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

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 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
Speaks English, German, Spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
16 January, 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 Donegal

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 13:00 / Check-out: 10:30
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • 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 4.8974357 based on 39 reviews

Cosy Rural Retreat

  • 5 of 5

We arrived late and were welcomed with a lit fire and Christmas lights. The cottage was clean and tidy with everything we needed for a cosy weekend away. We explored nearly beaches and went to the local Harbour Bar which we would recommend.

We hope to be back next year for another winter weekend. Thanks to William and Maryann for being so accommodating and for quick communications.

Kate and Ed

  • Review Submitted: 20-Dec-2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
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  • 5 of 5

A really beautiful cottage in a wonderful location.

Warm as toast and beautifully furnished. The perfect place to get away from it all.

  • Review Submitted: 26-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
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A beautiful, peaceful, cosy retreat!

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed a week staying in this beautiful cottage. It was the perfect spot to explore the surrounding area, plus to set off walking across the hills. We experienced the full variety of weather - sunny and warm on arrival, then rain, and then the wind... but when inside, with the stove on we were warm and cosy. It was the perfect holiday getaway for us. We'll be back!

  • Review Submitted: 12-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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A Lovely Retreat

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at this cottage as it was a comfortable and peaceful retreat perfect after a day of exploring. We read the history of the cottage which made it more meaningful and certainly enhanced our irish experience. There is no wifi which was a bit of a challenge at times though William was available and prompt with texts if you had any questions. Overall it was a lovely and peaceful experience and loved the views.

  • Review Submitted: 04-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful cosy retreat

  • 5 of 5

A well appointed, comfortable and cosy cottage set amongst spectacular scenery. An ideal base for exploring the delights of Co Donegal.

  • Review Submitted: 04-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Breathtaking location and views

  • 5 of 5

What a beautiful cottage this is. Off the beaten track with, weather allowing, absolutely fantastic views from the front "garden". No internet, but that just adds to the overall charm. Although it should be possible to walk into Downings, I would not like to try it in the dark, as the roads are very narrow with no separate paths or lighting. The cottage contains most of the stuff you need for a short stay, and there were even quite a few of the basic foodstuffs available (tea, coffee, sugar, salt, pepper etc.) when we arrived. There is a small grocery store in Downings, but for most shopping a trip to one of the nearby villages is required. We had a very nice meal at the Singing Pub. Friendly people and reasonable prices.

So all in all a great place where we would be happy to return to.

Just one thing, watch your head when entering or leaving the cottage through the small door!

  • Review Submitted: 30-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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

Prices for this holiday cottage in Downings, Ireland

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Low Season
8 Jan 2018 - 29 Mar 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Easter 2018
30 Mar 2018 - 8 Apr 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Mid Season 2018
9 Apr 2018 - 30 Jun 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
High season 2018
1 Jul 2018 - 15 Jul 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Peak Season 2018
16 Jul 2018 - 2 Sep 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £177.77
Pet Fee £8.89

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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