This is Donegal - windy, rainy, cold, but also sunny and warm. Turf and heather soil, flowers, sheep, birds. "Wild" Atlantic with magnificent cliffs next to quiet sand beaches. This cottage overlooks the coast and some offshore islands and is completely quiet and sheltered off sight without being isolated and lonely. We were told it is nearly 400 years old the times of Oliver Cromwell but it has b
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This is Donegal - windy, rainy, cold, but also sunny and warm. Turf and heather soil, flowers, sheep, birds. "Wild" Atlantic with magnificent cliffs next to quiet sand beaches. This cottage overlooks the coast and some offshore islands and is completely quiet and sheltered off sight without being isolated and lonely. We were told it is nearly 400 years old the times of Oliver Cromwell but it has been renovated with love and care to the needs of a comfortable holiday home. It now holds four double bedrooms, a spacious kitchen and sitting room with a typical Irish fireplace, a bathroom and a large conservatory. Upstairs there is another bathroom and a lovely studio with another fireplace and a kitchenette. You can sit there by the fireside and enjoy the panoramic view on land, sea and islands.
Our guests describe equipment for kitchen as well as for bedding as ample and of good quality. Firing material (turf briquettes and wood) for the fireplaces downstairs and upstairs is provided in good quantity. There are as well electric heaters. Hot water comes from an electric boiler. You feel comfortable by sharing the cottage with two and even sharing the cottage with six or eight it did not feel crowded. There is a wifi connection and if you wish a television set.
The local housekeeper Frank is very ready to help, and he can give you valuable informations about the area.There is a shopping facility nearby (petrol station with local shop) as well as a pub doing very good seafood within walking distance at the port of Burtonport. The little town of Dungloe, about 6 km, has several supermarkets (Aldi, Lidl) and also several pubs where one can recommend to eat and also a number of takeaways.
This cottage is situated in a landscape called the Rosses, the world of West Donegal. A breathtaking land of great mountains, lake–filled valleys, edged by a rugged coastline neclaced by beautiful sandy beaches and washed daily by the clear unpolluted wild but beautiful North Atlantic. With safe and quiete sandy beaches it is a tranquil land, rich in the heritage and culture of it´s Irish music and language, an everyday language spoken by the people of Gweedore and the Rosses. At Lackennagh, Burtonport, you are right in the centre of the Rosses. You will find nice pubs around where people perform traditional music and you can visit nearby Aranmore Island starting at Burtonport and famous Tory Island by ferry boat.
Attractions and activities in every direction: To the North, cliffs and beaches around Horn Head and Bloody Foreland, and we can recommend Leo's Tavern in Crolly, just off the N56 to Gweedore, as a fine specimen of a typical Irish pub with live music, good food and a bar with Gaelic speaking regulars. To the East, Glenveigh National Park and Glebe House, home of English painter Derek Hill with a remarkable collection of paintings, Japanese woodcarvings and other articles of art. To the South, the cliffs of Sleave League which aren't any less breathtaking if one knows that they are not, as often told, the highest in Europe. And to the West, Aranmore Island (ferry from Burtonport) with a beautiful 15 km round path. Not to forget famous Tory Island.
We would recommend this cottage to whoever likes to get away from busy town and tourism and likes Ireland at its best.