An Teach Ban (The White House)
Villa | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 11
This home was designed to be the ultimate get-away-from-it-all retreat. Its location on over a quarter of an acre of lawned gardens directly overlooking the sea and the golf course allowed us to design a substantial fabulous home for enjoying life.
From the sleek German designer kitchen to the four marble clad bathrooms, to the opulence of our white drawing room, this home offers every comfort and indulgence. But above all this is also a family home with the attractive family room having the much loved wood burning stove to compliment the plate glass windows overlooking the sea and mountains outside.
The separate TV/Reading room is always a hit with kids and adults alike who want peace and quiet away from the busy family room or formal drawing room.
|Size||Sleeps up to 11, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Downings Bay 800 m|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||1 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: City of Derry Airport 85 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player, Sea view|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Telephone, Games room, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms and 2 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (5), Double beds (3), Cots (2), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 18|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Climbing frame, Swing set|
|Further details indoors|
With four reception rooms downstairs there is plenty of choice as to where to sit and relax. The two bathrooms and two en suites are fully fitted with modern showers and one master en suite offers a roll-top bath. Next to this bath is a marble plinth with an antique bust and lots and lots of candlesticks. This is the perfect spot for a late night bathe by candle light, where you can star gaze through the window above the bath.
Downstairs and the designer kitchen offers all mod cons and is fully equipped. The utility room has a separate washing machine and tumble dryer. Satellite TV offers a good cross section of channels including RTE 1 & 2,TV3, TG4, BBC 1 & 2 , Channel 4, E4 and a number of other children's and documentary channels. An upgrade to full Sky provision can easily be arranged.
As you walk into An Teach Ban through the heavy wooden arched door set in the Donegal stone porch turret, you enter the light filled hallway and to your left is the TV/Reading room which also has an extremely comfortable leather double sofa bed. To your right is the main downstairs bathroom and beyond that is the formal 'white' drawing room which opens onto the deck. Opposite the drawing room and across the hallway lies the kitchen which leads to the family room and dining area and out onto the deck. Also from the kitchen you enter the separate utility room and rear entrance hall with cupboards and storage space.
On ascending the curved staircase you will find the two master bedrooms to the seafront elevation, each with their own en suite and deep cushioned window seats overlooking the ocean. One master has a super-king and the other has a double bed, both mattresses are new and V sprung. The bedlinen is our point of pride as we love nothing more that getting into fresh white sheets in our holiday home. Across the landing you will find the triple room which has a double and a single bed and next to the that there is the shared bathroom which the triple room shares with the bunk bedroom. The bunk bedroom overlooks the golf course with Tramore beach in the distance. The two sets of bunk beds are new and bought form The Great Little Trading Company so they are of the highest quality. They have full adult sized single mattresses. We can make these bunks up for girls or boys in themed bedlinen, or they can be made up in quality white bedsets if the guests will be 'big' kids.
|Further details outdoors|
The outside garden is laid out in lawns and the remaining outside area is tarmaced. One can walk around the house and the smooth tarmaced route around the house gives the children plenty of space to cycle or skate. There is an extensive outdoor deck, directly attached to the house and overlooking the sea and mountains. We have a substantial children's climbing frame with swings, and we can arrange to set up our sons goals on the lawn if you so wish. We have Winchester teak outdoor loungers and a selection a garden furniture for use on the deck and lawn.
The home must be left cleaned and in exactly the order that it is found. In order to make the most of the last day of your holiday and as this is a substantial home we strongly recommend that you prebook an exit clean at a cost of €100. In our experience seasoned holiday makers choose to avoid the hassle of the thorough exit clean and instead pass this directly to our trusted cleaner. NB: For those who do not wish to avail of the exit clean option, any excess cleaning incurred will be deducted from your security deposit.
The white drawing room is furnished with white and cream fabrics and designed to be a beautiful oasis for the adults to retreat to, as such it is not suitable for children. We ask that children use all the other rooms and facilities in our home, but leave this white drawing room strictly to the adults.
The theme of this house is 'get away from it all' and 'relax', as such we do not welcome hen parties or groups who want to use the house as a party base, this property is a top quality home from home and we wish to keep it that way.
The Donegal region
County Donegal is a feast for the senses. From its rugged coastline to its countless beaches, its challenging hillwalks to its forest parks and its world famous links Golf Courses.
It's equally as famous for its hospitality and musical tradition, with lots of much loved pubs guaranteeing great craic.Their cosy interiors, turf burning fires and traditional music sessions are all part of the experience.
Useful web sites include:
www.discoverireland.ie/northwest; www.discoverireland.ie/golf; www.virtualtourist.com & www.irishabroad.com
Downings is on the stunning Rosguill Penninsula and its well established Atlantic Drive touring route.
The handwoven tweed for which Donegal is famous may be inspected by visitors at McNutts and the craft shops in neighbouring Dunfanaghy.
Downings, the peninsulas main fishing village is situated on a beautiful curved beach. This EU blue flag beach is ideal for children as the water is very shallow, this beach is only 0.7 miles from our house. Our personal favourite beach is Tramore, situated down the sandy lane, which runs past the Golf Clubhouse.
It is approximately 1 mile from our house. This beach which is awe-inspiring (see our photos) is approximately 2.5 miles long. From our front door to the end of Tramore and back is an invigorating 11km and after running or walking that 11km, you are filled with endorphins and a good blast of bonhomie.
Another fantastic beach is Tra at Rosguill, which we call The Sunset Beach for obvious reasons. It has to be one of the most romantic spots to watch the sun go down.
Golf at Rosapenna
The Old Tom Morris Links has been attracting golfers from all over the world for decades and now with the addition of the magnificent Sandy Hills Links, Rosapenna is set to become one of the leading golfing Links destinations in the world. The Golf Club is 0.8 miles from our home. Visit www.rosapenna.ie
There is a privately operated, pay as you use, swimming pool and gym facility 0.7miles from our house, this building also houses a new soft play area called 'Kidz Kingdom' which offers entertainment for the younger children, particularly useful on days when they can't play outside.
The local fish factory which opens in July and August is one and a half miles away and offers a wide range of fresh fish.
The local village, 0.8 miles away, offers a grocers shop, numerous bars and restaurants and the Jaws surf shop and school (www.jawswatersports.com) Our favourite bar is The Harbour, fondly known as Martins in respect of its hospitable owner. The view out of the original sliding sash window in the front bar has to be seen, and the Guinness is great too!
Other activities include horse riding, sailing, surfing, kite surfing, Pitch & Put, McNutts tea shop for legendary cakes and high tea. Great days out include trips to the Ards Friary, Ards Forest Park, Doe Castle and Glenveagh National Park and Castle, to name but a few.
Remember if you are heading out for the night we can recommend a super babysitter (an experienced mother herself) and a reliable taxi driver if you don't fancy strolling back the mile or less from Martins.
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10 Jul 2013
"Peaceful and relaxing"
We stayed at An Teach Ban for a week in April. The house is beautiful with stunning views across the bay. The local area has some lovely beaches and countryside. We had eight adults and a toddler fo… More
4 Dec 2012
"An Teach Ban - Home from Home!"
We loved our stay in the Downings and thanks to Conor and Brenda who ensured the house had all we needed and more. Our son was delighted with the selection of toys and DVDs available for use in the … More
10 Sep 2012
"Relaxing, tranquil - truly getting away from it all!"
A wonderful house in a fantastic setting with beautiful scenery and facilities close to hand.
Ample accommodation for our party of 3 families and all rooms furnished to an exceptionally high standard. The garden is a real bonus especially for any children in a party as there is a lot of space for ball games/riding bikes and scooters etc. For children there is an excellent swimming pool and soft play centre 2 min drive away and pitch 'n' putt is 2 min the other way. We had a very relaxing week in An Teach Ban and Conor and Brenda certainly have a property to be very proud of.
29 Aug 2012
"Beautiful elegant home in wonderful setting"
Beautiful home with all home comforts and amenities. Excellent for children and adultsalike.Amazing views and lovely atmosphere. Would highly recommend this holiday rental… More
18 Aug 2012
"An enjoyable stay in Downings"
Conor, the owner, was great to do business with throughout the process. He responded to all inquires/questions in a timely manner by email. The house and all its amenities helped to make our time there very enjoyable. My young boys appreciated all the toys both inside and out as well as the spacious yard. The views were amazing and helped to create a peaceful, relaxing atmosphere for all. It's location is within walking distance to the beach as well as restaurants/bars in town. The house was beautiful and spacious and we will highly recommend it to our family and friends who might be looking for a place to stay in the future.
1 Aug 2012
"Wonderful house, that feels luxurious yet homely"
Having two small children we decided to holiday at home this year. After asking advice from friends and family on where would be a suitable destination we decided on Downings. As my parents and extended family also decided to join us, there were five kids in total in the group. Therefore, we wanted something spacious with a safe garden to play yet luxurious enough for the adults to feel like they were also getting a treat. An Teach Ban met both of these requirements and more. It is spacious enough for a large group not to get under each others feet yet still has a cosy, homely feeling. The kids playroom is an absolute gem and provided fun and laughter on a rainy afternoon. The house is fully equipped with everything you could wish for and is within walking distance to the beach, shop, hotels etc. As for the views, they are absolutely breathtaking with each room having another one to be appreciated. We rented the house for a week and normally I am more than ready to go home by this stage but I would have happliy stayed longer in An Teach Ban. We definitely will be back and would highly recommnend to both couples and families.
7 Jul 2012
"Beautiful property in tranquil setting!"
We spent 5 nights at this lovely property in Downings. The house itself is very comfortable, tastefully decorated, and provides everything you might need to have a 'home from home' holiday. The views across the bay are stunning, as is the scenery in the many drives we enjoyed out and around the area. Meals eaten at The Glen and The Singing Pub were excellent, but so were those cooked at home in the well equipped kitchen! We even managed to barbeque, in spite of the very mixed weather! Conor, the owner, was very responsive and accommodating both during the booking process and during our stay - thank you! We hope to come back.........Susan (Bermuda)
25 Aug 2011
"A very special home,with the most amazing views I've ever seen."
Finding the words to describe An Teach Ban in Downings is so easy.Beautiful,unique,and in an elevated position,with amazing views accross downings bay.Over the years I have rented many holiday homes in Donegal and abroad for myself and my family,and none of them compare to this beautiful family home.I have returned after spending a fantastic week there, where I celebrated a special birthday with my children and grandchildren.Brenda and Conor have created a unique family home which is both luxurious and comfortable.The children are looked after with a TV room which has an abundance of dvds and indoor and outdoor toys.When my grandchildren weren't on the beach they were playing football in the large garden where Conor had put a goalpost for their use.
Everything about An Teach Ban is special,the luxurious furnishings,beautiful bedrooms(two with window seats and spacious ensuites).The aults appreciated time in the beautifully furnished white room,where you could relax with a glass of wine, listen to some music and feel the total serenity of your surroundings.In other words its so quiet there,that we couldnt hear the kids,brilliant.
The extensive,safe outdoor space for the kids,was great,as was the large furnished decking area.
I will never forget the unbelieveable views accross Downings bay,little coves and islands,especially at night with the lights reflecting off the water.
We all just cant wait to return to An Teach Ban'Thanks Brenda and Conor.
25 Jul 2011
"Amazing house , amazing views what more can i say"
Brenda & Conor this really is just an amazing home, i cant wait till i am able to go back again. We spent the weekend here with our kids and extended family. The view from the house is breathe taking.… More
24 Jul 2011
"Magnificent, luxurious &easily equivalent to the boutique & 4/5 star hotels, view from every window-didn't want to leave"
What Brenda and Conor offer is a share in their own beuatiful home - no detail has been left unattended to in the home they have created and chosen to share on what has to be one of the best sites in … More
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