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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 - 4 nights
Popular Features
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking


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. The boot room is also a good location for a dog's bed. 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 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 an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
19 June, 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 in Downings in 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 ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • 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


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An Irish Idyll - traditional stonewall cottage nestled in hills above Downings
average rating of 4.9166665 based on 48 reviews

Charming well equipped cottage in idyllic surroundings

  • 5 of 5

Owner and housekeeper very helpful . Great birdlife ,and the weather was perfect, would definitely return .

  • Review Submitted: 27-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Quintessential Irish Cottage

  • 5 of 5

The photos of the cottage did not do it justice! Nestled in off a road that I was initially doubtful lead anywhere, the cottage was like a beacon welcoming us home after a day of sightseeing. To say it is an idyllic Irish cottage is an understatement. Tastefully decorated, warm and comfortable, we enjoyed tea in the kitchen/living room every morning and hot toddies at night. Mary Ann keeps the house immaculate and stocked with everything you may have forgotten to bring. William was in touch up to and throughout our visit. We stayed 5 nights and could have stayed 5 weeks! It is a quiet retreat in a breathtakingly beautiful area of Ireland.

  • Review Submitted: 24-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A good place to calm down and relax

  • 5 of 5

It was my second stay in the house and I surely will return back. This time I went with friends who haven`t been to Ireland before and guess what..........they loved it.

  • Review Submitted: 10-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Remote pretty cottage with great walking routes on your doorstep

  • 5 of 5

Very comfy bed. Cosy bedroom and lovely living room which is perfect when the fire was on. We had an issue with a high pitched noise from the water filtration system but host communication was great and it didn’t ruin our stay.

  • Review Submitted: 07-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Really quaint cottage was really cosy and thoroughly enjoyable quiet

  • 5 of 5

Was quiet as promised really cosy. Loved reading all about the cottage and the surrounding area. Loved the views, just a really quiet adventure.

  • Review Submitted: 10-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Everyone needs to experience this place

  • 5 of 5

This cottage is everything and more. We were fortunate to have brilliant weather for February. However, even if it had rained non stop we would have been more than happy to keep the stove lit and soak up the silence and peacefulness of this quaint and perfectly formed abode.

  • Review Submitted: 21-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Oh wow, the thought of the rain falling outside and sitting in front of the fire really just made me want to be in the cottage. Thank you for the review and I am glad that you got good weather. Hopefully we will see you again. William
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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

Pet Fee £8.74
Damage Deposit £174.79

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