Coastal SW Donegal on Ireland's 'Wild Atlantic Way'
Guests: 2       Wifi: available       Pets? Strictly no pets allowed


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An amazing Irish underground home in a wilderness location on Donegal's Wild Atlantic Way. A luxury escape for architects, designers, writers and those who love nature

  • Irish Times - No 1 Place to Stay in Ireland
  • The Times - Top Places to Stay in Ireland
  • The Times - Top Unusual Places to Stay in Ireland

"There’s something very Bilbo Baggins about this new two-person pod, found close to the Wild Atlantic Way driving route in Co Donegal, northwest Ireland. An oak-lined shelter built into empty hillside, it comes with a good bed, ample light, a kitchen with oven, a lounge area and shower. You come here primarily to walk — to beautiful Glenlough Bay, inaccessible by road, to sea cliffs where golden eagles nest, to the remote cottage where Dylan Thomas once summered and through enough moorland to stir the glummest of souls." The Times

The Pod is a simple underground shelter flooded with light, and lined with oak, overlooking a beautiful coastal mountain lake.  The inspiration for the design was the ancient archaeology of Ireland. We designed it to look like a simple glass eye looking out across a mountain lough.

The pod sits next to, but private from, our cottage Croaghacullion in case you've friends who'd like to stay near.



latest review

We stayed here for four days and our only disappointment is that we wish we could have stayed longer! Fantastic owner who was very quick to respond to any queries we had. The pod is situated in...

April 2022

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£477 (based on 2 staying)
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£656 (based on 2 staying)
strictly no pets allowed
bed layout
Master Double

facilities at Cropod

beach (within walking distance)
coastal location - within 5 miles of the sea
media & technology
wifi broadband available

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

Fly to:

Sail with either Stenaline or Irish Ferries to:

  • Belfast via Liverpool/ Stranraer (3 hr. away)
  • Larne via Fleetwood (3 hr. 20 mins.)
  • Dublin via Holyhead/ Douglas (4 hr. 30 min.)
  • Dun Laoghaire via Holyhead (4 hr. 35 mins.)
  • Rosslare via Fishguard/ Pembroke Dock (6 hr.)
    (Tip - ferries cheapest Mon>Thu)

in detail

The pod is small, but cleverly designed to be comfortable. It is better insulated than almost any modern home, and easily heated by an electric heater and warm all year round - though in this coastal location warmed by the gulf stream sub-zero temperatures are rare. 

  • Fullsize double bed with a remarkably comfortable mattress
  • Sofa (actually a sofabed if you want to sleep separate - ask for bedding if so)
  • Table and chairs 
  • TV and small DVD library - note no TV aerial connection
  • WIFI - suitable for normal internet use, not major downloads
  • Kitchen - fullsize oven/grill, toaster, kettle, fridge with icebox. Suntube to bring in even more light. 
  • Shower room - heated towel rail and fullsize shower
  • Outside - picnic bench and parking for one car - access across an open landscape. CroPod and The Escape are 'end of track' and gated. 

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customer reviews for Cropod

We stayed here for four days and our only disappointment is that we wish we could have stayed longer! Fantastic owner who was very quick to respond to any queries we had. The pod is situated in such a beautiful part of the world and was a perfect base for us to explore Donegal. The pod was spotless when we arrived and we were surprised at how decent the wifi was, considering the remote location. I couldn’t recommend this place enough and we will definitely be back! Rebecca

April 2022

BOOK THIS PLACE! YOU WONT REGRET IT! This home is not only unique, and beautiful, it's a great break from the busy outside world. It's remote, but still plenty to do in nature. We stopped at a local store and brought food to cook there. Enjoyed a long walk toward Port, plenty of sheep to keep us company along the way. The town closest was about 25 min away and had great places to eat or grab a pint. Do yourselves a favor and sit outside on a clear night as well, the stars are breathtaking!!!! 10/10 we will be back as soon as we can!!!! Marcus

March 2020

I booked this as a surprise for my mum and step dad, they enjoyed every minute of their stay. The views were amazing and they said the bed was the comfiest they had ever splet in. Would definitely recommend to anyone looking something a little bit different - Zara

March 2020

My boyfriend and I had a wonderful time at your little slice of the Shire. Needless to say we are both big fans of the Lord of the Rings . To have our own private middle earth to ourselves was something completely special and something we will never forget.... to waking up to that beautiful view and trying out the local cuisine we would both be very happy to return and continue the journey. - Dean

March 2020

Peaceful, tranquil beautiful location no wi fi available but this was so not a problem. Perhaps a CD player? Perfect for that get away from it all break. Totally loved it. Perhaps directions from Glencolumbkille although I had previously driven up via Ardara and back down to Glencolumbkille so I went that way as I visited Slieve Liag en route, and found it easily enough. Thanks so much PERFECT.

- Meryl D,
October 2018

Unusual accommodation but spacious with everything you need. However, it is the view from the bed, the stillness and the open friendliness of the people that is the draw, going back to a simpler, slower time

- Jane K,
July 2018

What an amazing few days we have had in this place. Donegal is breathtaking and having sheep on your roof, a view that makes the soul sing and blessed with Spring sunshine we have come home nourished and wishing to return again to the simple life. Thanks so much. Linzi

- Linzi E,
April 2018

The perfect hide away (you really need to follow the directions given to find it :-) WIFI wasn't great, but that only added to the experience. The peacefulness in this part of Ireland is incredible and view from the house is astonishing. Such a romantic place. Really big enough for two. I was surprised about the shower, which provided really a lot of space and the kitchen was very functional. We will keep this place as one of the best memories ever! Hope to find more places like this. Places we visited: Port, Silver Strand (nice cafe), Silver league, Glenveagh Castle (beautiful) and the coast up there. - Evelyn (Vogt, Germany).

November 2017

What a quirky place to stay - the pod has everything you need (just don't take too much luggage!) and the setting is beautiful. The location is pretty remote, there is lots of walking to do and plenty of time to relax and watch the hills from the window. A perfect escape.

- Hannah G,
July 2017