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The Edge of Lough Eske

Candlewick Cottage, County Donegal

Perched on the scenic slopes above Donegal town, this secluded contemporary cottage has everything for an ideal family retreat, including a Japanese hot-tub, sensational veranda and dedicated children’s play area.
Donegal, with its abundance of mountains, lakes and beaches remains one of Ireland’s most under exploited Counties. A gem on the Wild Atlantic Way.


Ivory beams and oriental flavours

At the heart of this spacious stone cottage, and extending southwards, is a large luminous living room. Glazed on three sides, a complete wall of bi-fold doors can concertina to integrate a raised and sheltered timber veranda that enjoys exceptional views of the Eske valley.

furniture on terrace looking into the drawing room looking out from drawing room

For the digitally dextrous, there is a baby grand piano; perhaps less conspicuous is the remotely operated screen that unfurls from ceiling, with video projector linked to sky and Netflix.

fans face painting


  • Sleeps
    Up to 8 guests
    From €1,950 per week
  • Bedrooms
    Two Doubles & One Twin bedroom
    Master is ensuite with shower
    One mezzanine bedroom with huge bed
    Family Bathroom
  • Other Rooms
    Sitting room, Dining room, Kitchen
    Living room den
    Japanese Hot-Tub shower room
    Utility room
  • Features
    Covered terrace with bi-fold doors
    Comprehensive Children’s playground
    Ceramic Green Egg charcoal Barbeque
    Two wood burning stoves
  • Contempo
    Large retractable screen
    with integrated TV projector
    Flat screen TV, DVD player, WiFi internet
    Good Cell phone reception
  • Availability
    Weekly: Saturday to Saturday
    Weekends: Friday to Monday
    Midweek: Monday to Friday
  • Restrictions
    Sorry, pets are not permitted
video screen

Separated by stylish dual-aspect log burning stove, the dining area is furnished with folksy refectory mode table and benches.

dining area kitchen

Off to the side, the impressive and eclectic kitchen stretches along through the original cottage, an abundant mixture of the most contemporary of gadgets, often couched in retro rustic styling.

kitchen and dining room the kitchen door
breakfast bar kitchen window
Facilities & Amenities

Kitchen Appliances

• Gas range with 2 ovens and 6 rings
• Full height Fridge
• Full height Freezer
• Dishwasher
• Toaster
• Nespresso coffee machine
• Blender
• Rice steamer

Utility Appliances

• Washing machine
• Spin-dryer
• Iron


• Sizes - Two double beds, two single beds and one Super-wide bed (4)
• 2 Hairdryers

Tech & Entertainment

• Wi-Fi Internet
• Sky sports, Spotify and Netflix
• DVD player
• Large retractable screen
• With integrated TV projector
• Flat-screen TV


• Comprehensive Children’s outdoor play area
• Indoor Japanese Hot-tub with shower
• Good selection of books and games
sitting room with fire

Beyond the kitchen, there’s a cosy sitting room. Still with the cottage ambience - a stone slab floor and a wood-burning stove, it’s a more intimate TV den.

stove in sitting room

A small entrance lobby opens to the front, while ahead lies a charming twin bedroom.

the twin bedroom

In the attic space above, a delightfully quirky bedroom hosts an unusually wide bed that could happily accommodate four. Accessed by stairs from the bedroom below, the room overlooks the spaces below, mezzanine-style, through a glazed wall at one end.

view from mezzanine huge bed
horse statue retro radio room above sitting room ladder to attic

The two bedrooms are served by a generous and radiant bathroom just off the TV den, featuring a double ended slipper bath and walk in rain shower.

family bathroom FAQs

The far end of the cottage is a more recent addition. There is a chic and well-appointed utility / laundry room to the rear, and a uniquely serendipitous bathroom with wooden Japanese hot-tub and overhead shower.

hot tub the utility room the stairs basin and painting
painting in the hallway

The landing in the loft space above, is extended by views of the kitchen through more glazed voids formed by the chalky roof trusses.

from landing view of kitchen

There is a discreet attic double bedroom with a typical confining ceiling, to one side.

double bedroom

At the far end, in its own grey steel clad structure, the master bedroom floats above the cottage.

master bedroom bed master bedroom window

From the central free standing bed, the unique view through the grand picture fame window is a delight to wake up to.

towel rack wash hand basin ensuite shower

An elegant ensuite with walk in shower and exotic basin adjoins it to the rear.


At the end of an exclusive leafy laneway, the cottage is not visible from the narrow road that winds up across the Bluestack Mountains, enjoying stunning views of Donegal Bay and the Eske valley on its way.

the driveway house from front angle

Across the broad paved area immediately surrounding the cottage, there is a magical and prodigious children’s playground, just packed with excitement for young ones, from Wendy house to countersunk trampoline.



Smoking - No, sorry!
Parties - The owners regret Stag or Hen parties are not admissible.
Pets - No, sorry!

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view from above the cottage

Out and About

Wild mountains and churning oceans, fine food and hospitality, just some of the attractions of Donegal.

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About the Locality

Donegal town, about ten minutes away by car, is the nearest centre for pretty much anything from groceries to fishing tackle. The centre of the town is known as The Diamond, and can get very busy in high season, with great pubs and live music.

Donegal Castle

photo Avramescu Marius

You can’t miss the recently restored Donegal Castle, built by Red Hugh O’Donnell in 1474, but there is also a charming harbour which you can reach along the Bank Walk beside the River Eske as it flows into the bay.
The town was invaded by the Vikings in the 8th century and they used it as a port – hence its Gaelic name Dun na nGall, which means ’Fort of the Foreigners’.

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The county is renowned for its golden surfing beaches, such as Murvagh beach, and Rossnowlagh which is one of Europe's finest. The European Surfing Championships have been held here on three occasions. Donegal Bay’s funnel-like shape encourages huge Atlantic rollers, occasionally as high as 7 metres (20 ft).

County Donegal is the largest in Ulster and the only one that is not in the UK.
Population decimated during the famine, still only about half of what it was in the mid-19th century.
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Only half an hour away, Killybegs is home to Ireland’s largest off-shore trawler fleet, so it’s not surprising that some of the best fresh fish food is to be found here. The town is famous for its tapestries and carpets, some of which were produced on the biggest carpet loom in the world at the Donegal Carpet Factory. The carpets, known as Donegals, are hand-knotted in the Turkish style.

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The Blue Stack Mountains straddle the county and its scenic trails are popular with hill-walkers. The Blue Stack Way walk connects Donegal Town with the town of Ardara further north – a three day hike.

The stunning sea cliffs at Slieve League are worth a visit. 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.

Lough Eske

photo Terry Stewart

Lough Eske is a small and placid lake only a few hundred metres from the cottage. It is popular with anglers in the summer months, and is has numerous forest paths around its shores and a fine hotel restaurant.

During the Second World War this area experienced a lot of airborne activity as sanctioned flying boats from Lough Erne in the UK flew missions out over the short Republican corridor into the Atlantic. It was a Catalina from Lough Erne that spotted the notorious German battleship Bismarck out in the Atlantic – and this led to her demise by the British Navy who had been in pursuit but had lost contact in heavy fog.
The word Éire remains crafted in white stones on headlands around Donegal, which acted as navigation aid for those flying above.


How to get there - Car advised...

By Air: Flights to Dublin, Donegal (regional), Belfast or Shannon airports.
Dublin Airport – approx 3 and a half an hours from the cottage.
Donegal Airport – approx 1 and a half an hours from the cottage
Belfast Airport - approx 2 and a half hours from the cottage.
Shannon Airport – just over 3 hours from the cottage.

By Sea: Ferry crossings
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is about 3 and a half an hours from the cottage.
Rosslare Harbour for Ferries to South Wales is about 5 hours from the cottage.

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