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The Cottage

Gortahork, County Donegal (Ref. 987108)


(25 ratings)

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  • Sleeps 2

  • Bedrooms 1

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

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

Reviews & Ratings

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25 Customer Reviews

  • "We found the cottage to be exactly as described."

    The setting was beautiful, the owner was very pleasant to deal with and accommodating especially on arrival when we were a little early. The cottage was good value for money.and all in all we had a very enjoyable stay.

    Reviewed by CliveJun 2022

  • "We spent a most relaxing week in this little enchanted Cottage, with only sheep for neighbours!"

    The views of Tory, Muckish and Errigal mountains fabulous! Wonderful beaches close by to walk our dog

    Reviewed by RosemaryMay 2022

  • "Wonderful cottage so cosy and comfortable."

    Ideally situated for exploring the many stunning beaches Donegal has to offer. You also have Muckish and Errigal virtually on your doorstep. I can recommend doing the railway walks

    Reviewed by CarolApr 2022

  • "Lovely cottage in a nice setting."

    Good views. Sam and I enjoyed our stay and feel very rested. Lovely comfortable bed.

    Reviewed by JaneMar 2022

  • "Ubicación fantástica."

    Los propietarios nos enviaron un vídeo para encontrar la casa, no es muy difícil con esa ayuda, pero en ningún momento nos recibieron. La cabaña está en un paraje excepcional. La calefacción es lo mejor sin duda. Ningún problema con el wifi, aunque sí con nuestra espalda, ya que el colchón debería mejorar. No obstante, la habitación es muy amplia. Sin duda, lo peor de este alojamiento es la cocina. Los utensilios, son insuficientes y sin mucha limpieza. Volvería a repetir, pero sólo por ubicación. Es una pena porque esta cabaña con un mínimo arreglo, sería de 10 y un paraíso.

    Reviewed by LuciaFeb 2022

  • "The cottage was wonderful."

    However it would be nice for future visitors if the mattress was replaced or had a topper to avoid feeling the springs. It would also be useful to have a list of places to go, activities available, chemists, doctors, vets, places to eat, and instructions for heating, linen, cleaning etc.

    Hi Fiona, a new mattress has been ordered today and being delivered in the next week. I’m currently working on a video that would give more information re cottage and things to do in the locality. Regards , Gràinne Property Owner

    Reviewed by FionaJan 2022

  • "It was brilliant and Grainne was so welcoming."

    The cottage is cosy and welcoming and the breathtaking views from the cottage are outstanding. All in a peaceful get away from life with lots to see and do

    Reviewed by TinaOct 2021

  • "We had such a lovely time in Grainnes place, everything was as described with little extra touches like tv channels and plenty of turf for the fire, which was greatly welcomed."

    The communication with Grainne was excellent and she was always very helpful and quick to reply. The location is perfect for things to do and see in Donegal and its walking distance to the local pub and restaurant. We brought our terrier Mylo with us who had a ball of a time at all the nearby beaches. Can't wait to come back again!

    Reviewed by RhondaOct 2021

  • "Convenient to shopping but uniquely placed in country with easy access and a super view"

    Reviewed by NigelSep 2021

  • "After 18 months of staying at home we were looking forward to a peaceful relaxing time at the cottage instead what we got was the noise of a digger and cement trucks out the back next door."

    No privacy. We should have been advised of this and would definitely not have booked it.

    These works were due to be carried out during low season but as you know ,there has been a pandemic ( which is why we all had to stay at home for 18 months)and works were delayed repeatedly because of this, resulting in them unfortunately coinciding with your stay. Works were due to be finished before you arrived but as happens with these things-they ran over. Works are finished now and the machine has left. I'm glad it didn't impact your stay too much as you spoke about how sad you were to be going home the evening before you left and what a beautiful area it was! Property Owner

    Reviewed by MargaretAug 2021

  • "The beaches were very clean and quiet."

    Our dog really enjoyed walking on the beaches. Lovely tranquil place to relax and enjoy the countryside

    Reviewed by SusanJul 2021

  • "A beautiful cottage with a wonderful view and enclosed garden very suitable for a pet."

    The local large supermarket 5 min. Drive away is excellent...plenty of choice and fresh stock. The location is near some fabulous beaches and places to hike. I would highly recommend this cottage. Diane

    Reviewed by DianeJul 2021

  • "We were impressed by the location of the cottage."

    Whilst not within normal walking distance, we could see the sea due to the sweeping panoramic view downhill from the cottage. The cottage itself is very pretty and is a typical Irish traditional cottage.

    Reviewed by Anne DeirdreSep 2020

  • "Comfortable cottage in a great location."

    Go raibh mile maith agat, a Ghrainne.

    Reviewed by JosephAug 2020

  • "The cottage was more cosier than the photos showed."

    We slept so well in a very comfortable bed. The heating system was great although not requiring it much as the cottage really held its heat and gave lots of hot water even when on a short time. Which brings me to the shower which was perfect, great power and temperature. The owner led us to the cottage as off a few windy bends but after that so easy to find your way. The location is great for exploring Donegal but even the garden area was relaxing to sit and eat in. Due to pandemic we brought most food with us but there was a choice of take away and restaurants locally if it had been our choice. The ice box in the fridge made life so much easier to have extras with us. On the whole I would score this cottage and the friendliness and helpfulness of the owner Grainne more than 10/10. It really was home from home. We have stayed in many cottages throughout Ireland and there is always something ŷou could tweak but nothing here to change right down to the many TV channels available on a wet day.

    Reviewed by JayneAug 2020

  • "A perfect rural retreat up in the hills suitable for 2 with a dog with wonderful mountain and beach views."

    Lovely setting and outdoor space and cosy fire for the evenings. Really lovely and friendly owners. Hard to find a better spot in Donegal for the activities we wanted to do. Thanks Grainne and Michael

    Reviewed by SusanAug 2020

  • "Lovely cottage in close proximity to a local town."

    The cottage was cozy and had everything needed for a relaxing week away.

    Reviewed by JohnDec 2019

  • "This little cottage is perfect for a getaway from it all, situated on a little boreen road with fantastic views."

    The bonus is the four donkeys over the stone wall who are very friendly. The location is perfect for touring the area, I have never seen more beautiful beaches anywhere in the world, and I have travelled to places like Mauritius and South Africa. Recommended are: Dunfanaghy, Narin, Portnoo beach, Horn Head has amazing views not to be missed. The cottage is quaint and very comfortable, the facilities are basic but everything you need is catered for. I have stayed in the middle of winter but I was cosy and warm, I can imagine perfect in summer, there is a lovely small private garden with table and bench lovely for having breakfast in the morning and fantastic views to warm the heart I have no hesitation in recommending this lovely cottage and the couple who own the house, they are there if you need them otherwise they leave you alone to yourself. I brought the dog with me and he enjoyed this break more than me. Thumbs up.

    Reviewed by EvelynDec 2019

  • "Comfortable clean warm accomodation neighbours were great 4 fantastic donkeys"

    Reviewed by JohnSep 2019

  • "We fell in love with this cottage."

    The views were spectacular. The cottage itself was gorgeous and well furnished with a large peat burning stove which was incredible although it had more than adequate heating and hot water when required so you didn't have to light the fire if you didn't want to. Donegal is so beautiful and well worth visiting.

    Reviewed by RobertSep 2019

  • "The cottage was perfect for us it was very clean and comfortable with beautiful views"

    Reviewed by CarolineJun 2019

  • "We had to contact the owners of this beautiful cottage and their response was immediate."

    They are lovely people. Beautiful location and very quiet.

    Reviewed by RobertaMay 2019

  • "A beautiful and cosy cottage."

    We loved it and had a great holiday with our little dog.

    Reviewed by UrsulaApr 2019

  • "The cottage is idyllically situated in the wilds of Donegal and is ideal for exploring Ulster."

    The owners are lovely people and the donkeys are lovely animals. (Sorry I couldn't phone you when I left but couldn't get a signal on phone.)

    Reviewed by MichaelDec 2018

  • "Great host."

    Lovely cosy cottage. Fabulous views. We will be back. Welcome pack was a lovely touch.

    Reviewed by AJul 2018

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  • All ground floor
  • One bedroom: 1 x double
  • Shower room with basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove
  • Central heating, woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, washing machine, TV, WiFi
  • Fuel, power and starter pack inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Ample off-road parking
  • Lawn and gravelled area with furniture
  • One well-behaved pets welcome
  • No smoking
  • Shop and pub 1.5 miles

The property

This charming homestead cottage rests all on the ground floor, looking beautifully out towards the Atlantic Ocean in the distance, in the County Donegal village Gortahork.

Benefiting from charming features and with outdoor opportunities aplenty in the immediate area, use this as the welcoming bolt hole for that long-awaited couple's getaway.

Admire the surrounding scenery one last time before entering this home-away-from-home.

Step left into the inviting sitting room, enhanced brightly by the high ceiling and Velux window, while also boasting a touch of cosy warmth via the fabulous wooburning stove - a superb spot to put your feet up after an exhausting day of exploring this fine region.

This welcoming layout leads you into the peaceful double bedroom; the soothing neutral layout ensures a restful night's sleep.

Close by; find an attractively presented shower room as well as a quirky and charm-filled kitchen/diner.

This country cottage-style setup is lined with whitewashed stone walls, graced with a flourish of characterful wooden features and hosts a lovely wooden dining table to enjoy your meals from.

Revel in this jaw-dropping setting by taking a seat on the peaceful garden; it makes for a superb spot to enjoy a refreshing drink and simply taking it all in.

The coastal village of Gortahork is an excellent base from which to explore the outdoor opportunities of the area, there are many scenic cycling and walking paths to enjoy, as well as the Glenveagh National Park within reach.

Sunny days can be spent on one of a number of glorious beaches nearby.

An alluring base from which to relax for a while, or to explore the rural delights of County Donegal.

About the location


Glenveagh National Park 11.5 miles; Dungloe 18 miles; Letterkenny 27 miles.

The village of Gortahork is situated on the north western tip of the County Donegal coast, and is an increasingly popular location for surfing and walking. There are several beautiful beaches around the area, and the village is home to the Samhain International Poetry Festival each year. From Gortahork, Glenveagh National Park is easily accessible for a great day out, and with 16,000 acres, it is a walker's paradise. The renowned artist Derek Hill bequeathed his house and gallery near Glenveagh along with his art collection to the nation in 1980, attached is Glebe Gallery and tea rooms which hosts many exhibitions. For a day's relaxation head to nearby Bunbeag which has a swimming pool and a spa area or An Chuirt Hotel which lies at the foot of the Errigal Mountain and has its own health club and spa. Island-hopping is fun for all the family, and from Gortahork, you can charter a boat and visit Arranmore, Cruit Island and Owey Island. Cruit Island is joined to the mainland by a bridge, so is easily reached by car, but chartering a boat is much more exciting! Nearby, the town of Dungloe plays host to the annual ‘Mary From Dungloe’ festival, and is renowned for its fantastic fishing. This is a great location, and an ideal base for touring the area.

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Owners may request any evidence that they reasonably require before making a refund. Sykes Holiday Cottages is not agreeing to pay or guarantee any refund from the Owner to you under this Book with confidence.
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