Offering captivating views across Loughros Bay, situated just a few miles away from the pretty town of Ardara, is this heart-warming retreat, Joe's Cottage.
This all-ground-floor accommodation is ideally placed for a couple or a group of friends looking to explore the Wild Atlantic Way around majestic County Donegal, carved by a rugged coastline, wild landscapes and an interesting history.
After soaking up the views of the Atlantic inlet, be welcomed into the spacious sitting room, where two sofas rest in front of a warming wood-burning stove, offering you and your loved ones comfort during those winter months.
If you are seeking an hour away from the rest of the group, retreat into the smaller snug, where you can curl up with a good book whilst the open-fire gently fills the room with warmth.
Step into the kitchen, where you will be delighted to find all the essentials you could possibly need to cater for your own delicious meal that can be enjoyed at the dining table, where you and your family can plan the days ahead.
As the evening draws to a close, look forward to retiring to one of the well-presented double bedrooms, each designed with a refreshing colour palette, ample storage and space and complete with delightful views of your surroundings.
Step outside to spend a moment or two within the large garden where you can enjoy the views further and make the most of the large lawn area where you are free to roam during a summers afternoon.
If you don't feel like cooking one evening, venture to the nearby town of Ardara, which was voted Best Village to live in, in Ireland 2012 Irish Times.
Ardara is considered one of the most attractive towns in Donegal, where you will find a selection of traditional Irish pubs, Irish Music and craic.
There is a choice of shops and craft shops for picking up handmade tweeds, knitwear, ceramics and local and regional artists work, ideal for gifts and essentials.
For those more energetic, bike rental is also
available in Ardara town.
The local Catholic Church of the Irish family has an original Evie Hone stained glass window which was inserted in 1953 is well worth a viewing.
Only 5 minutes drive to the local beach at Loughros Point beach (Durling Stones beach) and 15 minutes drive to the fabulous Blue Flag beach at Narin/ Portnoo and the Portnoo links Golf Course.
Alternatively, venture slightly further afield to the larger town of Donegal, where you will find a superb selection of amenities and attractions including the medieval castle and the ruins of Franciscan Abbey, or head North west over the Glengesh mountain pass to the traditional thatched village in Glencolmcille, and the famous 2000 ft Slieve League Cliffs which Lonely Planet recommends as a must-see.
Attractions within close reach of the cottage includes the scenic drive to
the harbour of Killybegs, where you will find superb fishing opportunities, or venture the glorious beach at Portnoo, or for those feeling active there is the Blue Stack Mountains to explore, or book in to the annual Adara hill-walking festival.
Joe's Cottage is an outstanding base for exploring this wonderful location with your loved ones.
About the location
ARDARA, COUNTY DONEGAL
Donegal Town 17 miles; Derry Airport 54 miles.
Ardara, voted by The Irish Times as one of the 'best villages to live in' in 2012, is one of the most attractive towns in Donegal, set in a wide valley where the Owentocher River enters Loughros More Bay. Visitors can enjoy the many craft and gift shops, together with the traditional Irish pubs. There are many brown trout lakes in the area for budding fisherman, or why not discover the nearby caves and falls of Maghera? Enjoy walking the magnificent Glengesh Pass, with spectacular views over the Atlantic from Loughros Point. Every March, the village hosts a successful walking festival with walkers coming from all over the world, while May boasts the annual “Cup of Tae” traditional music festival. Donegal town, 17 miles away, is situated at the mouth of Donegal Bay, on the River Eske, and is overshadowed by the Bluestack Mountains, which provide a great base for hill walking. With Donegal Castle, and the remains of a Franciscan Abbey which dates back to the 15th century, there is plenty of Irish history to absorb. There is a horse riding centre just one mile away, great golfing opportunities nearby, with a magnificent links course open for players of all abilities just seven miles away, and five miles away is Killybegs Sea Angling, where a competition is held on the first Saturday in May and September each year, along with the Killybegs International Sea Angling Festival, which is a two day event on the second weekend in July. Also 20 miles away is the wonderful Slieve League mountain, which has a height of 601 metres (1972 feet) and is situated on the Atlantic coast of County Donegal. With its sandy beaches offering good surfing conditions, restaurants, shops and pubs, this is the perfect base for an Irish break.
Safety Caution Note: The stair-ladder to access the mezzanine floor above the sitting room is strictly out of bounds.