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Self-Catering Ardara

Denis's Cottage in Ardara, Donegal

From: €286 weekly Guests 5 Rooms 3 Bathroom 1

Denis's Cottage Self-Catering

Holiday home
Denis's Cottage is a cosy little country cottage, located in the east of County Donegal between Killybegs and Ardara and can sleep five people. This all ground floor cottage with two double bedrooms, a single bedroom, a bathroom, a kitchen, a sitting room with dining area and woodburning stove and an external utility. Outside there is ample off road parking and a gravel area to the front with furniture and a gas barbecue. Denis's Cottage is a lovely base for your Irish holiday with many places to visit within this part of the Emerald Isle.

The town of Ardara in County Donegal is situated in a wide valley where the Owentocher River enters Loughros More Bay. The town offers many craft and gift shops and traditional Irish pubs. There are walks and cycle routes in the area and every year the town hosts a walking festival. Within driving distance is Donegal Town and there are a number of sandy beaches close by.

The West of Ireland conjures up many images; thatched, whitewashed cottages, a flock of sheep on a narrow road, an emerald green field with a stone wall, or the Atlantic waves crashing into towering cliffs and rocky shores.

Oil central heating with woodburning stove. electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine in utility, dishwasher, TV with Saorview, DVD, radio, selection of books and DVDs. Fuel, power and starter pack for stove inc. in rent. Bed linen and towels inc. in rent. Travel cot on request. Ample off road parking. Front gravelled area with furniture. One well-behaved dog welcome. Sorry, no smoking. Shop, pub and beach 5 miles.

Vacation Rental Amenities

  • Accepts Pets
  • Cooker
  • Cots
  • Dishwasher
  • Fishing
  • Fishing available
  • Fridge
  • Games room
  • Garden
  • Great view
  • Ground floor
  • Kettle
  • Linen provided
  • Log fire
  • Near beach
  • Parking
  • Parking space
  • Towels provided
  • TV
  • Washing machine
  • Rural location
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Self-Catering Reviews

Mrs Milligan
July 2020
We had a lovely week in this well equipped cottage.. The log burner in the evenings made it really cosy and oil central heating was there if needed as well. Mary and Michael are very welcoming and you felt you had known them all your life. Homemade wheaten bread, scones and buns were there for our arrival along with the a warm glowing fire. When we slipped into our really comfy beds on the first evening we found hot water bottles in them which was a lovely touch. The scenery and setting of the cottage are stunning. Be prepared to reverse a bit to a passing place if you meet another car on the road up to the cottage but in a week it only happened to us once. If you want tranquility you will get it here. We walked over 2 miles on up the mountain to Aderry Reservoir the views on the walk were amazing. Drive to Narin/Portnoo for a long walk on a beautiful sandy beach and if you get the timing right you can walk out onto the island thete when the tide is out. Brilliant accommodation and hosts.
March 2019
This beautiful little family cottage set in the countryside between killybegs and Ardara has everything you need for a perfect getaway. Furnished just how a traditional cottage should be lovely log fire, a modern kitchen and if u miss the outside world there's a big tv with more tv channels than you need and on a plus side no wifi access...oh the peace lol. Our hosts Mary and michael were both extremely helpful and unobtrusive in their care for our stay. The rooms were spotless and so cosy...a warming fire was waiting for us on our arrival along with a welcoming selection of homemade bread and cakes all other basics were supplied all in all as a base for exploring the stunning west coast and a cosy nest to return too it can't be faulted. A return in the warmer weather is sure to happen.
Miss Wright
September 2018
We have just had a wonderful time at Denis's cottage.. The weather was very changeable but the cottage was always warm and comfortable. It has everything you could need or want and is very thoughtfully supplied with the essentials on arrival - lovely wheaten bread too. The surrounding area is beautiful with great walks nearby. The hosts are also lovely and couldn't have been more helpful, we look forward to returning if we get the chance.
Ms Baker
August 2018
The owners are so welcoming and friendly.. We had a lovely relaxing stay at Denis' cottage and enjoyed the rural setting. At the same time, we were close to.Ardara town which had everything we needed. We will definitely return.
May 2018
A truly wonderful cottage in a quite and peaceful setting just a short drive to Killybegs town and Fintra blue flag beach. Mary & Michael are wonderful hosts and we had a great week with our little dog Tilly who loved watching the sheep in the surrounding fields. We could easily have stayed much longer and we will be back again very soon.
September 2017
We stayed at Denise cottage in July and had a fabulous time. Everything we wanted for our week away. Molly our dog also enjoyed herself spending hours walking the trails and watching sheep. Mary and Micheal could not have been more accommodating with fresh bread, milk and homemade Jam on arrival, which was very welcome after a long trip. Thoroughly recomend this for a quiet break away from it all in the lovely Donegal countryside.
September 2017
The cottage was perfect.. Lots of care and attention to detail had been paid by the owners. Fresh milk, bread and fruit provided on arrival. Much appreciated. Really well equipped. Very comfortable beds with beautiful bed linen. It was lovely and warm and easy to heat. A place to relax and unwind in the isolation of rural Donegal. Ardara is only a few miles away. Good shopping and lots of lovely pubs.
April 2017
We spent a fabulous week at Denis's Cottage, which truly was a home from home. It was a perfect setting for us, plus our two girls aged 9 and 10, and the family dog, to explore Donegal, its beaches, villages and mountains. The cottage is owned by Michael and Mary, who farm the fields around. It is Michael's childhood home, and they've recently been able to buy it back into their family and renovate it as a rental cottage. It's beautifully presented. Some Irish cottages are gutted out and made to feel like brand new properties inside. That can be nice, but it's not very authentic. Denis's Cottage is quite different. The renovation has kept lots of original features, so it really does feel like living in a proper old Irish cottage. However, it is cosy due to a wood stove and central heating, equipped with everything you will need, and lovingly furnished. Mary has taken such care inside: ornaments, books (including kids books) and pictures make it feel like a real home. There are three good, comfortable bedrooms, a lounge with TV, DVD player and CD/radio, a well equipped kitchen that we cooked in every night, and a bathroom with bath and shower. Michael and Mary were so welcoming. Mary met us and took us to the cottage, where basic provisions were already there, and lovely flowers on display in the bathroom. She explained that unfortunately the washing machine was not working, and she hadn't been able to get a service man yet. However, we were welcome to use her washing machine; she and Michel live about 10 minutes away. Thus we ended up at their home the next night, drinking tea and chatting as the washing machine completed its cycle. A friendship was born! It's worth saying something about the location. Don't expect to be at the heart of things. In fact, the cottage is way out in the countryside, amongst roving hills, with sheep all around. Not the place to go if you expect to walk to the pub, but perfect if you want a peaceful spot with beauty and nature all around. We even spotted some deer. Our girls loved playing in the garden, and built their own 'den' down by the little stream. They were safe, and we could just let them get on with it. Ardara, the nearest village, is about six miles away. There you'll find good pubs and food, music sessions, a small supermarket and craft shops. About ten miles in the other direction is Killybegs, a fishing town with an impressive trawler fleet. Donegal town is more like 20 miles away, but well worth it. I'd forgotten how lovely Donegal really is. Drive out the coast from Killybegs and walk along the spectacular Slieve League cliffs. Nearby Malin Beg beach was a beautiful place for the dog and the kids to let off steam - but there seams to be a beach around every corner in Donegal. Clencolmcille folk village is an inspiring window on the past - a must see. Those were our highlights, but you'll make your own, there's so much to see. This was a really special family holiday, and we have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending Denis's Cottage. We'll be back!
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