Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
This traditional cottage, dating from the 1800s was bought in very poor condition and has been completely and lovingly restored to the highest standards. It was re- thatched by a master thatcher in 2012 and sits in nearly seven acres running down to its own river.
There are two bedrooms, one with a king size (5ft) bed based on a traditional Irish style dating from 1918 and a twin room both with pocket sprung mattress, walnut floors and beautiful, fine quality linen. The bathroom is tiled in pale pink marble, with underfloor heating, 8' drenching shower, free standing slipper bath and heated towel rail.
Robes and fluffy towels are provided. The kitchen/living room has an open fire, two arm chairs, a handmade table and four chairs and a gorgeous pink and oak dresser. There are top end appliances including a Rangemaster cooker, with ceramic hob and Miele washing machine and dishwasher.
The cottage has no immediate houses built around it, offering peace and seclusion but is not remote, it's located 1.5 miles from the fishing port of Killybegs and around ten minutes from the Heritage town of Ardara.
Due to the unreliability of the Internet Service provision PLEASE NOTE THERE IS NO WIFI PROVIDED. Guests requiring internet service in a cottage during their holiday should therefore not book. We do not provide a landline as there is no way of tracing and paying calls.
From our visitors' book:
21st - 25th October 2013
Thank you so much for a super duper time at Honey Cottage. We have loved exploring Donegal and it was great to come back to the cottage and tuck into the delicious jam and scones by the fire. The brilliantly equipped kitchen meant we could spend our evenings cooking and relaxing.
Rachel & Eoin
July 20 - 27th 2013
Well what can I say?? From our first glance of Honey Cottage's immaculate thatch, our arrival felt like "Christmas morning". Never in my wildest dreams did I think a Cottage like this existed! Honey Cottage is really, really special. All our "boxes" were ticked - and more!! Amanda - you are a genius. As I am sitting here writing - the rain is lashing down and here we are - warm as toast in the pure comfort that is Honey Cottage. The surrounding area is beautiful and the locals are just so friendly. We went swimming on Tuesday morning (in Ireland??) and it was just bliss. Thank you Amanda for sharing your Cottage with us. On dark, cold winter nights I will be transported back to the bliss that is Honey Cottage for years to come in my dreams.
Alison, David & Connor James, Co. Down
July 27 - August 3rd 2013
We have had a wonderful week in Honey Cottage, old and very quaint with all the mod cons!! Good weather except for one rainy day which we spent exploring the town of Donegal Donegal has the most gorgeous beaches if you see a "brown sign" saying "Tara"-beach follow that sign, you will eventually come to an almost deserted golden sand beach. Malin Bay, Portnoo & Nairn are all well worth visiting even if the sun isn't shining!! Thank you for the scones and jam and little extras. Tara hotel, Killybegs and Kitty Kellys on rd to Kilcar great places to eat. Enjoy your stay.
Lesley & William Quinn, Co. Down
3-9 August 2013
First we like to say "Thank you" for the warm welcome after our long journey - the scones and jam were delicious. We didn't expect such a perfect, fully equipped and cosy cottage in the north of Ireland. It is really "gemuthish" and one of the best holiday homes we've stayed in. Thank you for the shower, the beds and the sharp knives. I also didn't expect beaches and dolphins in northern europe. Thank you for the sun and the sand at Portnoo and the dolphins at Fintragh beach. We were here for a wild countryside and got it a Glenveagh N.P., Slieve League and the Giants Causeway. We enjoyed every minute of our stay and will taste Ireland again.
Jens & Helga & Mattis (14) & Vele (12), Germany
10-17 August 2013
Honey Cottage what a warm loving home this is, thank you for letting us share it with you and I wish I could bottle it up and take it with us (picture of smiley face). We have had a fantastic week, it's hard to know where to start. The coast line around here is amazing, for us the Glengesh Pass which is just down the road, right from the gate, left towards Ardara and another sharp left (brown sign) amazing down to Glencolmcill Folk Museum and then onto Slieve League sea cliffs well worth the visit and coastal route back. On a wet day would recommend Marble Arch caves then onto Belleek Pottery in County Fermanagh where you have a tour, really enjoyed it. Giants Causeway is a must then onto Carrick - a - rede a lovely walk on a rope bridge. A long journey 2 hours 13 minutes but woth doing. We would definitely come again if we are this way. Thank you so much for the scones, jam, etc. went down a treat, so thoughtful. Love Julie, David Hollingdale from Basingstoke, UK
PS Thank you for such a clean cottage.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Donegal Airport 52 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, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 2|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Further details indoors|
Traditional open-plan kitchen/sitting room with a real fire and two cottage fireside chairs. Modern electric range with five ring ceramic hob, two ovens, grill and plate warmer. Kitchen has all Miele appliances (dishwasher, fridge and washing machine) and a Belfast sink. Handmade pink and oak dresser and table and chairs. Excellent quality china and kitchen equipment.
Master Bedroom: King size (5 ft) bed with excellent quality pocket sprung mattress, fine bedding and linen. The bed is modelled on an original Irish design dating from 1918. Walnut floor, armchair and Manuel Canovas curtains.
Twin Room: two sweet single beds, walnut floors and views to Killybegs in the distance.
Large walk in shower with 8" rainfall shower rose, free-standing slipper bath, creamy marble basin, heated towel rail and underfloor heating. Tiles are Fired Earth pink marble and we provide towels, bathrobes and a hairdryer.
THERE IS NO LANDLINE OR WIFI.
The Donegal region
The beauty of Donegal with its beaches and mountains need little introduction. Fintra Beach and Maghera Strand are about 15 minutes away. Also, Slieve League, the highest sea cliffs in Europe are close by and worth a visit as are the traditional music filled heritage town of Ardara and Glencolmcille.The cottage is located a 6-7 minute drive from Killybegs in open countryside. The cottage is set in 7 acres of its own land, so you really feel you are away from it all.
The beauty of Donegal with its beaches and mountains need little introduction. Fintra Beach and Maghera Strand are about 15 minutes away. Also, Slieve League, the highest sea cliffs in Europe are close by and worth a visit as are the traditional music filled heritage town of Ardara and Glencolmcille. The cottage is located a 6-7 minute drive from Killybegs in open countryside. The cottage is set in 7 acres of its own land, so you really feel you are away from it all.
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5 Jan 2014
My husband and I stayed in Honey Cottage for a long weekend ( 3 nights) at the end of December and we had the most amazing time. The cottage is beautiful with all mod cons and is very comfortable to s… More
10 Dec 2013
"Sshh...don't tell anyone!"
Oh my! I had to think twice about writing this review because I would've liked to have kept Honey Cottage all to myself. However, I have to say what a charming little place. We arrived late on ou… More
7 Dec 2013
"Heaven on earth"
Loved it on sight.old meets new in perfect harmony....thatch roof and whitewash with modern interior. Bed was big and very comfy...electric blanket made it like a nest to crawl into. The kitchen was w… More
19 Jul 2013
"Traditional Thached Cottage"
We stayed at Honey Cottage for eight nights in July as my wife was doing genealogy research in the area. The cottage is modernized and has a thatched roof. It is located outside of Killybegs about 1… More
It is fair to say from Hutchplace's review, his guestbook comment and initial enquiry, that internet access was an important part of this guest's stay. Prior to booking, he emailed specifically to ask if internet access was available in the cottage. Our reply clearly stated there was no internet access, but he nonetheless decided to book. His review may give the impression that a representation was made by us that internet and landline telephone services were available. This was not the case. We have found the local internet service provider to be unreliable and we do not therefore promise a service over which we have no control. No landline is provided, as most of our guests are international and, unlike a hotel, we have no way of charging for calls. Cottages were traditionally built in tucked away positions 200 years ago and depending on network provider, mobile phone reception can be obtained at the gate of the cottage.
Honey Cottage is therefore not recommended for any one carrying out research or course of study and is offered as a holiday cottage for those wishing to relax.
The review may also give the impression that the cottage is in a remote location. Honey Cottage stands in seven acres of grounds, so benefits from having no immediate neighbours. However, the major town of Killybegs with its shops and services is only 1.5 miles away.
The cottage has been more than modernised. It was uninhabitable when bought and has been painstakingly refurbished with the roof entirely re-thatched.
The housekeeper cleaned the cottage, vacuumed and steam mopped all floors prior to the guests' arrival. The housekeeper is provided with checklists and the best of equipment to do her job. Presentation and cleanliness are extremely important to us. The housekeeper's number is clearly displayed in the cottage should any service be required or any problem arise. We provide this so an issue can be dealt with DURING the stay.
Hutchplace chose not to call the housekeeper. The guest's wife did not have to clean anything, as any problem she may have had could have been taken care of had we been aware of it. No representative of ours was contacted at the time to witness first hand any alleged problem, and it is unfortunately and frustratingly impossible to comment on specifics. The guests had rearranged the furniture, ornaments and the flower arrangements in the cottage. The silk flowers were professionally arranged in London and Paris. The housekeeper spent a considerable time trying to get everything back in place.
The appliances are top of the range and the instruction manuals are all in the cottage. They will be familiar to UK and Irish guests. If these guests were unable to find or understand the instructions, again, a quick call to the housekeeper would have enabled us to assist.
Having invested so much time, care and money into Honey Cottage, it is a great shame that these guests have had this experience, and chose to complain about it after the event, rather than contact us during their stay when any apparent issues could have been easily addressed.
The guestbook comments for the period around this guest's stay have been published in the Holiday Lettings listing to enable guests to make an informed choice based on a range of comments, rather than just this review. We thank all the people who have had such wonderful stays at the cottage, as it has made all the work that went into the renovation of this sweet cottage very worthwhile.
From both the lack of contact during the stay and their comments in the guest book (see below) we had no idea these guests had any problem. It is disappointing for us and our housekeeper to only learn of their problems via public publication after their departure. The guest book comments of Hutchplace are as follows:
“This area feels like home to me and Honey Cottage was the perfect place for my husband I to return to a rural area and step back into a simpler place in time - Honey Cottage brings so much to my imagination - only they didn't have a cozy cottage with all the modern amenities - I can't imagine cooking on an open fire as her mother did - or sharing this space with possibly 15 other people. Amanda you were correct about the thatched roof. That is what all we travellers wish for to step back in time only on OUR terms with modern conveniences. T.V. may not be necessary but good internet reception is as important as modern plumbing! I think your business would increase 3 fold. Thank you for sharing your cozy place - treat it with care and t.l.c. That we may return.”
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