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

People5
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Separate WCs1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights
Popular Features
  • Free Wifi
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking

Overview

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. There is parking for several cars and a shed to the side of the cottage houses four bicycles (and child seats) which guests are welcome to use. A new bathroom and windows were recently installed in the cottage.

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

More Details

Owner
Sue
Member since: 2010
Speaks English, French, Spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
17 June, 2018

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.

Sue purchased this cottage in 2005

Why Sue chose 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

Dear Sue



I am sorry to have taken so long to tell you that Bridge cottage absolutely met with our expectations.

My daughter and I really loved the original features of the cottage ie the thatched roof, the decor, the brilliant kitchen, bathroom and and everything ..it was perfect......the cottage was so convenient and comfortable. We loved the colourful decor..the wifi was brilliant and the exquisite Donegal scenery ...... it was fantastic.

I would love to book this cottage again for next year..so will be in touch with you again.
Nov 2017
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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Donegal in County Donegal

Property Type:
  • cottage (detached)
Meals:
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • 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
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , 1 Cot
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double 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.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
Outside:
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • 4 bicycles
  • 5 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Attractions:
  • 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
Notes:
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.

Reviews

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average rating of 4.5 based on 42 reviews
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Relaxing

  • 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: 27-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 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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The cottage itself was charming but hidden costs is what we will remember most about our stay.

  • 4 of 5

We stayed for 3 nights. The cottage itself was lovely - well appointed and furnished and spotlessly clean.The beds were comfortable. The patio outside the back door overlooking the sheep pastures was great for meals or evening drinks and walking along the quiet country roads at dusk was lovely.

However, there were several hidden costs associated with the rental which were not mentioned in the VRBO listing, some of which we were told about only after we booked, and some only after we arrived. These included: 5 euro for each bath towel, 5 to replace any fuel used in the fireplace and 5 for each bag of garbage put in the outside bin. (We were instructed to take our recyclables to the local depot.) As well, we incurred 22 euros in bank levies to transfer and deposit the rent money into the owner's account. (VISA and Pay Pal were not offered as pay options). We were also told that electricity and wifi usage were monitored, that should we exceed what the owner considered reasonable, we would be charged extra, and that live streaming was not allowed. (We never use wifi to live stream, but some might expect to be able to).The heating was put on timer to come on at midnight and turn off at 6 am. We have stayed in 12 different rental properties in Ireland, England, Italy, France, Canada and Australia, and we have never before encountered these fees or restrictions. They should be included in the price or else mentioned in the VRBO listing.

In spite of several requests, we were never given a local contact phone number for key collection or for problems related to the property should they arise during our stay. Fortunately we didn't encounter any, but it was unnerving not to have a local contact number in case of an emergency.

Overall, I would rate this property as three and a half stars. Other properties we have stayed at over the years have been more welcoming and more up front about their costs.

  • Review Submitted: 14-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Bridge Cottage

  • 4 of 5

We returned for a second visit to Bridge Cottage.We find the Cottage to be relaxed and comfortable.We like visiting the beaches nearby which are beautiful for walks. Donegal town is not too far away for an evening meal.Mostly we ate in after a day out in the fresh air .It was still chilly so we lit the wood burning stove and relaxed over dinner and a glass of wine.

  • Review Submitted: 27-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Beautiful traditional Bridge Cottage Dunkineely

  • 5 of 5

This beautiful traditional cottage is attractively furnished, warm and cosy with everything provided. It was easy to find thanks to Sue's directions and everything was as described, clean and well maintained.

The quiet location is close to all amenities, beautiful scenery, the sea and the mountains.

In spite of the adverse weather, my daughter and I managed to get out and about almost every day visiting all the surrounding beauty spots such as St. John's Point, Slieve League, Errigal and Donegal Town.

As we are exploring Family Reseach, the relatively near records offices in Letterkenny and Lifford proved very helpful. We chose this cottage as a quiet place to continue our studies in the evenings and it was perfect!

I would definitely recommend this property to everyone...and it is very likely that I will go back to it.

Customer service and owner contact was excellent.

  • Review Submitted: 23-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for this detailed review, Eileen. Delighted that you and your daughter enjoyed your stay in Donegal. Hope to have you back to stay sometime.
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5

PIcture Postcard

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful size , good location, peaceful , well equipped , Donegal town is fabulous and great location to tour the county . Would recommend

  • Review Submitted: 25-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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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: 21-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Location

Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Derry
Nearest Barpub
1.5 Miles
Dunkineely
Nearest Ferry
120 Miles
Belfast
Nearest Restaurant
1.5 Miles
Dunkineely
Nearest Beach
4 Miles
Inver
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

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Donegal, Ireland

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
EUR
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Mid
26 May 2018 - 29 Jun 2018
2 night minimum stay
£167
for 2 nights
From
£83
£435
 
 
High
30 Jun 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
3 night minimum stay
£290
for 3 nights
From
£97
£523
 
 
Mid
1 Sep 2018 - 28 Sep 2018
2 night minimum stay
£167
for 2 nights
From
£83
£435
 
 
Shoulder
29 Sep 2018 - 2 Nov 2018
2 night minimum stay
£167
for 2 nights
From
£83
£347
 
 
Low
3 Nov 2018 - 21 Dec 2018
2 night minimum stay
£167
for 2 nights
From
£83
£259
 
 
Christmas and New Year
22 Dec 2018 - 4 Jan 2019
3 night minimum stay
£290
for 3 nights
From
£97
£435
 
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
£167
for 2 nights
From
£83
£347
 

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £0

PETS WELCOME, STRICTLY BY ARRANGEMENT PLEASE

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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