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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The space

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: 4PM - 2AM (next day)
Check Out: 10AM
Room type: Entire home/apt
Self check-in: Lockbox


Extra people: 22 / night after 2 guests
Cleaning Fee: 61
Security Deposit: 303
Weekly Discount: 5%
Weekend Price: 84 / night
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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 double bed
Bedroom 2
1 sofa bed

House Rules
No smoking
No parties or events
Check in time is 4PM - 2AM (next day)

Pets - we welcome well behaved pets and a maximum of 2, there is a surcharge of €20 for 1 dog, €30 total for 2 - payable after arrival.

It is VERY important that pets are kept on leads when they are not in the garden, there are loose 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

135 Reviews

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Bridget User Profile
August 2017
This cottage is wonderful. It's warm & quiet and is a much needed retreat from a noisy world. You can spend days walking the local area (Port) & everywhere you look is beautiful. Greg has lots of books to enjoy while there but also a Dvd player (& dvds). There is lots to see in Donegal & it is a lovely place to come back to after touring. Our dogs loved it & were exhausted every evening - the garden is fenced in but if your dogs are interested in chasing sheep they could get (URL HIDDEN) watch them. The cottage is everything that is shown, stated in the description. Mary is lovely, we seen nobody for the 4 days we stayed while at the cottage & only a few while out & about the area. Leaving the cottage was a sad moment but we will probably return as still a lot to see in Donegal.

Therese User Profile
August 2017
Just perfect in every way. Sublime gentle environment. Great walking.

Scott User Profile
August 2017
We stayed in Croaghacullion cottage with our two children (8&5yrs) and can't recommend it enough. It is the perfect location to 'get away from it all' with family or as a base to explore some of the most beautiful parts of Donegal. The location is stunning and Greg has preserved the traditional aspects of this cottage and presented it in a sensitively historic way. The cottage is cosy, clean and warm and the housekeeper Mary is also wealth of local knowledge. It's also a comfort that even in the middle of nowhere she is close by if needed. We all loved the open space, the sheep who shared our garden and access to the Lough and hills. Directions to cottage provided by Greg were easy to follow and spot on, and the cottage is close to local villages and shores. The only thing to mention is that we had no WiFi as other guests had used the allowance however we didn't care! Lots of time spent outside, and use of a dvd player indoors on a stormy evening was all we needed. Perfect trip and great host. We will definitely book with Greg again.

Ansgar User Profile
August 2017
The cottage was a nice and interesting place in the middle of nature. If you want to get away from action - that is the place to be. Some nice books are there and Mary the housekeeper is a lovely person.

Sarah User Profile
August 2017
We had a great time in this cottage. The surroundings are beautiful and the house has everything you need. The sheep walking around the house make it all even more special. Great place from where to explore this part of Donegal. Don't expect too much of the wifi, but other than that: we definitely recommend staying here!!

Rosemary User Profile
July 2017
We stayed here for the 2nd week of our wedding anniversary. A comfortable base in which to explore the immediate surroundings: cycling down the return 10kms single track road to the nearby harbour at Port before breakfast. The 12kms clockwise walking over the cliffs at Slieve League in the rain. Cycling other peninsular routes north & south at Portnoo & Muckross head at Kilcar. Good idea to stock up on essentials before arrival, as the nearest shops are 10kms away. Rosemary & Andrew Hewett.

Zoe User Profile
July 2017
A great place to escape! We had everything we needed and more. Highly recommended.

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Greg User Profile

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.

Languages: English, Español, Polski
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