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Ellen's Cottage

(Ref. 1004152)

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  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Seaside
  • Broadband / WiFi

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35 Customer Reviews

  • "The property was absolutely beautiful we couldn't fault it at all."

    It was soo clean. in a great location. The kiddies loved the swings and the garden. We would definitely return again beautiful cottage. We highly recommend it. The view from the front was just breath taking. The pics don't donut justice as it was soo much nicer. A most stay if your in Donegal.

    Thank you for the kind words we are about to upgrade our photos soon so glad Yous enjoyed your trip to Donegal.will look forward to having Yous back anytime Property Owner

    Reviewed by Dave5.0Apr 2024

  • "This cottage has wonderful views over the Lough."

    It is very well equipped and we spent a very comfortable week there. The area around is so beautiful and there is just so much to do. We also enjoyed an evening listening to the local music and singing.

    Thank you Janice Yous are both welcome anytime. So glad you found are Cottage convenient to all amenities and close to Donegal town. Tom and Elish Property Owner

    Reviewed by Janice5.0Sep 2023

  • "A fabulous cottage in a very beautiful part of Donegal."

    We will be back!

    Thank you so much you will be very welcome back. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Graeme5.0Aug 2023

  • "Myself and my family had a wonderful week at this superb home."

    The house itself was immaculate and well equipped. The large garden was very much enjoyed by our boys. The location was very tranquil yet close enough to Donegal town, Killybegs and surrounding beaches . We had a fantastic week and wish we could have stayed longer .

    Thank you Paula lovely comments you are always welcome back .nice to know your family enjoyed their holiday here. Tom and Elish Property Owner

    Reviewed by Paula5.0Jul 2023

  • "We had a fantastic stay and wish it had been for longer."

    The location is tranquil and so relaxing. Everything we needed was at the cottage and there were some nice welcoming items left in the fridge from Elish and Tom. Ideal base for Donegal Town and so many other attractions in the area.

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Jun 2023

  • "We had a lovely time exploring Donegal County."

    The quiet rural location was ideal. Although we ate out most evenings the kitchen was very well equipped as was the rest of the cottage with good lounge seating and a comfortable bed. Would definitely recommend the cottage and hope to go back in the future.

    Thank you you's are welcome back anytime Property Owner

    Reviewed by Brian And Mary5.0Apr 2023

  • "We had a lovely stay at Ellen’s cottage."

    The peace and quiet of the countryside and the amazing views were exactly what we were looking for. The cottage was warm and comfortable, with room for groceries in the kitchen which was well equipped with a large fridge/freezer and fan oven. The bed was very comfortable, as were the living room sofa and chairs. Elish and Tom made sure we were settled in but then left us to enjoy the cottage. We particularly enjoyed the bird feeders in front of the kitchen window-a lovely touch! We found plenty to do in surrounding area, and would recommend this cottage for families or couples wanting to get away from it all. If you haven’t visited Donegal before, the coast is just stunning!

    Thank you so much you's are welcome anytime it's lovely to hear feedback thank you .much appreciated Tom and Elish Property Owner

    Reviewed by Juliet5.0Mar 2023

  • "Hi I am just back from Ellen's Cottage, party of 6, 4 adults and 2 kids."

    The cottage was more than we expected, the photos do not do it justice! It has a secure garden and play equipment for kids. It is all on 1 level so ideal for elderly family members. The cottage was spotless and had everything we needed definitely a home away from home. Elish was so lovely, not invasive just checked in made sure we had settled okay and did we need anything. Everything run smoothly from the start to end of our holiday even bad weather didn't dampen our time at the cottage. Will definitely be returning in future

    Thank you so much you's will always be welcome.you too left the cottage as you found it.hope to see you's back in Donegal again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Shauna5.0Aug 2022

  • "My family and I stayed for a week from the 16th to the 23/7/22 and would ..."

    My family and I stayed for a week from the 16th to the 23/7/22 and would recommend this cottage to anyone as it was lovely and clean and comfortable with Donegal town very near and so were the beaches, also Elish and Tom were the nicest people and very helpful we will definitely stay again many thanks Pauline and family

    Delighted you all enjoyed your stay,we will look forward to your next visit,thanking you for leaving Ellens Cottage spotless before leaving.Elish and Tom . Property Owner

    Reviewed by Pauline5.0Jul 2022

  • "Lovely remote comfortable cottage ideal for fly fishing nearby and touring the area."

    Very well equipped and clean. 10 minutes from Donegal town and it’s restaurants if you want a meal out or a takeaway Helpful owners in Elish and Tom. We throughly enjoyed our stay despite some unseasonal weather.

    Thank you for the lovely feedback it's a pleasure to have you come to our Cottage and we try to make it as comfortable as possible for guests.Tom and Elish Property Owner

    Reviewed by Chris5.0Jun 2022

  • "Enjoyed a wonderful stay in May 2022 ."

    Just 6 miles out of Donegal town overlooking a beautiful lake , very peaceful and quiet . Hosts are very helpful with any questions you might have . I look forward to staying at Ellen's cottage again , highly recommended . Paul Warnock

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Apr 2022

  • "This property is excellent."

    The property owner has gone out of her way to make the cottage comfortable and for her guests to feel welcome. The property is kept to the highest standard and is spotless. The location is very central and the scenery is magnificent and the grounds are kept in good condition. I highly recommend this property for your stay.

    Reviewed by Avril5.0Apr 2022

  • "The cottage was clean, comfortable and homely and had everything we needed."

    The property is very welcoming, a real home from home and was extremely pleasant to stay in. Lovely to go back to after a day out. The weather wasn't great but we still enjoyed our holiday, we love the Donegal area and hope to come back and stay in Ellens cottage again in the future. Thank you to Elish and Tom for checking in with us during the week and for the lovely bottle of wine you kindly left for us, we very much enjoyed it.

    Reviewed by Diane4.7Sep 2021

  • "Wonderful cottage in a very nice location with easy access to the Donegal area"

    Reviewed by Mike5.0Aug 2021

  • "We have really enjoyed our holidays in Ellen's Cottage."

    The location is stunning, overlooking a lake and with the table and benches outside, we ate there as much as we could. Inside we found everything we needed for a family of six: comfortable beds, an oven, a dishwasher and a washing machine with the a dryer. There was even a small playground behind the cottage and a lot of land to run around. The location is secluded, with nearest house being about 200 meters away but hidden behind trees. The communication with Tom and Elish was first class, wifi was working well as well as the TV. There really is nothing that we missed there but as for us, we are surely missing the cottage already. Plus, Donegal is out of this world, stunning. I have not hesitation to recommend the cottage.

    Reviewed by Natasa5.0Aug 2021

  • "The cottages was lovely and was spotless when we arrived."

    It was a nice base for getting around the coastal area of Donegal and it's beautiful scenery. Mountcharles pier a couple of miles away was nice,ideal for children with it's petting farm and Alpaca further along. The coastline is great for photos. We were thankful that Elish and Tom came out and sorted the tv out for us,not that we had much time to watch it but nice all the same. Well worth booking if you want to stay in the area and I know we wouldn't hesitate to in the future.

    Reviewed by Frank5.0Jul 2021

  • "Home from home ,everything at your doorstep ,very quiet and peaceful, thanksyou ."


    Reviewed by Noel4.4Jul 2021

  • "Just back from great family holiday in Ellen's Cottage, what a perfect base."

    House was even nicer then the pictures suggested. Elish and Tom made stay very easy for us and there were alot of nice little touches, they had thought of everything from high chair to a hair dryer, even the things you wouldn't think of yourself. We only enjoyed a small part of what this beautiful county has to offer and I think we will book again next year. We surfed every morning in Rossnowlagh (20 mins away), there's fishing lakes on the doorstep and there are amazing beaches nearby (Inver, St John's Point and Fintra within 20 mins). There's an excellent pier in Mountcharles with lovely coffee/crepe shop with small farm attached with chickens, ducks, bunnies, peacock and alpacas that are a great distraction for small kids if you want to grab a quick coffee. Water by the pier was so clean you could be fish, crabs and prawns clearly. Next time we'll bring life jackets to try pier jumping if tide is in. Thanks Elish and Tom, regards, Aoife and Jimmy

    Reviewed by Seamus5.0Jun 2021

  • "Hosts were lovely, house was spotless and the location was excellent -quiet, peaceful, lovely view and immaculate kept gardens."

    My grandson also loved the swing sets.

    Reviewed by Tomas5.0Jun 2021

  • "Lovely cottage, very spacious and clean, with everything you would need for a holiday."

    Gardens very peaceful to sit in, with nice views towards the lake.

    Reviewed by Laurence5.0Jun 2021

  • "Ellen's Cottage was better than we could have expected!"

    It was so comfortable and had all the amenities that we needed, including a cosy cot with bedding and a high chair for our baby. It is a perfect base for exploring the beautiful Donegal and a lovely place to return in the evening for a nice hot shower and an extremely comfortable nights sleep! We are so sad to leave and would return to this cottage in a heartbeat. Although we couldn't meet Eilish and Tom face to face because of Covid 19, they kept in touch over the phone and were wonderful hosts. I would highly recommend this Cottage to anyone wanting to explore Donegal and all it has to offer.

    Reviewed by Sinead5.0Sep 2020

  • "Great cottage."

    Well equipped and clean. Very central to touring in Donegal.

    Reviewed by Patricia5.0Aug 2020

  • "Ellen's Cottage is set in a beautiful location with great facilities."

    We had a very enjoyable, relaxing holiday and are very happy to thoroughly recommend this holiday cottage.

    Reviewed by Edwin4.7Aug 2020

  • "Lovely cottage with a scenic view of the lake."

    Great location for touring South Donegal.

    Reviewed by James5.0Aug 2020

  • "The house is warm, cosy and comfortable."

    The owners did everything to ensure that we had a pleasant stay. The area is fantastic and well worth a visit. We would certainly return to this cottage if and when we are in the area.

    Reviewed by Gaudaire5.0Mar 2020

  • "Rental was during the winter."

    Well situated to Donegal and surrounding area, as well as it's situation when traveling west from MountCharles along the coast. The accommodation was perfect for two adult couples. The owners were helpful in guiding us in to the property and then reviewing the amenities of the cottage.

    Reviewed by Robert3.8Feb 2020

  • "Lovely neat cottage with all the comforts of home."

    Safe and quiet. Good heating system and hot shower. Wonderful views of the lake. Very clean, plenty of supplies including an unexpected gift of wine and cakes. Our hosts were friendly and helpful, waited for us and showed us around. Great location near the Wild Atlantic Way and the sights to the north and west. Only disappointment was having to leave at the end of our stay. We loved it so much.

    Reviewed by Rosalie5.0Oct 2019

  • "The cottage was immaculate - great location and a lovely Irish Welcome would definitely book again."

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Oct 2019

  • "Really great place clean, comfortable and everything you would need."

    amazing location with great views.would definitely recommend Ellens cottage and would love to stay there again one day.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Aug 2019

  • "We booked Ellen's cottage for a week in August and had a wonderful time in this beautiful part of Ireland."

    The cottage was perfect for our needs offering both privacy and proximity to Donegal town and Killybegs. Tom and Elish were wonderful hosts and the cottage was spotless when we arrived and was well equipped with everything we could need for our stay.

    Reviewed by Ciaran5.0Aug 2019

  • "We had a lovely family holiday in Ellen's cottage."

    The cottage was very well equipped with comfortable beds and heavy curtains and black out blinds to ensure a restful night's sleep. It is located on a quiet road which was good for a morning walk or run and close to Donegal town for all essentials. We loved Murvagh beach located about 35 minutes away. The cottage has excellent WiFi and a range of TV channels.

    Reviewed by Marie -therese5.0Jul 2019

  • "I would like to highly recommend the cottage."

    Absolutely beautiful. Very clean, spottles, well equipped. The welcome pack was very generous with wine and sweet stuff. The garden was amazing and the views were taking your breath away. Peaceful and quiet place. Very close to the beach.

    Reviewed by Beata5.0Jul 2019

  • "This cottage was so beautifully situated and spotlessly clean."

    The facilities were wonderful as was the bottle of wine and the welcome letter. We will definately be back. Thank you Tom and Elish

    Reviewed by Alan5.0Jun 2019

  • "The cottage was in a beautiful rural setting, well equipped and furnished, making our stay very comfortable and enjoyable."

    Reviewed by William4.7May 2019

  • "Lovely cottage in a beautiful spot, the owners made sure we had everything we needed, including a welcome bottle of wine!"

    Had problems locating the property, but as we had the owners phone number we were able to call and they helped us out. Lovely comfy warm accommodation! Thank You!

    Reviewed by Janet5.0Apr 2019

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  • All ground floor
  • Three bedrooms: 2 x double, 1 x twin
  • Shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen with breakfast bar
  • Dining room
  • Sitting room with electric fire.
  • Oil central heating with electric fire
  • Electric oven and hob, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washer/dryer, TV with Freeview, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent, Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair available
  • Ample off-road parking
  • Garden at front with patio area and furniture
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop and pub 1 mile
  • Please note: Guests are provided with 20MB of internet per booking, additional top-ups will need to be purchased by guests.

The property

Ellen's Cottage rests peacefully on the edges of Mountcharles, with magnificent views over the Blue Stack mountain range and the glistening Glen Coagh lake.

The country road from this cosy bungalow takes you to the tourist route leading right through to Donegal Town and down to the scenic South West coast.

On return from exploring this pretty area, relax and unwind in the bright sitting room, with the electric fire keeping you warm and views of the front garden to keep you company.

Slide open the patio doors on a summer's day and enjoy a pleasant breeze filling the room.

You can gather around the dining table for a delicious meal, prepared in the fully-equipped kitchen.

At the end of a tiresome day, you have a choice of three lovely bedrooms, comprising of two doubles and a twin, followed by a well-appointed shower room.

To the exterior is a sunny patio area enjoying stone garden furniture, so you can sit out and absorb the serene atmosphere.

Mountcharles is a lovely village close by, with charming views across Donegal Bay and many local amenities for convenience.

The thriving market town of Donegal offers lots of fishing opportunities, golf and the sandy beach of Rossnowlagh.

You can enjoy the wild, dramatic coastline along the sea cliffs at Slieve League, with the Slieve League Cliffs Centre welcoming you with friendly advice on what to see and do in the area.

These towering cliffs are among the highest in Europe, jutting out into the swirling Atlantic, a remarkable sight to behold, either on foot or by car.

Discover the remains of an early Christian monastic site and at Carrigan Head, you can see a 19th century Signal Tower.

Travel down to north Sligo and enjoy a fun-filled day out with the family, choosing from some superb beaches and plenty of attractions waiting to be explored, including Sligo Abbey and historic Yeats Building.

With plenty to see and do in this popular area for tourists, Ellen's Cottage will have you longing to return to this picturesque region of Ireland time and again.

About the location


Donegal 6 miles; Letterkenny 37 miles; Aran Island 40 miles.

The pretty village of Mountcharles in County Donegal stands in an elevated position, overlooking Donegal Bay. An area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Donegal Bay is home to beautiful scenery and wonderful events, and with views of the majestic Bluestack Mountains, it is the perfect location for enjoying walks and a spot of birdwatching. With great surfing in the bay, and sea angling on offer, as well as historic Donegal Castle to visit, there is no shortage of things to do. Close by, Rossnowlagh, 'The Heavenly Cove', is known as the most scenic and dramatic beach in the North West, and boasts fantastic water sports, and breathtaking views of the rugged coastline and Donegal Bay. Within travelling distance is Donegal's largest town, Letterkenny, while Aran Island lies further afield but is well worth the trip. With so much to see and do, the village of Mountcharles is a great base for touring and exploring the area.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas