About

ACCOMMODATION     ACTIVITIES    GETTING THERE    PRICES

In a nutshell:

Port cottage sleeps SIX

There’s LOADS to do here – active or not. Go to our ACTIVITIES PAGE or scroll down for summary

It’s THREE/FIVE hours drive from Belfast/Dublin. See more below or go to our LOCATION page

It’s NOT EXPENSIVE.We’ve tried to keep pricing as simple as possible.. Go to our PRICES PAGE to see full details, or scroll down for summary.

Here’s the best bit: there’s  no TV/DVD, in fact it’s a machine-free zone – with very limited electricity (but there is a good phone signal and somewhere to charge phones).

NB-  there is no 220V outlet in the cottage – as all the systems are run on 12v solar and wind power system.

If you need to charge a phone, we recommend that you bring a back-up battery pack ,or a car charger .

 

Desperate to know something more?    Email us or call Roland on +353 (0) 85 224 8223. Or please just scroll down for a quick summary:

ACCOMMODATION

Inner Space – Sleeps six

The cottage comprises one main building and two booleys (small separate buildings). The main building still follows traditional lines, with a main living room and hearth, and a bedroom either side. There is a super snug bed / chill-out pad built into the corner of the living-room neatest the stove.On the  back is a kitchen with big hatch through to the living room, and the two ensuite bathrooms (one of which can also be entered from the kitchen). The Booleys are not included in the cottage rental ; the main Booley is used as a private family store and occasional walk-through gite . The other booley is at the moment a store for turf, firewood, fishing stuff and tools.

Main sitting/dining room with wood burning stove – and super-snug bed in corner.

Kitchen with 4 hob gas range, sink . No fridge (we use stream and small, usually cold, larder outside).

Master bedroom (4 poster-double) with wood-burning stove, ensuite bathroom

Bunkroom  (two bunk beds), sleeps 4, with ensuite shower-room

Attached to the main house is a “control room” which controls and monitors the eco power and utility systems.

Bedding/Housekeeping

Mattresses, duvets and pillows live in the cottage. This is a very remote  “DIY holiday home”,  so you’ll pick  up your sheets, pillowcases and towels from the lovely Margaret in the launderette in Ardara, and pop them on yourselves (and take them back there at the end). You’re also expected to remove rubbish, recyclables and and perishable food. we have found it impossible to entice any intrepid cleaner out to these remote and blissfully hoover-free parts, so we expect a firm commitment from every guest  to leave the cottage as beautifully clean and tidy as they find it.

Our neighbours from up the valley look in occasionally on changeover, just to check for any problems.

Power

Available power is VERY LIMITED, as all systems run on alternative 12v power – solar panels on the Bothy roof  - with enough to supply reasonable lighting and charging for cameras/mobile phones.  No high voltage appliances like irons or hair driers will run.

When the weather is dull, the batteries can get flattened – so be prepared to revert to Candles and the excellent Solar re-chargeable desk-lights.

Actually, it’s really atmospheric ( and romantic)  to live with candle-light

The water  is heated by the main wood burning stove. This provides lashings for washing, bathing and heats two bathroom radiators.

NB – the hot water will still work ,even if the Cottage “mains” electricity fails.If you can light the main stove, you will get hot water.

Network

There is surprisingly good mobile network at the cottage .see above ref 220v and charging.

Food/drink

The basics like herbs, seasonings, oils and few tins will be knocking around. Please replace what you use. You can resupply anything basic in Ardara, and theres a small local shop in Glencolmkille, fifteen minutes drive away. There’s an organic foodstore in Glenties.

If you’re nice to the lobstermen who come into Port harbour , they might bring you some crab or lobster for a fee. There’s great foraging – fishing off the rocks and shellfish at Maghera beach. Nancy’s pub in Ardara does great oysters, while the chowder and fish and chips at the Westside Cafe are superb. Failing all that, munch on a pint of Guinness at any one of the many pubs – nearest one’s in Glencolmkille.

West-End Cafe , Ardara : best fish and chips in the West.

Books/Games

This is a family holiday home, so there’s a fair bit of our own stuff around, like the basic board games, books, packs of cards, some old rainwear etc.   Please respect this and leave as you find.

ACTIVITIES

FANTASTIC kayaking and rock climbing right out of Port

Swimming, fishing, foraging – it’s just one minute by foot down to the practically private pebble beach.

Massive walks, birding, communing -you can go straight out across the sheep-scattered, heather hills and along the cliffs where you’ll hardly see a soul. There are footpaths.

Biking – straight out of the cottage, along the empty, winding roads and tracks

Fishing, bathing, messing – in the streams, waterfalls and lakes.

Good surfing, kiting, dune jumping -one some fabulously secret sandy beaches less than 15 minutes away.

Some locals offer boat fishing trips from nearby ports.

There are ancient ruins and monuments (nearby Glencolmkille, for instance, has a very deep history), national parks and hills to climb.

Full details of most of what’s available is provided in the cottage.

Er..pubs and music OF COURSE

Check out the ACTIVITIES page to see more

GETTING THERE

Location

A very remote site in a lost valley on the edge of the far western Atlantic coast of Donegal, Republic of Ireland. Staggering, unimpeded sea views. Pebble beach and tiny harbour, a minute’s walk down the road.

Nearest town is Ardara, Donegal – a favoured folk music and traditional Donegal destination. Voted Ireland BEST village this year.  It’s about a half hour’s drive (or six hour walk) away. See our travel page

Access (see our maps page)

By road

From Belfast – about two and half hours

From Dublin – about four and a half hours

From Knock – about one hour

From Donegal airport – Dungloe – about one hour

By bus

To Donegal Town (from Dublin and Belfast), then Glencolmcille , then taxi – but please note as the location is remote you would be well-advised to have at least one car with you during the holiday.

By Air

Flights from many UK airports including Scotland to Dublin,  Belfast, Knock or Donegal airport by Ryan Air, Aer Lingus, Aer Arann and BMI, among others.

Please also see our maps-you will need them!

Parking

There is room for two cars right behind the house – others can be parked on the edge of the drive, and in a lay-by at the drive entrance.

PRICES 

Go to our PRICES PAGE for full details


Full payment up front by  Paypal or internet bank transfer – details on request. We will confirm your booking when the payment has cleared.

Cancellations:

75% refund if cancellation received more than three months before date of your booking.

50% refund if cancellation received from three to one month before date of your booking.

No refunds less than one month before booking, (if you cancel this late its unlikely we’ll be able to rent it out again).


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