books and TV series on architecture. I love great views, privacy and finding the best locations, and then renovating and restoring in an appropriate style.

I speak English, Welsh and Polish, and I understand basic French. Learning Spanish.

My properties are managed by Yvonne and she speaks English and Spanish.

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