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. 2 Rooms available.
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 , tea /coffee with fresh homebaked scones or muffins.
Guest have access to the Kitchen[ if you are booked in for few days i am happy to discuss the use of kitchen in the evening time for you to prepare a simple meal]. You can also have access to my spacious garden with BBQ options 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.
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.
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 offer.There 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.
This is non smoking house hold and would not suit someone who smoked.
I had a lovely 2 nights stay in the loft bedroom of Maria's cottage. The room was cozy but spacious. Very comfortable bed and the view over the lough with mountains is stunning. Maria is a very friendly and warm host, and provided a lovely continental breakfast to get the day exploring Donegal started right! She even invited me out with some friends to hear local (email hidden) near by. It was a lovely evening by a roaring fire, with good people and tunes! The location is a perfect base to explore the area, with a short drive to Letterkenny and the rugged beauty of the Wild Atlantic Way. Maria has extensive knowledge of the area and suggested some great spots to see. I would recommend this host and location without reservation!
Excellent accueil et très grande disponibilité de notre hôtesse. C'était un plaisir de découvrir ce lieu magique.
I had a wonderful 4 nights at Maria's place. The room was very comfortable and Maria is good company. A home from home really! The surrounding area is beautiful, and Derry is only 20 minutes drive away. There's lots to see once you have a car - great potential for exploring!
Maria was a very welcoming host, easy to contact and everything. The place is around 15 minutes from Letterkenny and it's in the countryside so it provides a nice peaceful stay. Her scones in the morning were great, it was also great meeting her. The cottage is comfy and clean. She gave us really good information on places to see. Thank you for hosting us!
Thank you Maria for a very warm welcome. Beautiful settings and such a nice and relaxing place. The scones were delicious :)
Maria's place was wonderful. She is a very warm, generous host who is an amazing ceramic artist. The house is decorated with her beautiful artwork. The bedroom room is large, very comfortable and has an en suite bathroom. The house is set in one of the most stunning areas of Ireland, and is perfectly located for exploring Donegal. Thank you Maria,
Gary and Cathy
Maria was such an amazing host, and her loft space was the perfect place for us to unwind and get a great sleep on our way to Derry. We had a great time watching the World Cup with her and chatting about anything and everything. She made the BEST cinnamon raisin scones in the morning. It was such a pleasure to see her pottery studio and all of her creative wares. We had a hard time getting motivated to leave in the morning because we were loving just being there! Stay with Maria when you are near Derry or Letterkenny. You won't be disappointed!
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.