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The Ferry House

Ramelton, County Donegal (Ref. 1074125)


Hogans Irish Cottages rating

  • 8 Guests

  • 4 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes

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  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Games Room
  • Broadband / WiFi

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17 Customer Review(s)

  • Orla

    “We enjoyed a tranquil stay in this beautiful old house on the edge of Lough Swilly - so much to do in the locality and I don't know when I last slept so well in the very comfy bed!”

    We were delighted to be able to have our dog with us and we had a truly enjoyable stay, it was so peaceful. It's a pity the weather was so cold outside for July but c'est la vie!

    We were delighted to be able to have our dog with us and we had a truly enjoyable stay, it was so peaceful. It's a pity the weather was so cold outside for July but c'est la vie!

    - Orla, June 2024


  • Four bedrooms: 1 x king-size with en-suite bath ,with shower head attachment , basin, bidet and WC; there is one step down into the bathroom, 1 x double, 2 x twin
  • Second bathroom with shower over bath, basin and WC
  • Downstairs cloakroom with basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Hall dining room with woodburning stove
  • Large sitting room with open fire
  • Games room
  • Central heating
  • Rayburn cooker, electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, TV, WiFi, games room table tennis
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Parking for three cars is under trees less than 50m from the house with short term parking available for loading and unloading right by your door
  • Partly enclosed garden with lawn, stone paved area and table and chairs in the summer
  • Two (well-behaved) dogs welcome, €35 charge per pet per week
  • Sorry, no smoking on the premises
  • Shop and pub 2.9 miles
  • Note: No hen/stag or similar
  • Note: this property has a good house keeping bond of €450
  • There is a seawall between the house and the shore which is hazardous to climb over, you can safely walk on to the shore just past the house by the old ferry
  • Note: There is one step down into the en-suite bathroom leading from the king-size bedroom. Note: This property has a maximum occupancy of 8 people which also includes infants.

The property

This characterful, historic, stone built house sits on the water’s edge of Lough Swilly close to the heritage town of Ramelton, (2.9 miles away) in Co Donegal.

It is a most spacious property of 2690 sq ft.

With sea views from all the front windows, The Ferry House is well located for exploring the county, and provides a comfortable base to return to each evening, whether it be with family or friends.

It has a bright and airy sitting room, complete with two comfortable sofas arranged in front of an open fireplace.

The farmhouse style kitchen is appointed with plenty of worktop space, electric oven, hob and a Rayburn cooker which makes it cosy in the colder months.

A scullery, off the kitchen, has the dishwasher, clothes washer, the sink and an extra fridge.

The central hall works as the dining room with seating for 8 and has a wood burning stove.

A games room, at the southern end of the house, has a table tennis table with bats and balls provided.

There is also a rear entrance, where you can dry off your coats or dogs and a Belfast sink to wash muddy attire.

Upstairs there are four well-presented bedrooms; a spacious king-size with en-suite bathroom, a second double room and 2 twin rooms.

There is a second bathroom to serve these three bedrooms.

To the exterior of The Ferry House there is an area of paving stones by the back door and a lawn.

We provide an outdoor table and chairs in the summer.

At the front of the house is a small area of lawn overlooking the lough and the private road to the Boathouse and cottage which are to the south of the Ferry House.

Infrequently, a few cars will pass the house to access these neighbouring houses.

There is a seawall between the house and the shore which it is hazardous to climb over.

You can safely walk on to the shore just past the house by the old ferry.

A few local people walk along the shore with their dogs.

Ramelton, is less than a ten minute drive, and where you will find a couple of restaurants and pubs.

There is a butcher, delicatessen, café, and post office, and on specific days each week, there is a vegetable stall, fish stand and indoor country market.

There is an art gallery selling fine art and pottery. Slightly further afield is the town of Letterkenny, with it's neo-gothic-cathedral designed by William Hague, a protege of Pugin, there is a museum and art gallery, as well as ample shops, bars and eateries.

Just outside Letterkenny the attractive Castle Grove Hotel provides good food.

Take a drive into the small seaside village of Rathmullan to explore the sandy beach and pier before a drink or meal in the renowned Rathmullan House Hotel.

There are plenty of walks of a good variety of lengths including the 2 dominant hills, Mount Errigal and Muckish.Glenveagh National Park also offers great walking and cycling in a mountain setting with a castle and world class garden.

Beautiful beaches abound in Donegal and watersports on offer include surfing and kayaking.

There are also some of the finest links golf to be found anywhere, including Rosapenna and Ballyliffin.

For bird lovers, Lough Swilly is an important wintering ground for waders and geese, and you can see these and other migratory birds near The Ferry House.

Donegal offers above all wilderness, beaches, wildlife, and golf, and all are easily reached from the Ferry House – your spectacular base on the shores of Lough Swilly.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of €450.

About the location


Letterkenny 8 miles.

The sleepy heritage town of Ramelton, County Donegal, sits at the start of the Fanad Peninsula, where the River Lennon joins Lough Swilly. Cut into a wooded valley, Ramelton dates back to the 17th century and the distinctive architecture of the warehouse buildings on the quays dominate the village. Ramelton has a colourful history as one of Donegal’s most important ports, with ships arriving from the Carribbean in the 1800s to export linen made in the village. Though quieter nowadays, an abundance of welcoming local shops and pubs still welcome visitors, and there are ample opportunities for fishermen and golfers in the region. The picturesque Fanad Head is just a short distance away, as are beaches at Rathmullan and Dunfanaghy.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Christmas