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Cecil's Cottage, Buncrana

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Excellent 5/5 Score from 9 reviews

from £70 /night

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Cecil's Cottage

Cottage | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 12

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
  • Private garden

Nestled along the shores of Lough Swilly with breathtaking views over Stragill Beach and the surrounding area Cecil's Cottage is the perfect location for a relaxing holiday. This new build looks convincingly old with the finest detail of times gone-by instilled in every room.

Main House comprises 3 bedrooms and attached single end comprises self contained apartment with one double bed.

Situated on large private site overlooking beach with peaceful reading area and private access lane to beach. Tranquil and comfortable yet close to Buncrana Town Centre and all local amenities.

Main cottage - 3 beds, sun rm, kitchen-dining, bathrm & shower rm

Single End - kitchen/living/bed/Shower rm

PLEASE NOTE: Hire of the property for formal after parties and hen/stag parties for large groups of young adults is strictly forbidden.

Size Sleeps up to 12, 4 bedrooms
Nearest beach Stragill 100 m
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 3 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility
Notes Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, DVD player, Sea view
General Central heating, TV
Standard Kettle, Toaster
Utilities Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 2 Shower rooms
Furniture 1 Sofa beds, Double beds (4), Dining seats for 12, Lounge seats for 8
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden
Access Secure parking

About this location

The Province of Ulster region

The cottage is situated in the tranquil area of Ballynary, Buncrana yet only 4km from Buncrana Main Street and all local amenities.

Buncrana is the perfect location to enjoy a relaxing holiday in Donegal. It is the gateway to the North West of Ireland. Centrally located in an area in Donegal allowing easy access to Inishowen, Letterkenny and Northern Ireland.

Derry-Londonderry (City Of Culture 2013) is a 20 min drive, Letterkenny is a 35 min drive and Belfast approx. 1.5hrs.

Malin Head, Irelands most northernly point is approx. 30 mins away.


Nestled within the Donegal Hills along the shores of Lough Swilly, Cecils cottage has breathtaking views over the surrounding areas and lough. A peaceful retreat only a stones throw from Stragill Beach. The cottage has a private laneway to the beach and also a quiet raised and decked reading area (See pictures for details).

The cottage is in a tranquil spot yet only 4km from Buncrana Main Street and all local amenities.

Buncrana Town and nearby surrounding areas have so much to offer for travellers.

The local scenic beauty is most definitely a huge attraction. Sandy beaches, numerous viewpoints from rolling hills, cliffs and mountains.

An ideal way to enjoy the scenic beauty of this area is by taking the "Inishowen 100" route plan by the local tourist industry which shows off Inishowens best features throughout a 100km journey.

The nature of the local people is welcoming and warming. People here have a genuine and caring interest in other people and this is a most unique and pleasant experience for travellers from largely populated areas to sample.

A relaxing holiday in the countryside is what you will get yet there are cities with large populations as nearby as 20 minutes drive.

Buncrana town itself offers numerous attractions for a visitor:-

Sandy beaches; Local fishing and angling centre; Fahan Marina; Kayaking; Walks and hiking route; Orienteering in Swan Park; Equestrian Centre; Historic monuments - O' Dohertys Keep, The Castle, Dunree Fort and An Grianan Aileach to name but a few; Summer Ferry crossing service between Buncrana Pier and Rathmullan Pier; Public Leisure Centre; Childrens Play Park on the shore green; Public Tennis Courts; 2 No Golf Courses - Buncrana Municipal (9 Hole) and North West Golf Course (18 Hole); 3 Hotels (one with Spa and Private Leisure Centre); Local Kids Indoor Play Centre (Wains World); One of Irelands oldest town cinemas...a true gem in our little town that us locals are very proud of; 4 Large Supermarkets - Aldi, Lidl, Supervalu and Eurospar; Many fantastic restaurants to suit various budgets; 15 bars (many with live music); 1 popular nightclub and 1 live band venue.

Buncrana hosts an annual music festival (normally in July) and the nearby town of Clonmany plays host to a hugely popular country music festival every year which brings with it people from all corners of the world! The nearby village of Ballyliffin also plays host to the world renowed Ballyliffin Golf Course. Derry and Letterkenny both have multiplex cinemas and bowling alleys; Halfway Go Karting Centre, Burnfoot is close by for visitors with a need for speed ;)

Buncrana is a superb location for people of all ages. It has something to offer for everyone and really is worth a visit...come and see for yourself ;)

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Review 1-9 of 9

6 Nov 2014


"Fantastic cottage in beautiful countryside"

The cottage looks genuine old Donegal but is brand new and brilliantly finished, loved the sections of red corrugated roof. It was just starting to get cold outside but with modern insulation and unlimited turf/coal for the fires it was extremely cosy. Location is perfect for beach walks and a nice trek into Buncrana along the coastal path. The views from sun room are spectactular especially with the blue mountains and red sky at sunset. All mod cons and enough food essentials to keep you going even if you bring nothing. Loads of room for everyone to spread out and do their own thing as well as communal dining in front of the stove - the perfect Donegal experience, even our dog loved it.

Thank you soooo much for taking the time to post a review. It is very much appreciated. We are overwhelmed by the enjoyment so many people from all over the world are getting from our beautiful home with its scenic location. Its wonderful being able to share it with so many visitors. Thank you. We would love to see you sometime again in the future :)

5 Sep 2014


"Wonderful cottage - great location"

We have just stayed in Cecils cottage on the last week in August. This beautifully renovated cottage brings with it a wealth of old world charm and modern convenience. It is beautifully located with s… More

Thank you so much for your lovely comments. We are delighted that you enjoyed our cottage and would love to welcome you back next year :)

29 Aug 2014


"Lovely, cosy house in wonderful location"

Our group consisted of 2 families and we stayed for one week in August. The house was finished and furnished with real character while at the same time being extremely comfortable. The beds were excellent and everyone slept soundly each night. The children really enjoyed the location and the nearby beach which can be easily reached with a short walk through 2 fields. We would thoroughly recommend the cottage and the owners Eileen and Seamus who were very friendly and helpful.

Thanks so much for your lovely comments. The cottage is definitely different and so enjoyable for a break away. We would love to welcome your return in the future so please do contact us if you decide to return again.
Thanks so much :)

29 Jul 2014


"Wonderful cottage in a great location"

We have just come back from a great family holiday at Cecil's cottage and it was everything that we were hoping for. The owners met us on arrival and made us very welcome . Loads of character and well fitted out - great views of Lough Swilly which is a short walk through fields and only a few miles from Buncrana.

The donkey in the field next door was very friendly and a big hit with the kids - and the dog!

We are delighted that you have spared some time to write a review. Nothing pleases us more than happy customers! So glad you enjoyed our cottage...we take a lot of pride in it and are glad to share it with the public. Thanks so much :)

28 Jul 2014


"Amazing house with old world character and coupled with modern conveniences"

'Cecil's cottage' is truly a hidden gem, 'Wow' would be the term I would use. Old world charm with all modern conveniences needed for an enjoyable holiday. We traveled with young children and they were made to feel thoroughly welcome, which made us feel more at home. Owners friendly and available for all queries but were not intrusive. We are really impressed and will stay again.

Thanks you so much....we are overwhelmed by the excellent reviews everyone has taken the time to write...we would love to have you again soon x

13 Jul 2014


"Fantastically family friendly!"

It was a absolute joy to experience Cecil's Cottage. A home away from home, modern luxury steeped in tradition. Great accessibility to town, beach, parks etc. Made to feel extremely welcome by Eileen & Seamus! Perfect hosts. Couldn't recommend it highly enough! We'll definitely be back.

Thank you for sparing the time to write about your experience of Cecil's Cottage. We are delighted that you enjoyed it. We think it is the perfect location for a family celebration and hope you made some great memories during your stay. Please do return again soon :)

4 Jun 2014


"A View to Die For"

We had a fantastic time staying at Cecil's cottage and are already planning a return visit. Eileen and Seamus the owners gave us a very warm welcome (literally as they'd lit a huge fire in the best wood burner I've ever seen)and also very kindly provided us with some breakfast for the next morning. The cottage itself sits on a gentle hillside looking out over Lough Swilley. It's a stunning location and virtually every room in the house enjoys wonderful views looking out over the Lough and the hills in the distance. There's also a lovely beach immediately below the property which is accessible via the owner's field. Paddling around in the Lough is both safe and surprisingly bearable as the water is quite shallow, and on sunny days it warms up to a reasonable temperature ! Facing west, the cottage is also in prime position to behold some incredible sunsets. There's no better place to enjoy these than from the lounge, which is a sun room with panoramic views. It's undoubtedly the property's piece de resistance and also contains some very comfortable furniture. There are very few other houses in the area so if your looking for a place to get away from it all this is the place. That said the owners Eileen and Seamus live just up the hill, and this was a comfort, particularly as they were so friendly.

Thank you Julian and Helen for your lovely review. We were delighted to welcome you and look forward to your return. Your lovely comments are very much appreciated :)

5 May 2014


"Great getaway for all the family!"

Just spent a lovely few days at this beautiful cottage - the owners met us on arrival and couldn't have been more helpful throughout our entire stay! Great place for adults and children - this cottage has everything you could possibly need!

Thanks so much for your lovely review! We are delighted that you enjoyed your break and hope to see you again in the future :)

4 May 2014


"What a gem of a holiday home in an idyllic location!"

What a gem of a holiday home in an idyllic location! It really doesn't get any better than this for breaks in Donegal !

The service and information we were provided with before we arrived and during our stay was fantastic and so useful in planning out our two weeks there.

There is so much we did around this area and Cecil s Cottage provided an ideal base to do it all from. From fine dining to family fun, sight seeing to walking, water based activities to spa treatments - we could do anything or nothing and still were content there.

There so much to love about this cottage, quirky, with all the modern amenities - the owners really made sure we had everything we needed and were available if we had any questions or needed any help, which was a bonus.

The views are amazing and we could feel our stresses drifting away day after day as we got to enjoy them!
Highlights were being able to feed the donkey in the field next to us, which the owners had kindly brought down for our kids to see - Jesse has made quite the impact! & having a real turf fire - heavenly!

We cannot wait to go back!

Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review! We were delighted to welcome you as our very first visitors and are so happy that you enjoyed the cottage. We take great pride in it and get satisfaction from your enjoyment. We would love to welcome you back another time.

Review 1-9 of 9

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