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The Mermaid

Dungloe, County Donegal (Ref. 1004550)


(14 ratings)

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  • Sleeps 8

  • Bedrooms 4

  • Bathrooms 2

  • Pets Yes

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  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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14 Customer Reviews

  • "Absolutely divine cottage, steep stairs which we knew about."

    Beautiful views and lovely to hear the cuckoo, something that’s been missing for too long.

    Reviewed by ChristineMay 2022

  • "What a lovely place to stay with everything you need for a stay - very clean, comfortable and well appointed, thank you and a perfect place to stay as I have family in the area."

    The big plus for me was this property was dog friendly which is very rare in this area - the two things that would make me score a 10/10 was some sort of gate - the house is very close to the road and my dog and (if you had kids) they would keep heading for the road so I had to constantly be outside watching. Also a mirror across the road to see traffic coming either way would really help drive out of a very blind driveway. Other than that it's a great place to stay and I will definately be back

    Reviewed by CatherineApr 2022

  • "Beautiful house, well situated."

    Exceeded expectations.

    Reviewed by FranMar 2022

  • "Fabulous stay home from home and everything provided ."

    Only downside the stairs but had been made aware of this .Beautiful cottage and a pleasure to spend time in .

    Reviewed by MarkOct 2021

  • "The Mermaid was fantastic, great location and hosted to an extremely high standard."

    Reviewed by ClaireJul 2021

  • "We had a fantastic week in The Mermaid."

    The house is fabulous and had everything and more we needed. A really perfect spot and the 10 min walk to the pub, coffee shop and beach was a winner as well.

    Reviewed by ValerieJun 2021

  • "We loved the house and garden, spotlessly clean, comfortable living and sleeping and a magical garden."

    The location of the house is perfect for exploring the northern part of county Donegal and nearby beach a special bonus, as within walking distance (as is the pub!). All appliances for comfortable living available and we especially appreciated the washing line with a roof over it. The stairs in the house are steep, but this was advertised during booking information. We thought it might be useful to install a mirror at the exit of the driveway, as it is currently difficult to see the road when driving out. The landlords provided any information, books, maps, leaflets about the house, area and county Donegal, really appreciated (especially useful was the information about how to avoid being bitten by the midges that certainly were present in abundance in the garden). The care taker was available throughout the stay for answering any questions. Overall the perfect setting for a relaxing holiday and we hope to return to the Mermaid again.

    Reviewed by ChristianeJun 2021

  • "Fantastically comfortable cottage in a beautiful !"

    Location. The hosts were very obliging and real!y made sure we were comfortable.

    Reviewed by DerekDec 2020

  • "Loved the house and location."

    Quiet with beautiful scenery but enough amenities in nearby locations. Shame the pub was closed in Maghery but that was a Covid related closure. The cafe on beach front was excellent and there are toilets down there too. All in all I would love to go back again.

    Reviewed by JulieAug 2020

  • "The Mermaid cottage is a wonderful place to take a break in Donegal."

    It is beautifully presented and perfectly located being within a short stroll of a wonderful beach.

    Reviewed by DerekAug 2020

  • "Gorgeous house in a beautiful location."

    Reviewed by SineadAug 2020

  • "Great house in a great location."

    Reviewed by MeredithJul 2020

  • "Such a lovely peaceful place to relax & unwind."

    Stunning views across Maghery lough. If the sun shines it's an added bonus.

    Reviewed by GeraldJul 2020

  • "What should I write."

    ...We loved our stay at "The Mermaid". It's a fully equipped cottage in a quite area of Donegal with a superb beach in walking distance and great opportunities for hiking and cycling. So absolutely no party holiday. 4 nearly same size bedroom (one with en-suit bath with power shower), a living room with open fire and 2 sofa to relax, a working piano.... dishwasher, washing machine, tumble dryer.... The only thing we missed was a hair dryer, so bring yourself.

    Reviewed by SusanneJan 2020

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  • Four bedrooms: 1 x double with en-suite bath, shower over, WC and basin, 3 x double
  • 1 x double sofa bed in snug (linen not provided, guests can use at their own discretion)
  • Ground-floor bathroom with bath, separate walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner with woodburning stove
  • Utility
  • Sitting room with open fire
  • Snug
  • Oil central heating with 1 x open fire, 1 woodburning stove (fire in the snug cannot be used)
  • Washing machine, tumble dryer, microwave, dishwasher, electric oven and hob, fridge/freezer, TV and WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for 2 cars
  • Decked garden with furniture and fire pit
  • One well-behaved pet welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking allowed
  • Note: No Stag/Hen parties or similar
  • Pub within 0.5 miles, shop within 3.6 miles Please note: Stairs are steep and may not be suitable for persons with limited mobility

The property

Enjoying captivating views of Maghery Lough, the Atlantic Ocean and Arranmore Island on the outskirts of the bustling town of Dungloe is this old country house, The Mermaid.

This spacious accommodation has been designed with large groups in mind, perfect for a number of couples, friends and families seeking to explore Ireland’s rugged coastline and wild landscapes.

Look forward to hosting sociable evenings within the large kitchen/diner with surrounding windows filling the room with natural light and offering picturesque views of your surroundings.

The property is charming with a maritime theme throughout.

Fulfilling your culinary needs is the brightly decorated kitchen, where the designated chef of the group can rustle up a delicious evening meal that the entire family can enjoy together at the formal dining space.

The charm of this room is brought to life by the woodburning stove which rests next to a working piano, promising hours of entertainment during one winter’s evening.

Beyond here is the sitting room where an open fire awaits you and a TV for tuning into to unwind before heading to bed.

If you fancy an hour’s peace and quiet away from the rest of the group, head into the snug with a good book in hand or plan the next day’s adventure.

As the evening draws to a close, retire to the night’s embrace to one of the well-presented bedrooms each boasting plush double beds, ample storage for your belongings and a refreshing ambiance to wake up to each morning.

Look forward to enjoying morning coffee upon the decked area with furniture, where you can soak up the captivating views of the Lough and Ocean.

If you can tear yourself away from this wonderful base, head into Dungloe where a superb selection of amenities awaits you, with many pubs offering traditional Irish music to admire one evening.

From the property you are a short walk away from the beach which is safe for swimming and enjoys picturesque scenery.

Maghery village boasts a pub, a community centre, a sports field and a children’s play park, all within 5 minutes’ walk from the house.

Stunning cliff walks are available around Crohy Head above the village of Maghery.

For those feeling more adventurous, hop onto a boat from Burtonport harbour and travel to Arranmore and Rutland Island, or travel further afield to the Glenveagh National Park where a majestic landscape has reintroduced golden eagles into the skies.

The Mermaid is an outstanding base for a group gathering to this part of Ireland.

About the location


Arranmore Island 7.5 miles; Letterkenny 32 miles.

Up until 1762, entry into the town of Dungloe in Donegal was only possible via the stepping stones dotted over the river. Thankfully, now visitors from all over the world can take the much easier route over Donegal Bridge and enjoy this charming town in County Donegal with ease. Dungloe is known locally as 'The Capital of The Rosses', the name given to this region of the county. The town, which has become recognised as a centre for traditional Irish music, has a selection of shops, bars and eating places, as well as events taking place throughout the year, including the annual 'Mary from Dungloe' festival. A fisherman's paradise, the area has over 130 lakes and rivers and is renowned for its fishing and great sea angling, with several charter boats available in nearby Burtonport, from where diving can also be enjoyed. There are also daily boat trips from the harbour to Arranmore and Rutland Island. Wonderful wildlife can be found in the bogs and reed beds, while golfers will love the variety of golf courses found in the surrounding area. With hills and mountains to explore, the dramatic coastline to enjoy and so much to see and do, this is sure to make the perfect base for your Donegal holiday.

Please note: Stairs are steep and may not be suitable for persons with limited mobility

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas