Unique Canadian oak post and beam country house with self-contained traditional cottage attached. Dynamic and truly breathtaking views across the entire Derryveagh mountain range. Only 4 miles from the stunning Wild Atlantic Way coast and beaches.
This beautiful oak post and beam country house is sandwiched between the Derryveagh mountain range and the Atlantic Ocean in Donegal and is just 20 minutes drive from the Glenveagh National Park, with its castle, lake and golden eagle colony. The local beaches are stunning and offer swimming, sailing, kayaking and surfing opportunities.
The property comes with an additional self-contained dwelling - a traditional Irish stone cottage (usually only offered if more than 8 guests). Both properties are connected by an adjoining door but can be kept separate. The whole property is on a 10 acre site with the Tullaghobegly River on one boundary and our own 8 acre turf bog on the other. It is completely private, surrounded by hundreds of semi-mature trees, planted over 10 years ago.
This would make an ideal holiday retreat for a large family, or even two families, who want to either relax in a beautiful sun-drenched house, or who want to get out and enjoy the great outdoors - surfing, mountain walks, horse-riding, fishing - there is someting for everyone around us. A new 30km walk has just opened (a little like the Greenway in Co Mayo) and we hope by summer 2016, the walk will pass along the railway line at the top of our property, making a stunning walk or cycling route for visitors.
Our eco-friendly property is constructed with a large open plan living space with cathedral height ceiling framed by oak posts and beams, with all internal woodwork in solid Canadian oak, and extensive South-facing glazing offering bright, comfortable spacious accommodation with outstanding views across the fields to the mountains beyond.
The 3-bedroomed main house is connected to a traditional fully self-contained 1-bedroom cottage with its own bathroom and kitchen (extra charge).
Our entire property can be heated without oil, using a combination of the passive solar gain from the South-facing glazing, the underfloor heating powered by a combination of solar panels and wood-fired stove, and a traditional Rayburn range in the cottage space.
2 1/2 acres of the 10 acre site are planted with over 1,000 indigenous trees, some of which are established now for 10 years. The Tullaghobegly river is on the property and forms one complete boundary of this idyllic rural site.
Main House 220 sq m
2nd living room with movie projector has a double sofa bed and can be a 4th sleeping space.
1 open-plan Lounge/Dining room/Kitchen
Self-contained Cottage 65 sq m (extra charge - please ask)
1 Living room
1 Kitchen/Dining space
Zugang für Gäste
Guests will have access to either the main house, or the cottage, or both, depending on how much space they need. Our normal booking arrangement is for the main house (3 bedrooms, up to 7 beds, if you include a sofa bed). If you require the cottage (1 double bedroom and 1 sofa bed), please request this, as there is an additional charge. You cannot book the cottage on its own during peak season, but off-peak, please enquire. If you only book the main house, we will not rent out the cottage to a different family or couple during your stay. It will be a private rental for you.
We have three double bedrooms (main double can be set up as twin beds), in the main house, and our third double bedroom (50 sq m) includes the second lounge/office, with room divider panels separating the two spaces (the second space has a large double sofa bed)
Interaktion mit Gästen
We will try to welcome you on arrival, but if we are not around - we are often working away - we have lovely neighbours who look after the house for us and who live nearby, and they will help you out with anything you need.
Weitere wichtige Infos
We have lived in Donegal for 12 years with our two children, and never had a television, so there is no TV in our house. Instead we have a huge collection of DVDs in the house and movie screening facilities - projector and cinema screen, with cables to connect to your laptop, if you wish. And wi-fi broadband, of course.
We would like guests to treat the house as if it were your own house, and by that we mean for you to have a great time, put your feet up and enjoy your stay, but we also mean for you to respect the house - it is our home, and many of our possessions and our kids things are in the house. So please look after it.
We have a strict no smoking rule, so please respect this.
We will allow pets on certain conditions - we have a golden retriever, so we understand - and those conditions are:
Pets not allowed in bedrooms, upstairs or on ANY furniture e.g. sofas
Any dog poop outside must be cleaned up
Any pet damage, including chewed furniture, dog hair on beds or sofas will result in a deduction from security deposit.
Neasa and I are documentary filmmakers, and we also run an annual international human rights and environmental film festival, called Guth Gafa. We have two children, aged 11 and 13. We love our family, films and food - in that order :) We are vegetarians and eat mostly organic food. We currently divide our time between Donegal and Meath, where we have a new film project. We have travelled a lot for our work and also for holidays, and we have always taken our children with us. We always prefer to stay in self-catering or Airbnb-style accommodation, rather than hotels or B&Bs, and we know how great it is to feel really welcomed into someone's home. So we hope you'll feel that way staying in our house. We'll do everything we can to make your stay a really enjoyable one and we'll share all our experiences of places to visit, and places to eat, in Donegal with you.