Set on Ireland's famous "Wild Atlantic Way" in the rolling hills of North Donegal, The Fairy Tree Folly offers unique and bespoke travel experience for those wanting to explore the real Donegal.
Robert and Lesley Newberry have been residents of Donegal for nearly 20 years and have made Downings their home.
Situated in the private grounds of Ship's Cottage on Atlantic Drive, The Fairy Tree Folly offers a unique and bespoke travel experience. Built under and around a fairy tree, This cozy double bedroom with en suite shower room is available to rent throughout the year and is perfect for those who want to experience the real Donegal. Panoramic views overlooking Rosapenna Golf Resort and the tranquil surroundings make this the ideal retreat.
Perfectly situated to explore the North West of Ireland with amenities and attractions on the doorstep.
•HD TV with Freeview
•Breakfast is optional and available upon request at an extra cost.
•Forest / Woodland with trails nearby
•Walking (established walks)
•Walking – Hill walking (recommended routes)
Fort Dunree is a military museum with special emphasis on coastal artillery and the military history of the North West.
The Dunfanaghy Workhouse Craft & Exhibition Centre
An tSean Bheairic
At the Donegal Visitor Resource Centre, you can immerse yourself in the lives of our rural ancestors from Falcarragh and its surrounding region.
Glenveagh National Park
Glenveagh National Park lies in the heart of the Derryveagh Mountains in the north-west of Co. Donegal. It is a remote and hauntingly beautiful wilderness of rugged mountains and pristine lakes.
Gartan Outdoor Education Centre
The Centre provides a wide range of Adventure Sports Activities, Environmental Education Courses, Team Building, Management Training and Adventure Sports Training.
Nights of Traditional Music. Also we now provide a fantastic bar menu to a restaurant standard.
At Carrickfinn, on the top North-Western corner of Ireland, Donegal Airport opens up the North-West for the leisure and business traveller.
An Mhuc Dhubh
Donegal's only operational narrow gauge railway
The Folk Village Glencolmcille
The Folk Village Museum offers an excellent guided tour for the visitor. In the tour you will experience life as it was in the 1700’s, 1800's and 1900’s.
Killybegs Maritime and Heritage Centre
Killybegs Maritime and Heritage Visitor Centre in Co. Donegal Ireland offers a unique experience in the Fishing and Carpet making history for visitors who venture to the shores of this picturesque town situated on the Donegal coastline.
Deane's Equestrian Farm
Deane's Farm is located on the North-West coast of Ireland between the rolling Donegal hills and the majestic Atlantic Ocean.
Donegal County Museum
Donegal County Museum at High Road, Letterkenny was opened in 1987. The building once formed part of the town's Workhouse which was established for the relief of the poor duing the Great Famine of (phone number hidden).
Donegal Adventure Centre
Donegal Adventure Centre is Ireland's largest surfschool based in Bundoran, County Donegal and this year we celebrate a decade of providing exciting adventure sports, outdoor activities, surf lessons and fantastic service to schools, families and adult Groups.
McElhinneys of Ballybofey
Ireland’s finest department store, and also one of the largest at over 90,000 sq ft, McElhinney’s has been offering its customers an unparalleled range of product with an unequalled level of service since 1971.
Lifford Old Courthouse
The Old Courthouse in Lifford, Co. Donegal is one of the finest examples of a purpose built courthouse in Ireland.
Inishowen Maritime Museum and Planetarium
The state-of-the-art planetarium features accurate depictions of our night skies and multi-media presentations depicting fantastic educational voyages through the universe.
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Relax and enjoy
Breakfast is available upon request at an extra cost . Orders must be made before 4pm on the previous day
Visitors must park in designated parking area as Robert is in the coast guard and needs clear access at all times
All guests must vacate the Folly by 10am on the day of departure
The Folly will be available for occupancy from 2pm only
Had a great stay here! The view is perfect and even though the folly is small, it has everything you need and indeed a surprisingly spacious bathroom!
Lovely people with lovely dogs, pigs, ducks etc haha! They recommended us a great restaurant where we had a great time.
Definitely recommend this place for your day(s) up in the north of Ireland.
This is a truly special place to stay, and Lesley is a wonderful host. As others have said, the photos do not do it justice. Unfortunately we were only able to stay for one night, but it was the perfect antidote to our busy lives.
Lesley and her husband can provide great recommendations of the surrounding area, and the love they have for their home is vibrant. Instructions for travel were great, and we felt very welcome from the moment we arrived.
Would recommend you get the fire going as the folly can get cool quite quickly- particularly the bathroom!
Overall, we felt very lucky to have had a night at the folly, and would love to return.
Felt so welcome and Robert and Lesley could not have been more kind. You most definitely need a car to stay in this property and the fire was a necessity when there was a storm one of the nights. Really pretty views and compact accommodation with everything you need for a short term stay.
Absolutely beautiful place. May look like a shed from the outside but is a surprisingly spacious room inside! Turf fire made the room very cosy.
Loved being surrounded by veg patches and chickens and ducks running around.
Lesley made a delicious Irish breakfast which we had on the terrace looking over the bay and mountains (before the rain came down!)
Lovely hosts full of tips and information that helped us make the most of our stay. Ards forest park beach was amazing thanks Lesley!
Laura and Eamonn x
Excellent in all respects. Beautiful place, beautiful views. Lesley and Robert were really helpful. Looking forward to the next time! Thankyou
Our stay with Lesley and Robert was fantastic from start to finish. They are friendly and wonderful hosts, who made sure we were looked after and had everything we needed.
The Tree Fairy Folly is a great spot overlooking the hills and down to the bay with plenty of privacy from the house and with the calm of the country (it was way noisier down in the centre of town).
We really appreciated all the history Robert shared with us, putting in perspective Ireland's past and the only recent peace it is now living.
The locals are a hoot, with the Singing Pub our favourite (we were in there 5 times over the 3 days) so you get to experience the 'real' Ireland.
Thanks Lesley and Robert for a fantastic experience!
We stayed in the Fairy Tree Folly for three days and had a wonderful time. Lesley and her husband are great hosts. We felt welcomed at their place right from the start. We got very valuable tips for dining and having a beer. From the patio we had an amazing view over the bay and the mountains. We highly recommend a stay in the Fairy Tree Folly.