Hardy’s barn is 2 miles from Glenties, and is a self-catering studio with a double bedroom. Hardy’s barn 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 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 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 with sleeping bags (provided).
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 no internet access in the barn. However, guests may sit in the porch of the main house, which will be unlocked,or in the garden, to use the 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. 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.
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.
Other Things to Note
€65 per night, minimum stay 2 nights. Reduced rate for guests arriving by bicycle or on foot. 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 each person after 3.
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.
We had an amazing time staying at Fiona's barn. She made us feel very welcome and the location and barn were both stunning. I've rarely stayed in a place with such character, and that it was located in a place of such rugged beauty was just fantastic.
This was my first experience as a guest via airbnb, and I was delighted with it. Fiona made us feel very welcome, her place is just beautiful, full of character and very homely. Fiona has thought of everything, so much so we took her up on all her suggestions. We loved staying at Hardy's Barn and hope to return.
We had a wonderful stay at Hardy's barn. Fiona was a great hostess, was great to feel at home, to have a chat on Friday night over a glass of wine and to enjoy the privacy of the barn. The perfect balance. The setting was magical, a true getaway and would definitely return. Donegal gets under your skin and this is the perfect place to experience it. Highly recommended :)
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