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Garden at entrance side.Living room out towards garden.
River View Cottage
River View Cottage
2 guests
1 bedroom
1 bed
1 bath
2 guests
1 bedroom
1 bed
1 bath
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Set in an acre of land in a secluded position between Ardara and Glenties, looking over the Owenea river towards the mountains of mid-Donegal, this unspoilt traditional cottage has a log/turf fire and oil fired range, gas cooker, fridge, shower and bath. The river is popular with salmon fishermen and walkers and West Donegal's spectacular beaches and hill country are within easy reach, as are many excellent restaurants, pubs and intriguing touring destinations.

The space

This charming, traditional cottage was built about 150 years ago, entirely of local stone. Since then, the original two rooms have been extended by adding a kitchen and bathroom. It is surrounded by peaceful, rolling landscape and the Owenea river which winds its way through fields which lie beyond the garden.

The house is steeped in history, from stories of local ‘poochers’ who took fish from the river, regarding it as their right, to the history of the McDevitt family who raised eight children there, mainly on subsistence farming, which was the norm in rural Ireland at the time. The importance of the nearby river in providing vital extra food, can be appreciated.

Fishing, surfing, golf, hiking, horse riding, spectacular, clean beaches and a truly stunning coastline are all within reach. Ardara, minutes away, has a formidable calendar of festivals and is a paradise for the traditional music lover. A list of local sessions and eateries is provided in the house manual on arrival.

The house has one bedroom with a double bed, a central living room and then a kitchen and bathroom, all in a typical linear arrangement. The main door at the back opens into the living room.
The heating is from an oil-fired range and a real fire, located in the bedroom. A 'starter amount' of turf and firewood are included in the rental, after which guests are asked to supply their own.
The kitchen has a gas cooker, fridge, table, chairs and sink. It is equipped for cooking and there is a toaster and microwave.
The bathroom has a bath tub and shower, toilet and wash hand basin.
As it has been our family retreat for over twenty years, we ask guests to respect the choices we have made and remember that we have aimed at comfort without wishing to loose so many traditional features which remind us of the life this cottage once held within its walls.
Pets are not encouraged for the simple reason that we are surrounded by sheep and introducing dogs to the area is just too troublesome.
As we are non-smokers, we ask that guests refrain from smoking indoors.
We have owned this cottage for the past 20 years. We have deliberately kept it as near to its original condition and retained as many original features as possible, while ensuring the comfort and relaxation required for an enjoyable and memorable stay

Guest access

The entire house and garden

Interaction with guests

As we don't live locally, we have a friend (Allaye O'Connor) who will meet and welcome you and will deal with any queries or issues that you have.

Free parking on premises
Indoor fireplace
Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 double bed
House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Not safe or suitable for children (0-12 years)
Check-in time is 4PM - 10PM
Check out by 12PM (noon)
Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector
Fire extinguisher
3 nights minimum stay

13 Reviews

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Laura User Profile
October 2017
Such a lovely cottage. Warm, cosy and quiet with everything we needed.

Alan User Profile
September 2017
Johns cottage is perfect for a quiet , cost break ... Alyee , who met us was very helpful in every way ... Glenties and Ardara only 10 mins away .. Portnoo , 20 minutes is the best we were ever on .. also championship golf course ... excellent... it was great to come back to the warmth of the range......

Colette User Profile
August 2017
Lovely cosy cottage in a beautiful peaceful location. Thank you Allaye for the delicious scones.
John User Profile
Response from John:
Hi Colette, Glad you enjoyed the house - we love it, and Allaye does a great job managing the place for us in our absence. Yes, we're planning to get some more stone down on the driveway within the next month or so - it should have been done back in the spring, but will certainly be completed before you return
August 2017

David User Profile
July 2016
Great cottage in a lovely location, John was very helpful and made sure everything was taken care of for our arrival.

Tristan User Profile
August 2017
Perfect place if you are wanting to get away from everything for a few days. No wifi at the cottage but we had 4g coverage on our phones. Just a short walk from the cottage to the rivers side where the fish jump out the water as you sit with a beer. A car is essential as it is nestled down a remote woodland track a few miles from the main road. However Ardara and Glenties are only 10 minutes away for groceries and restaurants. Would highly recommend the Highlands Hotel for their sea food platter. Best meal we have had this year! The cottage is well equipped if you decide to stay in and cook also. Allaye was a great help in leaving the cottage lit up for us and a marker on the gate as we arrived in the middle of the night and a wonderful welcome with home made scones left on the table for our arrival. Lovely part of Ireland, where everyone says hello and asks how you are. Thanks Tristan & Laura

Lisa User Profile
August 2017
Cosy cottage with wonderful views and villages in either direction not far away. Allaye was great, especially as we got a little lost finding the cottage and had baked some scones for our arrival. Thanks Allaye! Secluded if you want to get away from it all, although neighbours nearby, one very friendly lady chatted to us as she walked her dog.

Teresa User Profile
August 2017
Beautiful cottage great location close to 2 towns..Allaye was happy to help if we needed anything we had a lovely few days there

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