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Whispering Willows - The Thatch

Carndonagh, County Donegal (Ref. 928919)



Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 2

  • Bedrooms 1

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets No

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  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Sky TV
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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17 Customer Reviews

  • "I’ve been using Sykes’s cottage’s for a number of years now and never been ..."

    I’ve been using Sykes’s cottage’s for a number of years now and never been disappointed the service has been excellent all cottage’s have been first class

    Reviewed by BrendaMay 2022

  • "We had a very relaxing time at the cottage."

    We found it very warm and all items we required to make our stay comfortable were to hand. Unfortunately the weather was bad but that allowed us more time to relax and enjoy the surrounding of the cottage I would not hesitate to highly recommend this cottage for a break away. Fiona was extremely helpful on the build up to our stay.

    Reviewed by NikkiOct 2020

  • "We had the most beautiful week in this surreal thatched cottage."

    Our little piece of heaven from the log burner to the roll top bath. If you are looking to escape from a busy life or just need some quiet time then this place is a must. Thank you Fiona for sharing your beautiful home the turf were an added treat. We will be back. Thanks again.

    Reviewed by CatherineJul 2019

  • "Beatifull cottage, very well equiped, comfortable."

    Quiet place in beatifull country. A lot of things to see in raidus of few miles.

    Reviewed by JanJul 2019

  • "What a beautiful thatched cottage ,it was so cosy and had everything you could ask for and restored to an extremely high standard, we spent three fantastic night's by the lovely warm stove relaxing, exactly what was needed ,we will definitely be back ."

    Reviewed by MarianDec 2018

  • "Beautiful Cottage in a peaceful setting yet a short drive to the town of carndonagh."

    Cottage itself inside was lovely had everything you needed for you stay including iron hairdryer etc. The kitchen had pots pans even coffee,teas,sauces, jams nice touch. We have really enjoyed our stay at the whispering willow lovely cosy warm nights by the big log burner. We will definitely be back thanks for a fantastic stay.

    Reviewed by SabrinaNov 2018

  • "Perfect holiday cottage for two."

    Spacious Peaceful, yet only five minutes from all the facilities you might require. Perfectly positioned for exploring the whole of the Inishowen peninsular. Would love to go back again.

    Reviewed by DonaldSep 2018

  • "I have used Sykes cottages for a number of years and all cottages have been excellent."

    This break was my first time travelling alone and to get rest to recuperate - this cottage; the welcome by the owner and standard of finish and facilities - were perfect in every way.

    Reviewed by MoiraMar 2018

  • "We had a wonderful stay at Whispering Willows."

    The cottage was beautiful inside and out: spotlessly clean and inviting. Fiona provides everything you could need; from a darning kit to a cafetière, hot water bottles to torches. She also provides a good amount of information about the local area with things to see and do. We were completely charmed by Carndonagh. It’s a cliche, but all the pubs were incredibly friendly and throughout our holiday on the North Coast we were offered lifts, invited in for cuppas, and generally given a welcome that you wouldn’t believe. Can’t recommend highly enough. If it’s good enough for Luke Skywalker...

    Reviewed by BJan 2018

  • "The Thatch is very suitable for couples seeking a romantic break."

    Very comfortable and well finished.

    Reviewed by JohnNov 2017

  • "The cottage is in a brilliant location and decorated to the highest standard."

    I would have no hesitation in recommending this cottage to friends and family.

    Reviewed by JohnNov 2017

  • "We had a wonderful stay at The Thatch."

    The location was ideal for us, quiet and remote but within easy reach of the beach and many local attractions. The cottage was well equipped and comfortable. The hot water and heating system was a little quirky but well explained and easy to use. When we had a problem with the toilet flush, Fiona was very easy to get hold of, helpful and quickly made arrangements for it to be fixed. We would definitely recommend the cottage to friends and family and come back here ourselves.

    Reviewed by AnwenJun 2017

  • "It was a lovely well thought out and cosy cottage in a good location."

    Perhaps not too good for the infirm as the bar stools by the kitchen counter were rather high and there was no other chair anywhere apart from the two sofas so eating was difficult. But that was us rather than the cottage anyone younger would be fine. The decoration was tastefully done and Fiona and William were very supportive with our minor problems of working the Sky TV and the ultra modern electric cooker. We cook with gas at home and don't have Sky so these were complicated and the instructions had been lost. On the whole a lovely base to visit this area which has plenty of interest for photographers. If we weren't so old we would be back!

    Reviewed by IreneMay 2017

  • "A beautiful cottage in quiet countryside."

    Gorgeous interiors, lots of attention to detail including a lovely bouquet of fresh flowers to welcome you. The roll top bath was amazing! Super comfortable bed. Very spacious for a thatched cottage, and the wifi was great which was important to me as I'd to do a little bit of work while I stayed. The stove fire was huge, and gave a lovely heat and cosiness to the cottage. This is the perfect accomodation for a romantic getaway for couples. The host was very easy to get in touch with, and helpful in answering emails quickly. Its also quite easy to find. Highly recommend

    Reviewed by JulieApr 2017

  • "This property is perfect, easily located to everything and beautiful!"

    The cottage is fully equipped with everything you could need and the bath tub is awesome!! The bed is super comfy and the fire really does give a lovely cosy feel!

    Reviewed by BrookMar 2017

  • "Beautiful cottage, so comfy and cosy!"

    Stylish and very well finished. The surrounding area is breathtaking and the owner could not not be more Helpful and accommodating. So well thought out to every detail. Do not hesitate in booking. We can't wait to come back!

    Reviewed by SarahDec 2016

  • "This cottage is wonderful, I just think maybe the heating should be included in the rental."

    Reviewed by LorraineAug 2016

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  • All ground floor
  • One super king-size double bedroom
  • Bathroom with roll-top bath, separate shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen with breakfast bar
  • Sitting room with multi-fuel stove. This property can be booked with Ref 936116, together they sleep 8
  • Oil central heating with multi-fuel stove and back burner for hot water
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, washing machine. Smart TV Netflix account, Freeview TV with full use of Apps., Bluetooth speaker, High quality WiFi throughout property
  • Electricity and starter pack for stove inc. in rent
  • Further bags of turf can be purchased at the property on an honesty box basis
  • Oil is on coin meter requiring 1 Euro coins which is optional if not using stove
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking for 1 car
  • Front patio with furniture
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop and pub 1 mile
  • Note: Due to fire safety BBQs are not allowed at this property

The property

This is an excellent traditional semi-detached thatched cottage one mile from the town of Carndonagh on the striking Inishowen peninsula of Donegal.

This wonderfully presented cottage is the perfect romantic base for couples looking for a tranquil haven for their Irish break.

Spacious and lovingly renovated to provide guests...

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £150.

About the location


Malin Head 12 miles; Buncrana 12 miles; Derry 22 miles.

Situated on the Inishowen Peninsula in North Donegal lies the small, pretty town of Carndonagh. Only a stone’s throw from the shores of Trawbeaga Bay, Carndonagh is home to the site of the Donagh Cross, which was once part of an early Christian monastery founded by the patron Saint Patrick. Boasting a lovely selection of cafes, pubs and shops, the town also has a strong reputation for traditional music and culture with many musicians, artists and writers making it their home. Within a short distance from Carndonagh are some superb beaches and ideal family spots at Culdaff, Kinnagoe Bay and Five Fingers strand to name a few, Ballyliffin golf course and Malin Head, Ireland’s most northern point.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas