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10, The Gardens, Croaghross – Home 211762 House

  • 3 bedrooms
  • 6 sleeps
  •  min stay varies

10, The Gardens, Croaghross – Home 211762

  • House
  • 3 bedrooms
  • sleeps 6
  •  min stay varies

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House / 3 bedrooms / 3 bathrooms / sleeps 6

Key Info

  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Child friendly
  • Car essential
  • No pets allowed

Description from owner



Please take a look at our beautiful house and its stunning surrounding area. It is very special to us and our two girls and we are sure that you will come to love it also.

The web settings don't allow us to select properly - but the house can sleep 7 in three bedrooms. There are two double rooms and one room with double and single bed.

Our home has been built with a strong traditional theme in mind. We used natural building products where possible and also employed some features that would have been used in days gone by. Coupled with up-to-date plumbing, electrical and insulation techniques, this home is as comfortable as it is beautiful.

We are one of fourteen in a cluster managed as a whole to ensure that the area remains neat and tidy. The house has been built with efficient energy saving features in mind. All houses feed off a central gas tank, the wastewater is treated to the strictest environmental standards and there are recycling bins within walking distance.

*Our house has been awarded 4-star by the Irish Government's official body. We are audited on an annual basis.

The Site
Our traditional-style holiday home has been built within the wall of the vegetable and fruit gardens that belonged to the Portsalon Hotel, which was situated nearby. These walls were kept as near to the originals as possible. A gate protects the site. This offers the occupier a sense of security and being in touch with the past history of the area. The site occupies a beautiful elevated aspect overlooking the sea and is adjacent to the beach and a short walk from the golf course.

Within walking distance...
If you are looking for somewhere to come for a care free quiet holiday, this is the place. Our house is comfortable and warm. There is a pub and restaurant exactly 137 steps from door of house to door of pub. It was awarded the Egon Roney Award in 1995 and will serve you an excellent pint of Guinness by a peat fire, get you your bread and milk and send you on your way with the best fish and chips in the North West. No worries about who is going to cook or drive home.
There are two more shops in Portsalon, where you can get just about anything you might need for a couple of weeks holiday. There are another two restaurants and two pubs in Portsalon. Portsalon Beach was voted by the British newspaper "The Observer" as being the second most beautiful beach in the world. The beach and pier are no more than two minutes walk away. The beach is two miles long, has beautiful white sand and is mostly empty by normal standards. Ballymastocker Bay is within Lough Swilly and protected by Knockalla Mountain so the beach is protected from the worst of the Atlantic weather. It is great for walking and exercise.
Portsalon Golf Club is 500 yards away. The golf course is an 18 hole par 69 links course, and has been around since 1891. It is one of the oldest golf courses in Ireland, is beautifully designed in the true tradition of the 'out and in' links course. It is open to non-member but does not offer club hire. It is well worth bringing your own clubs. Even if you do not play the game, the course runs along the edge of the beach and offers a lovely walk with fantastic views.

Who are we?
We are Susan (from Armagh) and Gerry (from Belfast). We are not using the house at the moment as we are currently working in Africa. Gerry is helping to develop fish farming in rural areas. Susan is a physiotherapist, overwhelmed with patients, but also encouraging foreign physios to visit and share their specialist knowledge with local professional associations.
If you hit the contacts button – you will get in touch with my mum who is looking after the house and its bookings for us – thanks Mum!
Enjoy, and don't forget to leave your comments .
Susan & Gerry

*We are audited by the Tourism Standards Assessments Ltd - the Authorised service provider to Fáilte Ireland.
Failte Ireland is the National Tourism Development Authority of Ireland responsible to the Government Department of Arts, Sport and Tourism.
Last assessment 23 Feb 2012 ref 123974 by Ann Marie Blake

Further details indoors

* Quality pine flooring to hallway, living/dining, master bedroom and all upstairs accommodation with varnish finish
* Tiling to include porch / kitchen / utility and en-suite floors and part kitchen / utility / en-suite / bathroom and WC wall tiling
* Upstairs bathroom, downstairs WC and en-suite all fitted with quality cottage-style white sanitary ware
* New pitch pine quarter panel internal doors with cottage style door furniture
* Substantially fitted kitchen with a solid wood doors, ample high and low level units, hob oven, dishwasher and extractor fan
* Cottage-style pine staircase
* Feature fire place including cast iron stove
* Gas central heating

Living Room
Sliding French-windows with patio, outdoors furniture and wonderful sea view.
Armchair, small and large sofa.
Set of coffee tables.
TV and CD stereo.

Large, fully fitted with quality units and dining table & chairs.
Dishwasher, refrigerator, chest freezer.
Gas hob, electric oven and grill.
Microwave, kettle and toaster.
Complete with plenty of cutlery, crockery, glassware and cookware.

Ground floor, double bed and en-suite (shower & toilet).
Upstairs, double and single bed and sea-views.
Upstairs, double bed.

Bathroom & Toilet Facilities
Ground floor en-suite toilet and power-shower.
Ground floor toilet and wash hand basin.
Upstairs toilet and bath/shower unit.
Bedding and towels are provided.

Utility Room
Washing machine and tumble dryer.
Sink and cupboards.

Other Appliances
Radio alarm clocks in each bedroom.
Vacuum cleaner.
Hair dryer.

Further details outdoors

* Natural slate roof
* Cast iron / aluminium rainwater goods
* Aluminium powder coated double glazed windows / patio doors
* Old world plaster finish outside and lime-washed finish
* Muckish gravel to driveways
* Timber treated d-rail fencing, separating the houses
* Entrance road kerbed and tarred
* Mahogany external doors painted
* Site fully landscaped, lawn seeded

The house is in a gated site and is safe and friendly for children. There is a grassed area private for the Gardens residents, suitable for kicking footballs and throwing frisbees.
Portsalon beach and pier are 5 minutes walk away. The sea is protected and is ideal for swimming, canoeing and other gentle activities (not power boating).
Ballymastocker Beach is 2 miles of glorious golden sand and when the sun is shining there is no better place on earth. It is a 10 or 15 minute walk from the house to this beach.
Round about there are residential roads with stunning views and no through traffic - that are suitable for prams, buggies, kiddies bicycles, roller blades etc.
Further afield Donegal is awash with breathtaking drives or adult cycling.

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  • Great for children of all ages
  • No pets allowed
  • Cot available
  • High chair available

Bed & bathroom

  • Bedroom 1: Double Bed
    Bedroom 2: Double Bed
    Bedroom 3: Double Bed Single Bed
    Beds in other rooms:
  • 1 Family bathroom, 1 En suite, 1 Toilet Only


  • Wi-Fi available
  • Shared garden
  • Balcony or terrace
  • Sea view
  • Internet access
  • Central heating
  • Cooker
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Clothes dryer
  • Iron
  • High chair available
  • TV
  • DVD player
  • Stereo system
  • Hair dryer
  • Linen provided
  • Towels provided

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  • Parking
  • Not suitable for wheelchair users


Check in time: 14:00, Check out time: 10:00
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50% refund of the amount paid (minus the booking fee*) if cancelled at least 4 weeks before check-in.

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About the owner

Gerry M.
Average reply time:
1 hour 30 minutes
Response rate:
Calendar updated:
20 May 2019
Years listed:
Based in:
Overall rating:

Languages spoken: English

This House has 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and sleeps 6. It’s been listed on Holiday Lettings since 12 Mar 2012. Located in Portsalon, it has 42 reviews with an overall rating of 4.5. The average weekly rate varies from £235 to £650.

The Owner has a response rate of 95% and the property’s calendar was last updated on 20 May 2019.


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Guest reviews

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42 reviews

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“Great Short Break in beautiful surroundings”

Reviewed 28 Aug 2018

A great location with beach, pub and restaurant all within short distance. The scenary is outstanding. The house was spacious and has a lived in feel but thats what makes it cosey and a well equipped kitchen. Good seating in living area with wonderful views. Would suit families or group / couples. Ground floor bedroom great for those who find difficulty with stairs. The area was private and grounds well maintained. A caretaker is close if you have any issues not that we had any.

“amazing location”

Reviewed 1 May 2018

this little house is perfectly located close to everything in portsalon.. we stayed as a group of 3 couples and really enjoyed the cosy atmosphere, house had everything you would need and was warm when we arrived, looking forward to staying again , hopefully in the warmer weather as the rain kept us inside more than we would have liked

Owner's reply: Thanks for your review. Really glad you enjoyed your stay despite the weather. We hope you will be able to visit again.

“Mid term break”

Reviewed 13 Feb 2018

Had a great time in portsalon. House could not have been better so close to the beach. We had a weekend of snow but it made the view even better. Would use this house on my next trip. I love going to.portsalon and knowing their is a house that suits my family is great. Many thanks Gerry.

Owner's reply: Thank you very much for the review. We are so glad that you enjoyed despite the inclement weather. We look forward to welcoming you again soon. All the best Gerry

“Comfortable, roomy house in a beautiful setting.”

Reviewed 14 Sep 2017

It was end of season so very quiet and the weather was very changeable but we loved the house. It was very comfortable and cosy and had everything we needed. The beach is lovely and the views breathtaking. It is quite a drive if you want to go further afield though.

Owner's reply: Dear Rosemary Thank you for your review and glad you enjoyed your stay - despite the weather !! Kind regards Gerry

“10 the gardens”

Reviewed 6 Aug 2017

Perfect location and I mean perfect perfect for families who want beach and also just to chill with all amenities within growing distance! House had everything you would want in terms of eqt and appliances. Even had wifi!!

Owner's reply: Dear Fiona Thanks for your review. Very glad you enjoyed the house and the surrounding area. Kind regards Gerry

“Portsalon 2017”

Reviewed 23 Jul 2017

Thankyou for a Lovely week in portsalon Gerry's home was very comfortable and had everything we needed.

Owner's reply: Thank you for your review. I'm glad that you found the house comfortable and that you enjoyed your stay in Portsalon. Kind regards Gerry

“Lovely cosy stay”

Reviewed 9 Nov 2016

Six of us stayed her for two nights in January. Although the weather was very cold and wet the house was very cosy. There was a local pub only a stones throw away which was very nice too. The beach was also very handy. A brilliant stay we all had.

“Excellent location and very comfortable cottage”

Reviewed 11 May 2012

Have made repeat visits to this house over the past 5 years and will continue to comeback as the house is ideally located for local pub, restaurant, small shop and portsalon pier. Location is quiet but only 1 minute walk to child friendly pub with evening entertainment. Only 1 minute walk to small sandy beach and larger beach only 5 minute walk away. Great location for both children and adults. House is clean and comfortable and well maintained. Sleeps 6 people comfortably.

“Absolutely fantastic”

Reviewed 8 May 2012

We had an absolutely fabulous time. It was extremely relaxing and the scenery in the surrounding countryside is inspiring. The nearby restaurant served wonderful food and gave us a hearty welcome.

“Perfect location and a great place to stay”

Reviewed 3 May 2012

We've stayed here four times now! Just a few 100 metres from Portsalon Quay, the golf course and the stunning Portsalon beach, this is such a great place to stay. The house easily sleeps the 7 of us. With a fully-equipped kitchen, washing machine, dishwasher and central heating, it had all the comforts of home, but with much better views! Highly recommend it and am looking forward to the next visit.

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