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Joe's Cottage

Ardara, County Donegal (Ref. 1012075)



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  • Sleeps 4

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 2

  • Pets No

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

Reviews & Ratings

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14 Customer Reviews

  • "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 JoanneJul 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 OfirMay 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 ColinMay 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 LindaOct 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 BrianSep 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 IreneSep 2021

  • "Beautiful location to explore West Donegal."

    Very homely and well equipped cottage with excellent facilities.

    Reviewed by PaulineAug 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 EmerJul 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 AndrewJun 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 LynnAug 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 ToniAug 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 DearbhlaJul 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 JulieAug 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 GerardAug 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.