The Boathouse is located on the shore of Lough Foyle, a short distance across from Sweet Nellies Bay and the friendly Greencastle 18 hole golf course (http://www.greencastlegolfclub.com/) where everyone receives a warm welcome. Greencastle fishing village is 4km, Moville town is 9km, and the historic City of Derry is only 35km (just over 40mins drive, http://www.derryvisitor.com) with its two cathedrals, city walls (best intact walls in Europe, never breached), theatres, museums and nightlife.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||At the door... 15 m|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||1.5 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: City of Derry http://www.cityofderryairport.com/ 45 km, Nearest railway: Derry 38 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Log fire, DVD player, Sea view|
|General||Central heating, TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Double beds (3), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Further details indoors|
The house is designed to help you make the most of your holiday time, focusing on relaxing and taking in the natural scenery. The living and kitchen/dining areas are free-flowing and mostly open plan, and combined with a cathedral ceiling with exposed oak beams (from which the boat used to hang), allows for a relaxing experience.
|Further details outdoors|
On a half acre site, with garden laid to lawn left, right, front, back, there is plenty of room to explore. The living area features patio doors that look directly onto the Lough Foyle, and across to the Greencastle Golf Course. The other houses in the area are placed well back from the Boathouse, and don't impose. With a private road, the area is well secluded.
Plenty of parking space, suitable for 3 or 4 vehicles.
At low tide, you can walk directly from the patio doors, onto the beach, and around to the strands across, or even to Cockle Island (a very small island!) just outside.
Keep an eye out for 'Sammy the Seal' and his friends, who like to sunbathe on the rocks just in front of the house.
Since the house has been looked after and lovingly restored, we prefer to rent to guests whom will leave it in the manner they would like to find it.
We do not permit smoking in the Boathouse. This is primarily because we let the Boathouse to many guests, and most do not smoke, and we do not want the stale smell of smoke to greet new guests when they arrive. We hope this consideration for others does not cause you much inconvenience.
The Boathouse is an ideal base from which to explore the Inishowen Peninsula generally, including the ruins of the 14th century castle built in 1305 by Richard de Burgh ("Red Earl of Ulster"). The Greencastle maritime Museum features among its treasures many items from shipwrecks of the Spanish Armada which were recovered from the waters of nearby Kinnego Bay (ideal for sub-aqua enthusiasts).
Other places of interest include Culdaff (fantastic beaches), the Famine Village at Doagh Island, Ballyliffin and its internationally famous 18-hole golf courses, Malin town and Malin Head beyond (Ireland's most northerly point), Buncrana and Inch Island (look out for the sign that reads "Inch, 1 mile" ;-)
An absolute must see for visitors is the 3000 year old Grainan of Aileach ring fort, ancient seat of the Kings of Ulster. From its walls are spectacular views of Lough Swilly (deep enough to hold the entire British fleet during World War II) toward Buncrana and the Lake of Shadows, and also to County Tyrone and County Derry and city. The ring fort is the inspiration for the Church of St Agnes, which was recently awarded the prestigious architectural title of "European Church of the Century".
County Donegal presents an getaway from the hustle-bustle of the modern world. With natural landscapes, and the often changing weather, Donegal really envelops you in its charm. With mountains, lakes, and an incredible coastline with world-class beaches, there will be many many hours of enjoyment just drinking in the scenery. Check out the Inishowen 100km drive - this will show you parts of Irish culture and scenery that you will be challenged to find anywhere else.
Greencastle ( with an 18-hole golf course), has an excellent bathing beach. On a rock overlooking the entrance to Lough Foyle are the ruins of the castle after which the place is named. Built in 1305 by the 'Red Earl' of Ulster, Richard de Burgh, it was captured eleven years later by the forces of Edward Bruce. Noted for its fishing industry Greencastle is building a reputation as a sea-food mecca.
The area provides easy reach to about 7 golf courses with 1 hour travel, and to numerous historical sights. Of particular interest is Grainin of Aileach (3000 year old ring fort!), Historic City of Derry, Bishops Palace and Mussenden Temple (which you can see from the rocks near the Boathouse), Giant's Causeway (take the ferry from Greencastle to Magilligan), Portrush and the Antrim coast.