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Sparkling Waters

(Ref. 1107299)

Malin Head near Ballygorman, County Donegal Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 5 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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  • our (10)
  • great (9)
  • lovely (8)
  • cottage (7)
  • ellen (7)
  • garden (6)

16 Customer Reviews

  • "We were delighted with our stay in Sparkling Waters."

    It is a little slice of heaven that Donegal provides in spades. Ellen was wonderful. She had the fire lit and milk in the fridge and then left us to get on with our holiday, but was at the end of the phone if we needed to know anything. We loved both the cottage and Donegal equally. Warm helpful people and a lovely warm cottage. We loved the Seaview Tavern with the lads Christopher Aiden Charlie James in the small original bar and Ronan for going the extra mile. Sparkling Waters introduced us to a fabulous holiday and we will be back. Thank you Ellen for the extra help.

    Reviewed by Mary5.0Sep 2023

  • "Best outside garden space for our Boxer dogs we have ever had with Hogans."

    Inside space, the bungalow could to with some updating, brightening up and modernisation. Most mornings we had breakfast outside as the weather was great for mid September and the massive open garage offered plenty of seating and tables to bring out. The location was fantastic and easy to walk the dogs.

    Reviewed by Martin3.8Sep 2023

  • "Very comfortable cottage in great location for exploring the Inishowen peninsula ."

    Very secure garden was great for our two dogs. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay.

    Reviewed by David5.0Sep 2023

  • "The cottage was very comfortable and ideal for the four of us and our dog."

    It was very clean and cozy,we were a small bit apprehensive after reading a previous feedback but these apprehensions were totally unfounded.I would definitely recommend this cottage for a relaxing break and the Seaview Tavern(pub/restaurant) was great and a 10 min walk away.Ellen the host was so nice and welcoming.

    Reviewed by James5.0Aug 2023

  • "Sparkling Waters is a lovely house, within walking distance of a pebble beach the shop and the 2 bars (approx 1/2 mile )."

    The house had everything we needed for our holiday, including a safe garden for the dog. The owner Ellen was lovely she came to meet us when we arrived. We would recommend Sparkling Waters as a great base to explore north Donegal. Thank you

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Jul 2023

  • "Fantastic stay, loved every minute, beaches, scenery, walks and the food were amazing, we met Ellen, such a lovely lady and had a chat with her about the area, Ellen’s suggestions were spot on."

    The perfect holiday for the both of us and our 2 little doggies, we look forward to coming back again, Kathleen and Dave

    Reviewed by Kathleen5.0May 2023

  • "Great property, fantastic sea view."

    Reviewed by Grainne4.4Apr 2023

  • "Lovely house in a beautiful area, would definately come back."

    Reviewed by Katrin5.0Apr 2023

  • "A lovely spot and great for exploring the wild Atlantic way."

    Reviewed by Doina5.0Mar 2023

  • "Lovely cottage, can’t think of one negative."

    We really enjoyed our stay

    Reviewed by Marie5.0Dec 2022

  • "Lovely bungalow."

    The house was very clean and warm. Beds were clean and comfortable. The owner supplied wood and coal for the fire. Very cosy. Unfortunately the weather was dreadful and we came home a few days early. Great safe garden for the dog to mooch about.

    Reviewed by Christine4.4Oct 2022

  • "Excellent facility and host."

    Our second visit and we will be back again.

    Thank You we look forward to your return Property Owner

    Reviewed by Siobhan5.0Sep 2022

  • "Ellen made us very welcome."

    This is a very cosy cottage in a very quiet location within easy reach of some fabulous beaches and countryside. The cottage has everything we needed for a very pleasant stay and the for us with 2 small dogs the large secured garden was the highlight

    Thank you Property Owner

    Reviewed by Steve4.7Sep 2022

  • "The cottage was very cosy and very clean."

    The beds were so comfortable Only down side was lack of rails in the shower which given our age and Health issues meant we couldn't use it.Other than that it was great and the scenery surrounding the cottage was amazing.

    Thank you for your feedback we have now added rails to the shower room. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Joan5.0Sep 2022

  • "We had the most excellent week in Sparkling Waters, Malin Head."

    The house provided by Ellen was a home away from home, had everything we needed for humans and animals alike. Location and facilities excellent. We enjoyed the break so much we have booked to go back again at the end of September.

    Reviewed by Siobhan5.0Aug 2022

  • "A cosy holiday cottage in a beautiful scenic location with amazing sunsets."

    Ellen was a very welcoming and informative host. Our weather was great so we made the most of the loungers and the sun deck in the lovely sheltered garden. We will certainly return!

    Thank you Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sandra4.7May 2022

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  • Single storey
  • Three bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin, 1 x single
  • Shower room with walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Living/dining room with woodburning stove
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove
  • Oil central heating with 2 x woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, 2 x TV, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot provided
  • Off-road parking for 2 cars
  • Enclosed lawned garden
  • Two well-behaved pets welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 0.8 mile, pub 0.3 miles
  • Note: Enough fuel will be provided for your stay but if you require more this will be payable by yourself

The property

Ballygorman 1.3 miles.

Sparkling Waters is positioned in a coastal countryside overlooking the wild Atlantic Ocean on Ireland’s most northerly point, Malin Head.

Set over the ground floor, Sparkling Waters provides a secluded retreat for families eager to break away from everyday life and enjoy some quiet time in County Donegal.

After a day of coastal walking, look forward to curling up on the sofa beside the woodburning stove, catching up on your favourite TV.

Move through to the kitchen, boasting a country style with all the mod cons required for a short break, while the dining room is where you can host mealtimes.

Discover the porch for some quiet time away with a book, or head out to the lovely enclosed garden, a spacious area where you four legged friend can run about.

The bedrooms at this County Donegal home include a double, twin and single, each hosting traditional furnishings and lovely fixtures.

Start the morning with a shower before heading outside and pondering where you visit next.

Just a mile away lies Ballygorman, a charming village home to the most northerly pub in Ireland, Farrens pub, where you refuel with a refreshing pint of Guinness after a day's adventure.

There is also a convenience store where you can pick up the essentials.

Feel the dramatic power of the landscape as you stand on the edge of Malin Head, enveloped in rugged scenery, fierce waves and thriving birdlife.

Those really looking to capture the scene can amble along the Wild Atlantic Way, one of the longest defined coastal routes in the world, crossing spellbinding beaches, mystical islands and friendly villages.

Alternatively, visit the towns of Carndonagh, Buncrana and Letterkenny for boutique shopping, restaurants and lively bars, or take a day trip to Derry.

Immersed in wild beauty and striking landscapes, a holiday at Sparkling Waters is sure to impress.

About the location


Carndonagh 9.5 miles; Cloncha 11.7 miles; Londonderry 31.2 miles.

Situated in County Donegal near to the famous Malin Head, Ballygorman is the most northern village in Ireland, perfect for taking in the incredible scenery of the North Atlantic ocean. Home to just under 250 residents, it is a truly unique area with many opportunities for exploring this amazing headland. Found in the village are some pubs, one of which holds the title of the 'most northerly pub in Ireland', Farren's pub, as well as a convenience store and post office. At the very tip of the Malin Head headland is Banba's Crown, named after a mythical goddess of Ireland, built by the British Admirality in 1805, and it is visited by thousands of tourists every year. Another big attraction to this remote place comes from the fact that the blockbuster hit Star Wars: The Last Jedi filmed scenes in this very special place, with Luke Skywalker (actor Mark Hamill) even popping into Farren's pub.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season