An Teach Trá - The Beach House

Dooey beach, Traighenna Bay on Donegal's Wild Atlantic Way, NW Republic of Ireland
Guests: 4       Wifi: available       Pets? Pets welcome (max. 3 dogs), fee applies

An Teach Trá - The Beach House

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about the property

Stone cottage for 4 (pets welcome) with access to our private shoreline and sandy beach, on Donegal's Wild Atlantic Way.

An Teach Trá  - The Beach House - sits on the shore of a sheltered Atlantic bay with access to our private, sandy beach. It sleeps four between two bedrooms.  It sits up on the slope behind Miki's Cottage (also sleeps 4) with huge sea and beach views. Neither property looks 'into' or disturbs the privacy of the other. We rescued and renovated this granite stone cottage, bringing it back into habitable condition, and back making a contribution to its community. 

Spend your days fishing or crabbing, or reading in your private cove, then home to the turf fire and fall asleep listening to the sound of the waves. Every room (apart from the luxury shower room) has a sea or beach view. 

There's one (Kingsize) bedroom, and a twin, both of a good size. You've got a small sandy beach immediately in front, or larger sandy coves within a five-minute walk. Go a mile around the bay and you're on Dooey strand - one of the longest and most beautiful stretches of sand in Ireland. 

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We thoroughly enjoyed every minute of our stay. What a spectacular view to enjoy any time of the day. It was all we dreamt of and more. Love so many unique touches, and can’t wait to be back again. -...

November 2019

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arrival at
15:30
depart by
11:00
guests
4
7 nights from
£481 (based on 2 staying)
7 nights up to
£877 (based on 2 staying)
pets
pets welcome (max. 3 dogs)
bed layout
Master Double (ground floor), Twin (ground floor)

facilities at An Teach Trá - The Beach House

general
farm or rural location
activities
beach (within walking distance)
coastal location - within 5 miles of the sea
media & technology
wifi broadband available
cleaning services
washing machine
infants
young children welcome

map - location

travel info

You can easily fly by lowcost carrier but we prefer the greener (and nicer) route by ferry with your own car. Ireland is such an amazing country, and you'll find so much to do and see 'en route'.

Note Aer Lingus often have deals as cheap as Ryanair/ Easyjet and fly to 15 UK airports

Flights? Note that Northern Ireland is nearer than say Dublin. 

  • Donegal -  flights to Dublin and Glasgow with Flybe (25 minute fabulous coastal drive to cottage)
  • Derry (Londonderry) via Glasgow, Liverpool (with Ryanair), Manchester and London City (BMI) 1hr. 25 mins. away) - good for Giant's Causeway
  • Belfast International via these departure airports & Easyjet & Ryanair (2 hr. 25 mins.) - good for Giant's Causeway 'en route'
  • Belfast City via these departure airports & Ryanair (2 hr. 35 mins.) - good for Giant's Causeway
  • Knock via these departure airports & Ryanair (2 hr. 15 min.)
  • Dublin via these departure airports & Ryanair (3 hr. 25 min.)

Sail with either Stenaline or Irish Ferries to:

  • Belfast via Liverpool/ Stranraer (2 hr. 35 mins. away)
  • Larne via Fleetwood (2 hr. 40 mins.)
  • Dublin via Holyhead/ Douglas (3 hr. 30 min.)
  • Dun Laoghaire via Holyhead (3 hr. 35 mins.)
  • Rosslare via Fishguard/ Pembroke Dock (5 hr. 15 mins and and an amazing drive)
    (Tip - ferries cheapest Mon>Thu)

in detail

The property is centrally heated throughout and has a large turf-woodburner (first basket of turf included). Every room (apart from bathroom) has a sea view. It is formed from a traditional Donegal stone cottage (now insulated) with a contemporary extension. 

  • Note that although well-behaved pets are welcome (fee applies) the garden is not enclosed. 
  • Travel cot kept at the property (no need to request) - but bring own bedding for cot.
  • High chair usually available on request, as is baby bath.

Wifi provided. There is good phone signal on 'Three' and 'Vodaphone' and possibly other untested networks. 

  • Living Room/ Dining/ Kitchen - open plan. Turf burner, sofa and window seats.
  • Kitchen - with oven, hob,  fridge freezer, toaster, kettle, dishwasher
  • Bedroom - Kingsize bed and great mattress
  • Twin bedroom - two fullsize single beds suitable for adults. 
  • Shower-room - with large walk-in wetroom type shower, 'rainfall' shower head. Heated towel rail (towels provided).
  • The utility area has a washing machine and line for clothes (under cover).

Outdoors: 

  • Access over 7 acres of hill and shore
  • Parking for up to 3 cars.
  • Picnic bench and other bench
  • Gated access down to our private sandy beach or 2 minute walk to adjacent large sandy beach 
  • Note the garden is not enclosed if bringing a pet. 

local area

You're right on one of the most beautiful shorelines in the world. Most people spend  their days discovering the many beaches (there are hundreds, literally), the great local food and welcome in the pubs, and walking across wilderness landscapes. 

  • Mickey's Beach - on your doorstep - it's yours. You share it with the cottage in front. 
  • White Strand Beach - 2 minutes walk - great bathing, turquoise waters
  • Dooey Beach - 5km of sandy beach (also walking distance) - known for surfing  
  • Lettermacaward - 5 minute drive - your village with 2 shops, petrol, hairdressers, pubs
  • Dungloe town - 14 minute drive - 'Capital of the Rosses' with supermarkets (Lidl, Aldi, Supervalu, The Cope), pubs (10) and the Daniel O'Donnell Visitor Centre
  • Maghery Beach - horse-riding on the beach - 20 mins. drive
  • Sliabh Liag - Europe's highest sea cliffs (amazing) - 45 mins. drive
  • Horse Riding at Dunlewey - 40 mins.
  • Glenveagh National Park / National Park  - 45 mins
  • Belfast city - 2hr 35 mins. 
  • Ardara 'Heritage Town' (cafes, pubs, tweed/weaving) - 20 mins.
  • Donegal County & Events Guide
  • Local angling, boat trips & local walking (video)
  • Glencolmcille Folk Village & beach & pubs - 55 mins.
  • Ulster Folk Park - one of best open air museums in Europe - 1hr 20 mins.
  • Derry ('Londonderry') - fascinating UK City of Culture 2013 -  1 hr. 20 mins. 
  • Giant's Causeway - 2 hr 10 mins - or also see Derry on the way

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customer reviews for An Teach Trá - The Beach House

We thoroughly enjoyed every minute of our stay. What a spectacular view to enjoy any time of the day. It was all we dreamt of and more. Love so many unique touches, and can’t wait to be back again. - Ivana Patricic

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November 2019

Beautiful place. Sympathetically restored barn with a lovely balance of old a new. Had everything we needed for a young family with dogs. Right in the coast. Warm and bright. Cannot fault it. - Emma

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November 2019

Spotlessly clean. Fantastic place to stay. So relaxing and in a beautiful location. Would love to return - Alice

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November 2019

Absolutely stunning place and location with fabulous views and things to do. Greg and Lukas are wonderful hosts and we where treated to delicious fresh eggs on arrival. Our dog Blue also had the best time on Dooey beach. Emma, Jay and Blue xxx

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October 2019

3rd visit to this beautiful beach barn. The views are just magic in all types of weather. Perfect for the pup with the beach across the road and many beautiful beaches a short drive. Recommendation when your staying here is to bring all you need with you regaurding food, fire wood etc. One of the best places i have stayed in ireland. Grey and Luka are very friendly and helpful. Thanks guys. - Jess

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October 2019

The view from the house is unbelievably unreal! It is something you could stare at for hours and never tire of. There is a wood burner and kept the house nice and toasty, but it's super well insulated anyway. The beach is a really small walk and is fantastic for walks and swimming. We brought our Great Dane, who had lots of room and loved the outdoors and the beach. It's such a remote and stunning area and we were so lucky to get a clear night, so we stared at the Milky Way for the longest time. I couldn't recommend this place enough. - Aoife

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October 2019

You will love the peace and quiet, the amazing views, the traditional and the modern aspect of the cottage, the walks and the swimming. A little peace what everyone thinks Ireland should be ..... wild and unspoilt! Romantic or therapeutic, whatever your need may be ...... Great find! - Wendy

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October 2019

A beautifully designed house in a fabulous location. The beaches are great and we saw a couple of seals in the water a short walk on the beach from the house. - Mark

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September 2019

A wonderful and very quiet place for relaxed holidays. Lots of beaches around the area. We enjoyed especially the bench by the sea. What a place to start the day with a coffee in the morning :-) - Manlio

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September 2019

Excellent spot. Not hard to see why this is so heavily booked! - Peter

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August 2019

This is a beautiful retreat away from any hustle and bustle of a busy town.. The kids had great freedom and we engaged in lots of outdoor activities, beach combing, swimming, body boarding, walking, running, cycling, playing cards and reading .. a true rest!! The house itself is beautiful and you can easily tell an architect had his hand in the making of it!! Claire

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August 2019

This is a wonderful and very peaceful place. We mainly spent the week in the local area, walking along the coast and beaches and to Dooey Beach. A few little trips out, including Fintown Railway, the Rosses and Dungloe. The incorporation of the old Byre into the new build is inspired and I’m sure others could learn a few lessons from this great design. The cottage is very well equipped for a week’s stay and the lack of a TV is a definite bonus. It was really good to meet you Lucasz. Thanks for making things so comfortable.

- P norris ,
August 2018

This a truly wonderful place. The views are incredible from the property and sitting in the sun, on the red wooden bench looking out on the water, was a simple but amazing pleasure. Our kids loved it - swimming in the bay and flying kites on Dooey Beach. We hope to visit again.

- Charlotte T,
July 2018

The house was beautiful and in a fantastic location overlooking the beach. We were a party of 4 but arrived to find beds made for only 3 guests. A quick panic as we rooted through drawers and eventually found some bed linen so we were able to make the 4th bed ourselves. The kitchen had everything we needed and the living area was bright and spacious and very comfortable. We missed the WiFi as the data had been used by previous guests but we had brought games and books to occupy ourselves in the evenings. We used the private beach to discover lots of marine life and the bigger beach a few minutes away for a swim. We were able to drive to other beaches and landmarks with ease. All in all, a brilliant weekend in a beautiful house.

- Ross N,
May 2018

The cottage was beautiful, with the most stunning view from the windows in the lounge area. The place has been tastefully restored and is comfortable. It is in a wonderful location and just lovely sitting in the evening and watching the sun go down across the bay with the mountains beyond. Cant fault it. It has lots to see and do within easy reach. Just walking to Dooey beach is lovely I would love to go back.

- Jane C,
May 2018

We didn't want to leave... The Beach Brye is a haven of beauty and heavenly tranquility from which to enjoy the magic and wonder of Donegal. A truly special place to which we hope to return when a recharge and renergise is required. The views from the living space and indeed the whole property are mesmerising. The interior has a funky factor blended in with the traditional elements most beautifully. We feel most fortunate to have been able to stay.

- Esther o'keefe ,
May 2018

A beautiful cozy scenic space in a unique environment a stone throw from the beach! We adored our stay. The large windows allow nature to light up the house , even more beautiful at night when the sky is clear and the stars shine through. A lovely fire , comfortable beds and a fully equipped kitchen meant we had everything we could have wanted . Owner was so quick to respond and made everything so smooth. Will definitely be hoping to be back in the near future! Thank you so much for letting us stay at this beautiful space - Naomi (Dublin)

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January 2018