Picture-perfect coastal escape
Cloughboy Cottage, County Donegal
This dazzling designer holiday cottage, notched into the southern slopes of the rugged Loughros Peninsula, boasts spectacular views across tidal sands and oyster farms to Assaranca waterfall and Slievetooey Mountain beyond.
The garden is six acres of moorland, indigenous wild flowers and grasses, on a rocky slope that is separated from the tidal shoreline by a narrow yet populous fenced road and a stretch of boggy pasture.
Here you are never far from fine food, fine sand and the cries of wheeling seabirds.
For further details, please contact Graham
Comfortable in its surroundings
A generous double height atrium at the central core of this contemporary cottage, serves as open plan living and dining area.
Here, an eclectic mix of leather and antique sofas, invite cosy evenings of family games, or just lapping up the idyllic panoramas across Loughros Beg Bay through French doors that hinge out onto the front terrace.
To the other side of this large room a substantial oak table surrounded by classic Cassina Cab leather chairs, can comfortably seat eight to ten for dinner.
A black granite worktop spanning the rear wall accommodates a stainless steel sink, with built in dishwasher and drinks fridge beneath.
A tidy galley kitchen adjoins the dining area, housing a complete range of choice electric appliances and utilities inside solid oak presses.
There are two wonderful double bedrooms at either end of the ground floor linking to the central area via ensuite bathroom lobbies. All showers are power assisted.
Light and warmth flooding through the huge skylight that crowns the apex above our heads, bounces off white walls and is finally absorbed by the black slate floor during the day, to be radiated back at night.
Built-in storage units and sideboard are in solid oak, setting a theme for the rest of the furniture.
A long sitting room, with more uninterrupted views of the bay and relaxing bed sofas, follows through from the main atrium, and leads to the barbeque area.
Styling throughout the house is clean, modern and minimal, with under floor heating adding a subtle cosiness.
The prevailing feature of the interior is an elevated bridge spanning the atrium.
Smoking - no, sorry
Parties - The owners regret Stag, Hen, Wedding or 21st parties are not admissible.
Pets – No, sorry, sheep and lambing environment.
Accessed by a stylish, skeletal open-tread stairway, the catwalk links a twin bedroom with another double bedroom in the attic.
Both have ensuite shower rooms, and multiple velux windows provide ample daylight.
Enjoy spectacular views from the patio, with oak garden furniture and a large charcoal barbeque.
The grounds remain purposefully natural with grass, heathers, fuschia, escallonia and wild flowers, including orchids in season.
Although not visible from the cottage, you will need to cross a narrow fenced road that services the many cottages on the peninsula and cross a stretch of boggy pasture to reach the seashore. It's not suitable for swimming at this point, but it's great for collecting mussels at low tide. A healthy walk across the head brings you to Trabane, the nearest swimming beach.
Cormorants, sea birds, choughs, seals and an otter can be seen from the house. Dolphins also visit the bay occasionally.
Equipped with everything you would expect from a five star family home - from travel cot to microwave, satellite TV, wi-fi broadband and DVD. There is currently no clothes dryer.
If you have a particular requirement, be sure to tell us..
Out and About
Donegal is wild, mountainous and steeped in history, with the softest people and a generous helping of experiences yet un-had..
We just can’t list them all, so here are a few of our favourites..
What a week !Mark - Date of stay June 2014 - Australia
"We saw every type of weather, we even had 4 seasons in one hour. The scenery is jaw-droppingly beautiful. The beaches some of the most wonderful I have seen in the world. We will miss here, I hope that we will be able to get back again next year.
The house is beautiful and very well designed. I think you have created a masterpiece. Well done!"
Cead mile BuischasKate - Date of stay August 2014 - USA
"100,000 thank yous to Cloughboy for its beauty, comforting heart and peace.
To enter the door to this houme is to feel the "luck o' the Irish" all about.
The home is gracious glamourous but inviting and so warm. I felt like Goldilocks with so many chairs to sit on - each one offering a different view of the beauty outside.
Every time I glance out of the windows, the scene has changed and I am compelled to pause and then let go as the new light and water shift and create anew the mountains and the bay.
I will miss this magical place, but have tucked in my heart many memories to return to and cherish always."
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A lovely few days -Harriet and Kate - Date of stay June 2014 - London
"We swam everyday and have hardly seen another soul.
We love this house; its got everything you could possibly need (except a boat and maybe a horse)!
We came here to write and have been inspired and distracted by the landscape in equal measures.
We're already thinking about when to come back.
About the Locality
Ardara 3 km down the road, is the nearest village for shopping, charming pubs, cafes and restaurants. The town is best known for its tweed and knitting production, but also renown for an unending chain of festivals.
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A 30 minute walk to Loughros Point at the end of the peninsula brings the joy of a dramatic ocean sunset or thrill of giant crashing waves.
There are many, many beaches around the ragged Donegal coast, so you are never far from sand whether walking , cycling or driving.
It’s an easy cycle ride northwards to Portnoo (13km) which not only has a huge unspoilt beach, but backs onto a wild and picturesque Atlantic golf links.
While you’re over that way, the Kilclooney dolmen is one of the finest examples of a portal tomb to be found in Europe. Over 4,000 years old, it’s well worth the short boggy trek from the road
photo Hans-Georg Stump
photo Otmar Butz
Ardara is on the edge of the second largest Irish speaking district in Ireland. Some 30,000 Irish speakers live in the Donegal Gaeltacht, or roughly 24.5% of the total Gaeltacht population.
To the South, don’t miss a trip through the beautiful Glengesh Pass on the way to the Slieve League sea cliffs. At 600 metres high, they are nearly three times higher than the more famous Cliffs of Moher. A narrow twisting precipitous road will take you to the best viewing point at Bunglass.
Killybegs, 20km from the house, is a sheltered fishing port on Donegal Bay. It is home to Irelands largest off-shore trawler fleet, also not surprisingly, some of the best fresh fish food to be found.
For anglers seeking scenery and unspoilt fly fishing, then look no further the Owenea River which enters Loughrosmore Bay at Ardara - one of the best salmon rivers in the county.
Galway holds the limelight when it comes to oysters – but up here in Donegal we think we do better..
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How to get there - Car advised..
By Air: Flights to Dublin, Derry, Knock or Shannon.
Derry Airport - approx 1 hour from house.
Knock Airport – approx 2 hours from house.
Dublin Airport - approx 3.5 hours from house.
Shannon Airport - approx 4 hours from house.
By Sea: Various sailings run to Belfast or Dublin from UK
from Cairnryan in Scotland to Larne or Belfast – under 3 hours from house.
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is approx 3.5 hours from house
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