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Kate's Cottage

(Ref. 990045)

Rathmullan, County Donegal Show on map


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  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Games Room
  • Broadband / WiFi

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49 Customer Reviews

  • "We had the most amazing week at Kate’s Cottage."

    It was 2 years in the making as we had to rearrange our dates twice due to work commitments, but the owners were really accommodating and flexible. From the moment the car wheels crunched on the gravel drive up to the cottage, we knew we’d made the right holiday choice. The cottage is wonderful, bright and clean, a family sized kitchen, bigger living room with natural log fire, and all the bedrooms were roomy with a very generous master suite. Nearby Rathmullan (6 minute drive) is delightful, the beach is a super way to stretch your legs (and our 2 dogs legs) in the morning, followed by a hearty breakfast at Belles Kitchen, exploring The Wild Atlantic Way in the afternoons then dinner at The Beachcomber (our favourite) or The Waters Edge (literally!). Our neighbours were wonderful, our 11-year old made friends and they have an honesty box full of the tastiest free range eggs in Ireland! If you’re looking for a relaxing break, some windy walks, the most hospitable people on the planet and really great food, you’ve come to the right place, enjoy!

    Reviewed by Tony5.0Mar 2024

  • "This was our second visit to this superb holiday home this year."

    The home has everything you would need and more, can't think of anything else that you would need. Set in a rural location but still a short distance from town of Rathmullan with plenty of lovely walks. Weather was stormy this time round but this made the open fire all the more welcoming in the evenings. Looking forward to returning again.

    Reviewed by Jim5.0Oct 2023

  • "We had a great time at Kate's cottage and look forward to visiting again."

    Reviewed by Derek5.0Aug 2023

  • "House was beautiful."

    Tara met us at the house was so super friendly. Slight issue with one of the beds that was fixed almost immediately. Lovely location, big garden for the kids to play in. Lots of space in the house and enough equipment in the kitchen Tom make meals. Fabulous spot, we’ll definitely be back

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Jul 2023

  • "Beautiful house lovely setting helpful host And easy access to seaside RATHMULLAN no complaints"

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Jun 2023

  • "Our 2nd time staying at Kate,s Cottage did not dissapoint ."

    Every bit as delightful and enjoyable,with the 2 Spaniel,s also having a safe and fun stay in the gorgeous garden.Our host was charming ,courteous and very welcoming.Just a lreally lovely lady.We hope to come back again soon!

    Reviewed by Sharon5.0May 2023

  • "Loved staying here."

    Surrounded by green, rolling hills, listening to bird song and clucking chickens next door where I could purchase my fresh eggs every day. Short car ride to Kinnegar beach which the dogs loved. The garden was enclosed enough for larger dogs but unfortunately a wiry medium sized or small dog would get through the fence and gate at the front. However this was only a small draw back and we kept our dogs on very long leads when we wanted them to sit outside with us. Tara, the hostess, is a real dog lover and a lovely person to chat to. I will be back again.

    Reviewed by Marian5.0May 2023

  • "Wonderful week."

    Cottage perfect location and had everything we needed. About 1.5 mile to beautiful beaches. Garden secure which was important as we had our dog with us. Heating lovely and warm plenty of hot water. Would definitely return.

    Reviewed by Rowena5.0Apr 2023

  • "Warm welcome from Tara to her beautiful home."

    This house had everything you could want in a quiet peaceful location, whilst still close to Rathmullan. Already have a return booking made for October and looking forward to it.

    Reviewed by Jim5.0Apr 2023

  • "Brilliant house and facilities."

    Very good customer service couldn't fault it. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by Eileen5.0Oct 2022

  • "Great property and host"

    Reviewed by Keith5.0Oct 2022

  • "Kate's cottage is a very lovely and complete spacious cottage, Everything you need is available."

    Very quiet surrounding. Very nice garden. A very good power shower, and a very cosy open fire We had a lovely stay!

    Reviewed by Dennis5.0Sep 2022

  • "Pillows, quilts of poor quality, one scouring pad, one tea towel, minimum of everything ( even had to buy toilet rolls )."

    As we have stayed in many other NI holiday homes we are using them as a comparison. Having stripped the beds as requested, discovered that the actual quilts were very badly stained from previous use.!! Disappointing,

    Reviewed by Gary3.1Jun 2022

  • "Katie's cottage was very comfortable with everything needed for our holiday."

    Tara was very friendly and was on the end of a phone line if anything required. Thanks to the gardener who fixed up a hose pipe for us to wash our wetsuits outside. Wonderful beach a 20 minute walk away through beautiful countryside.

    Reviewed by Alison5.0Jun 2022

  • "The views were superb and the cottage was both comfortable and immaculate."

    Tara was so helpful to the putting away our grocery delivery and phoning taxis for us. However, the description that it was 2 minutes drive from Rathmullan was inaccurate. We didn't have a car so were dependant on taxis. it was at least a 12 minutes around a 45 mins walk

    Reviewed by Jill4.1Jun 2022

  • "Our booking was last minute but we were delighted with our choice."

    The house was spotless and in beautiful countryside while only 5 minutes by car from stunning Rathmullan beach.We had our dogs who felt totally at home and enjoyed the large garden. Tara was the epitome of genuine hospitality, both caring and very friendly. Nothing was a bother and we thank her for a truly relaxing and enjoyable holiday. We would not hesitate to recommend to anyone.

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Jun 2022

  • "Beautiful house, great location, couldn’t fault it."

    We will definitely be looking to rent this property again soon. Thanks Tara

    Reviewed by Ann Marie5.0May 2022

  • "We had a wonderful time at Kates, the cottage was very homely comfortable and clean, had everything you would need for a great stay and is in a beautiful quiet location."

    Kate was very helpful and was always available if we had any questions.

    Reviewed by Marolyn5.0Apr 2022

  • "Once again we have thoroughly enjoyed our stay in Kate's Cottage beautiful Co Donegal, on arrival we were met by the owner Tara who gave us a lovely greeting."

    The property was as expected, clean, comfortable with everything we could require and the perfect location in a quiet countryside position overlooking Lough Swilly, a couple of minute drive into Rathmullan. I fully recommend this fantastic property for anyone looking for somewhere to stay. We will certainly be returning for a 3rd stay, and that is a testament as I don't usually stay at the same place twice. Many Thanks to you at Hogan's with special thanks to Tara for the great place you have, we hope to see you again soon. Steve & Denise Kendal, Cumbria. UK.

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Apr 2022

  • "Absolutely Fabulous, please note that cats are welcome, lovely lovely place, quite in lovely area, cottage is brilliant and has all you need."

    Reviewed by Christian5.0Mar 2022

  • "Lovely house, in a great area."

    Tara had the heat and lights on for us, just great on a cold February night. Great area and a 15 minute walk to beach. The dog had a fab time too. Thanks Tara

    Reviewed by Lyn5.0Feb 2022

  • "Really enjoyed our time in Kate's Cottage."

    Everything was supplied that you could possibly wish for. This cottage will certainly be a must for our family again. The owner Tara was lovely and was so welcoming even when she saw our rather large Doberman.!! I highly recommend this cottage. Mackin Family

    Reviewed by Carol5.0Dec 2021

  • "Tara was very helpful and friendly and the property was spotless."

    Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by Nigel4.7Oct 2021

  • "Really loved this cottage; spacious, in perfect condition, large and well equipped."

    It was also a prefect location to travel around Donegal...and the nearnesses to Rathmullan and beach there was wonderful. Cannot recommend this cottage enough. Great for dogs and kids would love it too I suspect!

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Sep 2021

  • "Peaceful location,beautiful countryside,and yet only a few mins by car into Rathmullan village."

    House has every comfort you need.Very friendly host and neighbours.

    Reviewed by Sharon5.0Sep 2021

  • "Really lovely stay, the only comment was that we had to pick up dog mess on a daily basis!"

    Even when we arrived we found two lots on the grass. Presume it’s was from the dog next door.

    Reviewed by Clair4.1Aug 2021

  • "The standard of accommodation was excellent and spotlessly clean."

    In a beautiful location although a car is needed. That said a beautiful beach is 20 minutes walk away.

    Reviewed by Angela5.0Aug 2021

  • "Although a little on the pricey side, the great location, spotlessly clean house, facilities and very positive interaction with the host, all made it worth the price."

    Reviewed by Cathal5.0Aug 2021

  • "Great host, brilliant house, definitely pet friendly and fantastic location from which to explore this part of Donegal, which is stunning, both the landscapes and the beaches."

    Couldn't fault a thing and would definitely stay here again.

    Reviewed by Nick5.0Jun 2021

  • "We were met by Tara on arrival,who was lovely,very welcoming,the sun was shining ,the views from the house are lovely!"

    ! Had a very relaxing time,facilities were good,remote and very quiet. Definitely need a car to drive around the peninsula where the scenery is spectacular. Dog friendly, a huge plus!! If you're looking for a quiet relaxing break,this is a good place to come. Thoroughly recommend!

    Reviewed by Gillian4.4Sep 2020

  • "We had a great family holiday at Kate's Cottage, Rathmullan."

    The cottage has excellent facilities, is extremely spacious and is in a very private location just off the Wild Atlantic Way. It is great base from which you can explore Donegal. Tara was an excellent, welcoming host and we would have no hesitation to recommend this accommodation for others. Many thanks.

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Aug 2020

  • "There were a few small issues a barbecue was advertised but there was none at the property."

    The cooking utensils some where unusable .

    Reviewed by Mary4.7Jul 2020

  • "Everything was just about perfect."

    Tara met us personally and had decorated the house for Christmas and lit a fire. We couldn't have asked for a better welcome. Would stay again without hesitation.

    Reviewed by Graeme5.0Dec 2019

  • "We had the most amazing time at Kates cottage visiting friends who have just moved there."

    On arrival Tara was there to meet us & she was so lovely! She took us round to explain about a few things & really hospitable to us. The house was just beautiful & so lovely & warm too. The cleanliness of the house was second to none! A very big thing for us having had a terrible experience last time in Ireland, so this a huge thing for us! Not a bit of dust or dirt anywhere. Location is stunning. Gorgeous beaches just around the corner & the views from the house just beautiful. This place is perfect in every way & we'll definitely be booking again next time we visit.

    Reviewed by Samantha5.0Nov 2019

  • "Kate’s Cottage was very comfortable, clean, tidy, and had all the facilities we required for our week long stay."

    Lovely peaceful location a short drive to the village of Rathmullan where there are a few pubs / restaurants to catch a bite to eat and a drink.Nice enclosed and secure garden for the dog was an added bonus, and he was able to spend long periods outside each day coming and going as he pleased. We visited in October 2019 and the weather was pretty good, and we’d like to visit the area again in the summer 2021 and will 100% definitely consider using Kate’s Cottage again.

    Reviewed by David5.0Oct 2019

  • "It was all we wanted and what a lovely person who owns it very helpful"

    Reviewed by Sandy5.0Sep 2019

  • "Very comfortable holiday home at an amazing location in Donegal."

    Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by William5.0Sep 2019

  • "We had a great holiday and very much enjoyed staying at the cottage."

    Reviewed by Veronica5.0Aug 2019

  • "A beautiful, quiet cottage next to some of Ireland's best beaches and the lovely town of Rathmullan, what more could you ask for."

    We'll be back soon!

    Reviewed by Anthony5.0Jul 2019

  • "We really enjoyed our week in Kates Cottage, the cottage is very well equipped and beautifully decorated."

    Tara the wonderful owner was so friendly and helpful, she was very generous with her time and knowledgeable about all the places my teenage daughter would enjoy along with us which kept us all very happy. Rathmullan is such a beautiful village and well located to travel all around the stunning Fanad peninsula, Malin head, Derry and the beautiful Glenveagh National park. It has fantastic restaurants and cafes and beautiful beach to walk on, not forgetting the ferry to Buncrana. A beautiful house to stay in and a wonderful holiday destination, we will be back!

    Reviewed by Marian5.0Jun 2019

  • "It was very nice there and the location is beautiful and quiet but not far from town."

    Great Location to visit Donegal. We can recommend this Cottage. It was fully equiped. Only TV channels don`t work very well. We are sure to spend another holiday there sometimes.

    Reviewed by Peter4.7Jun 2019

  • "We had an brilliant time at Kate’s cottage you would need a car to get around and explore for yourself it was in a beautiful location plenty of time for relaxing and it’s breathtaking views ideal for taking long walks that leads to a beach the grounds were very safe and secure we had 3 small dogs with us and the had a fantastic time we had piece of mind and they had the freedom in the large garden."

    There was a deck that you could relax and enjoy or have your meals. Kate’s cottage was very clean and cosy it had a home from home feeling with everything thing in it i would recommend Kate’s cottage and I hope to return again in the future.

    Reviewed by Leona5.0May 2019

  • "Fabulous cottage in a lovely setting."

    All facilities excellent.

    Reviewed by Julie5.0May 2019

  • "The Accomodation was absolutly 1st class, everything was perfect for us, a beautiful house in a wonderful location, I would recommend this property to anyone."

    We would most definitely book this property again.

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0May 2019

  • "Tara was a great host and was available as when we needed her."

    Her house is in a beautiful location and offers great value for money. We hope to book again in the future.

    Reviewed by John3.8Apr 2019

  • "Myself, my wife, our 2 girls aged 6 & 7, My wife’s parents and 2 dogs laws spent 1 week at Kate's cottage and had one of the best holidays."

    It took us around 2 hours to drive too from Larne port but the scenery on the way is breath-taking. So much so it doesn’t feel like 2 hours! Upon arrival we were greeted by Tara the lovely lady who owns the property and sister lives next door. Nothing was too much trouble and we were shown all the facilities within the cottage. The cottage itself is very spacious with beautiful views and nice big rooms which are all decorated lovely. The living room was very comfortable and having a real fire was a real treat in the evenings when we played games after dinner with the children. A 5 min drive from the cottage is the village of Rathmullan which has a few restaurants and pubs which are reasonably priced and show football. Beachcomber was our favourite. We enjoyed this holiday so much we have already reserved the cottage for next year but this time for 2 weeks! The girls can’t wait and neither can we.

    Reviewed by Liam5.0Apr 2019

  • "The holiday cottage was really lovely and while the week we had was wet and cold the owners had us well set up- the cottage was very warm and comfortable ."

    Would recommend the cottage as spot on -just disappointed so few places about to eat in early in the week but that's out of season for you ...close to the beach and super for our dog

    Reviewed by Olwen5.0Mar 2019

  • "The cottage is absolutely lovely,its very tastefully decorated,fully equipped and an ideal base."

    Great views and a 5 minute drive to the beach.

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Jan 2019

  • "Kate's Cottage was excellent, a real home from home."

    We had no issues at all and the house is just a short drive into Rathmullan where there are a few nice places to eat and drink. Couldn't fault it and can't wait to go back!!

    Reviewed by Leanne5.0Oct 2018

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  • Three bedrooms: 1 x master with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x double, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with bath, separate shower, basin and WC
  • Cloakroom with basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner with electric fire
  • Utility
  • Sitting room with open fire.
  • Central heating with open fire and electric fire
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer, TV with Freeview, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Property accepts 2 small dogs
  • Off-road parking
  • Garden with decked area and BBQ
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub is a short drive away.

The property

This beautiful house overlooks the mountains of Inishowen with views sweeping across to Lough Swilly, a breath-taking destination to begin your holiday.

Suited for families and friends, Kate's Cottage is spaciously presented, the perfect opportunity to come together with your loved ones and simply relax.

Upon entering, be welcomed by a homely lounge which comprises leather sofas, an open fire for those cooler evenings, and rose coloured curtains that elegantly fall from the windows.

The kitchen/diner is equally as delightful including a charming dining table for six people and a modernised set of units effectively wrapped in a contrasting black and white overtone.

Open up the French doors leading out to the patio area to let the fresh air inside, or cosy up before the electric log effect fire after the sun goes down.

A utility area and cloakroom complete the ground floor.

The upper level is your haven for a peaceful night's sleep, with a choice of three fabulous room, including a spacious master bedroom with ample storage, exposed beams, and a lovely en-suite.

This is followed by a double and twin room each brought to life by oak furnishings and skylight windows to bring the natural scenery inside.

A classic bathroom finishes the interior to a standard of quality.

Outdoors, make the most of the mature well-maintained garden and its fabulous decked area also providing a barbecue for a sunny afternoon.

The house is situated a short drive to a beautiful beach and only a short distance to Portsalon golf Club.

The Atlantic Drive is one of the nicest road trips in the area and begins a short way from the house.

The sleepy seaside village also offers a variety of local shops and pubs and a long sandy beach ideal for lazy days.

The Fanad Peninsula is a haven for walkers, hikers and nature enthusiasts, featuring a calming coastline.

Your chance to truly get away from it all.

About the location


Letterkenny 15 miles.

Nestled on the shore of Lough Swilly on the Fanad Peninsula, the quaint village of Rathmullan has a colourful history. It was from here that the last of the Celtic chieftains fled Ireland, now known as the Flight of the Earls, and there is an interesting heritage centre in the village commemorating this vital event in Ireland’s history. This sleepy seaside village offers a variety of local shops and pubs and a long sandy beach ideal for lazy days. The Fanad Peninsula is a haven for walkers, hikers and nature enthusiasts, and boasts a stunning coastline. The summer ferry crosses Lough Swilly to Buncrana, opening up Inishowen and beyond, and it’s only a short distance to the town of Letterkenny.