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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 2 days
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Calendar last updated:
19 September, 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 County Donegal

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

Hi Sue the house we loved and everything was perfect to make our stay enjoyable. We were very pleased with our choice and we have a bit of envy for your luck ... A greeting”. “La casa è bella e pulitissima, perfettamente attrezzata per un soggiorno piacevole e rilassante in aperta campagna ma a soli due km dal paese. Posizione perfetta per visitare il donegal”

Jun 2017
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Donegal in Donegal

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
  • Free Wifi
  • 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.


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Traditional Thatched Cottage near Mountains and Sea Free WIFI SAT TV and Bikes
average rating of 4.5263157 based on 34 reviews


  • 5 of 5

We loved the cottage, it was warm and cosy. We were very impressed that there was sky TV and WiFi. There was everything we needed and the paddock out the back was great for our dog to explore. My husband even got chatting to a neighbour while out walking the dog. The area was central to several beach locations for walks and to top it off the sun shone. We would definitely love to stay again. Thank you from the murray family

  • Review Submitted: Apr 27, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So pleased you enjoyed your stay. Thankyou for taking the time to post this lovely review.
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Everything you need and more

  • 5 of 5

The cottage is in a great location for exploring Donegal whlie enoying all the comforts of home. It is both cosy and well-equipped with everything you could possibly need for a great holiday. The information provided in the visitors’ folder was really useful and we thoroughly recommend giving it a good read when you first arrive – we didn’t realise until later in our stay that we could have had fuel delivered to the door. The storage heaters were adequate in June and we didn’t need the fire much although we lit it every night just for ambience. Having explored other parts of Donegal during our stay, we would say that this is one of the best areas to stay in. The local pubs in Dunkineely were really friendly and one has a couple of live Irish music sessions every week. There are decent food shopping options in the local shops (mostly at petrol stations) or a bigger supermarket in Killybegs. We had great food at Nancy’s Bar in Ardara and at Kitty Kelly’s which was on the road from Dunkineely to Killybegs. There are great recommendations for beaches, sights, pubs and music nights in the vistors’ folder and the maps in the cottage were invaluable as the local road signs were not very forthcoming. Would definitely recommend the cottage and don’t miss the stunning cliffs of Slieve League.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 21, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful cottage in a peaceful setting

  • 5 of 5

We have had a great time at bridge cottage. It is very comfortable and set in beautiful and peaceful surroundings in Donegal.

My dogs, two little Dachshunds who are my pride and joy were able to come with us for their first ever holiday. They have really enjoyed themselves. We were able to have days at the beach with them and back at the cottage they loved exploring the paddock!

I would really reccomend this cottage if you are looking to get away from it all for a bit. Lovely.

  • Review Submitted: May 15, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So pleased you enjoyed the cottage and the area, Louise- and that your dogs liked the paddock. Thanks for booking! :)
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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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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, Ireland

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
2 Sep 2017 - 29 Sep 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
30 Sep 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

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Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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