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Excellent 5/5 13 reviews

Looking out toward the Foyle

Cottage | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6

Key Info
  • Beach or lakeside relaxation
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
  • Private garden
  • Car advised
  • Nearest beach 0.015km

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 ( 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, 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)
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 1.5 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: City of Derry 45 km, Nearest railway: Derry 38 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes Pets welcome, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

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
Outdoors Private garden
Access Parking
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.

Further details

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 Donegal region

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.

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Review 1-10 of 13

22 Jun 2014



We had a great relaxing weekend at the boathouse. Great location, fantastic views and the boathouse was superb!!! We can't wait to return!… More

7 Jun 2014


"Beautiful place away from the town"

The boathouse offers a cosy equipment with a gorgeous view on the sea. Being located off the road (which is not frequently used) it offers a nice environment to reflect and enjoy the calmness.… More

18 May 2014


"Idyllic and Peaceful"

We stayed in the Boathouse for two nights in May and wished we could have stayed longer. It is next to the waters edge and is peaceful and relaxing, it has everything you need and watching the wildlif… More

7 May 2014


"fantastic, relaxing and peaceful break"

The boathouse is a credit to its owner, it has great character, is spotless and has everything you need. We will be booking again later this year.… More

6 May 2014


"Charming Cottage with breathtaking views"

Even though we only stayed for the long weekend it has been our 2nd time to the boat house. Its original features, quiet surroundings and ideal situated spot by the sea make this cottage the ideal hav… More

7 Sep 2013


"Well appointed open plan character filled cottage, sea lapping outside"

The Boat house has a beautiful location on this small bay and has everything you need inside. We sat in the cosy sunny bay window area watching the sea shimmer, birds dive, boats bob and tides turn. W… More

22 Jul 2013


"A beautiful, beautiful place! Ireland at its best!"

The Boathouse was homey and very nice. The conveniences were great, and the location to the North and the rest of Donegal was perfect for day trips. The actual views from the Boathouse were amazing!… More

24 Jun 2013


"Exactly as decribed"

A secluded, quiet and well kept waterfront property.We were looking for a comfortable base for our stay on inishowen.The property owners were most helpful at every turn, as were the neighbors.… More

25 Aug 2012


"The perfect holiday home in the perfect location"

Family went in August 12 . The Boathouse overlooks a small bay . Their are three bedrooms one upstairs and two downstairs ,kitchen which has all appliances and a sitting room .
The boathouse is about 3km from the village of Green castle and 1 km from Shroove Lighthouse which has a beautiful beach beside it . Kinnegoe Bay, Another beautiful beach is about 7 km away .
Really enjoyed the stay and would definitely go back.

4 Jun 2012


"Amazing would go back today"

Just back from a long weekend in the boathouse, the sun made it feel like being abroad. I went with my father, sister, brother in law , my brother (13)and nephew's (9 years & 6 months) and we had a great time. The 2 older kids had a ball and loved being able to go off on adventures and were never bored once. The beds are so comfortable I would love to have one like that at home.Waking up to the sea on your door step was a great experience, cant recommend this highly enough.

Review 1-10 of 13

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