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Extraordinary Donegal eco-Cottage
Extraordinary Donegal eco-Cottage


Entire home/apt

6 guests

2 bedrooms

6 beds

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About this listing

Just three minute’s walk to the wild Atlantic, our charming, rough little cottage sits alone in an iconic location, above the wild, smooth-stoned beach and tiny harbour of Port, Donegal. It is a brilliant hideaway in a breath-taking landscape.

The space

This ocean-edge home is offbeat, off-grid, and very nearly off the map. There’s only one rough road to Port, Donegal – and the nearest neighbours are three miles up the valley.

With no mains electricity, we generate our own, and keep warm with traditional stoves and ingenious hot water systems. Some might call it primitive, but we don’t - we reckon it provides some of the greatest luxuries you can have in an over-loaded, high tech world.

Holidays in Port, Donegal are wildly old-fashioned with no power to spare for electronic games or TV, but there's plenty of fishing, swimming, scavenging, messing in streams and waterfalls, walking, and getting really muddy. Lots of extreme sports too - rock-climbing, kayaking on the door-step - and surfing not far away- for those who've a mind to.

Inside:

Port,Donegal follows its traditional lines, with a central room with a fireplace, cosy lovers' nook, with sheepskins, and long table for eating. A large hatch opens into a simple kitchen with gas stove, sink and running hot and cold water.

This is a simple, mod-con-free, and genuinely eco, zone. A small amount of power comes from the solar panels – enough for a 12V. few lights Our water comes into the house from a hillside river, and we heat it at the back of a wood-burning stove. We have no fridge - food is chilled in the outside larder and milk/drinks in the stream. This is an important part of the simple charms of Port, but it wouldn't suit anyone too "power-hungry".

Bedrooms – we have a master bedroom and ensuite, and a double-bunk room with ensuite inside the main cottage.

The Snug by the stove in the Living-room , covered in Kenyan sheepskins, can be easily converted into a lovers' nest, or kid's corner.

We keep warm with two wood-burning stoves inside, but in the coldest times, it never gets to modern home temperatures. Also, the house is old-fashioned, without an even surface or wide door anywhere, so we're afraid the property is not generally suitable for the disabled or elderly.

Outside:

Port,Donegal has a small grassed stonewalled area – and couple of stores - and to one side is a large traditional sink for cleaning fish, washing surf/snorkel gear etc. But the main outside is the rest of the valley, which surrounds the cottage. Streams, waterfalls, rivers, immense cliffs, heather'd hillsides - and not a single other house in sight. You can walk for miles along the coastline, through valleys people don't go into for days, or weeks on end.

Nearby:

Beaches: 15 minutes drive to Maghera's huge sandy beaches and caves, 35 minutes drive to the perfect crescent beach of Silver strand . 45 minutes drive to Tramore, and Bundoran, both surf beaches.

Glencolmcille, the closest village, is 20 minutes drive or an hour and a half’s brisk walk across the hills. Glen, as its called locally, has a lively pub, a cultural centre (music and Irish classes) and often great live trad music. It’s also a very spiritual place, with ancient standing stones scattered around the village.

Ardara - the closest town, half an hour’s drive away is really friendly, and good fun in the evenings, with loads of pubs, live music and the best fish and chip shop in Ireland (the West End Café). Great shopping if you like woolly jumpers or tweed.
be sure to get a Molloy Blanket before you leave - woven with all the colours of the Donegal landscape.

Access:

Most people would be glad of a car, because there is very little public transport round here, nothing at all from our valley. Buses from Glencolmcille, in the next valley, are irregular and seasonal.
Airports – there are a few flights into Derry and Donegal airports, but most people come via Dublin or Belfast. Ferries come from Wales, Scotland, France and Spain to Dun Laoghaire, Dublin, `Cork, Belfast or Larne.

Important facts to note :

The road to Port:
The road to the cottage is tarmac'ed, though rough and bumpy , but four wheel drive is not necessary, unless in the snow! It is also reachable by mountain bike over the hills. But, most people are glad of a car here, given how remote it is, if only as an extra charging point for phones/cameras.
Car also helps in terms of bringing in Fuel/supplies etc.

Availability:
we are open All year round - and there s always something sublimely beautiful about Port, no matter the weather.
Minimum 1 week stay in general, though weekends available out of season.
In our opinion , it really isn't worth getting all the way here, immersing yourself in the glorious remoteness of it all, only to turn around and leave!

Guest access

Communications:
There is a mobile signal in Port, Donegal, from various odd spots around and in the cottage - and you can always invoke the Glengesh Rule (see in our house rules) if you prefer to be without :)

Interaction with guests

Hosts:
We spend more time further south in Meath, in another amazing home where we run a summer Festival,, but we visit Port, Donegal often during the year -usually spring and autumn - to get wild and woolly. We stay in good touch with our guests, if they like, by email and text, but as part of the enjoyment of Port is the independence and solitude, so we take the lead from our guests as to how much chat and support they require. We have the loveliest "neighbours" (in commas because, even though they're our nearest, they're not exactly close) who are on hand to help out with any emergencies, and keep a caring eye..

House Rules:
-As so remote, Port, Donegal is strictly a DIY holiday home with NO cleaner. We arrange for you to pick up our towels and linens from Ardara, you make up your own beds.
-You are required and expected to clean up thoroughly, and leave the cottage as you find it, or better!
-All perishables must be removed on check-out.
-All rubbish should be removed and recycled and dealt with as instructed on check-in info.
-Dogs are very welcome, but need to be kept off the beds and sofas please - there's a dedicated "Chaise Dogue" to the side of the dining table. Please be VERY careful outside with dogs ,as there are lots of sheep.
(n.b. the Local farmer takes this very seriously)
The Glengesh Rule. A family tradition - as you reach the top of the incredible Glengesh pass, on the way to Port, Donegal, all mobiles and electronics should be switched off , and remain so till you leave the cottage. It works (and our kids are now in late teens) - give it a try!

Other things to note

POWER / WATER :
The cottage runs on Solar Panels for electricity and Gravity for water ( from a stream up the hill).
The power is limited ,like Irish sunshine, and sometimes runs out. But that's when the romance of candlelight comes into its own.
Power is all 12V DC - which means that there are NO 220v plugs for charging phones or running computers etc .
Pls be sure to bring a car-charger for your phones etc.
Head-torches are strongly recommended.
Hot water is independent of the solar / electrical system - if you light the fire in the stove , you will get Hot Water.


The space
Bathrooms: 2
Bedrooms: 2
Beds: 6
Check In: Anytime after 2PM
Check Out: 11AM
Room type: Entire home/apt

Amenities

Prices
Extra people: No Charge
Weekend Price: 75 / night
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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 king bed
Bedroom 2
4 single beds
Common spaces
1 sofa bed

House Rules
No parties or events
Not safe or suitable for infants (Under 2 years)
Check in is anytime after 2PM

-As so remote, this is strictly a DIY holiday home with NO cleaner. We arrange for you to pick up our towels and linens from Ardara, you make up your own beds.
-You are required and expected to clean up thoroughly, and leave the cottage as you find it, or better!
- All power in the cottage is 12V , on solar batteries. when sunlight is low, there can be times when you must revert to candle power.
- No 220v / 110v power sockets in the cottage , so be sure to bring car-chargers for your phones etc .
- Head torches strongly recommended.
-All perishables must be removed on check-out.
-All rubbish should be removed and recycled and dealt with as instructed on check-in info.
-Dogs are very welcome, but need to be kept off the beds and sofas please, and controlled outside as there are lots of sheep.
-The Glengesh Rule. A family tradition - as you reach the top of the incredible Glengesh pass, on the way to the cottage, all mobiles and electronics should be switched off , and remain so till you leave the cottage. It works (and our kids are now in late teens) - give it a try!


Cancellations

Strict

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Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector
Fire extinguisher

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Wiebe User Profile
May 2017
This place is not like any other place. It is located on the desolated cliffs of the Nort-West coast of Ireland. The only neigbors within miles are the sheep. It has a beautiful view on the hills and cliffs. You can reach the place by car/ motorbike in 30 min from the village Ardara. The house is completely self sufficient in energy and water. Water comes from the well and energy from wind and solar, stored in batteries. Hot water is generated by the peat stove. Great! Remeber to bring your own food and peat supplies. The kitchen is weel equipped, including a gas stove, all you need to prepare your own meal. There are 2 bedrooms with 6 beds in total. There are 2 bathrooms, 1 with a shower. Your mobile will have network coverage, but thank god there is no wifi. Go here to relax, for a cosy time next to the fire place, to be self sufficient and go back to basic.

David User Profile
May 2017
Roland's cottage at Port is quite simply magical. The secluded location on the edge of Donegal is stunning and you feel like you have the whole place to yourself! This is one of the best locations we have stayed anywhere in the world. The cottage has everything you need and we found it really cosy with the two fires providing plenty of hot water (even enough for a long hot soak in a seaweed bath using fresh kelp from the beach). We enjoyed getting away from the mod cons and living by candle light although phone signal (including 3G) is good if you want to stay in touch to some extent! You can do as little or as much as you like at Port. We enjoyed the hikes straight from the property and also took a short drive to explore the peninsula. The trip to the cottage from Ardara over the Glengesh pass is in itself a highlight! The sea cliffs at Slieve League are nearby as is the incredible beach at Strabane strand. We'd fully recommend a stay at Port and if you're looking for a remote, rustic cottage in a stunning setting then this is definitely for you :-)

Dardo User ProfileDardo is a superhost.
May 2017
Second time staying in Port (and booked now to come back next year) this is a really special place and already feels like a home away from home.

Peter User Profile
April 2017
We loved this place! We loved the views, the cottage, the area and the sheep! Would definitely stay again. The cottage is exactly as described - but all the 'basic' stuff is very easy to get to grips with, and it's great fun getting the fire stoked up every evening. On a sunny day, the views from the front door are stunning, and we came back with sun tans from spending an evening on the pebble beach. I stayed with a group of four, and we all agreed we'd love to stay again.

Jeremy User Profile
March 2017
It's like camping on the edge of the world.

Gillian User Profile
March 2017
The cottage is an idyllic escape if you are looking for a quiet and remote getaway. The walk to the beach and along the cliffs was absolutely beautiful. The cottage is quaint and cosy. Bring along extra logs for the fire as it can be a little chilly!

Amie User Profile
March 2017
The perfect retreat! Thank you!

Ballivor, IrelandJoined in June 2013
Roland User ProfileRoland is a superhost.

Im now living in County Meath, Ireland - and have travelled /lived all over - but mostly East Africa.

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