About this listing
Gleann Leithin Cottage is a cosy converted byre situated in a very tranquil scenic area.
The view from the cottage looks towards the beautiful Glendowan mountains and Glenveagh National Park.
Ideal for a peaceful retreat or a great base to explore
The cottage consists of an open plan living, dining and kitchenette area with a double sleeping mezzanine above.
There is a small bathroom with an electric shower.
The kitchenette contains an electric hob, microwave oven and small fridge.
Guests have access to a washing machine in an adjacent outbuilding.
The space is heated by a wood-burning stove with fuel provided.
The guest cottage has a private garden, seating area and barbeque to the rear.
As the byre was originally part of a small farm, our own traditional cottage sits on the same site.
Glenleighan Cottage shares the site with our own house but guests have use of their own private garden at the rear.
There is access to a washing machine and dryer in an adjacent outhouse.
If guests wish they are free to borrow our bikes.
Interaction with Guests
On arrival we will welcome you ourselves.
On the rare occasion that we will not be available to greet you, we will arrange for someone else to be there.
As we live close by, we will be on hand to help with any queries you may have but we aim to ensure that you have privacy while staying with us.
We will be happy to help with arranging tours and providing information on the many varied local activities.
We are centrally located in a beautiful part of Donegal, close to most of its attractions.
The cottage is nestled in a valley 3km from the scenic village of Fintown.
The river Finn is known widely for its salmon and trout fishing and permits are available locally for fly-fishing.
In Fintown village, you will find the only operational narrow gauge railway in Donegal. It runs for
5 km beside Lough Finn, which is overlooked by Aghla and Scraig mountains.
The local village has a shop, pubs, church, school, health centre and library.
The towns of Glenties, Dungloe, Ballybofey and Letterkenny are 15 minutes, 15 minutes, 25 minutes and 30 minutes drives respectively. There you will find restaurants, pubs and supermarkets.
There are many stunning beaches within a 30 minute drive, offering beautiful walks and a choice of sports such as kayaking, surfing, golf and horse-riding, all of which we can help you to organise.
If you choose to explore the county, by car is the easiest way to do so.
However the following bus companies operate services to and within Donegal
John McGinley Coaches
If you arrive in Letterkenny by bus, McGeehan Coaches operate a service to Fintown village and we can pick you up from there.
Alternatively Doherty Coaches run a bus in the afternoon from Letterkenny which passes by the end of our short lane. This leaves a 3 minute walk to our cottage.
Donegal airport (40 minutes) is served by Flybe with flights to and from Dublin and Prestwick.
We are 70 minutes drive from Derry airport also.
Other Things to Note
While a car is a great way to see the county, if you visit without one and enjoy hiking or cycling, there is much exploring that you can do from our doorstep. We can provide bikes and maps of the locality to get you started.
We live in a Gaeltacht area rich in traditional Irish culture such as language, music and the arts. There is a wide choice of traditional music available in local pubs
Donegal also has a wealth of festivals throughout the year such as the Errigal Arts Festival, attracting many renowned Irish and International artists to the area.
If you would like to bring an element of pampering into your holiday we have a trained Neuromuscular Therapist who can pay a house call to the cottage and provide treatment for a specific injury or a general massage.
We can also recommend a visit to The Maghery Bay Salon to enjoy a seaweed bath overlooking the
beautiful Maghery beach. This is less than a 30 minute drive from us.
Taking a 15 minute drive from our house will connect you with The Wild Atlantic Way coastal drive.
As we used to live in the cottage ourselves and it is essentially like an extension of our home, we ask that you please respect the building and contents and leave it as you found it.
If you would like to smoke we ask that you please do so outside and use ashtrays provided.
We recycle as much of our waste as we can and ask that you please follow our simple recycling system which we will explain to you on arrival.
Exquisite property, tastefully and adequately furnished, in a sublime setting.
With the most charming and delightful hosts.
Wow, what a great place Anna and Pete have! We've had a really good time in their little cosy cottage. It's fully equipped and has everything you could wish for. If you like peace and tranquillity in a gorgeous area, this is the place to go.
We've had great nights curled up in front of the fireplace and just playing a board game and reading a book. Our 2 year old son loved it there as well, especially the treehouse.
Anna, Pete and the kids are really nice people and great hosts who made us feel very at home!
We would definitely recommend staying there and we hope to return one day.
Anna and Pete's cottage is just perfect! So cute from the outside and so beautiful and cosy on the inside. The fire is amazing for a) coming in from the rain to and b) toasting marshmallows on. The kitchen is also really well equipped and I didn't need half the stuff I had packed for cooking our meals with. It's also really fantastic that Anna can provide bikes, the scenery was worth the challenging hills! Two days of chilling out, picnics, walks, cycles, barbecues and curling up with films and books were just what we needed. We were sad to leave the peace and quiet so soon! We will definitely be back.
This place is fantastic. The cottage is just as nice as it looks in the pictures, the loft bed is very comfortable, the fireplace is cozy, fun, and effective, and most of all Anna is extremely kind, hospitable, and friendly. I don't know when we will be able to get back to Donegal, but we would definitely stay here again.
It's fantastic experience staying in Anna' home. It's exactly same as the picture showed.lovely beautiful house and highly recommend !!
We had a perfect stay with Anna. The little cottage was an idyllic stop on our tour of Ireland, and the fireplace, the music, the setting all played a part in making this one of our favorites locations. Highly recommended!
Words cannot describe how fantastic Anna is and how perfect her cottage is to stay in. The beautiful converted stone shed is nestled amongst the stunning Donegal countryside and provides the ultimate weekend escape. We almost had to cancel our trip due to the hire car company not accepting debit cards or cash but Anna came to the rescue, driving all the way to the airport to save our holiday. Five stars to both Anna and the cottage.
About the Host, Anna
I have a background in textile design.
Moved to Donegal nearly ten years ago and converted our traditional
stone cottage and byre with my husband Pete where we now happily live
with our two young children.
We look forward to welcoming you to the most beautiful unspoilt part of Ireland!