- 3 bedrooms
- 2 bathrooms
- sleeps 6
Description from the owner
AWARD WINNER 2011 AND 2012 -- "TOP VACATION RENTAL IRELAND" ON TRIPADVISOR AND FLIPKEY
AND RATED "EXCELLENT" BY TRIPADVISOR AND FLIPKEY IN 2011 AND 2012
A traditional Irish cottage, well over 100 years old, in west Donegal, Ireland, situated close to beautiful deserted Atlantic beaches, traditional Irish pubs and some of the most spectacular scenery in western Europe. Why not come to Ireland for the craic!
Our beautiful family holiday home is decorated in a traditional but comfortable manner with original artwork and vintage and antique pieces. The cottage is at least 150 years old but has been sympathetically modernised...Read more
Traditional Cottage Donegal North West Ireland
Ardara, County Donegal, Ireland
Additional Location Information
The cottage is in a remote area that has probably looked the same for hundreds if not thousands of years. This is what Ireland looked like when your ancestors left for their new lives. The cottage is probably the type of dwelling they lived in albeit that it has been modernised.
Location Type Away from it all, Mountain, Rural
AvailableUnavailable Last updated: November 12, 2013 ◀▶
Rates shown in $ USD (Rental listed originally in GBP) (change)
|Date||Nightly Rate||Weekend Night||Weekly Rate||Monthly Rate|
|Nov 01, 2013 - Mar 31, 2014 ||$82||$98|
|2 night min stay | Any day check-in|
|Apr 01, 2014 - Jun 30, 2014 ||$98||$114||$588|
|2 night min stay | Any day check-in|
|Jul 01, 2014 - Aug 31, 2014 ||$147||$162||$915|
|3 night min stay | Any day check-in|
|Sep 01, 2014 - Oct 31, 2014 ||$98||$114||$588|
|2 night min stay | Any day check-in|
|All other dates ||$82|
|2 night min stay | Any day check-in|
|Can't find rates for your travel dates? Contact the owner|
Additional notes from owner
Christmas and New Year, Easter and Hallowe'en are high season. Please contact me for details.
Thinking of staying 4, 5 or 6 days? Contact me as a discount may apply!
- Mountain Views
- Parking [?]
- Dish Washer
- Clothes Dryer
- Washing Machine
- Refrigerator [?]
- Electric Grill
- DVD Player
- Music Library
- Stereo System [?]
- Board Games
- Movie/Video Library
- Beach Towels
- Beach Chairs
- Pet friendly - Ask
- Suitable for children - Ask
- Suitable for the elderly - Ask
- Wheelchair accessible - Ask
- Away from it all
What Past Guests Are Saying
Idyllic rural setting
Wonderful cottage in the rugged Donegal landscape with a great view out the front. You really do get away from it all here but still have all the modern conveniences and best of all, a log fire in the sitting room for those cold nights! Don't worry if you've forgotten something - the cottage is well stocked and has lots of games to while away the hours when you aren't out exploring the surrounding countryside (including some amazing beaches) and the nearby villages. We'll definitely be back some day!
Home from home with added extras
This has all the comforts of home and then some! I have stayed here twice in a month and will be back again hopefully very soon. The latest stay with my family and dog was made even more enjoyable by the unseasonably warm weather and blue skies. Had it rained however we would still have had a wonderful experience. The owners have gone to such trouble to make sure anyone staying there feels comfortable and welcome. We loved the remoteness yet easy commuting distance from ardara and the beaches and golf course at Narin and Portnoo. It is such a gem of a cottage and we hope to be back many times over the coming year.
Spokane, WA, USA
The Best of Ireland!
The cottage stay was the highlight of our trip. It's location was picture perfect and so was the way Colette had decorated. Everything that we needed was there and we couldn't have been happier!
Edinburgh but presently worldwide traveller!
Peace and quiet in a stunning setting
This cottage is everything the website promises and more!
This is because Colette and Geoff have gone that extra step that makes all the difference to a holiday let - they have made sure that every home comfort you could need is provided and some.
The setting is stunning and although at 1st sight seems a bit remote the location is perfect with other homes nearby and within easy driving distance of many beautiful spots to visit. My dog adored the beaches and its great to find somewhere where our little darlings are welcome!
The super little town of ardara is only 10/15mins drive away - providing all the needs required - the best ice cream ever and even - for us sados - the internet access+coffee+scone in Sheilas!
If you need a relaxing break - and lets face it who doesn't - this is the place.
Will be recommending this to all my contacts and hope that someday I will be able to get back to this wee corner of Donegal.
Many thanks to Colette and Geoff for a very relaxing week
Very beautiful and homely cottage.
This cottage has all the comforts of home and its situation is ideal for visiting the beautiful surrounding area. We truly enjoyed our stay.
I've travelled to most parts of the world and this cottage is up
The cottage was a delightful surprise. It is remote but has all the comforts we could have wanted. It was quiet, warm and peaceful even though there was a near gale outside.
I have no hesitation in recommending this accommodation.
Los Angeles, California
Enchanting and quite peaceful...
I have done my fair bit of traveling, but this is one of the most beautiful places that I have ever seen. Our daughter who is 1/16th Irish has been begging us for years to take her to Ireland. Finally we were able to make her wish come true, and after traveling through Ireland looking up ancestral parishes and meeting old friends, coming to Colette's lovely cottage at the end of our journey was the best way to end a magical and intense trip for us. Thank you Colette!
The cottage is in a great location if you want to "get away from it all", just a few miles from lovely deserted beaches and spectacular scenery. It is beautifully decorated and the owner has thought of everything to make sure you feel at home, even leaving turf for the fire, towels, toiletries, everything you need in the kitchen to cook. I have already recommended it to my friends!
Moira. E. Morrow
Armagh City, County Armagh
We wanted a relaxing short holiday break for four adults and tha
Great service from the owner helpful and friendly.Well equiped and decorated cosy home on the Glengesh Pass near ardara Town in Donegal.Good location for a walking holiday.We enjoyed sitting around a turf/wood fire at night chatting ,reading and listening to music after a busy day out enjoying the scenery.We had our small dog with us,she had great fun running on the lovely big beaches in the area.We would all go back!
Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA
Cozy cottage on Glengesh Pass
We (4 adults) stayed at the cottage for three nights. We wished we could have stayed longer! The cottage is located in a beautiful, quiet location. All you can hear at night is the wind. The cottage has a nice size kitchen and bedrooms, but the best part was the room with the fireplace, it was quaint and cozy, and we spent every evening in front of the fire reading books. My husband and father liked the cottage so much that they want to build one just like it! We all hope that we can stay in the cottage again on our next journey to Ireland.
Love this place
I love this place, it's everything I need to have a relaxing time. Always eat too much and sleep too much, what more do you need! Love the fire in the cosy living room. Overall a lovely cottege.
Steve and Maggie
Quiet cosy and comfortable cottage
Arrived on a wet and misty afternoon but good directions made the cottage easy to find. Once inside we felt immediately at home, the cottage was spotlessly clean and well equipted with everything you need and more.With the fire lit,a glass of wine and a good book to read we settled in for a relaxing break.Next morning when the mist had cleared we were greeted with wonderful views of the Donegal hills.Lots of fantasic beaches within easy reach, ideal for long walks with our dog and many great restaurants just a short drive away.
A great place for a relaxing break and good base for exploring Donegal
We absolutely loved the cottage. It was surprisingly big as it has been extended out the back and the photos definitely don't do it justice. The bedrooms and bathrooms were all beautiful and everything was spotlessly clean. The kitchen was brilliant and had every applicance you would ever need as well as all the condiments for cooking. The best part was the cosy living room and the turf fire. We cooked lovely dinners and then sat around the fire, it was absolute heaven. We only stayed for a weekend but would have happily stayed longer. We had a fantastic time and would definitely recommend it.
Best place to stay in Donegal
If you are looking for a beautiful cottage,great views and quality time with family away from the madding crowds, this is the place to be. The cottage is decorated to a painstaking detail, every piece adding to the country style effect.We loved to spend the evenings by the fire trying our hand at all the board games which were kept for us.We didn't mind even when we got rained in for a couple of days as the books and Dvd's kept us good company.It turned out to be one of the most cherished holidays for all us(My parents,husband and Kids).And my 6 year old and 3 year old have still not stopped asking 'When can we go back to the cottage for another holiday?'
Thanks Colette for making us feel at home.
Very comfortable cottage in a beautiful area
We've stayed in many cottages in the UK and Republic, and this was one of the best. Its location, high in the Glengesh pass, is wonderfully quiet and picturesque, but also near enough the local sights. The cottage is nicely decorated and well equipped and could easily sleep 6. We particularly liked our evenings in the cosy sitting room in front of a turf fire, listening to the wind outside. Booking and picking up the key were very straightforward and the owner and key holder were friendly and helpful.
Anouska & Sam
A home from home
The cottage was a comfortable and cosy setting escaping away from your everyday routine. The location was brilliant out in the countryside with the town 10mins away with all one's conveninces. The view was outstanding and the fire was a great treat. The board games were great fun got very competitive :)Would definitely recommend anyone to take a holiday at this cottage
Great scenes, great sceneries
I loved to come back to Donegal after some 20 years. It was just as beautiful as I remembered. It was still calm, lovely and lonely especially in the mornings when we walked in the mountains, up to the cliffs (the pilgrim's path!), along beaches and bays and swam in the sea. And always it was such a pleasure to come back in "our” Cottage. It had everything we needed (and a lot more!).
The location is perfect for all kind of trips and the sights from the cottage are beautiful. Especially at sunset - I couldn't stop looking out of the window of the kitchen seeing the colours change. My favourite personal flat screen with scenes (running sheep, barking sheepdog) and sceneries Hollywood couldn't do better.
If we come back to Donegal again, we'll come to Colette's cottage!
A highlight of our stay in Ireland
Our two-day stay in this wonderful cottage was a highlight of our trip to Ireland. The cottage was clean, comfortable, roomy, and had everything we needed for our stay. The owner had though of everything and finding the cottage and getting the key was effortless. The location in rural Donegal was beautiful. Sitting by a turf fire in the evening was a bonus!
Do not miss visiting Slieve League (go first thing in the morning and you will have it to yourself), the folk village in Glencolmcille, and wandering through nearby ardara for food, drink and handwoven textiles.
A tranquil retreat oozing style & comfort
We stayed here for 2 nights previously in May & loved it so much we just had to return & stay 3 nights in June!! Colette's cottage is an idyllic private retreat in a stunning location. The drive to the tranquil village of Carrick follows a beautiful meandering river & travelling to ardara over Glengesh Pass is breathtaking! The sun always seems to shine for us while we are there too :) There are so many beautiful unspoiled secluded beaches just a short drive from the cottage. As for the cottage itself, what can i say! Although i've never met Colette, i can tell she is a lady of exquisite taste! Every room in the cottage is beautifully decorated in a cosily eclectic style. There are beautiful little details everywhere, and it is so well equipped we were able to enjoy evenings in absolute peaceful comfort, listening to Billie Holliday & Charlie Parker, while dining on amazing homecooked meals (lovingly prepared by my fantastic chef other half!) and quaffing champers & divine red wine! The lack of TV/internet/mobile phone reception is a bonus, as it left us to just sit, chat, read & relax totally in peace. Thank you Colette, we can't wait to return many more times!!!
Much needed lovely, relaxing break away from it all
We had a great time in the lovely traditional cottage for a much needed relaxing break away. We found it very cosy with the open hearth fire and peaceful location. It was great to stay somewhere without tv or internet and we were able to watch dvds, listen to music or play boardgames. During the day we enjoyed the stunning scenary and visited the nearby villages/towns. The weather wasn't great but we still really enjoyed our time away.
'home from home'
A lovely little cottage in a fab location. we had a very relaxing and peaceful stay. The cottage has everything you could possibly need and is decorated just perfectly with a great mix of modern and traditional. great open fire, comfy beds and spacious kitchen. perfect for a romantic get away or families.
Love the cottage and the time of year, it was warm and cosy inside and the open fire was great (set well back into the wall and with a fire guard so safe with our young child). We really enjoyed our stay and can't wait to go back!!
Rustic, Modern, Cosy, Atmospheric all under the one roof!
Myself and my wife stayed here with our two year old son in Nov 2010. All I can say is you have to experience it to believe it. The cottage itself is brilliant - it has everything you need - literally everything from board games to books to dvds to scenic views - it has it all. Would definitely recommend to anyone who wants to experience Ireland the way it should be done - never mind Temple Bar and Killarney - this cottage reflects the real Ireland and you will not be disappointed. Thanks so much for the opportunity to stay in your wonderful cottage.
Comfortable cottage in scenic location
My wife and I stayed for a weekend in Colette's cottage at the beginning of October 2010. The location is great for touring south Donegal, where there is spectacular scenery and excellent beaches. We particularly enjoyed the one at Naran. The cottage was very comfortable, spacious and clean and equipped with all mod. cons. Colette has thoughtfully provided books, games and Dvds. It was like living in a home from home rather than a rental cottage. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and hope to return in 2011.
Best few days in a long time
A group of us (3 couples) went to stay in this cottage for a quiet few days of good food, wine, board games and the wii!! We had a blast. The cottage is so perfect..it's homely with everything you could need. Collette was super helpful, the location is fantastic (scary bends!!) and was such a pleasurable stay. We also had a day at the local beach and even in September we were in the sea and it was fantastic, such a pretty place.
Could not recommend the cottage enough.
A home from home
I was very impressed with the reviews I had seen on this site when searching for accommodation, and I wasn't left disappointed on arrival at the cottage. The location itself is pretty remote, but if you're looking for a holiday to get away from it all, then this is the perfect spot. Everything possible has been catered for in the house, and having children with us meant that the selection of board games proved invaluable. All the home comforts are in place and the attention to detail resulted in a cosy and beautiful decor throughout. The bedrooms are all a decent size and two bathrooms meant there was no issue, even with five adults in situ. This would be the ideal romantic getaway or a laid back group holiday. One tip would be to shop for supplies before you get there to save a trek back into the village, and maybe pack a bottle of wine for a night in.
My partner and I stayed for four days in this lovely cottage! the pictures really dont give it the justice it deserves. A great place to stay (a bit out of the way) but for people who are looking for a real Irish experience we give it 10/10!!! it was great to relax in front of the turf fire and not have a care in the world. the only way to see how good this place is, is to go there for yourself! you will understand when you get there !!
Thanks again Colette -
Ronan & Nuala
Noel & Melissa
Newcastle West, County Limerick
Being a country girl, forced to live in the suburbs, I was dying to get away somewhere more pastoral. The pictures do not do Colette's cottage justice. She has a real knack for interior design and I found the cottage both homey and whimsical. The modern conveniences were also such a bonus, I loved using the induction hob. Their friendly neighbors greeted us with the key and said they were sorry that the weather was so foggy and rainy for us, no need to apologize whatsoever...we loved it and were content to sit by our little turf fire and gaze out the windows at the lovely view.
Colette has provided her guests with every need and want they could have...I enjoyed watching Monty Python and the Holy Grail for the first time in fifteen years. Hilarious!
The location was also brilliant as the town of ardara was just down Glengesh Pass. And what a gorgeous drive it was. We spent a lovely evening in the pubs complete with traditional Irish music...we will be back, especially for the beaches...gorgeous.
Thanks for your hospitality Colette, you've a gem there in West Donegal!
By far the best part of the holiday
The cottage is situated in a beautiful glen in an area of outstanding natural beauty and we enjoyed the peace and tranquility of the location.
The cottage is of a very high standard and a lot of thought has gone into the fine detail of the furnishings and fittings. You could almost feel that you are "house sitting" for friends rather than renting a holiday home.
Our only regret is that we were not able on this trip to stay longer than 3 days.
Peebles Edinburgh UK
Extremely comfy cottage in peaceful off the beaten track mountai
The cottage is about mid way between Carrick and Ardara, from Ardara up a corkscrew road from Glengesh, from Carrick along the River Glen/Crow valley. 5-10 minutes drive to each. Located close to a rural road overlooking a turfy mountain, only disturbance is sheep coming in to help mow the grass. Within driving distance there are some nice cove like beaches at Kilcar( drive down the costal road that branhces off the high street by O'Garas) or the more expansive strand beaches at Maghera near Ardara. Also the drive to remote - end of the world - An Port or the wonderful perfect cove beach south of Glencolmcille are very nice as well as the drive/walk up to see Slieve League. Ardara is quite a lively town with ships and pubs and double and triple parking aplenty, Carrick is quieter but still nice, spent a nice eveing fishing at the salmon leap on the Glen river there. Be warned that the cottage is quite remote which might not suit all - you have to make your own 'craic'. We had a nice night of scrabble by the turf fire. You do need a car, you can't walk to the pub or shop, but after getting the turf fire on and getting cozy in the cottage you may not want to head out. This is a beautifully decorated cottage with feeling in the detail and there is lots of detail, that makes you feel at home, rather than in a rented cottage. It has a very very well equipped spacious kitchen, and is structured in a way that parents and children can be divided in self contained quarters. Unlike other cottages I have stayed in it is well insulated. Colette kindly povided an information pack, wine, board games and other essentials. There is nothing I didn't like, although I think my wife needs to learn how to drive to take me home from the pub next time;-)
Thanks Colette for a lovely peaceful and comfortable break. The fire and the warmth of local people kept us warm throughout. We hope to come back soon.
what an absolute gem,my mum and i stayed at this beautiful cottage recently and was delighted at the beautiful bedrooms,bathrooms,and even a real fire in front room with luxury suites,fabulous kitchen[includes everything]this cottage is prestine everything has been lovingly chosen by the owner and in 20 years of travelling this cottage is the best for cleanliness,excellence,and the icing on the cake was the value for money,for any age everyone will be extremly happy with this delightful ioo year old cottage[even the owners body lotion was lush]i will be going back before winter
We went to this cottage as a young family to get away from the norm.....
You cannot help but be relaxed in this beautiful part of Ireland
There are some really lovely towns close to the cottage and a great beach
The cottage is very spacious and clean ( V Important!)
Carrick Cottage Stay
We had a fantastic week in this lovely cottage. The facilities were excellent - All mod cons were available. The children loved the garden at the front and the adults adored the peaceful evenings.
The cottage has 3 well apportioned bedrooms, living room (with a real fire), fully equipped kitchen/diner and a bathroom with a bath and electric shower. The scenery is first class and the local shops are just a short drive.
We loved the cottage, the location and the ameneties - Would love to go back again.
North East France (Strasbourg)
Quiet place in a green and peaceful area
What a pleasant and quiet place in a green and peaceful area. A little comfortable cottage with fully equipment, witch is just typical. If you close your eyes in the room in front of the fireplace, you can imagine their life’s between green grass and blue sky, a simple life with animals to take care of day by day, knitting, reading or playing with the child’s at the evening, sitting in a warm place.
After several months we can exactly remember all pictures and landscapes that we have seen.
We’ll probably think to return one time in few years, when our children will be greater.
Ireland is a wild and rugged country where you can see more a dozens kinds greens colors of landscape during one hour.
A cottage among the mists and mystical mountains of Ireland in t
Myself and some friends stayed in this cottage at the beginning of November 2009. I cannot say that we saw much of the sun but the mists and seasonal weather and the soft browns and greys of nature actually added to the experience.
The cottage is in a very rural location with spectacular views of mountain and bogland all round. It is also situated very close to areas of outstanding natural beauty featuring cliffs, beaches and glens. A few minutes drive away is the picturesque town of Ardara where we bought everything we needed for our stay and which also has some lovely bars with friendly staff and local clientele and a wide range of foreign tourists from as far away as America and Australia, providing a slightly more cosmopolitan feel. The cottage is aldo ideally located for touring being very central in the county and close to larger towns such as the fishing port of Killybegs and Donegal Town, the county seat.
We had some good times round and about but the thing I liked most was the cottage itself, sitting around the warm turf fire just reading a good Irish novel (I read 'The Blackwater Lightship' by Colm Toibin while I was there)or enjoying the craic and the conversation with old friends and, of course, a nice bottle of red wine. We loved it and will go back perhaps to see how different it is in the Spring or Summer.
If it is peace end quiet and nature you want, go to this cottage. I guarantee you won't regret it!
Our weekend in Donegal
We stayed in this lovely cottage in May'09. The cottage is a traditional Donegal cottage but it has been thoroughly modernised and is beautifully decorated with that traditional feel.It is extremely well equipped with all modern appliances. We had our elderly mother with us and the cottage was most suitable, it has 2 bathrooms and is remarkably roomy. The whole area has stunning scenery and beautiful empty beaches very close by and lots of interesting places to visit. Glencolmcille is a must! We had several meals out in nearby Ardara about 5-10 mins drive.The food was really good and great value for money,the staff were warm friendly and helpful.I will definitely be going back to this cottage. The ideal get away from it all location!
A perfect retreat in the Irish countryside
This is the ideal holiday accommodation if you want to experience the "real
Ireland". The traditional Irish cottage has been extended and refurbished
without losing any of its charm. The cottage has been simply, but
comfortably furnished and is cosy and full of character. The owner has gone
to considerable trouble to provide a home away from home and it works!
The cottage is quite remote and a car is essential, however, the approach to
the cottage, over the Glengesh Pass is breathtaking and there are many
places of interest nearby. There are a number of villages and small towns
within easy reach and are definitely worth exploring along with the stunning
scenery along the Donegal coastline. A visit to nearby Killybegs and in
particular the carpet factory was very informative and enjoyable.
On a practical note, try and pick up some provisions on the way, as the
nearest shop is a few miles away.
We enjoyed our stay and can definitely recommend it as a place to relax and
recharge your batteries. We hope to visit again some day.
Get away from it all feeling
We spent a weekend in the cottage September 2009 and loved it. The cottage itself is great and has a real homely feel to it and the rooms are so comfortable and spotless clean. We loved the get away from it all feeling with peace and quiet and taking in the spectacular view walking the country roads around the cottage. We spent time in Ardara and enjoyed a drink or two in Nancy's pub, the crack was great. We also visited Slieve League Cliffs at Kilcar which are a must see. The beaches all within 10 minute drive are beautiful and again so peaceful to walk along and take in the scenery. We will definitely make another trip to the cottage for that feel good experience.
Beautiful cottage in a stunning location
A very traditional style cottage warm and cosy especially when the turf fire is lit. The interior is beautifully decorated and spotless clean with an extremely well equipped kitchen. Two bathrooms also a big advantage. Instructions received from the owner were clear and contained a lot of useful local information. The views from the cottage and garden are like a postcard. Lots of walks nearby in stunning scenery. Just a short drive from some of the most beautiful beaches in Ireland. If you want peace and tranquility this is the place for you but its also only a 10 minute drive to the nearest town for shops, bars and restaurants. We will most definitely return.
relaxing hideaway, perfect spot
We had a really relaxing stay at Colettes cottage and would recommend it if you are looking for a relaxing, peaceful and quiet time, no TV or Telephone. The cottage is well equipped, very comfortable and homely. I really loved the turf fire. There are some really lovely beaches in the area and the cliffs were beautiful the day we went. Ardara is about 15 mins away, its busy with plenty of bars, supermarkets and eating establishments, We went to Shiela's Coffee & Cream cafe in the Heritage Centre several times, the food was lovely.