About This Listing
‘The little cottage comes with a wild and empty landscape and the peacefulness ensures the best nights sleep ever. The welcome and the chat in nearby Ardara comes for free, whilst the fantastic seafood at Nancy’s and the music and beer at the Corner House are priceless’. - Peter Lynch, author & travel writer
Whether it's romance or the need for some peace and quiet, this lovingly restored, traditional Irish cottage in the wilds of Donegal is the ideal hideaway. Set in an idyllic, remote valley, against a wild and dramatic landscape, it offers both unique location and stunning views combined with traditional charm, comfort, and warmth. Perfect for those who love nature and the outdoors.
The recently renovated cottage has two bedrooms, a living room, reception area, a galley kitchen with all modern cooking facilities and bathroom with shower and under floor heating. Step back in time with no TV or internet - the perfect place to unwind, read a book and cosy up by the fireside.
IMPORTANT: The cottage is ideally suited to a couple/ plus two children max. Due to its size, it is NOT suitable for FOUR adults.
The nearby heritage village of Ardara (recently voted 'best village to live in Ireland' by the Irish Times) is just three miles from the cottage and boasts some of the best pubs in Ireland including the legendary Nancy’s Bar (serving sea food) and the Corner House Bar, which has live traditional music almost every night of the week.
Ardara, which lies next to the sea, is host to numerous events throughout the year including an international 'walking festival' in March. A bus service operates between Letterkenny, Donegal town and Ardara. A local taxi service is also available.
Interaction with Guests
I am normally present, staying in wooden cabin next door. I can guarantee you will have total privacy during your stay but my door is always open if you need advice or local information.
Good reliable taxi service to local village.
No smoking and no pets.
My stay at Glendoan Cottage was magical. I wish I could have stayed longer. Peter was the perfect host and provided great tips for things for us to do and see. You won't be disappointed staying at his cottage.
Everything was so perfect that now, life away from Peter's cottage seems lackluster.
I stayed here for a full month. In a month, many things can go wrong; here, nothing did. Nothing broke, nothing malfunctioned, nothing leaked. The cottage is in impeccable condition. Not only that, it's also cozy, well-furnished, just spacious enough, and has an incredibly comfortable bed! It is secluded, with lovely views all around. I came here to relax, and if that's what you're looking to do, there is no better place.
The area left me speechless. Everything appears to have come out of a fairytale. The hills, the waterfalls, the beach, the valley, and even the town. ESPECIALLY the town. There, you will find the kindest, warmest people you could every meet. They learn your name and accept you as family, all within the first minute of meeting you. You can't help but feel like you're home.
Peter, the host, is a wonderful person. He is incredibly caring and wants his guest(s) to have the best time possible. He will take you on a hike, recommend where to go and what to do, will help with anything you might need...AND he will tell you stories that will blow you away. No matter how beautiful the area and cottage were, he was the one who made my stay extra special with his kindness – and with his cooking! If you are invited for dinner, get excited! Your taste buds will be extremely pleased.
It was my first trip to Ireland, and I chose this cottage and area quite randomly, based on the reviews and the pictures. I had no idea that rave reviews and striking photos still couldn't prepare me for how marvelous my trip would be. I got so, so very lucky!
A beautiful peaceful cottage ,a step back from the hectic busyness of life .arrived in sun and the place just was like a little dream .fantastic place and Peter was a great and easy host .
The cottage exceeded our expectations, the scenery was just breathtaking and the place was quaint, cosy and in excellent condition. Peter was there to welcome us and provided invaluable hints and insights of where to go and what to do. The walking tour to Dylan Thomas' writing retreat was the absolute highlight of our holiday. Thanks Peter for a fab time!
We spent three perfect days in Peter's beautiful cottage near Ardara in Donegal. If you're looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of daily life this is the spot for you.
The cottage is nestled in the wild Donegal hills without another house in sight. The house itself is very cosy once the the heaters are turned on and there's a fire in the stove. It does get very cold a night in Donegal (we were there in February) but that's nothing a hot water bottle and roaring fire won't solve. The bathroom also gets cold but there's plenty of hot water in the shower to warm up under.
The surrounding countryside is truly breathtaking with great spots for cycling and hiking nearby. Ardara is a lovely town and our meal in Nancy's lived up to expectations.
Peter and his brother Adam were great hosts (they were staying next door) and it was a pleasure getting to know them both over a bottle of red wine.
Thank you both for the much needed break from work and city life!
We enjoyed the days in the cottage . Nature is amazing and we could always count on the help of Adam . The kitchen has everything for cooking, the beds are very comfortable. It even has a small library. just great
About the Host, Peter
Well travelled. Writer, film-maker and local hill-walking guide. Loves: Long-standing affair with Africa. Interesting people who do interesting things. Good wine and food.
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