About this listing
Our lovely wee house, situated in a quiet cul-de-sac is a minute's walk from the long sandy strand of Lisfannon, is the perfect spot to explore Ireland's beautiful north-west. Especially well-equipped for children, it's ideal for family holidays.
Located a few minutes from a long sandy beach which stretches several miles along the shore of Lough Swilly, this is an ideal holiday base for visiting Donegal. The house suits both families with young children, and those with restricted mobility (while there are steps at the front and rear doors, the ground floor is open plan and includes a bathroom and double bedroom). Many poeple have used it as a base for visiting family, attending weddings, gathering clanns and attending festivals.
The cottage is a semi-detached dwelling with three bedrooms to sleep six, a fully fitted kitchen, a lounge, and a main bathroom and shower room. It is fully insulated and double glazed, with oil fired central heating for the cold winter months, - making the cottage a comfortable home from home. Outside, the front has a neatly trimmed patch of lawn, while to the rear, there is a secure, fully fenced yard, with a patio area which can serve as a childrens play area when entertaining guests. A separate lock-up garage can keep a second car safe when away on an extended trip, or used for storage.
Guests have access to the entire house and the garage (where BBQ and Chiminea is kept) and space surrounding the house. There is also a large outdoor shed containing games and DIY materials.
Interaction with Guests
This is our holiday home and we're unlikely to meet you; a family relative will meet and greet you and ensure wverything's OK while you're there.
This delightful cottage is situated in the enclosed and quiet Sandymount development, in Ludden - just south of Buncrana.
The cottage is within a two to three minute walk from.
The Harbour Inn Hotel, - which has a good restaurant and bar.
A nearby garage shop, where provisions can be bought.
The beach known as the White Strand - just across the road.
A little further away, golf enthusiasts will be pleased to learn that the North West Golf Club is only a 3 minute drive to the south, - and to the north, The Inishowen Gateway Hotel and Buncrana.
Regular bus into Derry.
Local taxis available. Ideal for cycling. Summer ferry to Rathmullan.
Other Things to Note
Buncrana is the largest town on the Inishowen peninsula, and is situated on the eastern shores of Lough Swilly, a long , narrow fjord like strip of water extending some 40Km south from its entrance to the North Atlantic between Fanad and Dunaff Heads. It is also known as the Lake of Shadows, because of the way changing weather affects the light reflecting off the waters.
The town has a good infrastructure, and includes 3 hotels 17 pubs, 4 supermarkets, 4 schools, a childrens play area, a cinema, 3 banks, places of worship, and many other shops and service providers.
There are a number of sports and recreation facilities including.
The North West Golf Club at Lisfannon.
An indoor swimming pool with gym and sauna
There is a yacht marina at Fahan.
In the summer months, a ferry service operates from the pier, crossing the Swilly to Rathmullan, a convenient way of beginning a tour of west Donegal.
The Grianan of Aileach is a group of historic monuments in County Donegal built on the hill of Grianán which is 244 metres high. The main monument is that of an Iron Age stone fortress. This important historical site was a centre of culture and politics during the rule of early Irish chieftains. A short drive from Sandymount Cottage takes you to the hilltop beside the Grianan - enjoy the panoramic views of Lough Foyle and Swilly before entering the rath itself.
Locally, there are lovely walks along the shoreline and in the surrounding hills, with the White Strand, and a Blue Flag Beach at Lisfannon to the south, while along the northern shore, a paved pathway will take you from Castle bridge, past Vaughan House and ODohertys Keep, onto Neds Point, Porthaw Beach and finally Stragill Beach. Admire beautiful coastal scenery along the way, with benches laid out at intervals along the path, where you can catch your breath and enjoy the views, or maybe watch the sunset. After Stragill the path ends, and at this point you may want to turn around. if you are really fit you can continue on to Linsfort and Dunree
A shorter walk takes one through the lovely Swan Park, which follows the Crana River along a wooded path, from Castle Bridge to the road bridge. A little further along the river, is the Tullyarvan Mill, a renovated 19th century grain mill, which now hosts art exhibitions, music festivals, concerts, plays, and provides a venue for private functions and conferences. It also has a 52 bed hostel.
We operate on a Saturday-to-Saturday booking basis, but may be able to accommodate a shorter stay outwith the summer. Just email and we'll see what we can do. Bring your own towels please; there are a few in the hot press for emergencies but we don't cater for all guests.
No pets. No smoking.
Please follow the instructions for the bins/garbage (and just contact us if unclear!)
About the Host, Nuala
We are a family of 6 although it's seldom we'd all be travelling. I'm a civil servant and Michael is an academic. Our children are aged 11,17,19 and 20. The eldest 2 are away at University now. We have a lovely dog, jasper, who is cross retriever and Labrador. I'm intending to come back and write a proper profile when I'm more organised, so please bear with us until then.