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Luxury Irish coastal cottage near DunDonegal. June and September from £395 a we

Bedrooms 4
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

In an area of outstanding natural beauty on the Northwest Coast of Ireland

Ballyboe Cottage is a superb modern luxury holiday home situated between the villages of Dunfanaghy and Falcarragh in North West Donegal. The cottage is set in a tranquil rural location and enjoys wonderful views of the surrounding countryside and coastline toward Tory Island. This beautiful landscape is ever changing with the constantly changing sky. The cottage has sea views to Tory Island and is situated at the foothills of Muckish mountain. This delightful and spacious holiday home has been designed to ensure a relaxing and comfortable holiday experience. It can accommodate up to 8 people in both style and comfort. Two of the four spacious bedrooms are en-suite and have king sized beds - both rooms enjoy sea views.

Ballyboe Cottage is located along the coastal road between Dunfanaghy and Falcarragh. Dunfanaghy is one of Donegal’s most popular holiday destinations and features many fine restaurants and pubs. Falcarragh is a vibrant village located in West Donegal Gaeltacht. Both villages have golf courses and can boast blue flag beaches.

Local attractions: Ballyboe cottage is situated within minutes travel of some of Donegal and Ireland's greatest attractions, including:-

Stunning beaches at Killahoey Strand, Marble Hill Strand, and Falcarragh Beach all less than 10 min away and Magheraroarty less than 25 min.

Glenveagh National Park: About twenty minutes drive away from the cottage this magnificent national park is home to herds of red deer and golden eagles.

Tory Island: Daily ferry trips to Tory, located 9 mile off the Donegal coast, leave from nearby Magheraroarty pier. Although only 4km long and 1 km wide, the island has 2 towns, East Town and West Town.

Dunlewey Lakeside Centre. This centre has lots of different attractions to keep all the family entertained - children's play area, farm yard, boat trips, craft shop, weaving house, audio visuals, etc

Ards Forest Park Located 3km south-east of Dunfanaghy, this wonderful park has marked nature trails and is also a wildfowl sanctuary. Scenic drive at Horn Head nearby.

Other attractions: Gartan Outdoor Pursuits Centre: Situated on the shores of Loch Gartan this is a very popular destination for adventure holiday enthusiasts.

Glebe House and Gallery: This is a Regency house built in 1828 set in woodland and decorated with William Morris textiles and Japanese art. The gallery houses the renowned Derek Hill Art Collection.

Arnolds stables in Dunfanaghy offers horse riding and lessons on local beaches and off road terrain. The Dunfanaghy surf school, 5 miles away, offers surf, windsurf and dive.

An Chriit Leisure- This excellently equipped leisure centre includes a fitness room, steam room, themal jets, sauna, treatments, kids pool & swimming pool.

The area is rich with Arts and Crafts: Galleries include The Art House; Green Door; Workhouse and Greendoor Galleries. Or visit McNutt tweeds nearby.

The area has loads if cf charming restaurants and pubs. We recommend The Cove Dunfanaghy, superb local organic produce. Also great is the Mill serving local seafood nightly. Other great pics include Arnold's, Lizzies, the Starfish Cafe, Muck and Muffins, Buttermilk and more. Local hotels also have superb menus including Lough Altan. Something Fishy does the best takeaway fresh fish and chips for miles.

As you may well be cooking we can recommend the names of good local fisherman for catch and cook. The Green Man deli has a great range as do supermarkets in Falcarragh. There is a local farmers market in the square each Saturday selling locally caught fish and shellfish. The area is also great for foraging.

Finally there are three local lake with Brown Trout and rivers include nearby River Ray.

For kids there is lots on offer locally including Karting, Tropical World, Kids Farm, activity centre Dunlewey, Boat Trips and pony rides.

More Details

Mary Blake
Member since: 2009
Speaks English, Limited French
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
15 August, 2018

About Mary Blake

Your host Mary has over 25 years experience in the hospitality industry and the cottage is fully kitted out to provide a home away from home.

Why Mary Blake chose County Donegal

The Cottage is in one of the loveliest areas in Donegal

The house has everything to make your stay as comfortable as possible.

What makes this cottage unique

The finish is lovely with oak floors throughout and fine quality bedlinen. House has garden furniture and BBQ. Views towards Tory Island


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in County Donegal in Ireland

Property Type:
  • cottage (detached)
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • beach
  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • Ocean View
  • resort
  • rural
  • village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - En suite
    Bathroom 2 - En suite
    Bathroom 3 -
  • En suite bathrooms have electric showers.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , En suite
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , En suite
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed
  • High quality bed linen provided. Blackout blinds.
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Small Cooler
  • 4 garden chairs
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Summary of facilities: 4 bedrooms to sleep 8. 1 x twin -ground floor - sea views. 1 x double - ground floor. 1 x king with en-suite facilities - first floor - sea views. 1 x king with en-suite facilities and built-in wardrobe - first floor. All bedrooms with solid oak floors. Ground floor bathroom. Main living area has open fireplace. Two large sofas and comfortable armchair. TV, DVD. Fully fitted kitchen. Electric hob and oven. Fridge, freezer, dishwasher. Washing machine. Outside clothes line, iron and ironing board. Solid oak floors throughout the cottage. Linen provided free of charge - cot, high chair available. Hair dryer provided. Oil fired central heating included. Patio area with patio furniture and barbecue. 2 km to lovely sandy beach. 5 min drive to Falcarragh and Dunfanaghy. Quiet and peaceful location - views of Tory Island. Ideal touring base. Ample parking. Pets welcome.


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Luxury Irish coastal cottage near DunDonegal. June and September from £395 a we
average rating of 4.631579 based on 38 reviews

Modern, clean cottage with tasteful decor

  • 5 of 5

We stayed with our 3 boys aged 4, 2 and 8 months and they had plenty of space around cottage. Good baby facilities ( cot, high chair, monitor, utensils, blinds) The boys loved the cottage toy box too! A 7 min drive from Dunfanaghy. Owners helpful and responsive. Lovely part of the country especially when sun is shining!

  • Review Submitted: 04-Aug-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful location!

  • 4 of 5

Great sunsets every night. Easy to get to Glenveagh National Park and both Dunfanaghy and Falcarragh are very close. Highly recommend the Oyster Bar in Dunfanaghy for traditional music. Would love to see an upgraded internet system which we use to check trail maps. That being said we would stay here again for sure.

  • Review Submitted: 01-Aug-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am delighted you enjoyed your stay. Thank you so much for the lovely review. We ageee it is a very special place. Glad you got to explore the beautiful surroundings. Also pleased to let you know that following guest feedback we are replacing the top up broadband system next week and are upgrading to unlimited WiFi. We would love to have you stay again some time in the future and are delighted you enjoyed your time in Ballyboe Cottage.
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Lovely stay in a great area

  • 4 of 5

Spent a weekend in this great house in June 2018. Brilliant location with out-of-the-way beaches about 5 minutes drive away and Dunfanaghy a 10 minuet drive up the road. Each bedroom was well finished and the kitchen had most of the things we needed.

Mary was a communicative host and was very accommodating when there was some confusion over our booking.

We would definitely stay here again with friends or families if we were in the area.

  • Review Submitted: 12-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Long Weekend

  • 4 of 5

We had a wonderful time. The cottage is in a good location to the 2 villages and the beautiful beaches.

The cottage itself is beautiful but could be a bit cleaner and have bins in every room would be handy.

We are hoping to get another trip to the cottage over the summer.

  • Review Submitted: 08-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful cottage in a beautiful place.

  • 5 of 5

Have stayed in the cottage twice now and have found it really lovely.

It is such a lovely place and the scenery and countryside is just beautiful. Will probably be back for a third go next year.

  • Review Submitted: 31-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Very nice house

  • 4 of 5

Very nice house. Wish sea views were seen more easily though. Internet appeared to be a "top up" service and there was no internet available which made it difficult to look up places/things to do.

  • Review Submitted: 10-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
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Nearest Airport
20 Kilometres
30 minutes
Nearest Barpub
3 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
3 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
3 Kilometres
The Cove, The Mill , Lizzies, Starfish
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Several Blue Flag Beaches
Car: recommended

Situated in the breathtaking landscape of Donegal, Ballyboe cottage is surrounded by several blue flag beaches (several miles long), award winning links golf courses, gourmet restaurants and buzzing night time entertainment. The cottage is situated on the coastal road out of Dunfanaghy and has sea views towards Tory island. Nestled at the foot of Muckish mountain, near Errigle and Derryveagh mountains, the cottage is an ideal base for hiking, mountain biking and mountain climbing. The rivers and coast offer opportunities for surfing, wind surfing, sea angling and diving. With lots of quality pubs and restaurants nearby, you can wind up the evening with locally caught lobster and a pint of Guinness in Patsy Dan's bar. The cottage is situated in the Gaeltach and is an ideal spot to pick up a few words of Irish.

This is a stunning part of Donegal, surrounded by Islands and amazing coastline, all within easy access. This might be your first visit to Donegal, but you may well return!

Other Activities: Irish language and craft workshops. Locally caught lobster

Golf: Nearby Dunfanaghy Golf Club is an 18-hole true links course laid out in 1905 by six times winner of the British Open, Mr Harry Vardon. It offers year-round golfing. Being one of only two hundred links courses world wide, Dunfanaghy is easily walked but also offers a superb golfing challenge. The course has spectacular views of Sheephaven Bay, nearby beaches, headlands, harbours and the dramatic Derryveagh Mountains. The greens are consistently rated among the best in Ireland and the course is sand-based and free-draining, making it playable all year round.

In Falcarragh Cloughaneely Golf Course is a nine hole mature course with rolling fairways and tight greens.

Only 20 minutes away St. Patricks Golf Links is a 36 hole development comprising two 18 hole links courses, Maheramagorgan and Trá Mór. St. Patricks is situated in the North West part of Ireland amidst the splendour and beauty of the rugged coastline of North East Donegal. The two courses lie amongst the sandy hills of Sheephaven Bay, a golfing links wonderland that adjoins the long established Rosapenna Golf Club giving this area four 18 hole classic links courses.

The Old Tom Morris Links has been attracting golfers for over a century and now, with the addition of the magnificent Sandy Hills Links, Rosapenna is set to become one of the top links destinations in the world. Both links courses provide a true seaside challenge for all levels of players.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in County Donegal, Europe

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2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £0

St Patrick's weekend £350.
Rates for Easter and Christmas week is £600 per week.
Summer weekly rates £595 per week.
Rates for Xmas/New Year/bank holiday weekends is £300 for 3 nights' stay.
Weekend offers from £210.
Booking deposit (non-refundable) of £ 100 per week - with balance to be paid six weeks prior to the letting period.
Linen supplied free of charge.
Electricity included.
Central heating included.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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