Our eight bed holiday home in Port, Donegal is offbeat, off the grid, and very nearly off the map.
Right on the edge of the Atlantic, this eco rental cottage sits alone above the wild, smooth-stoned beach and tiny harbour of Port, Donegal. There is only one rough road into the place – and the nearest neighbours are three miles up the valley.
There’s no mains electricity, so we generate our own, and keep warm with traditional stoves and ingenious hot water systems.
Port cottage sleeps SIX
There’s LOADS to do here – active or not.
It’s THREE/FIVE hours drive from Belfast/Dublin.
It’s NOT EXPENSIVE.We’ve tried to keep pricing as simple as possible..
Here’s the best bit: there’s no TV/DVD, in fact it’s a machine-free zone – with very limited electricity (but there is a good phone signal and somewhere to charge phones).
NB- there is no 220V outlet in the cottage – as all the systems are run on 12v solar and wind power system.
If you need to charge a phone, we recommend that you bring a back-up battery pack ,or a car charger.
Inner Space – Sleeps six
The cottage comprises one main building and two booleys (small separate buildings). The main building still follows traditional lines, with a main living room and hearth, and a bedroom either side. There is a super snug bed / chill-out pad built into the corner of the living-room neatest the stove.On the back is a kitchen with big hatch through to the living room, and the two ensuite bathrooms (one of which can also be entered from the kitchen). The Booleys are not included in the cottage rental ; the main Booley is used as a private family store and occasional walk-through gite . The other booley is at the moment a store for turf, firewood, fishing stuff and tools.
Main sitting/dining room with wood burning stove – and super-snug bed in corner.
Kitchen with 4 hob gas range, sink . No fridge (we use stream and small, usually cold, larder outside).
Master bedroom (4 poster-double) with wood-burning stove, ensuite bathroom
Bunkroom (two bunk beds), sleeps 4, with ensuite shower-room
Attached to the main house is a “control room” which controls and monitors the eco power and utility systems.
Mattresses, duvets and pillows live in the cottage. This is a very remote “DIY holiday home”, so you’ll pick up your sheets, pillowcases and towels from the lovely Margaret in the launderette in Ardara, and pop them on yourselves (and take them back there at the end). You’re also expected to remove rubbish, recyclables and and perishable food. we have found it impossible to entice any intrepid cleaner out to these remote and blissfully hoover-free parts, so we expect a firm commitment from every guest to leave the cottage as beautifully clean and tidy as they find it.
Our neighbours from up the valley look in occasionally on changeover, just to check for any problems.
Available power is VERY LIMITED, as all systems run on alternative 12v power – solar panels on the Bothy roof - with enough to supply reasonable lighting and charging for cameras/mobile phones. No high voltage appliances like irons or hair driers will run.
When the weather is dull, the batteries can get flattened – so be prepared to revert to Candles and the excellent Solar re-chargeable desk-lights.
Actually, it’s really atmospheric ( and romantic) to live with candle-light
The water is heated by the main wood burning stove. This provides lashings for washing, bathing and heats two bathroom radiators.
NB – the hot water will still work ,even if the Cottage “mains” electricity fails.If you can light the main stove, you will get hot water.
There is surprisingly good mobile network at the cottage .see above ref 220v and charging.
The basics like herbs, seasonings, oils and few tins will be knocking around. Please replace what you use. You can resupply anything basic in Ardara, and theres a small local shop in Glencolmkille, fifteen minutes drive away. There’s an organic foodstore in Glenties.
If you’re nice to the lobstermen who come into Port harbour , they might bring you some crab or lobster for a fee. There’s great foraging – fishing off the rocks and shellfish at Maghera beach. Nancy’s pub in Ardara does great oysters, while the chowder and fish and chips at the Westside Cafe are superb. Failing all that, munch on a pint of Guinness at any one of the many pubs – nearest one’s in Glencolmkille.
West-End Cafe , Ardara : best fish and chips in the West.
This is a family holiday home, so there’s a fair bit of our own stuff around, like the basic board games, books, packs of cards, some old rainwear etc. Please respect this and leave as you find.
Port Donegal has 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms featuring pure luxury throughout.
Free parking on premises
Carbon monoxide detector
Checking In & Out
Check-in from 2pm and check-out by 11am
The Property Standard Rate is $123 per night
Weekend Price: $08.49 / night
Extra people: No Charge