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). 



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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 t...

August 2020

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£569 (based on 2 staying)
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£1177 (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
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
  • Outside - Parking for three cars, and acres of land down to the shore. 



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'

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