Teálta Folaigh - 'The Hide'

Traighenna Bay, West Donegal, Republic of Ireland
Guests: 6       Wifi: available       Pets? Pets welcome (more than 3 contact us upon booking), fee applies

Teálta Folaigh - 'The Hide'

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Causeway Cottage

We purchased this property on Traighenna Bay to protect a large, unspoiled tract of land that came with it from occasional hunters - we're very fond of a herd of red deer that live in the adjacent forest and come down to the shore to eat the wrack and drink from the river.  The location suggested to us to build a simple wildlife 'hide' with huge windows overlooking wild land where the deer can be seen daily.

Like 'your' deer, you'll be able to roam acres of land from forest to shore, or 5 mins. drive to sandy beaches. The deer are seen most dawns and dusks, and if you're lucky you may also see (or more likely hear) otters on the shore. Sometimes grey seals swim right up to this quiet shoreline, but if you don't see the seals from 'your own' rocks there's a large colony at the end of Dooey beach  (5 mins) who loll about waiting for the salmon and other fish to enter the Gweebarra.

We've completely renovated and upgraded the house for summer 2020. It has three bedrooms, a wonderful, open-plan bright living space and acres of land with direct private shore access.  You're a short drive away from a number of wonderful and quiet sandy beaches, the Glenveagh National Park and just 12 minutes from Dungloe, the small 'capital' of the Rosses. You can walk to the village which has a couple of shops (open 7 days) and a couple of good pubs (one serving food). 



latest review

Goodness if you would like a break away from it all, to enjoy some stunning Donegal scenery, and to experience how the old meets the new with some amazing work to an original cottage, then this is for...

June 2021

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£713 (based on 2 staying)
7 nights up to
£1520 (based on 2 staying)
pets welcome (more than 3 contact us upon booking)
bed layout
Master Double (ground floor), Double (ground floor), Twin (ground floor)

facilities at Teálta Folaigh - 'The Hide'

farm or rural location
open fire / woodburner
beach (within walking distance)
coastal location - within 5 miles of the sea
media & technology
wifi broadband available
cleaning services
washing machine
young children welcome
high chair
travel cot
ground floor bathroom

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:

  • Donegal - flights to Dublin and Glasgow with Flybe (25-minute fabulous coastal drive to the cottage)
  • Derry (Londonderry) via Glasgow, Liverpool (with Ryanair) 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
  • 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 an amazing drive)
    (Tip - ferries cheapest Mon>Thu)

in detail

The house is centrally-heated throughout, all double glazed and insulated well. WIFI in the main living space. 

  • Living Space: a 40m2 room Living/Kitchen/Diner and huge views over your private land (no road, no other properties in sight). 32" TV (note not terrestrial, but Netflix connected).
  • Kitchen - Fridge freezer, oven, induction hob, microwave, toaster, kettle, cafetiere
  • Living - 14kw wood-burner (first basket of logs supplied)
  • Dining - table for 6 can be extended to 8
  • Cloakroom toilet & heated towel-rail
  • Kingsize Bedroom - the largest bedroom
  • Double Bedroom - South facing, lots of sun
  • Twin Bedroom - fullsize (adult) single beds 
  • Shower Room - Large 2m walk-in shower, twin basins
  • Rear Lobby - Washing machine
  • Outside - Parking for three cars, and acres of land down to the shore. 

The travel cot and high chair are kept in the property permanently. There is no need to request them.



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), the great local food and welcome in the pubs and walking across 'wilderness' landscapes. ​1000km of coastline in County Donegal to explore!

  • Dooey Beach - 5km of sandy beach (also walking distance) - known for surfing  (5-minute drive).
  • Lettermacaward - 2km - your village with 2 shops, petrol, hairdresser, pubs (local music sessions on a Friday night)
  • Dungloe town - a 12-minute drive - 'Capital of the Rosses' with supermarkets (Lidl, Aldi, Supervalu, The Cope), pubs (10), restaurants, take-aways
  • 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 the 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 Teálta Folaigh - 'The Hide'

Goodness if you would like a break away from it all, to enjoy some stunning Donegal scenery, and to experience how the old meets the new with some amazing work to an original cottage, then this is for you! The extension gives stunning panoramic views - and regardless of the weather, you feel like you’re enjoying the outdoors, indoor! Beautiful touches with old meeting new - you’ll have a great stay with comfortable & spacious living/dining areas, bathroom and bedrooms. Also an extra loo! Thanks - Sinead

June 2021

The cottage is idyllic and just what we needed for the weekend. Dooey beach is absolutely amazing and the cottage is in a great location to visit Slieve League and Glenveagh National Park. - Rebecca

June 2021

Amazing break away at this property. So quiet and secluded, with some beautiful personal touches on arrival. The property was extremely clean, comfortable and well equipped, especially if travelling with a baby as we were. Close to beaches, supermarket etc. provided you have a car. Will definitely be rebooking! - Emma E.

June 2021

We had a great stay here! The place is so peaceful and relaxing. The views from the hide and the scenery in the surrounding area is incredible. The hosts kept us informed and the whole process was very easy! Have recommended to friends and will be back! - James

May 2021

I can't recommend this house highly enough. It is such a beautiful space with amazing views and the stars at night were spectacular, with so little light pollution. We had a wonderful stay and were blessed with good weather. So many beaches and great walks right on your doorstep. The owners have thought of everything and you are so well set up to cook at home and truly enjoy the space. A cosy stove will help keep you toasty on a cold or rainy evening. Our dog Rufus loved the space too - very safe and lots to explore. Amazing to find such a special property that is dog friendly. Thank you Greg and Lukas! - Edel

September 2020

This property is in a beautiful area of Donegal and it was a pleasure to sit in the living area with the stove lit and watch the red deer explore the woods. Greg and Lukas keep the property in perfect condition and we would definitely recommend this place to a small party looking to get away for a few days. - James

September 2020

We had such a lovely and peaceful stay at the hide! Even spotted some red deer in the distance while we ate dinner! A real gem of a spot in good location for exploring different spots in Donegal and excellent tips in the file! We had everything we could have needed in the house and cooked each night, a real Home from home! We will be back next year! - Meadhbh

September 2020

We absolutely loved staying at the cottage. The location was perfect with incredible views through massive picture windows - perfect for watching all the weather come in and (if you’re lucky) a great view of the stars. The nearby Dooey beach is lovely. We also loved visiting Port Noo and Carrickfinn beaches and especially the caves & waterfall at Maghera. Greg & Lukas left great advice for where to eat, drink, visit and shop. The cottage is absolutely immaculate and a really pleasing combination of modern decor with traditional touches. The cottage has all the appliances we needed, Netflix, and a very thoughtfully outfitted kitchen. Communication with hosts was fast, helpful and friendly. In short I wholeheartedly recommend staying here. It’s such a treat to be able to combine an incredible rural location with modern luxurious accommodation. Thank you Greg & Lukas - Maggie

September 2020

Beautiful house and location. Could not fault anything. - Jack

September 2020

The Hide is a very special property . The view from the cottage is stunning, the flowers and candles a lovely touch; the property was very clean and tastefully presented. We chilled within minutes of arriving. Our dog felt very welcome too!! Thank you Greg + Luka! - Serena

August 2020

The house is even more spectacular and spacious than the pictures and is perfect for both a larger group spending time together and for a romantic couple getaway. I definitely recommend walking down to the shore and sitting on the little picnic table they have there. The view during high tide and low tide are both incredible and have to both be seen. We didn’t leave the house much as it was so comfy but a trip to dooey beach is close and well worth it. - George

August 2020

We had a great stay. As we were only the second guests since its opening everything was new and immaculate. The large windows allowed us to watch both the sun shine and the lightening crack. We had great times on beautiful Susie’s Beach and Dooey Beach. Overall a super stay ! - Gwen

August 2020

We had an absolutely splendid time at 'The Hide'. Greg at UTT could not have been more helpful and accommodating in the booking process. Annie made us feel extremely welcome and went out of her way to see that our holiday went smoothly. We cannot recommend UTT strongly enough. Michael and Caroline McLean

- Michael M,
August 2020

I'm a carpenter by trade and this place blew my mind its exactly the type of home I want to build for myself.... As for the detail inside jesus where do I start I could not find one thing wrong with this house.. And the the deer from dusk until dawn jesus where would you get it. Mind blowing.... And as for greg and luckas.. The perfect hosts... Everyone just so yourself a favour and book this because I'm. Already planning my next trip.... Thanks again greg and Lukas...yous made my year - Ian

August 2020