If you look for nature pure in a most beautiful setting off the beaten track, this place is for you!
We are tucked into the beautiful Donegal hills offering a homely private room with a cosy double bed, bathroom with sauna - a place to really relax!
Our place is situated in a very quiet, hidden away and peaceful location tucked into a scenic woodland.
We try our best to live a sustainable life using solar panels, wood burning stoves, growing our own food in in a large polytunnel and in outside gardens. We also harvest and blend our own herbal teas - come and try!
We want to welcome you to the place we love and invite you to just relax, wind down and feel comfortable!
Our guest's will have access to a landscaped garden with places to just sit and relax and to enjoy the beautiful surroundings. In the morning we will serve you a continental breakfast in our kitchen sitting area. We provide evening meals on request and you can always relax in our lounge area overlooking the ever changing light on Aghla mountain. We can also give you the lend of our bikes.
Interaction with Guests
We will always welcome you with a warm Irish welcome and with freshly homemade bread and tea (or coffee).
We will be there to recommend you walks, places to see, where to go for a good session, and help you along if you have any questions or requests.
If you like to walk and explore we provide you with maps and routes and an compass.
We live about 5km outside the village of Fintown and are linked via a mountainous back-road to the picturesque town of Glenties (half an hour drive). We are surrounded by forests, lakes, streams and rivers on the foot of Aghla mountain. We are located right beside a waymarked walking way called "The Gaeltacht/Sli na Finne Way", which makes it a great place for walking and exploring. About half an hours drive from us we have several stunning beaches. The highest cliffs of Europe are nearby as well as Glenveagh National Park.
This is also an area well renowned for traditional music. Some famous fiddlers are living nearby and you will find regular traditional music sessions especially in the Glenties area.
There are bus connections from Glenties to the main village of Fintown as well as from Letterkenny to Fintown. If you don't have a car we can give you a lift on arrival from Fintown to our place (which would be a 2 hours walk) and of course on return.
If you have a sat-navigation system in your car we can give you the exact GPS coordinates to find us.
Other Things to Note
After a day of walking or exploring why not enjoy a relaxing time in our infrared sauna with music of your choice? We will provide you with towels, bath robes and a freshly pressed juice after the use of the sauna. The rates for using the sauna is 7 Eur per person.
We provide you with an evening meal on request. Rates are: 10 EUR for a freshly made vegetarian dish and 13 EUR for a dish including meat (chicken or fish). We always try to cook seasonal with the freshest produce coming straight from our garden.
If you're out and about for the day we provide lunch packets on request to keep you going. Rates: 5 EUR per person.
No smoking in the house please.
This was absolutely the most wonderful airbnb experience we've had and quite possibly a highlight of our trip. Marion and her family welcomed us as family into their home. We enjoyed playing with their children and their dogs were up for a walk or a cuddle at any moment. The food was amazing, with the salad picked straight from their wild garden. The homemade bread and herbal tea were fantastic. We could go on and on all day about his wonderful our experience was. Highly recommend!
Go and visit this lovely family! We loved the way they take care of you! They will welcome you into there family and will cook the best meals! We had our best breakfast in Ireland here! We loved the way they live life and loved the beautiful walks they recommended. This morning we took there two dogs up the mountain. And they showed is the way running in front of us! We will deff come back again and will bring the sun with us and climb the mountain again! Thanks for all the hospitality! Nathan & Anna
We had such a wonderful time with the Gavin family... We left this morning and we already know that it will be difficult to find hosts as welcoming, generous and great as Marion, Declan, their beautiful children and their lovely animals...
The house is like a lost paradise in the forest; the landscape is amazing: it is definitely the place to rest in the surroudings and to enjoy the simple pleasures of life.
In addition to that, Marion & Declan are wonderful cooks (great homemade bread/delicious vegetarian dishes/unforgettable homemade tea...)and all the most wonderful human beings who like to share a night or two with their guests playing music.
We definitely highly recommend the place...
Perfect time in the hills of Donegal with a great family ! The Gavin family are the hosts you would dream to have when you're in holidays. You would really feel like home there...
Tasty food, delicious herbal tea, cosy and clean house, wonderful landscape... This place is the place to be if you're taking a holiday in the county of Donegal and looking for unforgettable people.
Accueil chaleureux dans cette charmante famille. Magnifique environnement qui mérite qu'on s'y attarde un peu plus. Nous avons passé un moment privilégié de partage d'expériences et d'amitié.
Nous souhaitons à Marion et sa famille d'atteindre les objectifs qu'ils se sont fixés.
Nous espérons vous revoir bientôt.
Greg et Fred
Thoroughly enjoyed our stay in Donegal. We were made to feel very welcome and the surroundings were beautiful. In particular, we loved the homemade bread, the home cooked meal and getting to know your family. Thank you for a wonderful relaxing break and we hope to see you soon!
Ben & Emma
Had a great stay with Marion and het family, they made us feel very welcome and looked after. Views from the house at dining time are great both when wet and sunny and the home made food was fantastic. We will see you all again soon.
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Hello, we are a family of 4: Declan, Marion with our two children.
We loved our first experiences as Airbnb hosts with our B&B. We met so many wonderful people and it as was a joy and pleasure to invite each one of them to our home, to get to know them and to make them feel welcome. That's what we want to continue to do.
Right now we offer two listings: For the first time our recently restored Gypsy wagon and our B&B private room.
We have often volunteers from all corners of the world staying with us in our home to help with different projects and in the garden. Our very next project will be to convert an outhouse into a small, cosy hostel.
We all love and often play Irish traditional music together. I love and write poetry (one book published in Germany), I'm also a herbalist and a very keen gardener. Declan and I visited this area some years ago and fell straight in love with the nature, culture and people here. And now we want to share this beautiful experience with you!