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Traditional Thatched Cottage near Mountains and Sea Free WIFI SAT TV and Bikes

Bedrooms 2
Separate WC's1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

Two bedroom cottage to sleep 4-5 on the beautiful south west coast of Donegal

Bridge Cottage is a traditional thatched Donegal cottage dating back over two hundred years and situated in a quiet rural location, near the sea and just five minutes' from Ireland's 'Wild Atlantic Way'. It has been carefully restored with many of its original features intact. The relaxed and peaceful atmosphere of a cosy turf stove, wooden ceiling and stone tiled floor with warm rugs in the living areas, is combined with all modern comforts such as WIFI and SKY TV. There is a fully equipped kitchen with an extra large cooker to cater for a family. The cottage has two bedrooms with comfortable beds, colourful bedspreads and wooden furniture; the second bedroom has an adjoining washroom and toilet.To the rear of the cottage is a large relaxing sun terrace equipped with outdoor furniture, with lovely views of blossom in spring and of sheep grazing on the hillside beyond. This terrace and the rear of the cottage are completely private. Adjoining the terrace is a large, enclosed paddock belonging to the cottage. It is bordered by a stream, whose calming sounds add to the relaxing ambience. A shed to the side of the cottage houses four bicycles (and child seats) which guests are welcome to use. A new bathroom and new windows were in the cottage in 2016.

The area around the cottage offers beautiful landscapes of lochs and glens and it is a very short drive or walk to experience stunning seascapes - this is an ideal location to discover both mountains and sea. The coastline offers miles of stunning white beaches, rugged cliff tops and sheltered coves - all within easy reach. The lighthouse at St John's Point lies at the end of a wild and scenic peninsula just to the south of Bridge Cottage and provides a fantastic walk, drive or cycle ride. The highest cliffs in Europe at Slieve League and the beautiful Blue Stack Mountains are also easily accessible.

The cottage is not remote, however - the village of Dunkineely with its village shops and cosy pubs offering traditional music is 5 minutes' drive away. A little further afield, the colourful town of Donegal can be reached in 20 minutes. Killybegs, the largest fishing port in Ireland, is also just 15 minutes from the cottage. Inland, the countryside is wild and unspoilt with quiet roads winding past vistas of mountains, lakes and waterfalls. The famous Glenveagh National Park is within driving distance, offering wonderful walking, lochs, hills and forests. Nearby Ardara is a centre for the traditional craft of weaving and offers many opportunities to buy Donegal tweed and woollens.

This part of south west Donegal is also steeped in cultural history. For instance, in Glencolmcille, there is a fascinating Folklore Museum where visitors can experience local life in a collection of thatched cottages dating through the centuries. In Donegal town, there is a fascinating castle and the Railway Heritage Centre gives information on its history through photographic displays, guides to the old routes and treasured railway memorabilia. Those interested in history will also enjoy the Heritage Centre in Killybegs with its interesting insights into fishing and carpet making in the area over the years. There is a demonstration on the hand-knotting loom and the largest loom of its kind in the world is on display here.

Inside the cottage, you will find a pack of information about the local area as well as local walking maps, guides and books. The Visitor's Book is full of helpful suggestions for excursions, walks, activities and places to eat and shop. Wherever you go, you will be met by friendly locals who always have time for a chat - life is unhurried and uncomplicated in this part of Ireland. Staying in a traditional thatched cottage is a unique experience and, at Bridge Cottage, it is easy to become immersed in a timeless way of life amidst beautiful, unspoilt and peaceful surroundings

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Member since: 2010
Speaks English, French, Spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
19 April, 2017

About Sue

I am an escaped teacher, but haven't quite escaped education ... I live in Yorkshire, love travel, camping, wild places and this part of Ireland.

I bought the cottage with a friend and have been fortunate enough to have had it as a holiday home for the last twelve years ...and to enjoy sharing it with others. Part of the fun is making the cottage as homely as possible and planning improvements, such as the new bathroom and windows in 2016

Sue purchased this cottage in 2005

Why Sue chose Ireland

Love at first sight!

What makes this cottage unique

The charm and character of a traditional thatched cottage and turf fire

The beautiful views from the terrace

The peaceful location - yet still near to Dunkineely village, several pubs, Donegal Town and Killybegs

The stunning coastline and especially the scenery and sunsets of nearby St John's Point

Guestbook comments from the owner


We loved our stay in Bridge Cottage. Wonderful cosy atmosphere, warm decor, peat fire and everything we needed. Fabulous windswept beaches a short drive away to work off the excesses of Christmas. Spud (our spaniel) went mad on the sands and loved the paddock - easy for us to have a lie-in!

A couple of crisp, sunny days and one wet one - would love to return in the summer. Thanks Sue for a lovely spot to stay and for making this little piece of Ireland so welcoming.
Jan 2017
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Donegal in Ireland

Property Type:
  • cottage (detached)
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Activities Guide
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Tiled Stove
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , additional folding bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , 1 Cot , additional folding bed
  • The sleeping arrangements consist of one double bedroom and a bedroom with two single beds. There is a travel cot and an substantial folding bed to accommodate extra guests. Both bedrooms are carpeted.
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • 4 bicycles
  • 5 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • diving
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
Bridge Cottage has been carefully restored with many of its original features intact. The relaxed and peaceful atmosphere of a cosy turf stove, wooden ceiling and stone tiled floor with warm rugs in the living areas, is combined with all modern comforts such as WIFI and SKY TV. The kitchen is fully equipped with a large ceramic hob and oven, a microwave and all cooking and eating utensils. To the rear of the cottage is a large sun terrace with outside furniture. The rear of the cottage and terrace enjoy lovely views of blossom in spring and of sheep grazing on the hillside beyond. Adjoining the terrace is a large enclosed paddock bordered by a stream. The surrounding area offers many possibilities for hill and cliff-top walking, cycling (we provide four free bikes), pony trekking, touring, golf, fishing, water sports and enjoying traditional Irish music in local bars.

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website:


Excellent! 4.4/5 -
(16 traveller reviews)

Traditional Thatched Cottage near Mountains and Sea Free WIFI SAT TV and Bikes
average rating of 4.4375 based on 29 reviews

Relaxing holiday in Donegal

  • 3 of 5

We had a great time in the Bridge cottage. Everything you need is availble. The only thing the first 3 days it was too cold in the cottage. Later it was Allright. It could be warmer.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 10, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your feedback about the cottage. Glad you had a great time! So sorry you found it a bit chilly at first. It was a pretty cold spell over Christmas and unusually, the cottage had been empty for a couple of weeks when you arrived. I wonder if you saw the pages in the cottage manual about how to set the heating. Visitors usually say the stove also heats the cottage really well too, so I can only apologise. I will make sure the heating is put on well in advance of winter arrivals in future. Thanks again.
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Step back in time in Donegal

  • 4 of 5

This was the 3rd time we have stayed at Bridge Cottage. It is an old cottage, a bit quirky but this is part of its charm. Since our first visit there have been a number of improvements including the heating and a new bathroom. The cottage is well equipped, clean and comfortable. Perfect for a restful holiday. The location is great as it has the benefit of beautiful scenery and fabulous sandy beaches within easy reach.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed staying at the cottage again, Jacqui, and also for commenting on the recent improvements. The new windows and bathroom have made quite a difference! Thanks for your feedback.
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15 jours parfaits

  • 5 of 5


Magnifique cottage très bien équipé avec une documentation fournie, classée. L'endroit est magnifique et nos amis Irlandais très accueillants et chaleureux. Que dire de plus, nous sommes 3 semaines après, encore sous le charme. Merci à Sue pour sa communication parfaite ainsi qu'à Ann et Jerry. Of course w'ell visit Irelande Again...

Seule petite ombre : attention à la circulation en auto, les routes ne sont pas en bon état et la vitesse un peu trop élevée, la conduite n'est pas "safe" comme en UK.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Tolle Woche in Donegal

  • 5 of 5

Sehr gut und geschmackvoll eingerichtet. Alles klappte und funktionierte, wir konnten die Zeit genießen. Sue beantwortete sehr schnell alle Fragen, egal ob es um Angeln oder nette Pubs ging. Die Woche verging viel zu schnell, wir konnten uns an den Rhododendrons nicht satt sehen. Derry sehenswert, die tollen Strände in der Nähe möchte man gar nicht mehr verlassen. Lieben Dank Sue!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Danke schon!
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Almere Haven

cosy cottage

  • 4 of 5

We stayed a week in bridge cottage. The house looks really lovely. It's a good place to rest and to make a lot of trips in the beautiful surroundings. Donegal is very beautiful!

When we arrived it was very cold in the cottage, but after a few days it was much better.

We think there was work done in the (very good) bathroom, because everything, even the walls, was covered with some red dust.

The kitchen has everything we needed.

There are enough shops and restaurants in the neighbourhood, even in wintertime.

This was the third time we visited Ireland and we enjoyed it again very much!

  • Review Submitted: Mar 7, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for submitting this review. Glad you enjoyed your stay at the cottage and in Donegal. We were in a great hurry to have the new bathroom and new windows (In every room) completed prior to your arrival and I can only apologise for any dust that was overlooked. This has now been carefully cleaned and again, my sincere apologies. The cottage can be a bit chilly on arrival at particularly icy times in the winter - as this spell definitely was! I will ensure that the heating is switched on earlier in future. We have always found that guests comment on how warm and cosy the cottage is once the log stove is lit - maybe you didn't use it that much if you were out a lot. Thanks again for your feedback -much appreciated. Sue
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Great cottage within nice scenery

  • 4 of 5

Great place to spend a week in southern Donegal. Cottage was great, well maintained and clean. Directions to the place from Donegal- town was good, didn't have to search for location.

The cottage is well situated so the places to visit is all-way's nearby! The best and cheapest way to shop is to do this in Donegal-town.

I have to note two things;

Because we are quit big in hight the beds where a bit to short / small. The same problem we had with the shower which was to low / small. But I think this is easy to fix in the future and I know for years that the Irish are not that big like us. We have this problem in the most establishments of Ireland.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 18, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Erwin Thanks for your review. Since your stay, a completely new bathroom has been fitted in the cottage with a larger shower cubicle.Your feedback was appreciated!
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Nearest Barpub
1.5 Miles
Nearest Ferry
120 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1.5 Miles
Nearest Beach
4 Miles
Car: necessary

Bridge Cottage is located in a tranquil, 'get away from it all ' rural location near the sea, with wonderful views. The colourful town of Donegal town is 20 minutes' drive and Killybegs, an attractive fishing port, is 15 minutes away.

Other Activities: walking, beachcombing, cycling (bikes provided free,) watersports, hiking, horse riding, fishing, golf, boat trips, history, ancestory


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Donegal, Europe

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
22 Apr 2017 - 26 May 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
27 May 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
1 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
2 Sep 2017 - 29 Sep 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
30 Sep 2017 - 27 Oct 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
28 Oct 2017 - 3 Nov 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
4 Nov 2017 - 22 Dec 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Christmas/New Year
23 Dec 2017 - 5 Jan 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £0



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