Sometimes you’ve just gotta get away from it all and take a well-deserved break from that 9 – 5 routine that seems to just eat up so much of our time. Normally when I feel like I need a bit of TLC, I always look to escape to the country to a nice secluded spot where I can get stuck into a good book, snuggle up by the fire and simply admire the view outside. And where better to do that than Donegal, a corner of the country where wild landscapes meet unmatched seclusion. Join me as I look at my favourite cottages and houses to rent in Donegal for an unforgettable time away!
The Hide, Fintown
This is an Airbnb that’s long been after my own heart and a place that was just made for those cosy few days away you’ve been craving.
Price: from: €69pn
Capacity: 2 guests
Features: wood stove, views, terrace, kitchen, dining area
The Hide is a beautiful wooden cabin surrounded by endless moors and gently rolling hills. From here you’ll be absolutely spoiled by the breathtaking view of the rolling peaks of Glenveagh National Park – take it all in from the comfort of your little living room, or enjoy a romantic afternoon or evening sat out on the terrace. Plus a wood-fired stove will keep you lovely and snug even during the bitter winter weather. Fintown is just 3km up the road, and the Wild Atlantic Way is just a quick 15-minute drive away as well.
Treehouse goals! This lovely romantic perch offers bird’s eye views of Glenveagh, hidden in the treetops away from sight.
Price: from: €69pn
Capacity: 2 guests
Features: terrace, kitchenette, mezzanine
I’m pretty sure we’ve all dreamed of having a treehouse like this when we were young, so fulfil those childhood goals with a stay at the Birdbox. This bespoke, modern treehouse is definitely on the cosy side, but with clever use of space you’ll find all the amenities you could possibly need. Ceiling-to-floor windows allow you to soak up Donegal’s natural beauty in all its splendour. This truly one-of-a-kind Airbnb will promise an unforgettable holiday.
Probably the plushest digs you’ll find in Donegal – and the views aren’t half bad either!
Price: from: €178pn (2 adults)
Capacity: 10 guests
Features: 4 bedrooms, garden, kitchen, parking
This breathtaking, 4-bedroom house is the ultimate choice for a holiday with a healthy dose of luxury.There’s no shortage of space thanks to the airy design, open-plan kitchen/diner and 4 bedrooms. The best bit? It has to be those views – from your location up on the hill you’ll have a commanding vantage point overlooking Donegal Bay and even Benbulben. When you’re not too busy hiking or beach combing, put your feet up and just soak up those sunsets.
This wee holiday home really is about those little extra touches, whether it’s the cosy décor or the Nespresso capsules and chocolates that your host will leave for your upon your arrival. Fintra Beach (Blue Flag) is a short stroll away, so you won’t have to go far to get stuck into the nature. Hop in the car and it’ll be just 20 minutes until you get to Slieve League – or why not pop into nearby Killybegs for a relaxing meal at a snug restaurant?
If you’re one of those people who aren’t after a supersized place to stay, the Cow Shed will suit you right down to the ground. It may look pint sized from the outside, but with your sleeping area up on a mezzanine there’s a surprising amount of space in side. A living area, kitchenette, dining table and bathroom means all your essentials are there, and for those colder evenings there’s a wood-fired stove to keep things nice and toasty. Outside you’ll find a private seating area complete with your own BBQ and lush views of Glenveagh National Park and the Glendowan Mountains.
These are just a few of the many wonderful wee places available to rent in Donegal. From traditional cottages to secluded retreats by the beach, there’s something to suit all tastes and budgets. Throw in those awe-inspiring landscapes into the mix and you’ve got the perfect staycation on your hands!