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Sallywood House

(Ref. 18627)

Carn near Ballybofey, County Donegal Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 10 Guests

  • 5 Bedrooms

  • 3 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher

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22 Customer Reviews

  • "Location is good The property looks good on the outside nice garden plenty of ..."

    Location is good The property looks good on the outside nice garden plenty of outside parking Layout inside spacious , but is in need of a deep clean especially in the kitchen , fridge freezer was ok but needs replaced Dishes were filthy I had to bleach the cups and wash plates before use , the inside of cupboards were filthy Hob oven and tiles were disgusting, the sink was bad and I had to bleach it , blinds falling to bits in some of the rooms , kitchen cupboards are in need of attention , around bottoms of shower trays , inside of windows a frames need a good cleaning Had to buy a duvet cover for the upstairs en-suite room as the under side was all rough with the material balling I payed over £1000 for 7 days expected better , I don’t live with dirt at home so don’t want to live in conditions like Sallywood for a holiday There needs to be a governing body to inspect these properties as the level of hygiene is bad , Skye’s need to investigate the properties before they advertise as pictures are deceiving I have found the condition of properties I rent which is twice in the year have started to slip where cleanliness and overall maintenance is concerned Prices are ridiculously high for what you get

    Reviewed by Yolanda2.2Aug 2023

  • "10 of us thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Sallywood House."

    A great base for exploring Donegal. The accommodation was great, plenty of room and everything you could need. The owner was very helpful and even took us around the local area to get our bearings. Thank you for a wonderful holiday!

    Reviewed by Lauraine5.0Jul 2023

  • "We had a lovely relaxing stay at sallywood house lovely house and gardens no complaints thank you"

    Reviewed by Anne3.8Jun 2023

  • "We enjoyed our holiday."

    This is a great house to stay in , we would recommend it for anyone staying in this area.

    Reviewed by Diane5.0Apr 2023

  • "Thank you so much for excellent service and support."

    Dealing with your staff on the app, and on the phone was a great experience. Your staff whom I dealt with were very understanding and helpful. I would have no hesitation in using Sykes again, or recommending your services to family and friends. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Donald5.0Jun 2022

  • "Excellent cottage."

    Had everything we could need. Garven the owner was very helpful. Would definitely recommend sallywood.

    Reviewed by Ian4.1May 2022

  • "Our family had a lovely time at Sallywood House."

    The house had plenty of space and was well equipped. The outside space was the highlight providing a safe and secure area for our children and dogs. The views are just beautiful.

    Reviewed by Lindsay5.0Mar 2022

  • "We had a very comfortable stay."

    Pictures don't do this house justice. We often book Donegal but have never stayed in this area. The host was very helpful even driving my husband to the nearest towns and showing him walks for the dogs. House has everything you need even down to milk in the fridge on arrival. Beds comfortable and garden secure for the dogs. There are also things to do with kids, if like us you get bad weather, there is soft play, bowling, cinema etc within half an hour.

    Reviewed by Ruth5.0Feb 2022

  • "Very nice stay, very thoughtful owner, excellent experience overall."

    Reviewed by Dan5.0Sep 2021

  • "Loved the house, fabulous area, we really enjoyed our stay."

    Reviewed by Michaela5.0Jun 2021

  • "The owner arranged to meet us in a nearby village and took us to the cottage,he then showed us around the property explaining everything, he then took me around the local area in his car to show me what there was to see in the locality."

    I found this personal touch made the stay more relaxing and enjoyable. A really great country cottage for all ages and we'll equipped

    Reviewed by Gillian5.0Aug 2020

  • "Great property, used as a base to explore Irelands scenery, clean and spacious holiday home."

    Reviewed by Dave3.8Feb 2020

  • "We had a fantastic family break at Sallywood."

    The owners communication was great, meeting us and showing the property. The house was well stocked, clean and with more space than we needed.

    Reviewed by Claire5.0Jun 2019

  • "Bath mats weren’t supplied."

    Otherwise, a great place to stay.

    Reviewed by Geoffrey5.0Jun 2019

  • "It was the perfect home to host our two young families in during our stay in Ballybofey."

    Was so lovely to be in the country while still a close distance to town. It was such a great space to call our home for the week!

    Reviewed by Carmen5.0May 2019

  • "The house was amazing in size, location and landscape scenery."

    The owner Mr Connolly was brilliant in showing us around the house when we arrived and telling us about the local area. Ballybofey is a lovely wee town for local shopping and food cuisine. The forest walk is worth a trip as the scenery through it is amazing. We really enjoyed our holiday here and would highly recommend Sallywood House!

    Reviewed by Jonathan4.4Apr 2019

  • "Deep peace of the running wave, deep peace of the flowing air, deep peace of the quiet earth, deep peace of the shining stars, deep peace of the gentle night."

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Feb 2019

  • "We had an amazing visit to Ireland."

    Our holiday was perfected by Sallywood Cottage! It was our home away from home. Bedrooms and baths were clean and tidy. The kitchen and living room area was perfect for our mixed age crew of 9. If we had any issues Mr. Connolly replied and helped immediately. (Mostly on how to use the different appliances.) We loved the gorgeous view from the deck, and the laid back farmland and animals nearby. It really made our Ireland experience unforgettable. We will be back here!!

    Reviewed by Kelly5.0Jun 2018

  • "Mr. Connelly was quick with his response and any issues."

    The experience and the location was awesome. Will 100% use as well as recommended this site to anyone..

    Reviewed by Diane3.4Jun 2018

  • "Fantastic location."

    Great cottage to stay and explore count Donegal !

    Reviewed by Jeroen5.0Mar 2018

  • "Beautiful spacious house, far enough away from everywhere but not too far you ..."

    Beautiful spacious house, far enough away from everywhere but not too far you couldn't drive for provisions should you need to, the owner met us to help us find the house which was fantastic and I would definitely stay here again :)

    Reviewed by Catherine5.0Jan 2018

  • "This is our third year at Sallywood House and as usual we had a lovely time - location facilities all great - the owner is especially helpful and had the heat on and the Christmas tree up and holly etc around the living room for us - very thoughtful - this is a great house for a large family or group of family members - the rooms are enormous and there is plenty of room for everyone."

    Very handy for the town and close to many attractions in Donegal. We are looking forward to staying again next Christmas.

    Reviewed by Alice5.0Dec 2017

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  • Mostly ground floor
  • Five bedrooms: 2 x first floor double (one with en-suite shower, basin and WC and an additional seating area), 1 x double, 1 x twin, 1 x adult bunks
  • First floor shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Bathroom with bath, separate shower, basin and WC
  • Basin and WC
  • Open plan living area with fitted kitchen, dining area (seats 6) and sitting area (seats 5) with open fire
  • Utility.
  • Oil central heating with open fire
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, DVD, CD/radio
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent April to September inclusive, charged by meter reading with first €20 inc. in rent from October to March inclusive
  • Starter pack for open fire inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair available
  • Off road parking for 4 cars
  • Lawned gardens to front and rear with furniture
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 4 miles
  • Note: There are kennels available at the property, subject to availability.

The property

Ballybofey 5 miles.

Set in a peaceful rural location just 5 miles from the twin towns of Ballybofey and Stranorlar is this spacious holiday cottage.

Well- presented and stylishly furnished, this Ballybofey cottage boasts an open plan kitchen and living area, great for extended families or groups of friends to socialise together, and with five comfortable bedrooms, this wonderful property is perfect for such groups.

Extensive lawned gardens surround this Ballybofey cottage, perfect for young children or pets to play in, while the property is bounded by moorland and woods which are home to a wide variety of wildlife.

Enjoy your breakfast on the picnic table, taking in fantastic views of the rolling hills of Donegal, before enjoying the many activities the local area has to offer.

Hikers will love walking the Bluestack Mountains while fishermen have the choice of the trout and salmon in the River Finn, or the nearby Cloghan Lodge Fishery, with permits and fishing rods obtainable from the cottage owner (subject to availability).

Try horse riding at the nearby equestrian centre or work on your game at the Stranorlar and Ballybofey Golf Club.

Spend a day at Glenveagh National Park, where the eagles soar, or indulge in a day's shopping in lively Letterkenny.

Whether you are looking for an active holiday or somewhere to relax and get away from it all, this delightful Ballybofey cottage will not be found wanting!

About the location


Donegal Town 16 miles; Letterkenny 18 miles.

Located through Barnesmore Gap in the heart of County Donegal and resting on the banks of the River Finn, Ballybofey is often mentioned in the same breath as its ‘twin town,’ Stranorlar, with the two towns separated by a small bridge across the River Finn. The river is noted for its quality trout and salmon fishing with a number of other fisheries dotting the area. The town has much to offer with a good selection of shops, restaurants, cafés and pubs, a theatre, an 18-hole golf course and regular traditional music and other nightlife in the evenings. Walkers will enjoy exploring the local woodlands or the shore walk around Lough Trusk, while the 47km-long Bluestack Way, which meanders through the mountains of the same name, is also accessible.