About this listing
The Barn, 2 miles from Glenties , is a two storey self-catering studio with a double bedroom. It is very peaceful, and is nestled into a hillside, surrounded by trees. It is not far from the sandy Narin beach and the Wild Atlantic Way.
Hardy’s barn is 2 miles from Glenties, and is a self-catering two storey studio with a double bedroom. Hardy’s barn is very peaceful, and is nestled into a hillside, up a private lane off the main N56 road. It is about 6 miles from the sandy Narin beach and 2 miles from the Wild Atlantic Way.
It is surrounded by trees, and has with views over the valley from the back garden. It is attached to the main house, but has its own entrance.
It accommodates two comfortably, but also has a camp bed and sofa-bed which can be used.
The Barn was restored for family and friends to use, and thus has my usual eccentricities. Expect a homely place: it is not neat and modern.
It is not suitable for people allergic to cats.
It is heated by a night storage heater and multi-fuel stove, and there is a cooker and fridge for self-catering purposes.
Guests are advised that public transport is almost non-existent. Own transport is advised.
There is a friendly cat who has free access to the barn. The barn is not suitable for anyone allergic to cats.
Guests can use the back garden, and collect fuel from the wood store as needed. There is no TV, and the internet does not reach the Barn. But, guests may sit in the porch of the main house, which will be unlocked, or in the garden, if they need to use use the internet. The local hotel also has internet.
Interaction with guests
My guests are completely independent with their own cooking facilities and front door. However, I always love meeting them and hearing their stories, and am happy to help them enjoy their stay. I can provide a breakfast basket at a small extra charge if required. Tea, coffee and basic condiments are always available.
Glenties is a friendly little town with a museum, and has frequently won the tidy town competition. It is well known for hosting the National fiddlers weekend, the Patrick McGill summer school, and the Harvest fair. There is a hotel, and cafes. The Owenea river and Donegal's many lakes are famous for fishing. The barn is a good base for walking, searching out traditional music, and exploring the wild north west of Ireland. . The nearest beach is 10 minutes drive, a mile of sandy beach and safe swimming with an island in the bay which can often be reached at low tide. The Barn is a quiet place where one can relax and enjoy nature
It is recommended that guests have their own transport, as public transport to/from Glenties is extremely limited, and there is none to the Barn. Taxis are available. Cars can be hired from Letterkenny or Donegal airport (which is in Carrickfinn. no-where near Donegal town).
Other things to note
The rate is €65 per night, minimum stay 2 nights. Reduced rate for guests arriving by bicycle or on foot, or for those staying more than two nights. The price includes wood, etc. for the stove, the night storage heater and basic electricity. There is a meter for excess electricity. €15 pp pd extra for 4th person or more.
Dogs are welcome if they are cat friendly. Doggie bags must be used. There will be a small extra charge. The barn is not suitable for toddlers or for people allergic to cats. Older children are welcome.
No smoking indoors, and smokers out-of-doors are requested to bin all their cigarette stubs.
It is appreciated if guests leave the barn as they found it as the owner has a painful old back injury which does not take kindly to housework.
I have spent over 20 years working in Africa, Asia and the Middle East, usually for charities, as a community health specialist. For the last 10 years I have been working here for the Health Service on behalf of asylum seekers and ethnic minorities. I am now retired. I love travelling and meeting people, and am interested in development issues, human rights, anthropology, history, and international affairs. Wildlife, animals and the environment are abiding interests. I fell in love with the beautiful and unspoilt Donegal and its people some time ago, and after finally settling here have been slowly restoring and renovating my traditional stone two storey house and barn