An Irish Idyll - traditional stonewall cottage nestled in hills above Downings

Photo gallery for An Irish Idyll - traditional stonewall cottage nestled in hills above Downings

Primary image
Beach
TV, DVD player, books, video library
TV, DVD player, books, video library
2 bedrooms, iron/ironing board, bed sheets

Overview of An Irish Idyll - traditional stonewall cottage nestled in hills above Downings

Entire homePrivate host

An Irish Idyll - traditional stonewall cottage nestled in hills above Downings

4.9/5 Exceptional

Guests rated this property 5.0/5 for cleanliness.

Entire home

2 bedrooms1 bathroomSleeps 5

Popular amenities

  • Kitchen
  • Washer
  • Dryer
  • Sea view
  • Outdoor space
Map
Downings, Co. Donegal

Explore the area

  • Popular LocationSandy Hills Golf Course7 min drive
  • Popular LocationCarrigart Riding Stables10 min drive
  • Popular LocationMarble Hill Strand32 min drive
  • AirportDonegal (CFN)88 min drive

Space details

2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, sleeps 5
1399 sq ft
Bedroom 1
    1 king bed
Bedroom 2
    1 queen bed
Common area
    1 single bed
Bathroom 1
    Shower

About this property

Entire place

You'll have the entire cottage to yourself and will only share it with other guests in your party.

An Irish Idyll - traditional stonewall cottage nestled in hills above Downings

Family-friendly cottage in Downings
Teachín is a traditional stone wall Irish cottage located in Ballinacleava (Baile na tSleibhe) in the hills 2 miles outside of Downings and on the Wild Atlantic Way. The cottage is in a rural location (in a Gaeltacht area) and is perfect for somebody seeking relaxation through peace and quiet. The nearest neighbours are only occasionally at home and are located 200m away. When guests arrive, often the first comment is to reflect on how quiet the location is.

The cottage was fully renovated a few years ago in a style that brings its heritage value to the fore. The cottage has 2 double bedrooms and a bed deck with skylight to the rear that is suitable for age 10 and up. There is a living room with eating area, kitchen, shower room, a boot room for those wet days and muddy walks and a small utility room with washing machine and tumble dryer. As we wanted to keep the heritage of the house as much as possible we do not have central heating, instead we have a stove in the living room and energy efficient electric radiators in each bedroom and the shower room. The living room is a very cosy environment and perfect for lazy days and relaxing times together reading, playing games or watching TV together, while listening to the crackle of the fire in the stove.

The house has a parking area suitable for two cars and a large garden for relaxing in and reading or just sitting to take in the stunning view over Sheephaven Bay, the Ards forest park and Muckish mountain.

The house is ideal for photographers as we still have a relatively dark night sky to the rear (north) of our house. As the address of the house suggests we are situated on a small mountain and the cottage is a good base for hill walkers. Downings is a 35 minute walk away by road while Dooey (Dubaih), Tra na Rossan, the Singing pub and Melmore Head are all within a few hours walk away if you are prepared to walk over the mountain through moor and heather. For the more serious walker the Glenveagh mountains home to Errigal, Muckish and the poison Glen are just a 30 minute drive away. Glenveagh Castle and National Park are also well worth a visit. In the park there are mapped out trails and guided tours available.

For golfers the Rosapenna hotel and golf course is located just three miles away.

The Rosguill Peninsula also provides opportunities for water sports such as windsurfing, deep-sea diving, sea angling & boat charters. The Jaws Watersports shop located in Downings and Dunfanaghy also offers courses for children and adults. A day trip to Tory island can also be booked via the Tory Island ferry.

Letterkenny is just a 40 minute drive away and the walled City of Derry 60 minutes.

Here is a link to an aerial view of the cottage and surroundings, the video is hosted on YouTube https://youtu.be/0YCY1tW_JEY

Regarding pets, if you have a pet and are interested in staying in the cottage please send me an enquiry over the website and we can discuss the request.
Guest accommodation at this cottage offers DVD players and coffee/tea makers. Kitchens offer fridges, hobs, microwaves and kitchenware and utensils. Bathrooms include a shower and hairdryers. Housekeeping is provided on request.
The recreational activities listed below are available either on-site or nearby; fees may apply.

Property manager

William Laverty

Languages

English, German, Spanish

Property amenities

Parking and transport

  • Car recommended

Kitchen

  • Fridge
  • Hob
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Toaster
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Cookware/dishes/utensils

Dining

  • Dining table

Bedrooms

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Bed sheets provided

Bathrooms

  • 1 bathroom
  • Shower
  • Towels provided
  • Hairdryer

Living spaces

  • Wood stove

Entertainment

  • TV with cable/satellite service
  • DVD player
  • Video library
  • Games
  • Books
  • Stereo

Outdoor areas

  • Garden
  • Outdoor furniture

Laundry

  • Washing machine and dryer

Comfort

  • Heating

Pets

  • No pets allowed

Suitability/Accessibility

  • Smoke-free property

Services and conveniences

  • Housekeeping (on request)
  • Iron/ironing board

Location highlights

  • Near the sea
  • In the mountains
  • In a rural location

Things to do

  • Fitness facilities nearby
  • Birdwatching nearby
  • Surfing/body boarding nearby
  • Hiking nearby
  • Fishing nearby
  • Windsurfing nearby
  • Cycling nearby
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby
  • Horse riding nearby
  • Mountain biking nearby

Safety features

  • Smoke detector

General

  • Sleeps 5
  • Unit size: 1399 sq ft (130 sq m)

Similar properties

See similar properties

Policies

Check-in

Check-in time starts at 4:00 PM
Minimum check-in age - 30

Check-out

Check-out before 10:30 AM

Special check-in instructions

You will receive an email from the host with check-in and check-out instructions

Pets

Pets not allowed

Children and extra beds

Children are welcome

Important information

You need to know

This property is managed by a private host (a party not acting within their trade, business or profession). EU consumer law relating to professional hosts will not apply to your booking. However, the Book with Confidence Guarantee and the cancellation policy set by the private host will cover your booking.
Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed
On-site parties or group events are strictly prohibited
Safety features at this property include a smoke detector
This property is managed through our partner, Vrbo. You will receive an email from Vrbo with a link to a Vrbo account, where you can change or cancel your reservation
Be prepared: check the latest COVID-19 travel requirements and measures in place for this destination before you travel.
Property registration number 2443125NH

We should mention

A car is recommended for transport to and from this property

Property is also known as

Irish Idyll Traditional Stonewall Cottage Nestled Hills Above
Irish Idyll Traditional Stonewall Nestled Hills Above Downings
Irish Idyll Traditional Stonewall Nestled Hills Above
Irish Idyll Traditional Stonewall Cottage Nestled Hills Above
Irish Idyll Traditional Stonewall Nestled Hills Above Downings
Irish Idyll Traditional Stonewall Cottage Nestled Hills Above
Irish Idyll Traditional Stonewall Nestled Hills Above Downings
Irish Idyll Traditional Stonewall Nestled Hills Above

About this area

Downings

Located in Downings, this cottage is in a rural area and by the sea. Sandy Hills Golf Course and Ashtree Stables are worth checking out if an activity is on the agenda, while those wishing to experience the area's natural beauty can explore Carrigart Beach and Ards Forest Park. Scuba diving and waterskiing offer great chances to get out on the surrounding water, or you can seek out an adventure with horse riding and hiking/biking trails nearby.

What's nearby

  • Sandy Hills Golf Course - 7 min drive
  • Carrigart Beach - 8 min drive
  • Carrigart Riding Stables - 10 min drive
  • Ards Forest Park - 30 min drive
  • Marble Hill Strand - 32 min drive

Getting around

  • Donegal (CFN) - 83 min drive

Restaurants

  • Singing Pub - 6 min drive
  • Fisk - 7 min drive
  • The Harbour Bar - 7 min drive
  • Caife Na Sraide - 9 min drive
  • Hooked - 15 min drive

Frequently asked questions

Is An Irish Idyll - traditional stonewall cottage nestled in hills above Downings pet-friendly?

No, pets are not allowed at this property.

What time is check-in at An Irish Idyll - traditional stonewall cottage nestled in hills above Downings?

Check-in begins at 4:00 PM.

What time is check-out at An Irish Idyll - traditional stonewall cottage nestled in hills above Downings?

Checkout is at 10:30 AM.

Where is An Irish Idyll - traditional stonewall cottage nestled in hills above Downings located?

This family-friendly Downings cottage is located by the sea, within 3 mi (5 km) of Sandy Hills Golf Course and Carrigart Beach. Carrigart Riding Stables and Ashtree Stables are also within 12 miles (20 km).

Overall score and ratings

4.9

Exceptional

Rating 5 - Excellent. 108 out of 116 reviews
5 - Excellent 93%
Rating 4 - Good. 7 out of 116 reviews
4 - Good 6%
Rating 3 - Okay. 1 out of 116 reviews
3 - Okay 1%
Rating 2 - Poor. 0 out of 116 reviews
2 - Poor 0%
Rating 1 - Terrible. 0 out of 116 reviews
1 - Terrible 0%

5.0/5

Cleanliness

5.0/5

Amenities

5.0/5

Property conditions & facilities

5/5 Excellent

Beautiful traditional Irish cottage
Excellent experience. Remote but naturally beautiful. Lovely cottage with great views.
Stayed 3 nights in Jul 2022

5/5 Excellent

Review
beautiful cottage in a beautiful location!
Stayed 4 nights in Jun 2022

5/5 Excellent

Loved every moment
Cozy and wonderful cottage. Loved every moment spent there.
Stayed 7 nights in Jun 2022

4/5 Good

Our experience
Directions were spot on but would have appreciated a warning about the track leading to the house. The house IS full of character. Don't let the road put you off because it's worth it. We appreciated you going to the trouble of finding out about the house's history as well as the neighbours.. Mary Ann the Housekeeper very helpfull. We would stay again to recharge our batteries.
Stayed 3 nights in May 2022

5/5 Excellent

Our Yellow Irish Cottage
Loved Teachin Cottage. I was very anxious every time I left the cottage and had to drive back to it due to the remote location and the access road required to stay at the cottage.
Stayed 4 nights in May 2022