Downings holiday house accommodation, Ardbane with beach/lake nearby, balcony/terrace and walking and log fire

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Sweeping driveway and spacious landscaped gardens

House / 4 bedrooms / sleeps 10 Home 112484

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House / 4 bedrooms / sleeps 10

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 3 km
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

Ard Na Mara is recently completed luxury holiday home with a spacious open plan lounge, sun room, kitchen and dining area. The lounge has a open fire and house has central heating throughout. The kitchen is modern with a dining area adjoining the lounge and sun room, large windows take advantage of views of Sheephaven Bay, Horn Head, Tory Island and Atlantic Ocean.

The reception hall leads to 2 bedrooms and main bathroom. The staircase leads to the galleria on the first floor adjoining 2 large master bedrooms complete with en suite. Each bedroom has panaromic views of mountains, Horn Head cliffs, Sheephaven Bay and out to the Atlantic.

Size Sleeps up to 10, 4 bedrooms
Rooms 4 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms
Nearest beach Downings Beach 3 km
Will consider House swap
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 3 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: City of Derry Airport 85 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, DVD player, Sea view
General Central heating, TV, CD player, Pool or snooker table, Games room, Satellite TV
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Furniture Double beds (2), Bunk Beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 11
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Swing set
Access Secure parking, Suitable for people with restricted mobility, Not suitable for wheelchair users
Further details indoors

The style of the house incorporates a blend of contemporary and traditional features. The ground floor has natural pine floors, natural slate and a natural stone fire place. The kitchen is large, well equipped with plenty of storage and breakfast bar. The dining area, lounge and sun room have a southern aspect and benefit from natural light.

There is a 32" TV with Sky and DVD in the lounge and a portable TV with DVD in the main bedroom.

Further details outdoors

The garden has been extensively landscaped with spacious areas of decking adjoining the sun lounge and leading to natural stone paved court yard on the sheltered side of the house, 'a sun trap on a bright day'. These areas are furnished with loungers, tables, chairs and BBQ available for alfresco dining.

The gardens are well maintained with large lawns and colourful shrubs and flowers in spring and summer.

Parking available for 5 cars.

Further details

Prices may be subject to change at the advertiser's discretion.

A 25% deposit is required on bookings with balance payable 4 weeks prior to departure.

Payment in full required for bookings made less than 6 weeks before holiday.

Security deposit of £200.00 against damages to be included with final payment, refunded after an inspection of the house within 14 days of departure.

Payment can be made bank transfer, cheque or debit/credit cards by paypal.

The change over day is Saturday during high season, check for other arrangements.

FAMILIES ONLY ! No groups.

The Province of Ulster region

County Donegal presents an ever-changing spectacle of landscapes and seascapes set against a backdrop of mountains and moors, with evidence everywhere of traditional Irish culture. Donegal boasts a vast rugged coastline softened regularly by a succession of beautiful beaches with golden sand and clear fresh waters. Inland, Donegal is wild and unspoilt with winding roads leading to never-ending spectacular vistas.

Golfing and fishing are popular activities in County Donegal and there is no shortage of facilities available. Other major attractions include Glenveagh National Park and Castle, Tory Island, Glebe House and Gallery, Colmcille Heritage Centre, Fort Dunree Military Museum and Abbey Mill Wheels.


The seaside village of Downings a pleasant resort that commands a superb views and has a good sandy beach. Downings is on the rosguill pennisula and its well establised Atlantic drive touring route.

Downings, the peninsula's main fishing village is situated on a lovely curved beach. The beach is ideal for children as the water is very shallow for a long way out.

Things to do in the Downing area;


There are two 18-hole championship courses at the nearby Rosapenna Hotel. The golf courses are a few minutes' drive from the house and include Old Tom Morris Links and The Sandy Hills Links. Golf courses at Dunfanaghy and Portsalon are nearby.


Donegal is rich in waves. Surfing locations nearby include Tramore Beach, Marble Hill Beach, Tra Na Rossan Beach and Ballyhernan Beach. Surfing schools are available during July and August on Marble Hill Beach (Jaws Watersports) and Ballyhernan Beach (Adventure One). Body boards available for hire in Jaws Watersports, Downings.


Top class conditions offer the enthusiast endless possibilities along the 3 mile stretch of clear Atlantic wind and surf, popular all year round. Irish Windsurfing Series held on the last weekend in July on Downings beach.


Choice of routes along the coastline, with or without hills, with or without pub-stops. Trail badger web site for details on routes.


Rich pickings of tope, gurnard, flat fish, pollack, mackerel, spotted dog, conger, blue shark & giant skate, local fishing charters available. Contact rosguill charters for day trips, must be booked in advance.


A choice of crisp open beaches to recharge the batteries and fill the lungs with healthy Donegal charge. Tramore, Tra Na Rossan and Murder Hole beach are our favourites.


Crystal clear waters abound with animal life in and out of abandoned wrecks. Mevagh Dive Centre, Carrigart offer local dive trips.

8 - PITCH AND PUT/ Driving Range

Everybody has to start some time, and here is perhaps the best in the country, or hit a few balls at the driving range.


We are only a short hop away from Glenveagh National Park in 40,000 acres of ancient woodland and its majestic Mansion.


Opportunities around every corner and headland to capture that elusive shot youâ??ve always longed for.


Well positioned to visit two of Donegal is best equipped sources of the counties heritage at Ramelton & Inch Island.


Discover the peace and tranquillity of a life style long forgotten.


Relax in the Jacuzzi and steam room after a quiet session in the pool or if our feeling fit visit the gym.


Enjoy the day-fresh fruits of the sea from local restaurants��.Bon Appetite!


Enjoy a bit of craic, a turf fire and some music in the Harbour Bar, Singing Pub or Glen Bar.

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23 Apr 2015


"Perfect location and perfect house"

We had a perfect time and we will be back very soon. House was very clean with everything we needed. Location is 5 minutes from the private beach. 12 people can sleep there easy.

9 Jun 2014


"Fantastic location and Holiday home"

We stayed in Ard Na Mara for one week in May 2014 and enjoyed the wonderful view and the comfortable house very much. It´s set back about 250 m from the altlantic drive and it has a wonderful view from the great windows in front of the house. It is very cosy inside and we had all what we needed (and more). The open fire was prepared when we came in and everything was very clean. If you stay there, you have to go the 500 m to the cliffs and watch the waves!! You can also go to a small gate and clime up the hill. There you stand alone with yourself and watch the fantastic scenery. But even, if you only wish, to read a good book, you can sit down very comfortable inside the house or outside on the great wooden patio and enjoy both, the book and the idyllic location. I can recommend Ard Na Mara for everyone who wants to visit County Donegal and loves the wild nature.

4 Jul 2013


"Beautiful House, Loads of Space for Kiddies, Beautiful Surroundings"

Stephen Quinn the owner was very helpful with advice and gave a very detailed welcome pack recommending loads of activities, bars, restaurants etc around the area. The house itself is beautiful and the views from the house were stunning! Every room was at a very high standard including the ensuites and the kitchen/dining area had everything we needed. The BBQ which is supplied was great for sunny days and the open fire in the main living room was great for cosy nights in. The house is very spacious which was great as we had 6 adults, two 3 years olds and an 18 months old and were very comfortable. Stephen also provided us with a cot, high chair and 2 stair gates for my baby. This made us feel more at ease knowing the kids were safe and the baby had what was needed for eating/sleeping and also saved us having to bring it all down in our car. The bunk beds were great for the other 2 kids! They had great fun running around playing both inside and outside the house. The garden is hugh with a seating area to look over the views. When visiting the local town the people are all very pleasant and there are a lot of places to eat out and and nice bars with entertainment at evenings. We needed a doctor for one of our party and they were very helpful and are only 5 minutes away. Everything else is also approx 5 minutes drive away which is great. I have already recommended this house to others and am planning another trip back already! Thank you very much Stephen, we will see you again in the ea future for another wee holiday!

9 Aug 2012


"Scenic and Peaceful setting for family get together"

Ideal facilities for a family group, especially with young children. A very well equiped house. Located in a traquil and scenic area

21 Jul 2012


"Spacious house in scenic location"

We stayed in Ard Na Mara for 1 week in July. The house was big and had more than enough room for our party of 10 (6 adults and 4 children). The house has a great living area with open planned dining and living area with enough crockery and utensils to go around, The house is situated just outside Downings which has a great beach and is close by to Carrigart which has a Centra for groceries. We travelled to Dunfanaghy (30 mins) a couple of days which had a really good golf course €25 and a fantastic beach. The Atlantic Drive where the house in situation has a scenic drive all round the peninsula with stunning views. All in all we had a fantastic time in the house and the area,

5 Jun 2011


"Excellent holiday rental with wonderful views."

Myself, my wife and 3 other couples rented Ard na Mara for a weekend to celebrate a 50th birthday. We flew in from Manchester on Friday night and Stephen the owner was on hand to guide us to the property and couldn't have been more helpful. We phoned ahead to the local pub and they extended meal time to allow us to order (after our delayed flight). Excellent !! The accommodation is excellent , very modern and very spacious and has absolutely everything you need for a wonderful holiday/weekend break. One room has bunk beds which is ideal for families for children. The views from the patio are wonderful and as we sat sipping our drinks in the early evening we only wished we had booked a longer stay. I have recommended the villa to friends and as a group we will all agree we will be back only for longer next time.

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      Calendar last updated:23 Nov 2015

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