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Joe's Cottage

(Ref. 1012075)

Ardara, County Donegal Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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25 Customer Reviews

  • "We had an absolutely amazing stay at Joe's cottage."

    Such a wonderful cottage in beautiful surroundings. Perfect location for visiting the stunning surrounding areas. Really helpful friendly hosts too! Myself and my husband visited with our 6 month old baby girl and it was perfect for us. Lovely wood burner that we felt safer using than an open fire ( especially with our baby) . Great layout and beautifully decorated. So much room but still very cosy. There was everything you could ever need, with a fully equipped kitchen. We really felt at home and didn't want to leave! We would highly recommend staying here and we definitely will visit again.

    Reviewed by Kat5.0Sep 2023

  • "Joe's cottage is very comfortable, very clean, well equipped and ideally suited /placed for enjoying the many interesting sites, beaches and towns of County Donegal."

    We found the owners to be very helpful and keen to ensure our stay was as we expected - which it very definitely was.

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Sep 2023

  • "Very nice and helpful owners."

    I struggled a bit with the door locks, but that could have been me. Lovely location.

    Reviewed by Irene4.7Sep 2023

  • "We had a greate Stay :-)"

    Reviewed by Bernhard4.7Aug 2023

  • "Joe's Cottage offers a wonderful all-round experience from a warm welcome and provisions to delightful accommodation that combines well appointed facilities with a real sense of the history of a Donegal farming cottage that has been tended through the generations."

    The views are to live for and there is a trove of attractions not far off the doorstep. Visiting Donegal has been a lifelong ambition and staying at Joe's Cottage made it everything we could have hoped for.

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Aug 2023

  • "We were greeted by the owner, who was very friendly and patient with us (our arrival was delayed)."

    He gave us a full tour and explained how to operate the heating and everything. We enjoyed the simplicity how everything worked. The cottage was really cozy and well maintained. The view from the garden was wonderful and our daughter loved it very much too. It’s a great location to explore donegal and take a timeout in nature and we would come again sometime.

    Reviewed by Gideon5.0Jul 2023

  • "We had an amazing time in Joe’s cottage."

    The owners are very friendly, tea and cake was waiting for us, and John really took time to show us around. It is very well equipped and comfortable. The view from the living room is stunning, and we loved that we could sit in the garden during the sunnier days. It feels like a remote location, surrounded by nature, yet Ardara is only a 5 minutes drive. We’re definitely coming back!

    Reviewed by Anna5.0May 2023

  • "Lovely cottage to stay in."

    Beautiful views from the property. Had everything we needed for a very comfortable stay. would definitely go again.

    Reviewed by Graham5.0Apr 2023

  • "Joe’s cottage is a beautiful and cosy home with incredible views on Loughros Point but just 5 minutes to Ardara town."

    John was the perfect host and made sure we had everything we needed throughout our stay. Thank you! We will be back!

    Reviewed by Dp5.0Oct 2022

  • "Great place to stay."

    The cottage was extremely well equipped and attractive. The views were outstanding and the owners were welcoming and helpful. We would definitetly recommend. Mike & Kay

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Aug 2022

  • "Joe's cottage was a brilliant base for our holiday in Donegal."

    It was so convenient having a young child, everything we needed was there in Joe's cottage. The hosts were so welcoming and went out of their way to ensure we had everything we needed. The property itself was gorgeous with amazing views. We felt very at home there and we could not recommend this property enough.

    Reviewed by Joanne5.0Jul 2022

  • "Wonderful, the clear Atlantic air in the Morning and feet up the fire in the evening."

    what more could you ask for.

    Reviewed by Liam5.0Jul 2022

  • "Amazing place."

    haves everything you need and more! The view from the house is outstanding, joe and his family is very nice, help with everything and give you a good advices, great treats and a loving and caring place to stay in. Very recommended.

    Reviewed by Ofir5.0May 2022

  • "Comfortable, clean, equipped with everything necessary and located in a very picturesque location."

    Would not hesitate to return to this cottage and to this location.

    Reviewed by Colin5.0May 2022

  • "The cottage is in a great location, with lovely views."

    It is very comfortable, and really well equipped (a real bonus for us was having WiFi). The owners were very helpful and friendly. We had afternoon tea, and a glowing stove, waiting for us when we arrived. Absolutely lovely!

    Reviewed by Linda5.0Oct 2021

  • "Hosts were wonderful, made us feel very much at home and left some welcoming treats which was lovely and even had the lovely multi fuel stove lit."

    Reviewed by Brian5.0Sep 2021

  • "The cottage is situated in beautiful scenery and is within easy reach of beautiful beaches."

    The village is nearby. It was well equipped and the hosts were helpful. The one drawback was that there was no internet.

    Reviewed by Irene5.0Sep 2021

  • "Beautiful location to explore West Donegal."

    Very homely and well equipped cottage with excellent facilities.

    Reviewed by Pauline5.0Aug 2021

  • "Ardara is a beautiful well-positioned spot from which to discover and explore Donegal!"

    It has everything on its doorstep from heritage, to culture, to beautiful beaches, history and tourist attractions. The house provides everything that you need and all the comforts of country living. A real treat awaits the visitor to this part of Donegal. Enjoy!

    Reviewed by Emer5.0Jul 2021

  • "This place is like a slice of heaven."

    Joes cottage is a fabulously restored cottage with exceptional views. Mary and John have put great time and effort into making sure everything you could possibly need for your a stay is catered for, and I mean everything (picnic baskets, stroller, kids thermometer, loads of clean towels etc).We arrived to a warm cottage with some treats on arrival, a map of all the local must sees and even new toys for our little 5 year old. Having stayed in many air B &Bs before this is by far the best one I have ever stayed at. They even had the fire laid for us and fuel for future fires. They were there to greet us on arrival and spent time going through how to use everything and gave us a history of the area. They checked in by text to see if we needed anything further and were in general just a delight. The cottage is close to all the scenic places to visit (sea caves, waterfall, dolmen) and is surrounded by beautiful beaches. The town of ardhara is 5 mins away by car. I can't rave about this place enough. We will definitely be going back. Thank you so much John and Mary for a lovely stay. Samantha, Andrew and Ava

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Jun 2021

  • "Joe and wife extremely welcoming, lots of local information with fresh scones and tea laid out."

    Cottage is well equipped and as described. We had a lovely stay.

    Reviewed by Lynn5.0Aug 2020

  • "The location was fantastic and the promised view lived up to the expectations."

    Inside and outside the house there were so many places to sit and relax and take in the views and the sunsets. Have breakfast and dinner outside, relax in front of the fire and take in a lovely walk at Loughros point. Just 2km from Ardara but more importantly there are amazing beaches, boat trips, the highest sea cliffs in Europe, neolithic sites and great food within easy reach. The hosts left us lovely scones to get us going and gave us lots of information about the area. I would definitely return to Joe's Cottage.

    Reviewed by Toni5.0Aug 2020

  • "The most perfect holiday cottage in a beautiful part of the world."

    It had absolutely everything we needed (2 adults and 2 small kids), as well as character and charm in abundance. Joe and Mary were so warm and welcoming. The views are spectacular. It’s fully enclosed so very safe for kiddies. By far the best holiday house we’ve ever rented. We can’t wait to go back.

    Reviewed by Dearbhla5.0Jul 2020

  • "Joe’s cottage is in a lovely quiet location on the outskirts of Ardara."

    The hosts gave us a warm welcome with lots of information on what to do in the area. The cottage is more like a home from home and very cosy... the wood burning stove was lovely.

    Reviewed by Julie4.4Aug 2019

  • "When we arrived we were greeted our hosts who were so friendly and hospitable they couldn't do enough for us."

    We had a fantastic break in their lovely cosy cottage and we would go back in a heartbeat. We would recommend Joe's cottage to anyone . The cottage, the people and the surroundings are a little piece of heaven.

    Reviewed by Gerard5.0Aug 2019

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  • All ground floor
  • Two bedrooms: 2 x double
  • Bathroom with bath, hand-held shower, basin and WC
  • Shower room with walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove
  • Snug with open fire
  • Oil central heating with woodburning stove and open fire
  • Dishwasher, washing machine, fridge/freezer, microwave, electric oven and hob, 2 x TVs, WIFI
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for fire inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking
  • Enclosed garden with gravelled area and lawn area
  • Sorry, no smoking or pets allowed
  • Sorry, no hen or stag parties allowed
  • Pub and Shop within 2.5 miles
  • Safety Caution Note: The stair-ladder to access the mezzanine floor above the sitting room is strictly out of bounds
  • Safety Caution Note: When lit the stove or fire becomes a hot surface/flammable surface
  • Safety Caution Note: When using either the stove or open fire the protective spark guard screen/cover must be used at all times to prevent burns or sparks escaping from hot surfaces.

The property

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


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.

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Safety Caution Note: The stair-ladder to access the mezzanine floor above the sitting room is strictly out of bounds.