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An Teach Ban (The White House) Villa

  • 4 bedrooms
  • 9 sleeps
  • 7 nights min stay

Villa / 4 bedrooms / 4 bathrooms / sleeps 9

Key Info

  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.8 km
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
  • Private garden

Families

  • Great for children of all ages
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
  • 2 Cots available
  • High chair available

Description from owner

Description

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.

Further details

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

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.

Further details

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.

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.AccommodationAs 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.

Location description from owner

The County 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

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. BeachesDownings, 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 RosapennaThe 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.ieOther ActivitiesThere 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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Bed & bathroom

  • 3 Double Beds, 5 Single Beds, 2 Cots available
  • 2 Family bathrooms, 2 En suites

Amenities

  • Wi-Fi available
  • Private garden
  • Climbing frame
  • Swing set
  • BBQ
  • Balcony or terrace
  • Sea view
  • Internet access
  • Central heating
  • Fireplace
  • Games room
  • Cooker
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Clothes dryer
  • Iron
  • High chair available
  • TV
  • Satellite TV
  • DVD player
  • CD player
  • Telephone
  • Hair dryer
  • Linen provided
  • Towels provided

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Access

  • Parking
  • Secure parking
  • Not suitable for wheelchair users

Policies

Check in time:16:00, Check out time:10:00
If you have any questions about check-in or check-out times, please contact the owner/manager.
Payment
This rental can only be paid for online through Holiday Lettings using your credit/debit card or PayPal (never by bank or wire transfer).
Smoking
No smoking at this property
Cancellation policy
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About the owner

Conor B
Response rate:
65%
Calendar updated:
22 Apr 2016
Years listed:
5
Based in:
United Kingdom

Languages spoken: English


This Villa has 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms and sleeps 9. It’s been listed on Holiday Lettings since 26 Aug 2010. Located in Downings, it has 15 reviews with an overall rating of 5. The average weekly rate is £1100.

The Owner has a response rate of 65% and the property’s calendar was last updated on 22 Apr 2016.

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“Relaxing, tranquil - truly getting away from it all!”

Reviewed 10 Sep 2012

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.

“An enjoyable stay in Downings”

Reviewed 18 Aug 2012

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.

“Wonderful house, that feels luxurious yet homely”

Reviewed 1 Aug 2012

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.

“Beautiful property in tranquil setting!”

Reviewed 7 Jul 2012

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)

“A very special home,with the most amazing views I've ever seen.”

Reviewed 25 Aug 2011

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.

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