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Up The Hill

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  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


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

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11 Customer Reviews

  • "No words can explain how awesome the house is."

    Had the best time and this is by far the best house we have stayed yet. Thankyou

    Reviewed by Laura5.0Oct 2023

  • "We have just returned from our holiday in September."

    What a fantastic place. Everything you could possibly want or need. Extremely comfortable, lovely house with incredible views. They've thought of everything. We were very sad to leave and would love to go back one day and would definitely recommend to others. A good price for what you get. Thank you!

    Reviewed by Tracey5.0Sep 2023

  • "I am confident that the property owners "up the hill" consistently received exceptional feedback."

    Having stayed in various self-catering accommodations across Ireland over the past 12 years, we can unequivocally say that this one has surpassed all others. The location is awe-inspiring, with its breath-taking panoramic & tranquil views. However, what truly set this property apart was the extraordinary generosity exhibited by the owners in furnishing it. They entrusted us with a wealth of household items, including fine bed linen beautiful towels, endless & high-end cutlery, beautiful crockery, lots of matching cushions, stunning interior decorations which comprised of local artists, and even a very generous pantry essentials such as sauces, oils, tea, coffee to name but a few. The availability of additional household items like ample tin foil, Tupperware, sandwich bags, Sellotape, and napkins, among others, was very much appreciated. Additionally, the basement garage (The most organised Alladins' cave) held an array of items available for our holiday use. We were most grateful by their generosity & thoughtfulness. From golf trolleys and golf clubs to beach towels, beach boards, winter coats, and an extensive list of other items, it seemed there was nothing they hadn't thought of. Having access to these items significantly enhanced our holiday experience. In summary, the level of thoughtfulness and generosity exhibited by the property owners went above and beyond, making our self catering stay truly exceptional and memorable.

    Reviewed by Kevin5.0Sep 2023

  • "Lovely setting would definitely go back for another stay"

    Reviewed by Derek5.0Jun 2023

  • "This is an extremely well presented property in a beautiful setting with fantastic views over the bay which changes constantly depending on the weather."

    Many of our friends are interested in booking it after seeing our photographs. We even saw porpoises one day. The property itself is stocked with all the appliances you could need and we even used an air fryer for the first time with great success. The many beautiful and quirky decorative items and art completed this accommodation. I would certainly go back for both the house and the beautiful scenery of Donegal.

    Thank you so much for your lovely feedback and we are so happy you enjoyed our beautiful home in Downings. We see dolphins in the bay now and again but earlier this year we had a large number of basking sharks in the little bay below us. It was quite the sight! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Gill5.0Jun 2023

  • "WiFi coverage needs boosters or mesh network to ensure good signal throughout the house."

    Only seating for two on the balcony. Small points against a great stay.

    Thank you for your feedback! We have only just managed to get wifi into the house as there is no option here to have phone lines. It's been a journey! However, we are on the list to install fibre optic. This will make a huge difference. We have taken onboard your suggestion of boosters so we will look at that next time we are there. I'm sorry you didn't see the numerous chairs in the garage which you are welcome to move to the balcony during your stay. We don't tend to leave them outside as the wind can be very strong at times and chairs would literally be blown away. There are also folding chairs in the hall cupboard and in the garage... Maybe next time?!! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Barry5.0Jun 2023

  • "The property is beautiful."

    Clean, cosy and well organised. The owner had labels on everything which was a great help. I will definitely be back again x

    Reviewed by Donna5.0Mar 2023

  • "This Stunning House blew my Mother and I away."

    The location is Perfect & The Views of the Sea is Mind blowing! This House has an amazing Warm feeling to it. It is kitted out with everything you need by the highest standard of Appliances. 1st Time cooking on an Aga.. OMG it was such a joy to cook and so effortless as everything in the Kitchen Flows so well. The decor is Superb. The beds are better than Hotel quality so Comfortable & with Cotton Sheets & Raulp Lauren Towels! 1st time I've been to Downings and will definitely be back again to this House. We both left feeling Relaxed and haven't slept so good in ages. All you need is your clothes and toiletries as this house literally has everything.. Even down to Torches for walking Dog at night as no street lights. Downings Beach you can drive your car onto which was great to sit in car with Coffee watching the Amazing View. If Your Looking for a lovely relaxing time look no further than here. Highly recommended

    Reviewed by Rory4.7Feb 2023

  • "We stayed at Up The Hill for 4 weeks and we had a fantastic time."

    It had absolutely everything we needed and more. The house is situated in a perfect location, overlooking the bay so every day starts off in the most beautiful way. It is in walking distance to the small village and beach. Only small local shops and restaurants are in the village but there are main supermarkets around 35 minutes away which is a nice way to explore the area. The house is high quality, very clean and has all the amenities you could desire. We really enjoyed cooking during our stay because as well as the oven and microwave there is an aga, airfryer and coffee machine. The owner was a pleasure to deal with, easy to contact and provided us with lots of helpful information. She thought of everything, there was even thoughts into making our dog comfortable during her stay. Would definitely recommend this property and if we ever return to Donegal we will certainly be staying here again!

    Reviewed by Katieann5.0Jan 2023

  • "The house was just lovely, perfect in fact, with beautiful views from the balcony."

    All facilities were excellent including a great kitchen and living area. Downings itself has everything you need with the pub just a few minutes walk and a lovely small restaurant attached to it serving fish & chips and burgers. A good variety of places to eat In the village with a few takeaways. Get your ‘big shop’ before you arrive in - likely in Kilkenny - as the local shop is more for basics. The beaches are just fantastic for kids and dogs. Follow The Atlantic Way - well signposted - for spectacular views. Can’t wait to go again for longer!

    Many thanks for the lovely review of our holiday home in Downings, County Donegal. Lest anyone gets confused, I think you meant Letterkenny not Kilkenny!!! I'm very pleased you had a wonderful time and look forward to your return. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Sep 2022

  • "We are a family of 6 (2 grandparents and 2 kids 10 & 13) and the house was absolutely perfect for us."

    It is so spacious well laid out. The decor and finishing date very cool and the owners certainly have great taste. Lots of lovely little touches like the hand written local guides on wear to eat and what to do as well as use of equipment in the garage like golf clubs and boogie boards for surfing. The beds were comfy and waking up to the view from the front room in the morning is breathtaking. The way the property is laid out with the kitchen and lounge out in the balcony is fabulous - I spent most of my time on the balcony watching the weather change and then for the stars to come out at night. As with most places we have stayed there was a few niggles and the owners contacted us starlight away and took care of them for us and checked in during the break to see if everything was well (again a nice personal touch.) All in all we would highly recommend the House on the Hill and Downings as a place to base yourself for exploring Donegal.. the wee town had everything we hoped for and more (bonus of the annual music festival being on and some of the best restaurants we have eaten). The value for money for what you get is a perfect package. Thank you Helen for sharing your lovely home with us Brian

    Reviewed by Brian5.0Jul 2022

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  • Reverse-level, over three floors
  • Three bedrooms: 1 x lower-ground-floor super king-size with TV, and en-suite bath, shower over, basin, heated towel rail and WC, 1 x ground-floor super king-size with TV, 1 x ground-floor twin with 4' doubles
  • Ground-floor bathroom with roll-top bath, hand held shower, walk-in shower, basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • Cloakroom with basin and WC
  • First-floor open-plan living space with kitchen, dining area and sitting area
  • Oil central heating
  • AGA, electric oven and hob, microwave, air fryer, fridge, freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, 4 x TV, music system for CDs or to use Bluetooth, ample CDs, DVDs and board games
  • Wifi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for 2 cars
  • First-floor terrace with furniture (stored in garage)
  • Bike storage
  • Sorry, no pets or smoking
  • Shop 0.5 miles, pub 0.3 miles, beach 0.6 miles
  • Note: There are stone steps up to the property
  • Note: This property is split-level and unsuitable for those with limited mobility
  • Note: No hen/stag or similar

The property

Up The Hill is a stunning, three-storey semi-detached house overlooking the Wild Atlantic Way in Downings, County Donegal.

A reverse-level property, you'll find everything you need for a self-catering stay for a family of six, with bright and airy living spaces to enjoy the stunning views overlooking Sheephaven Bay, Muckish Mountain beyond and even Tramore Beach.

When you arrive there's off-road parking for two cars and stone steps leading up to the entrance; Up The Hill has been finished to a high standard with a homely interior and contemporary amenities.

Head straight up stairs to the first-floor, open-plan living area where the fully-equipped kitchen is sure to please the family chef with an AGA, built-in appliances, and plenty of preparation space.

Large windows and skylights bring in plenty of light and frame far-reaching views of the coast, which you can admire whilst dining with your loved ones at the table for eight.

Spend relaxing evenings in the sitting area with plush sofas and a TV for evening entertainment, or if you haven't had enough of those stunning views, step onto the first-floor terrace to take in the sunset. You'll also find a barbecue at Up The Hill to dine al fresco on summer evenings!

Back inside, the ground floor hosts a cloakroom to freshen up after the day's adventures, as well as two bedrooms, each beautifully furnished with cheerful hues. The super king-size has a large window so you'll wake up to sea views, as well as built in wardrobes and a TV, and the neighbouring twin room has two 4' double beds, storage space, and is ideal for younger guests.

Both bedrooms are served by a contemporary bathroom with a roll-top bath, heated towel rail, and generous walk-in shower to unwind after busy days.

Down the stairs, another en-suite bedroom awaits with a super king-size bed, ample storage and a cot – this open plan room boasts a seating area with TV and a music system.

When it's time to explore, Downings is a great base for exploring County Donegal with the Wild Atlantic Way on its doorstep; dine at the popular Fisk Seafood restaurant located next door to the Harbour Bar (5minute walk) or a stroll down to the Goose & Gander Pizzeria, but if you prefer cooking at home, there are a selection of convenience stores nearby.

There are many more options and details can be found in the helpful Visitors Book at the house.

The highly regarded Olde Glen Bar with its Bia Box for daytime eating and stunning dining room for evening meals – cooked by the acclaimed Ciaran Sweeny and his team – is a 15 minute drive away but you should make a reservation ahead of your visit as it gets very booked up.

Take a stroll along Downings Pier or head to Downings Bay Beach for a refreshing swim with gorgeous views of Monks Bay, The Three Beaches, Ards Forest and Muckish Mountain.

Just north of the property brings you to Boyeeghter Bay, or Murder Hole Beach.

For avid golfers, Rosapenna Golf Pavilion is a short drive away and close to Tramore, a beautiful stretch of sand to walk, sunbathe, or paddle the shores.

For more attractions, visit the historic Doe Castle or pack your hiking boots to explore Glenveagh National Park, a sprawling landscape with a deer forest, lake, and mountains; there's something for the whole family, including Glenveagh Castle and Astelleen Burn Waterfall.

A recently completed section of the Old Donegal Railway Line for walkers and cyclists is a must in the area along with the boardwalk just outside Carrigart.

There are ample cycling trails, walking trails, fun family pitch and putt and footgolf on the doorstep.

Boat trips and fishing too.

Further afield, you'll find Letterkenny, a large town where you can visit a variety of animals at Tropical World, enjoy family-friendly activities at Arena 7 Entertainment Complex, and discover local heritage at Donegal County Museum.

Adventure awaits at Up The Hill.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £500.

About the location


Letterkenny 19.5 miles;

This wonderful little village rests along the coast of County Donegal in Ireland, and is an excellent base for those looking to enjoy the region's delights. Downings is a popular tourist spot, home to a small choice of places to eat, as well as hosting a lively bar and a handy shop. The glistening coastline rests right on your doorstep, offering walks and cycle routes aplenty, not forgetting the scenic Rosapenna Golf Pavilion. The Glenveagh National Park is within reach, a magnificent deer forest hosting a lake, castle and towering mountains. Thriving Letterkenny is also accessible by car, lined with vibrant buildings and hosting much to see and do.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season