'Teach Mhicí' - Mickey's Cottage

Dooey beach, Traighenna Bay, West Donegal, North-West Ireland
Guests: 4       Wifi: available       Pets? Pets welcome (more than 3 contact us upon booking), fee applies

'Teach Mhicí' - Mickey's Cottage

more about 'Teach Mhicí' - Mickey's Cottage

about the property

Traditional Donegal cottage by the shore with access to private sandy beach. Sleeps 4, dogs welcome.

"We walked outside to a scene that electrified the senses: the distinctive smell of seaweed drying in the inlet below; a wondrous vista out to a long bay that looked like it was lit from within. The only sound was a distant tractor on the single-track lane.

It’s for elemental experiences like these that people venture to this part of Ireland."The Guardian reviewing Teach Mhici

"If you were asked to describe the most idyllic seaside holiday home you could imagine, you might come up with something close to Teach Mhicí. Glittering turquoise water, private beach with pristine white sand, Scandi-inspired cottage with turf-woodburner and sea views from every window; it’s a little slice of Irish paradise."The Irish Times

  • Irish Times - No 2 in their 2019 List of 'Amazing Places to Stay in Ireland' (our CroPod was No.1)

A traditional Irish vernacular cottage sitting on the shore of the Atlantic with access to our private, sandy beach. 

Teach Mhicí (Irish for Mickey's Cottage) is the result of a substantial renovation and restoration project by Under the Thatch. Location is everything to us, and this really is one of the best. 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. 

There's one (Kingsize) bedroom and a small (double) loft over the main living space. We've added a large comfortable bathroom, and insulated everywhere before we lined it in wood from the local forest. It's a simple, but wonderful place. Come and enjoy one of the most remarkable and unspoilt coastlines in Europe...and start with your own. If you require more space we also own An Teach Tra behind. 



latest review

Amazing stay for 3 days in the cottage! The place is just so special with the most relaxing view to have your morning tea. It is also very clean and has everything to make you feel comfortable! We wen...

December 2019

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arrival at
depart by
7 nights from
£492 (based on 2 staying)
7 nights up to
£927 (based on 2 staying)
pets welcome (more than 3 contact us upon booking)
bed layout
Master Double (ground floor), Double

facilities at 'Teach Mhicí' - Mickey's Cottage

farm or rural location
open fire / woodburner
beach (within walking distance)
media & technology
wifi broadband available
cleaning services
washing machine
young children welcome

map - location

travel info

You can easily fly by low-cost 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 closer than, say, Dublin.

  • 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 cottage is centrally heated throughout and has a large turf-woodburner (first basket of turf included). Every window (apart from bathroom) has a sea view. 

  • 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.

The cottage has WIFI included free. Although we expect it to be available, like any accommodation provider we cannot guarantee it. Phone signal on 'Three' and 'Vodaphone' and possibly other untested networks. 

Ground Floor:

  • Living Room/ Dining/ Kitchen - open plan. Turf burner, two sofas.
  • Kitchen - with oven, hob, microwave, fridge (small icebox), toaster, kettle
  • Bedroom - Kingsize bed and great mattress
  • Shower-room - with large walk-in wetroom type shower, 'rainfall' shower head. Heated towel rail (towels provided).
  • Utility room with washing machine 

Loft: - with double bed


  • Access over 7 acres of hill and shore
  • Parking 
  • A picnic bench and another bench
  • Gated access down to our private sandy beach or 2 minute walk to adjacent large sandy beach 

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!
  • 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 'Teach Mhicí' - Mickey's Cottage

Amazing stay for 3 days in the cottage! The place is just so special with the most relaxing view to have your morning tea. It is also very clean and has everything to make you feel comfortable! We went during the winter and the place was perfectly heated. There is a lot of different walks to do around and you can spend days without taking the car if you feel like it. It is definitely one of my best cottage rental experiences! - Melie

December 2019

Fab little cottage with a Scandi feel to the interior. Stunning location, perfect for relaxing and getting away from the city. Dooey beach should definitely be on your to do list, 5 mins away, massive expanse of beach when the tide is out and some cool sand dunes. - Jules

November 2019

We had a fantastic time. Thank you for everything. What an amazing place. We would love to come back. It's a special cottage in a special place. Without a doubt the best cottage rental experience we have had. - Robert

November 2019

I don’t want to rave about this gem too much because I want to return again and again and want availability for myself! Selfish or what! - Cathy

November 2019

A lovely escape away from it all. Really enjoyed having a real fire in evening, though the central heating was good so not really needed. View from the window constantly changing. - Robert

November 2019

What a wonderful relaxing experience. Everything you need for a restful stay is provided. The cottage is spotless and well appointed. Beds are comfortable. The shower is amazing. The remote setting is perfect. Quiet morning walks are perfection. - Kristen Gottschalk

November 2019

Greg and Lukas’s cottage is a dream. Sparkling clean, super cosy and warm, this is definitely a place to stay at. Plus the surroundings are stunning. The ideal getaway ! - Dominique

November 2019

Absolutely stunning location, and a fantastic cottage to switch off, decompress and just get away from the world - Andy

November 2019

This place is amazing! We had a wonderful stay, and we got engaged on the beach out front - we will be back! Beautiful place, keep doing what your doing! Our dog loved it too. Location is so relaxing, accomodation is really cosy and sparkling clean! Stay as long as you can! We will be back. Perfect all year round. Can't recommend enough. -Peter

October 2019

Thanks for creating this wonderfully renovated property, entirely sympathetic with the original cottage style and landscape. It really has so many thoughtful touches, both beautiful and pragmatic throughout. We loved the mezzanine loft, so cozy! - Deirdre

October 2019

Utterly beautiful area, very special beaches and views. So perfect to unwind, with a daily icy sea dip and great walks and cycling. - Beth

October 2019

Greg and Lukas were wonderful hosts and their Cottage was amazing! It was obvious the time, thought and care that went into creating one of the best stays I’ve ever experienced!! -Mariana (Michigan)

October 2019

Completely gorgeous location and adorable, thoughtfully designed space. Would 100% return. - Jenna

October 2019

Staying at Greg and Lukas Cottage was a great chance to relax and leave your everyday life behind you. The cottage is very lovely and just as described. The privat Beach right infront of the door is just amazing (you wake up in the morning to the sound of the waves!) and is great place to relax. It is a great place to discover Donegal and Greg and Lukas give you good tips on where to go and what to do. If you want the full irish cottage experience. Come! - Marlene

October 2019

Perfect place to enjoy the wild Ireland. The beaches and landscapes around and in front of the house are breathtaking. The house is very beautiful and great for small kids. Was amazing to have a babybed, chair and even a basket with beach toys. Thank you! - Lidia

October 2019

A part of Donegal we were not familiar with, we had the most relaxing week here and the cottage was perfect. Stylish, comfortable (best bed ever), great open plan layout for living / kitchen, fantastic shower, and that view from nearly every window - loved how the light was different every time you looked out. So little passing traffic - all you can hear is the sea, the birds, bees buzzing, the sound of rain on the roof is wonderful. The huge Dooey Strand is only a 15 minute walk and we walked the beach every day, and even in the middle of July sometimes we were the only people on the beach. Dungloe is best for food shopping - LIDL, Aldi and best of all SuperValu (great fresh meat / fish counters). Portnoo Strand is a lovely walk too, and Ardara is a great wee town for a visit. But really we didn’t venture any further than that, and the cottage was so cosy with the stove lit that we cooked and ate there every night. It really is so peaceful, you cannot help but feel restored in body and soul after spending time here. We absolutely loved it. - Jane

September 2019

A great place , enjoy what you can on foot without chasing all over the county . The information folder has some great tips . Enjoy the peace and tranquility, listen to the waves and the seals . Ardara was fun as was Malin head , Kilcar and surrounding Atlantic Way was stunning . But don’t forget what’s on your door step. The hosts were very attentive and responsive to the one issue we had and resolved immediately. Thank you - Anne-Mariel

September 2019

We had a wonderful stay at Mickey´s Cottage. The house is clean, very cosy and has everything you need. We liked the look out of the windows and the surrounding is "wow", as well as the beaches. There are a lot of beautiful places nearby to visit. We hope we will be able to come back once. Thank you very much!

- Andrea T, Altach (Austria),
September 2019

The cottage is outstanding and a quite place to relax. We loved it a lot. If possible, we ll come back someday.The communication with the owner was very good. Wifi worked well. We say thankyou for the possibility to stay in the cottage the last 4 days. - Romanie

August 2019

Greg and Lukas' cottage is in a stunning location with lots of beaches, walks and cycles on its doorstep. The house is very comfortable and is really well set up with everything you could need. The bed was very comfortable and the shower was great. The house was really nicely decorated and laid out. There were fresh duck eggs left for us on arrival which were much appreciated. Lukas also dropped in a bucket and spade for our daughter which was very thoughtful. We had a really relaxing few days in the cottage and only wish we were there for longer. We'd definitely like to stay again and would highly reccomend it. - Eloise

August 2019

The location of the cottage is just amazing. Make sure to check out all the beaches just out of the front door. The cottage itself is super cosy and a perfect hideout for some days to relax. Everything was really clean and the kitchen is well equipped. We really enjoyed the days there exploring the surroundings. P.S.: We loved the shower - Maximillian

July 2019

Amazing stay in Donegal. The cottage is just gorgeous. Will definitely go back. - Aisling

July 2019

This was our favorite accommodationduring our stay in Ireland. It was perfect on every level. We just wish we could have stayed longer. That was our only regret. The cottage is in a beautiful, secluded location, surrounded by gorgeous unspoiled beaches. The cottage itself is spacious and very nicely decorated, and was spotlessly clean. We loved our time here and would stay in this charming cottage again in a heartbeat. - Anne-Marie

June 2019

What a marvellous cottage! We all loved it. We had some wild, wet weather and some glorious sunshine. We walked, swam (well, 2 of us did!) ate well, enjoyed the fire, laughed a lot, saw a couple of seals and explored the local area. Marvellous!

- Cheryl S,
October 2018

We had such a blissful week at the cottage! We had almost everything we needed--a hairdryer would have been nice to have, but I made it through the week without one. The pictures were just as promised, but there's sadly no way you can truly capture both the beauty and serenity of the place. Thanks for a wonderful stay, and we enjoyed talking to Greg about his projects!

- Tara F,
July 2018

Breathtaking views from a traditional cottage with a cool, contemporary finish. Fantastic spot to take a young family, we forgot our busy lives and lived in the moment, watching the tides turning in a blissful, gently changing landscape. A sea view from every window. Rock pools, picnics, paddling and sandcastles on the private beach, our three year old cried when we had to leave.

- Elizabeth bone ,
June 2018

Fantastic cottage, brilliant, location on the beach, stunning Donegal scenery, and knockout wildlife. From the cottage and beach during our stay we have seen seals, a sea otter eating a catch, herons fishing, plovers and a we think a pod of porpoises. Fabulous and varied walks around County Donegal. What an amazing place. Highly recommended.

- Marilyn H,
May 2018

Gorgeous beach house in a beautiful secluded location. The weather was pretty rubbish but there was still loads to do - sea swimming, beach walking, mountains, waterfalls and castles nearby...back home to a turf fire and to watch the sun set over the water. Plenty to keep grown ups and children entertained. Would definitely recommend.

- Hilary stainsby ,
April 2018

Miki’s cottage is absolutely gorgeous. It’s cosy and fabulously insulated, so even better to hear and not feel the weather, which has been surprisingly good actually. Great location with beautiful views. Even swam off own beach. What’s not to like

- Anne O,
April 2018

We had a great time at 'Teach Mhici' - Miki's Cottage. Beautiful setting and excellent accommodation. The house was toasty warm all weekend. We loved walks on dooey beach then warming up beside the log fire in the evening. This is our 4th stay inside UTT property and they never disappoint. Thanks for another great stay and looking forward to the next.

- David H,
January 2018

What a fabulous cottage! We were fortunate to have serene weather with beautiful blue skies to the surprise of friends who said it rains all the time. Already planning to go back.....

- Jeremy W,
October 2017

Just returned from a fantastic 4 nights at Teach Mhici. What a little gem of a cottage, everything you need is there and it has been so beautifully done out and to a really high standard. A different view out of every window, and all stunning. We had mixed weather but that only added to the atmosphere and gave us the excuse to use the wood burning stove in the evenings. We will definitely return to Mikis to explore more of this lovely coastline and area. Marion & Glyn

- Marion H,
October 2017

We had a lovely 7 night stay at cottage. On our last day we had a wonderful swim from the nearby beach. The cottage was cosy and well equipped. We mainly cooked in house which was great. Visited Packies Bar and Elliots pub. Both worth a visit. The walk to Dooey beach and the walk along Dooey beach were great. A lovely place to stay and rest up.

- Pierce O,
September 2017

Despite my love of Donegal I confess to having had concerns about spending a week in a cottage with no television and the probability of limited or no wifi to act as distractions in the event of poor weather. Now back home after our holiday at Teach Mhici I am delighted to report that my concerns were unfounded. The cottage is exactly as described, comfortable and oozing with irish character. The location was perfect for what we wanted and allowed my husband and I along with our dog to walk from the door to the beach immediately below (at low tide), to walk 3 minutes around the corner to another beach which allowed for reasonable walking opportunities (again at low tide), or to walk 20-30 minutes to the extensive and stunningly beautiful Dooey beach. I found the online booking process to be efficient and straightforward and the ability to contact relevant staff, including the owner, to answer questions following arrival at the property excellent. We had a wonderful week at the cottage despite the challenges of Donegal weather and in fact, as a result of photographs we took and sent to our daughter in Germany, she has now booked a week at Teach Mhici next summer for her and her family. Super cottage, super location and super holiday!

- Mrs wendy B,
September 2017

We had a fabulous time at Miki's cottage. The location is spectacular with beautiful sunsets and beaches all within walking distance of the cottage. Easy access to all the sites and a comfortable cottage to return to. Greg was very welcoming and helpful with suggestions of places to visit. Donegal is a magical county to visit. I've come home fully refreshed for busy Autumn

- Emma mcfarlane ,
September 2017

Lovely cottage in a great location. Perfect for early morning swims and walks on the beach!

- Yvonne R,
August 2017

This was everything we hoped for and more. The location is stunning, whatever the weather. We enjoyed many walks on our own beach (which was fairly extensive when the tide was out) plus visiting many of the picturesque bays and coastlines of Donegal. The cottage is immaculate and furnished to a very high standard with lots of space. It fuses the traditional with modern home comforts - great shower. There is absolutely nothing to fault. Thanks for sharing this very special Irish cottage.

- Claire B,
August 2017

We thoroughly enjoyed our break in Donegal. From walking on Dooey beach to exploring the surrounding area - we even spotted a seal from the cottage! Nancy's in Ardara completely met our high expectations with a seafood lunch followed by a browse through the great craft shops in town. Elliot's Bar (just 5 mins away) provided a very entertaining evening with traditional music and craic! Valerie & Robert, Rosemary & Gavin (County Down)

July 2017

We absolutely loved this place!!!!! UTThas done an amazing job restoring this old cottage, it's spotless clean, warm and very comfortable and really nicely decorated. The location is perfect! beautiful quiet area, at night all you can hear is the ocean. The location is great for exploring all the amazing sights that Donegal has to offer and the cottage is only a short stroll from beautiful Dooey Beach. 10/10 for this little cottage! We will be back! - Lonneke (Wicklow)

July 2017

What an amazing stay! Very chilled and relaxing, and such a beautiful cottage. Enjoyed walks here at Dooey beach and over at Portnoo as well as trip up to Dunfanaghy beach. Good pubs all over - all dog-friendly. Didn't want to come home! - Kelly & Paul McFadden (Glasgow/Belfast)

July 2017

The Cottage is really excellent and in such a beautiful place. We were delighted to be the first to stay after UTT's renovations and had the most relaxing and enjoyable weekend here. Cannot emphasise enough how relaxing this place is - if you are looking for a complete getaway it would be hard to beat. Beaches nearby (Dooey in particular) are up there with the best you'll find. Couple of good pubs nearby and a 20 min drive takes you to some really nice wee towns (Ardara amongst them). The cottage itself has been done to a really high standard and has everything you need. Owner was a very friendly and helpful host, when he came down to say hello. We will be back! P.

July 2017