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An Irish Idyll - traditional stonewall cottage nestled in hills above Downings

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,399 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Teachín is a traditional stone wall Irish cottage located in Ballinacleava (Baile na tSleibhe) in the hills 2 miles outside of Downings and on the Wild Atlantic Way. The cottage is in a rural location (in a Gaeltacht area) and is perfect for somebody seeking relaxation through peace and quiet. The nearest neighbours are only occasionally at home and are located 200m away. When guests arrive, often the first comment is to reflect on how quiet the location is.

Over the last year the cottage has been fully renovated in a style that brings its heritage value to the fore. The cottage has 2 double bedrooms and a bed deck with skylight to the rear that is suitable for age 10 and up. There is a living room with eating area, kitchen, shower room, a boot room for those wet days and muddy walks and a small utility room with washing machine and tumble dryer. As we wanted to keep the heritage of the house as much as possible we do not have central heating, instead we have a stove in the living room and energy efficient electric radiators in each bedroom and the shower room.

The house has a parking area suitable for two cars and a large garden for relaxing in and reading or just sitting to take in the stunning view over Sheephaven Bay, the Ards forest park and Muckish mountain.

The house is ideal for photographers as we still have a relatively dark night sky to the rear (north) of our house. As the address of the house suggests we are situated on a small mountain and the cottage is a good base for hill walkers. Downings is a 35 minute walk away by road while Dooey (Dubaih), Tra na Rossan, the Singing pub and Melmore Head are all within a few hours walk away if you are prepared to walk over the mountain through moor and heather. For the more serious walker the Glenveagh mountains home to Errigal, Muckish and the poison Glen are just a 30 minute drive away. Glenveagh Castle and National Park are also well worth a visit. In the park there are mapped out trails and guided tours available.

For golfers the Rosapenna hotel and golf course is located just three miles away.

The Rosguill Peninsula also provides opportunities for water sports such as windsurfing, deep-sea diving, sea angling & boat charters. The Jaws Watersports shop located in Downings and Dunfanaghy also offers courses for children and adults. A day trip to Tory island can also be booked via the Tory Island ferry.

Letterkenny is just a 40 minute drive away and the walled City of Derry 60 minutes.

More Details

William Laverty
Member since: 2016
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English, German, Spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
24 September, 2018

What makes this cottage unique

Rural, excellent views and very quiet. If you want to hear the wind in the trees, the birds cheeping, the hum of a bumblebee or the sound of the sea then this is the place for you.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage around the Downings around the County Donegal

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1399 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • Ocean View
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Shower Enclosure , Shower room, no bath
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Single Bed , This is a bed deck located above Bedroom 1.
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , Travel cot on request
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Garden ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • diving
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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An Irish Idyll - traditional stonewall cottage nestled in hills above Downings
average rating of 4.9310346 based on 58 reviews

Isolated hideaway

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely stay and enjoyed using the wood-burner. The little road leading to the house was beautiful with epic views across donegal. William and his wife were very generous and friendly. The only thing I'd mention is that there is no wifi even though it's listed at the property. There is a little 3G in certain spots inside which can help if you're stuck. You can get some wifi at nearby local pubs/restaurants if you need to check emails. The nearby area is lovely and quiet, hardly ever seen a car go by.

  • Review Submitted: 16-Sep-2018
  • Date of Stay: September 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect - we didn’t want to leave!

  • 5 of 5

If you’re looking for peace and tranquility, then there’s no better place. This little cottage is a real gem. Nicely renovated, clean, warm and has the essential “lived-in” feel to it. The views are spectacular!! And if you’re a romantic then the stormy evenings are just the thing, while sitting next to the lovely wood burner. I certainly hope to be back in the very near future.

  • Review Submitted: 12-Sep-2018
  • Date of Stay: September 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fantastique !

  • 5 of 5

Nous avons adoré notre séjour passé de ce charmant petit cottage perdu au milieu de nulle part. La maison est petite mais très confortable et tellement chaleureuse. Nous n'avons manqué de rien. La beauté du paysage autour est à couper le souffle. La région regorge de coins fabuleux que nous avons eu beaucoup de plaisir à découvrir en famille.

Un tout grand merci à William et Maryann pour leur gentillesse et leur disponibilité !

  • Review Submitted: 04-Sep-2018
  • Date of Stay: August 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Most beautiful cottage I’ve ever stayed in Donegal!

  • 5 of 5

The Little Cottage is the perfect retreat into the beautiful Donegal countryside. You will not find better views out over the hills, over the loughs, and out to toward the mountain tops.

Such an incredibly comfortable and homely place, and a perfect base for going out to explore the area and hiking in the surrounding hills

The only awful part is having to leave again!!

We’ll definitely be back.

  • Review Submitted: 11-Aug-2018
  • Date of Stay: August 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Characterful cottage in an oasis of calm

  • 5 of 5

We spent two nights at the cottage and had an amazing time. A two minute drive from the village but a world away in terms of it’s seclusion.

Everything was very well equipped and all the rooms were very comfy.

I was delighted to find a property which retained so much of it’s vernacular charm - we will definitely return!

  • Review Submitted: 04-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Delightful place to stay

  • 5 of 5

What a lovely cottage. We spent four very relaxing and enjoyable days here. Before our stay any queries I had were promptly and clearly answered by William. His directions to the cottage were very good and although driving up the road to it the first time was a bit hairy we soon got used to it and the views when you get there are amazing. Having rented numerous places over the years I had brought things with me that are often missing-I needn't have bothered. The cottage had everything you could possibly need, I brought my wok and there was already one in the kitchen! The kitchen was well equipped, the living room was lovely and cosy with beautiful blankets on the sofa to wrap up in if it got cold. There were lots of books, games and dvds and lots of wood and peat for the fire. There were plenty of cleaning materials and a washing machine and drier. The cottage was beautifully presented and very clean. I liked the visitor book which included a history of the cottage and its neighbours, it was very interesting. We had a lovely stay and would certainly go again.

  • Review Submitted: 29-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
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Nearest Airport
160 Kilometres
Belfast International
Nearest Barpub
3 Kilometres
Harbour Bar
Nearest Ferry
180 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
3 Kilometres
Nearest Train
65 Kilometres
Derry City
Nearest Restaurant
3 Kilometres
Beach Hotel
Nearest Beach
3 Kilometres
Car: recommended


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £53.75
Pet Fee £17.92
Refundable Damage Deposit £179.16

Rates for weekend and mid week bookings vary so please contact me directly for details of prices and availability.

If you are travelling with a pet you are expected to remove all traces of the pet from both the interior and exterior of the house. Pets are not allowed in bedrooms.

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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