Guardian: 'Best Irish Cottage'+OWN BEACH, Pets OK
Guardian: 'Best Irish Cottage'+OWN BEACH, Pets OK
4 guests
2 bedrooms
2 beds
1 bath
4 guests
2 bedrooms
2 beds
1 bath
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A traditional Irish cottage right on the seashore, with direct access to a private sandy beach. Sleeping 4 and with pets welcome (pet surcharge applies), this has to be one of the finest locations on the Atlantic coast of Donegal (and/ or Ireland). Inside has a newly renovated interior, turf fire and is snug all year round with central heating. Fall asleep to the sound of the waves, explore a different sandy beach every day of your holiday, walk the coastline looking for mussels and crabs.

The space

The Guardian (newspaper) gave us a rave review (16 07 17) - full version online.

"The next day we awoke to flat calm, sunshine sharp, sprinklings of high cloud. We walked outside to a scene that electrified the senses: the distinctive smell of seaweed drying in the inlet below; a wondrous vista out to a long bay that looked like it was lit from within. The only sound was a distant tractor on the single-track lane. It’s for elemental experiences like these that people venture to this part of Ireland."

The cottage is centrally heated throughout and has a large turf-woodburner (first basket of turf included). Every window (apart from bathroom) has a sea view.

WIFI - no charge

Phone signal - on 'Three' and 'Vodaphone' - other networks not tested.

Ground Floor:

Living Room/ Dining/ Kitchen - open plan. Turf burner, two sofas.
Kitchen - with oven, hob, microwave, fridge (small icebox), toaster, kettle
Bedroom - Kingsize bed and great mattress
Shower-room - with large walk-in wetroom type shower, 'rainfall' shower head. Heated towel rail (towels provided).
Loft: - with double bed


Access over 7 acres of hill and shore
Picnic bench and other bench
Gated access down to our private sandy beach or 2 minute walk to adjacent large sandy beach

Guest access

The entire house is yours.
You've access down to our gated, sandy private beach.

Interaction with guests

We live just 5 minutes away, but we use a keycode access system to make life easier - so we're on hand if you need us, but otherwise leave you in privacy.

Other things to note

Pets - we welcome well behaved pets (maximum 2). There is a fee of €20 for 1 dog, €30 for 2, to be paid on arrival. Pets are never allowed on beds or sofa and we expect you'll clear any mess they make. They'll love being on the beach, but be aware that not all of the garden is fenced.

Wireless Internet

Extra people $30 NZD / night after 2 guests
Cleaning Fee $82 NZD
Security Deposit $436 NZD
Weekly Discount: 1%
Weekend Price $155 NZD / night
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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 double bed
Bedroom 2
1 double bed

House Rules
No smoking
No parties or events
Check in time is 4PM - 2AM (next day)
Check out by 10AM
Self check-in with lockbox

- Pets allowed (€20/€30 for 1 or 2 dogs surcharge to be paid to neighbouring housekeeper) but we ask they are never ever allowed on beds or sofas. Guests are responsible for any damage.


Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector

On Fridays and Saturdays the minimum stay is 2 nights.

15 Reviews

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Rebecca User Profile
October 2017
This is a magical little cottage, well designed and thoughtfully renovated, spotlessly clean and wonderfully cosy, remote and tranquil. We loved it. There is a road right outside the door, so dog owners beware that you need to keep an eye - while the site is large the cottage is a few feet from the road on which cars pass infrequently.

Petra User Profile
October 2017
We loved everything about the cottage... There was so much thought put into so many original details and it all ties together perfectly and creates such a unique and imaginative space that was just so peaceful and pleasant to be in. Amazing countryside all round and the highlight of our trip was having breakfast on a bench on our private beach that was literally at our doorstep! When booking this place we had no idea what a gem this actually was. We only read about Greg's company and his noble mission in the (extremely helpful and comprehensive) visitiors' guide and it made us appreciate the place even more. It was a real privilege to stay in this place and we would absolutely love to come back some time again.

Francisco User Profile
October 2017
This is an outstanding property in a superb location, just in front of the sea and the beach. The pictures do not make justice to the extraordinary interior of the cottage. Decorated to a high standard. We really enjoyed our long weekend at Greg's property, our dogs loved running on the beach and dipping into the sea, and after they can enjoy chilling in front of the stove. This is definitely a place for dogs. Greg was in contact we us since we inquired about the property, he was there to meet us in person and have created a comprehensive guide to help the guests with food, local places, pubs, etc. Moreover, we will able to admire his work though the books in the cottage. Definitely we will come back, and also we will visit the other properties. This is a 100% place recommended. Thanks Greg, for your hospitality. My wife had a great birthday.

Jon User Profile
September 2017
The perfect cottage in a perfect location, even with typical Donegal weather. Greg has done an amazing job of renovating this place and it was the perfect place for us to stay a few nights while hiking nearby. Warm, cosy and beautifully decorated. Wish we could have stayed for longer!

Alison User Profile
September 2017
wow! if you are thinking about staying here dont think about it DO IT!! I can assure you it will be the most amazing place you will stay ... if you are looking for peace and tranquillity then this is tbe place.

Ed User Profile
August 2017
Such a big thank you to a Greg. The bungalow has been restored to a fantastic condition. We enjoyed the beautiful surroundings and will definitely be back. Thank you. Ed & Tilly Richardson.

Phil User Profile
August 2017
Highly recommended for anyone looking for a quiet getaway with amazing scenery. Beaches and mountain walks were brilliant (Slieve League is about an hour's drive away). There are two small beaches on your doorstep and Dooey beach is nearby which is also great. Will be back.

Kraków, PolandJoined in May 2013
Greg User Profile

I'm an architectural historian and I restore unusual and historic buildings across Europe and let them for holidays.

I'm a former University lecturer from the University of Wales (archaeology/ architectural history), and have written several books and TV series on architecture. I love great views, privacy and finding the best locations, and then renovating and restoring in an appropriate style.

I speak English, Welsh and Polish, and I understand basic French. Learning Spanish.

My properties are managed by Yvonne and she speaks English and Spanish.

Languages: English, Español, Polski
Response rate: 100%
Response time: within an hour

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