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Two Cosy Pet Friendly Apartments on the Wild Atlantic Way in South Donegal - The Snug Garden Apartment (1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2)

Bedrooms 1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking



The Snug Garden Apartment (1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2)

This beautiful apartment is finished to the highest standards with everything you could need for an enjoyable stay. Access is from the back of the house beside a gorgeous patio with wonderful sea views and large enclosed walled garden. Lovely bright spacious living room cum Kitchen has everything you could need (ideal for pets).

Large luxury en-suite Bedroom complete with KS bed (and travel cot).

Bright living room has very comfortable leather furniture and solid fuel stove - this also heats the water and radiators and offers a very cosy accommodation for all weathers (storage heaters also).

The kitchen is well equipped, with everything to the highest standards and an every growing collection of Willow Patterned Crockery for your comfort.

Wonderful views from kitchen, bedroom and patio area to St John's Point with Benbulben in Sligo in the distance!

Plenty of extras provided for your comfort - everything to the highest standards.

Ample towel supplies and bedlinen included

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About the property


Newly refurbished to the highest standards since we bought the property in Jan 2012. Two very comfortable, spacious, well-equipped and completely separate holiday apartments in quiet seaside location with great beaches and wonderful views of the sea and mountains . "The Snug" is located off the Main Street in Dunkineely, beside shop and 4 nice pubs ( some with entertainment) and is just 10 minutes drive to Donegal town. The location is ideal for exploring Donegal - whatever you fancy. Choices include great walking routes, several sandy beaches, several golf courses, water sports, fishing, island trips, music & dance. You could plan day trips from here to the Cliffs at Sliabh League, Glenveagh National Park, Bundoran Water World, The Giants Causeway. For those who like to cook for themselves the kitchen has everything you would need, or if you prefer to dine out there are many good restaurants to choose from. The place is ideal for pets, with wooden floors / tiles and a huge enclosed garden.

Sheila McDermott
Member since: 2010
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
20 September, 2017

About Sheila McDermott

We are a family of 4, living on a working farm in Sligo.

We have been happily involved in the Self Catering business since 2006 with our very popular Beach House in Aughris. In 2012 we bought and renovated another property The Snug in Dunkineely, South Donegal, for our own use and also as a Holiday Let.

Both properties are in wonderful locations on the Wild Atlantic Way.

Sheila McDermott purchased this apartment in 2011

Why Sheila McDermott chose County Donegal

We bought this property in November 2011 because we love the area and believe that Dunkineely is a wonderful scenic location with so many options on the doorstep.

We were particularly keen on the property after being lucky enough to get a window seat when we had lunch in nearby Castle Murray on the first day we went to view it. We chanced on the place whilst driving around and couldn't believe our luck. Between the view across McSwynes Bay and the wonderful food we were smitten! ( Sadly the restaurant at Castle Murray is not currently open for business)

One particular treat for us is being able to walk to a choice of 4 decent pubs, some with regular entertainment. There is a great atmosphere in the pubs in the village and everybody is just so friendly. As one of our guests reported last year, "they get to know you first!"

What makes this apartment unique

The house is in a super location, it feels quiet and secluded yet is just tucked in snugly off the main street.

We have done a big renovation on the house, with two completely separate units ( upstairs or downstairs), each equally comfortable.

We have a little Yorkshire Terrier and he loves our outings to The Snug because we can close the gate and let him roam freely in the garden.

Available Rentals

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There are no extras.

Changeover Day:
Flexible, you do not have to stay Saturday to Saturday because we know that the best travel deals are usually mid-week.

Notes on prices:
Min Stay: 2 nights all year round.
There is an option to do a 2 centre holiday between our property at Aughris, Sligo ( IR340 ) and this property. The distance between the two properties is 90 minutes, it is a good opportunity to explore 2 fantastic coastal locations. Contact us with requirements.


Accommodation and facilities for The Snug Garden Apartment (1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2)in Dunkineely in Donegal

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 0
Building Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Cot
  • Tastefully furnished en-suite bedroom with very Comfortable King Size bed. Note that the bed (60in *80in, 153cm *203cm mattress), has an end-board so if your height exceeds 80inches or if you like to sleep well down on the pillow then perhaps this is not the place for you. This is an ultra-comfortable bed as the feedback from previous guests will attest to. We have been providing accommodation since 2006 and since then we have had one complaint on 06/06/2016 that the bed was too small. So we have immediately added this note to deter any future giants out there.
  • DVD Player ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • bay
  • reefs
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • diving
  • bay fishing
Notes on accommodation: Both units are completely separate with entrances at opposite ends of the property. The 2-bed unit is on 1st floor ( see steps up to front door in pictures) with the Garden Apt (1-bed unit) entrance to the rear of the house beside the patio. Both are finished to the highest standard An extra fold-up bed and travel cot are available for both units. At the back there is a lovely large walled garden that gets the sun all day long and has wonderful views. To the front there is a tarmacadam drive with off-street parking for 3 cars. Both units equally suit persons wanting to just chill out locally or those who want a base to tour Donegal. This very comfortable accommodation is well located close to lots of activities. You could visit the local sandy beaches or choose some of several outings in the area. There is plenty of tourist information at the house and a great Tourist Information Office in Donegal Town. The location is ideal for children/pets. Outside: There is a large walled garden to the rear which gets the sun all day long. The raised patio area is a sun-trap, with wonderful sea views. The main entrance with gates has tarmacadam drive with private off-street parking for 3-4 cars.


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The Snug Garden Apartment (1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2)
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Cosy apartment

  • 5 of 5

The Garden Apartment had almost everything we needed for our trip to Donegal, (wi-fi & DVD player excepted)

The bed was very comfortable, and the secure garden was ideal for our dog. I would happily recommend it to others.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 20, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2017
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A great place to rest up.

  • 5 of 5

The apartment was absolutely perfect for our stay. It was clean, a perfect size, strategically located, and even had a great view of the mountains. We would definitely stay here again. Thank you!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 12, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
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Perfect spot for exploring the area near Donegal Town

  • 5 of 5

What a special little garden apartment, with all the amenities for a lovely stay. The bed was very comfortable. In this quiet village, there are lovely walks nearby, neighbouring pubs, cafe and convenience store. Everything was supplied to make us feel welcome and 'at home.' We would highly recommend this spot. We were within an easy drive to the Cliffs and the Folk Village, too.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 4, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
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The Snug

  • 5 of 5

Very comfortable cosy and warm - perfect.

Will be back

  • Review Submitted: Apr 25, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
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Simply fabulous..

  • 5 of 5

Loved everything. Location.... location... location...

  • Review Submitted: Mar 18, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
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Simply fabulous!

  • 5 of 5

We discovered the snug last year and spent 5 fabulous days discovering Donegal and the surrounding area. This year we decided to extend our stay to 10 nights as we loved it so much. The snug has everything you need to have a relaxing break -situated only 10 minutes from killybegs and 15 minutes from Donegal town.

It's the perfect getaway with a beautiful enclosed garden, with amazing views , which our dog loved, a walled patio area, ideal for an early morning cup of tea while you take in the peace and tranquility that surrounds you. That's providing you can actually drag yourself out of the most comfortable bed I've ever slept in!

Dunkineely's residents will offer you a very warm welcome to the village and Macs bar, situated just a few doors away, offers great hospitality and craic every evening and the traditional night in Macintyres each Wednesday is not to be missed.

If cooking on holiday is not your thing - no problem, Baskins are open 6 nights a week and the food is fab.

We're already planning our return trip to the snug next year - this time for a full 2 weeks!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
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Nearest Airport
130 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
170 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Castle Murray
Nearest Beach
6 Kilometres
St Johns Point
Car: recommended

Special interest holidays:

Just some options ...

No scarcity of sandy beaches: Inver is our favourite.

Walking/Running - find your own route or follow well documented instructions for a guided walk.

Diving - very popular at St Johns Point.

Surfing - Donegal has a huge coastline popular with surfers. Surf lessons are available.

Fishing / Boat Trips - village shop supplies fishing tackle. St Johns Point is popular for fishing. Fresh mackerel caught on the rocks and cooked an hour later- DIVINE!

Golf - lots of choices .

Day Trips : Sliabh League +Glencolmcille, Glenveagh National Park, an Island.

Shopping : Donegal Town, Bellek China or in many of the little villages on your travels. There are lots of craft shops and art galleries throughout Donegal

The children : All the children love Bundoran Water World, its the Slide that gets them hooked!

Music: Whether its traditional or country music you are interested, you will see lots of roadside advertisements of upcoming events.


5 minutes drive to Coral Beach , at St Johns Point.

You will be spoilt for choice with the beaches in Donegal - here I have listed a few that you can research.

Inver - our favourite because of the views + you can go out a long way whilst staying in your depth making it ideal for children.


Tramore Beach at Ardara

Tullan Strand in Bundoran - beautiful, with the option of Waterworld and its ever popular slide for the children!

Narin/Portnoo Beach





Knock Airport - 135 kms. There are many connections from Knock to Germany/France/UK.

Derry Airport - 90kms

Belfast Airport - 200 kms

Dublin Airport 250 kms.

Use of car is recommended although there is a bus stop at the gate with good connecting service from Donegal Town, and from there country-wide.


The village is a great holiday base with good grocery and butcher shop, 4 decent pubs , Take Away, Fishing Tackle, Beautician, Hair Salon .

10 miles to Donegal Town, with lovely shops, restaurants, and many tourist treats.

5 miles to Killybegs for lovely fresh fish..

Our favourites of the many restaurants in the area are:

1 mile to a fine dining experience at Castle Murray, St John's Point.

1 mile to Mary Murrins - offering great bar food.

7 miles to The Village Tavern in Mount Charles.

Further Details:

It is advisable to read some reviews from previous guests to get a better feel for the place....

This is an ideal location of people who perhaps want a quiet, scenic, coastal location with a good range of activities. There are great shoreline or hill walks nearby. For those than want to dine in, the kitchen is very well equipped. You could always go down the street to the pub afterwards for a nightcap!

if you enjoy dining out during your holidays there are many many options, just 4 that we would highly recommend ( as we visit them regularly ourselves) are Castle Murray at St Johns Point, Mary Murrins in nearby Bruckless, The Village Tavern in Mountcharles and the lovely Olde Castle Inn in Donegal Town.

The Snug is equally suited for those wanting a base to discover Donegal or for those who want to chill out during their stay and stay local.