Available to let either as an entire house or a single private room (hosted by the owner).
Lough Anna Cottage is situated 2km from Glenties, which is east of Ardara and north of Donegal town. This traditional stone-built cottage is about 200 years old. It is in good condition with reasonably spacious and comfortable rooms. It has one medium sized bedroom with a double bed and one bedroom with two bunk beds, a kitchen, a bathroom and a living room with a working fireplace. There is the possibility of an additional bed which can be made up in the room with the bunk beds.
The cottage is fully furnished and the kitchen has a large and good quality gas/electric cooker, table, chairs etc. There is also a washing machine, but no television and no tumble dryer. Washing is generally dried on the line outside or on an inside dryer rack in bad weather. Both wood and turf are supplied for use in the living room fire place. The house also has a good oil-fired central heating system. All household linen and cleaning is included in the price. It is set in about an acre and a half of woodland and meadows with its own private drive and parking space. There are two friendly cats, who live both inside and out. If people prefer, they can remain outside for the entire duration of their stay.
For a single room only (sleeps two or three with additional bed made up) - €45/night plus €15 supplement for 3rd person. Full irish or light/continental breakfast included.
For the entire cottage - €80/night. Will sleep up to 5 persons. Self catering only.
For both options, an evening meal can be provided on arrival by request - €12 per person.
We had a great stay with Allaye for our New Year. She has a very cute and charming cottage. We were welcomed with tea, winter-punch and homemade tarte. She lit the fire for us, made delicious breakfast, and was very helpful!!! Also met her two very interesting and great children... We will come back in the summer time- thank you a lot!
That was a very nice stay in Allaye's house. We got lucky to meet her sons and we had very interesting talks. I will keep in touch with Allaye next time I travel to Ireland. Sean, Jaya and Samé from France.
Une seule nuit passée dans le cottage. Allaye parle trés bien le francais ce qui est appreciable. Nous avons pu allumer la cheminée. Cottage tres propre. Accueil chaleureux
I just asked my daughter what she liked the most during our trip and she said "the little house in the woods." (well, she first had said, tonight ice cream but that doesn't count. ) we had a lovely time at Allaye's cottage. it was peaceful, a charming and soulful place. Very clean and comfortable. Allaye gave us great tips on local places we could visit. And she is a fabulous baker, she even gave us some delicious scones for the road. I totally recommend her place as a base to explore this gorgeous region.
Nous ne sommes restés 3 jours (2 nuits) dans le petit cottage d'Allaye. Ce cottage est "perdu" dans les collines du Donegal, pas très loin d'Ardara - où l'on trouve tout le nécessaire (y compris pulls, écharpes, objets d'art, plages de sable, églises, etc.). L'intérieur du cottage est très rustique, avec une belle cheminée à l'ancienne, et une chambre avec lits superposés plus grande qu'il apparaît dans les photos ! Allaye est une hôtesse prévenante, aimable, et conciliante ; elle parle très bien français et est une cuisinière et boulangère expérimentée. Cette location en pleine nature fut une surprise, avec le sentiment de pouvoir vivre ici en dehors du temps. Si vous avez besoin de dépaysement, le cottage d'Allaye et l'accueil d'Allaye sont ce qu'il vous faut : une évasion hors du temps !
I didn't have much of a plan for Ireland; it was a rushed decision right after leaving a work position. I went to Donegal, because of the tweed hat that I always wear. A cab driver in Dublin called me an idiot for staying out in the country for my whole trip. But just like in the states, city folk in Dublin don't appreciate the serenity you get from venturing out past the single lane dirt roads, to a farm where you hop barbed wire fences, to find yourself over hills and in a glen of lakes.
Staying at Allaye's is the real deal. You're in the outskirts and able to enjoy sharing in their lifestyle. I'm happy to reiterate that her baking skills are fantastic, I devoured an order of scones before leaving.
Some photos I took of the trip:
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First of all, this little cottage is truly heaven on earth. Tucked away in between the hills of Donegal, a short trip away from the charming town of Ardara, Slieve League cliffs, Glenceagh national park and many more gorgeous destinations. The cottage is very rustic, beautiful fireplace included, the bunk bed room is larger than it appears in the photos! Lough Anne is literally next door, which in itself is a reason to go visit this cottage.
Secondly, Allaye is a lovely host, kind, patient, flexible, very knowledgeable of the area, she also cooks a great Irish breakfast! If an escape from everyday life is what you need, don't hesitate to go to Lough Anne Cottage.
very considerate host guests. very friendly and attentive . thank you very much for everything
Our family--two parents, two teens--had a wonderful stay at Allaye's cottage.
The setting is enchanting--hillside pasture enclosed by woods, stone walls and narrow lanes, an old landscape that preserves the history of the place. The cottage is charming and very old too, with thick walls, only one room deep, gently renovated with added kitchen and bath so that it's maintained its cozy proportions and rustic feel.
But the best part of our stay was Allaye herself, who greeted us with scones and mugs of tea and joined us at the fire to chat before leaving the place to us. We loved meeting her and were sorry our time together was so brief. Allaye is a gracious, artistic person with an amazing range of skills, interests and life experiences. We enjoyed talking with her, and after she left, looking at the artwork on the walls and books on the bookshelves. Oh what a delicious pleasure, to browse an interesting person's private library on a drizzly night inside a remote stone cottage. Alina stayed up late reading Yukio Mishima's The Temple of the Golden Pavillion, while Chris read Bruce Sterling's Shaping Things. How thoughtful of Allaye to have left for each of us just the literature we craved at the moment. Oh, she left us a loaf of fresh bread too, which we ate for breakfast with scads of butter. Yummmm.
Hot showers after breakfast, a lovely walk to Loch Ana with the kids, we were so sorry to have to go!
Allaye was welcoming. She speaks French very well. She made us enjoy his pastries and homemade bread that are delicious. Hearty and excellent breakfast. She gave us lots of tips for visiting the area. Typical Irish house in the countryside, ideal if you want to rest. We had a good time beside the fireplace in the living room. Spacious and comfortable room.