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Cosy 1bed Pet Friendly Garden Apt on the Wild Atlantic Way in South Donegal

Bedrooms 1
Space 1,291 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Cosy Pet Friendly 1Bed Apartment near Donegal town on the Wild Atlantic Way

Newly refurbished to the highest standards since we bought the property in Jan 2012. A very comfortable, well-equipped and completely separate holiday apartment 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 3 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:
22 April, 2018

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 Dunkineely

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.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Dunkineely in County Donegal

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 0
Building Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1291 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • Ocean View
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • 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
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
Notes: Both units at The Snug are completely separate with entrances at opposite ends of the property. Please contact us if you wish to book both as a discount is available when both units are booked by the same group for stays of at least 1 week. Both units are finished to the highest standard. An extra fold-up bed and travel cot are available for both units. The Garden Apt has a lovely large walled garden with raised patio area ( wonderful sea views) that gets the sun all day long and is ideal for pets. 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. There is an option to do a split vacation with one of our properties in Sligo - of the same high standard and also on the Wild Atlantic Way - contact us for more details.


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Cosy 1bed Pet Friendly Garden Apt on the Wild Atlantic Way in South Donegal
average rating of 4.5384617 based on 26 reviews

Perfect dog-friendly apartment

  • 5 of 5

The garden apartment was a great space for a weekend in Donegal with our friendly golden retriever, Finbar. The garden was very secure and he enjoyed sleeping in front of the fire in the evenings. The small apartment was very comfortable with a well-equipped kitchen and safe parking for the car. The staff in the pub next door were happy to allow Finbar to join us and we found everyone in the local shops very friendly. We visited several local beaches and towns and would recommend Rossnowlagh with lunch at the Smugglers Inn. We were pleased to meet Sheila as we were leaving having found the booking process clear and easy with Sheila answering all our queries throughout - we would definitely visit again and would highly recommend this apartment.

  • Review Submitted: 23-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Come back soon!
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Clean with some nice welcoming touches such as tea, coffee, milk and some nice biscuits

  • 5 of 5

Had a great time relaxing and finding great beaches to walk the dogs. The apartment was nice and cosy at night with the fire lit.

  • Review Submitted: 02-Dec-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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great property beautiful location

  • 5 of 5

the accommodation and garden were clean and well kept,and, had everything you would need and more,,secluded and yet handy for all the local amenities,a late night shop bars ,cafe/restaurant Dunkineely,is clean and spectacularly beautiful

  • Review Submitted: 08-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nice place but a little issue with bugs

  • 3 of 5

The apartment was very nice everything you need was in there and a wonderful back yard. Close to the beaches and scenery.

But she needs to give better instructions on how to get to the bottom apt. It's in the very back to the side around the corner of the building.

As for the bugs. I understand that it's a old building but there are obviously cracks in the foundation because within our 2 nights we killed 15 millipedes 6 daddy long legs a Beetle and a earwig. And I'm not a fan of bugs so I was stressing about it the whole time.

Then on our check out day she texted to see how our stay was and we mentioned the bugs and she never wrote back. Still haven't heard from her. Hopefully by next summer everything will be looked after because it is a nice place.

  • Review Submitted: 23-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm sorry to read your feedback but to the prospective guests I do feel the need to add some comments. 1. There are just 2 apartments at The Snug. Yes both are completely separate with entrances at opposite ends of the property, but let's be clear, you could not get lost between them! In this case the guests were staying at the "GARDEN APARTMENT". Even without having retrieved the email with clear instructions, it would be reasonable to expect that the entrance was somewhere in the vicinity of the garden. In any event, when I spotted the missed call and rang back within 2 minutes, the guests were already in the correct GARDEN Apartment, so this is surely a non issue. 2. In relation to the list of bugs complete with names and headcount, regrettably Cait, our normal caretaker was in hospital at the arrival date and I accept that the bug population may have been allowed to settle in on this occasion. The especially mild weather that we have been having has led to an increase everywhere. If you revisit earlier reviews you will see that they almost invariably comment favorably on the high standard of cleanliness of the place. This is a testament to the great work done by Cait, especially since our properties are pet friendly. Rest assured that there are no cracks neither in the walls nor the foundation of this lovely old building. The living room opens out into the garden/patio area and guests tend to leave the door open. When people go to Spain they accept that leaving the door open leaves them prey for mosquitoes, in Donegal the bugs are equally enthusiastic about gaining entry but thankfully much less painful. We always do our utmost to remove ( not murder!) any invaders back to the outdoors. We can only presume that previous guests have done the same and just got on with the business of enjoying their stay in this special little place.
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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: 20-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: HI Christina. Glad you enjoyed your stay. The TV has a DVD player incorporated. I wish you had asked about that whilst there. Totally agree that we need to get WIFI.sorted urgently. We have Wi-Fi in all of our other properties just having more trouble getting a suitable package for The Snug.. Regards Sheila
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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: 12-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
130 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
170 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Mary Murrins
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.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

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 one of our three properties in Sligo 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.

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.