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1 Bedroom

1 Bed

Private room

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1 Bedroom

1 Bed

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About this listing

100+year old Farmers cottage in the historical townland of Ballylawn. My home is family friendly and a short drive from Letterkenny and Derry, surrounded by beautiful peaceful countryside overlooking Lough Swilly. two double rooms available.

The space
Accommodates: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Bed type: Real Bed
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Check In: 4PM - 10PM
Check Out: 11AM
Pet Owner: Cat(s)
Room type: Private room


Extra people: $30 / night after the first guest
Weekend Price: $36 / night
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The space

My home is a 100+ farmers cottage with a modern extention to the rear which has doubled the size of the house overall. We enjoy 2 living spaces as well as a lovely bright kitchen/dinner which leads into the garden.
I have two double rooms on offer, a double room en-suite, and the other is a double room with shared bathroom. My rate is based on a single person , please check pricing details for double occupancy. Groups of 4 can be accomadated very comfortably.
There is a second living space available for reading, watching a movie and wifi.
Enjoy a healthy breakfast option of cereals, fruit , yogurts , breads/toast, tea /coffee.

Guest access

Guest have access to the Kitchen where they can enjoy complimentary tea or coffee, relax, read listen to the radio etc.
You can also have access to my spacious garden as well as one of the living spaces where you can watch a movie/dvd, plus wifi.
Weather permitting the garden offers a great space to relax, soak up a few rays , read a book or simply listen to the stillness and birds .

Interaction with guests

I am a ceramic artist, and guests are welcome to visit my studio which is only metres from the main house.We are happy to interact with guest over breakfast, guiding them on local activities and what Donegal has on a whole. My chidren are fluent Irish speakers and i speak enough spanish to get me by.
I have a keen interest in the Arts and Donegal and Derry throw up an assortment of different festivals and events throughout the year.
The main attractions are Derry Jazz festival, May bank holiday weekend, Erigail Arts Festival June/July Co. Donegal, Relay for Life June bank holiday weekend and many more.

The neighborhood

It is a very historical area and my home sits alongside the historical Ballylawn Castle a branch of the noble Stewards and Lord Londonderry, dated back to the 17th century. There are other historical building all within a 10km radious, Burt Castle as well as the ancient stone fort Grainan an Aileach[seen in Donegal is 'Happy' video].
Letterkenny is a 10 min drive where you can enjoy cinema, theatre, leisure centres, restaurants and shopping. Derry/Londonderry is a 20 min drive in the other direction where there is a great friendly atmosphere as well as medieval walls, the beautiful 'Peace Bridge' , restaurants and shopping.
Closer to home my home is an ideal location for wildlife and bird lovers . My home borders a conservation area and there are mainly walks close at hand where you can explore the coastline and an established bird santuary.
We are a bit off the main road in the heart of a rich rural community, it would be best if you had your own transport , very handy for exploring Donegal on a whole as public transport only really connects with the more urban areas.

Getting around

The main road [20 min walk] provides you with many bus options, primarily linking City of Derry and Letterkenny, as well as local buses to the neighbouring of Newtowncunningham, and futher away the seaside town of Buncranna. Ideally having your own car is the best option for getting around and seeing the best of what Donegal has to is a large parking area.

Other things to note

My home is a couple of miles of the main road that supports the Wild Atlantic Way and the route along these back roads is a listed cycle path.
Situated alongside a conservation area, the shorelaine is a very enjoyable walking area and good for bird watching.

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
Check in time is 4PM - 10PM

This is non smoking house hold and would not suit someone who smoked.



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Safety features
Smoke detector

1 night minimum stay

48 Reviews

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Lisa User Profile
November 2016
We had a comfortable stay at Maria house. The cottage is beautiful and our room was of a great size with ensuite.

Zsolt User Profile
October 2016
Everything was perfect. The house, the location. The room with bad is perfect too. And Maria of course. She is so kind and helpful. The breakfast is more than enough. Fully recommend her.

Peter User Profile
September 2016
I had a very comfortable stay at Maria's home. Despite my getting lost and arriving late, Maria was very patient and welcoming upon my arrival, and I enjoyed our conversation before we both were beat and ready for bed. The room is very accommodating and this is a good location for exploring points around the north. Recommended!

Jason User Profile
September 2016
Maria's cottage is away from the city environment and quite delightful. She gave excellent directions to local resources and heritage sites and we had a wonderful stay with her.

Daniel User Profile
September 2016
Had a great stay at Maria's house, very quiet room and comfortable bed, and although we could't see her the next morning she left a great breakfast ready for us. I would recommend her place.

Crystal User Profile
September 2016
Maria was an excellent host! She was very helpful with directions and in helping me make the most of my time in Donegal. The room was very clean and comfortable.

Nati User Profile
August 2016
Thank you Maria for your hospitality and our nice conversations. This is a nice place to stay.

Letterkenny, Ireland · Joined in March 2014
Maria User ProfileMaria is a superhost.

Hi , welcome to my airbnb profile.
I am a ceramic artist with my studio onsite.
We are a family of 3 living short distance from Letterkenny along the shores of the beautiful Lough Swilly.
Anyone who comes to stay with us will enjoy the unique beauty that sourrounds our home. This is a very quiet location with family cats, lots of bird life and farming animals from our neighbouring farms.
We enjoy meeting people and engaging in conversation, but if you like privacy and time to reflect in your own thoughts , there is plenty of space to do that too.

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