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Extraordinary, Off-Grid Donegal eco-Cottage

SuperpritësDonegal, Irlandë
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Just three minute’s walk to the Atlantic Ocean , our charming, rough little cottage sits alone in an iconic location, above the wild, smooth-stoned beach and tiny harbour of Port, Donegal. It is a brilliant hideaway in a breath-taking landscape.

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This ocean-edge home is offbeat, off-grid, and very nearly off the map. There’s only one rough road to Port, Donegal – and the nearest neighbours are three miles up the valley.

With no mains electricity, we generate our own 12V power from solar panels , and keep warm with traditional stoves and ingenious hot water systems. Some might call it primitive, but we don’t - we reckon it provides some of the greatest luxuries you can have in an over-loaded, high tech world.

Holidays in Port, Donegal are wildly old-fashioned with no power to spare for electronic games or TV, but there's plenty of fishing, swimming, scavenging, messing in streams and waterfalls, walking, and getting really muddy. Lots of extreme sports too - rock-climbing, kayaking on the door-step - and surfing not far away- for those who've a mind to.

NB - there is No 220V power in the cottage - the plugs by the snug were for my old marine radio , and have been disconnected for years.

Inside:

Port,Donegal follows its traditional lines, with a central room with a fireplace, cosy lovers' nook, with sheepskins, and long table for eating. A large hatch opens into a simple kitchen with gas stove, sink and running hot and cold water.

This is a simple, mod-con-free, and genuinely eco, zone. A small amount of power comes from the solar panels – enough for a 12V. few lights Our water comes into the house from a hillside river, and we heat it at the back of a wood-burning stove. We have no fridge - food is chilled in the outside larder and milk/drinks in the stream. This is an important part of the simple charms of Port, but it wouldn't suit anyone too "power-hungry".

Bedrooms – we have a master bedroom and ensuite, and a double-bunk room with ensuite inside the main cottage.

The Snug by the stove in the Living-room , covered in Kenyan sheepskins, can be easily converted into a lovers' nest, or kid's corner.

We keep warm with two wood-burning stoves inside, but in the coldest times, it never gets to modern home temperatures. Also, the house is old-fashioned, without an even surface or wide door anywhere, so we're afraid the property is not generally suitable for the disabled or elderly.

Outside:

Port,Donegal has a small grassed stonewalled area – and couple of stores - and to one side is a large traditional sink for cleaning fish, washing surf/snorkel gear etc. But the main outside is the rest of the valley, which surrounds the cottage. Streams, waterfalls, rivers, immense cliffs, heather'd hillsides - and not a single other house in sight. You can walk for miles along the coastline, through valleys people don't go into for days, or weeks on end.

Nearby:

Beaches: 25 minutes drive to Maghera's huge sandy beaches and caves, 35 minutes drive to the perfect crescent beach of Silver strand . 45 minutes drive to Tramore, and Bundoran, both surf beaches.

Glencolmcille, the closest village, is 20 minutes drive or an hour and a half’s brisk walk across the hills. Glen, as its called locally, has a lively pub, a cultural centre (music and Irish classes) and often great live trad music. It’s also a very spiritual place, with ancient standing stones scattered around the village.

Ardara - the closest town, half an hour’s drive away is really friendly, and good fun in the evenings, with loads of pubs, live music and the best fish and chip shop in Ireland (the West End Café). Great shopping if you like woolly jumpers or tweed.
be sure to get a Molloy Blanket before you leave - woven with all the colours of the Donegal landscape.

Access:

Most people would be very glad of a car, because there is very little public transport round here, nothing at all from our valley. Buses from Glencolmcille, in the next valley, are irregular and seasonal.
Airports – there are a few flights into Derry and Donegal airports, but most people come via Dublin or Belfast. Ferries come from Wales, Scotland, France and Spain to Dun Laoghaire, Dublin, `Cork, Belfast or Larne.

Important facts to note :

The road to Port:
The road to the cottage is tarmac'ed, though rough and bumpy , but four wheel drive is not necessary, unless in the snow! It is also reachable by mountain bike over the hills. But, most people are glad of a car here, given how remote it is, if only as a charging point for phones/cameras.
Car also helps in terms of bringing in Fuel/supplies etc.

Availability:
we are open All year round - and there s always something sublimely beautiful about Port, no matter the weather.
Minimum 1 week stay in general, though weekends available out of season.
In our opinion , it really isn't worth getting all the way here, immersing yourself in the glorious remoteness of it all, only to turn around and leave!

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Communications:
There is a mobile signal in Port, Donegal, from various odd spots around and in the cottage - and you can always invoke the Glengesh Rule (see in our house rules) if you prefer to be without :) - NB there is no 220V power in the cottage ( sorry if I seem to be repeating myself here !) , so any phones/cameras need to be charged from your car.

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POWER / WATER :
The cottage runs on Solar Panels for electricity and Gravity for water ( from a stream up the hill).
The power is limited ,like Irish sunshine, and sometimes runs out. But that's when the romance of candlelight comes into its own.
Power is all 12V DC - which means that there are NO 220v plugs for charging phones or running computers etc .the plugs in the snug were for my marine radio- now disconnected.
Repeat - No power outlets for charging Computers/phones.
Pls be sure to bring a car-charger for your phones etc.
Head-torches are strongly recommended.
Hot water is independent of the solar / electrical system - if you light the fire in the stove , you will get Hot Water.
Fridge / Freezer : there are none. please use the outside "larder" by the back door. this keeps stuff pretty cool - or the Stream nearby works well for chilling beers / wine.
Just three minute’s walk to the Atlantic Ocean , our charming, rough little cottage sits alone in an iconic location, above the wild, smooth-stoned beach and tiny harbour of Port, Donegal. It is a brilliant hideaway in a breath-taking landscape.

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This ocean-edge home is offbeat, off-grid, and very nearly off the map. There’s only one rough road to Port, Donegal – and the nearest neighb…

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This is probably the most remote and beautiful stretch of coastline in Ireland , tho' I say it myself. (Actually lots of guide books say it too).
The cottage is the last inhabitable house on the coastline between Glencolmkille and Ardara.
The American artist Rockwell Kent came here to capture the raw Atlantic lifestyle of the people in the 1930's ; Dylan Thomas came here to dry out ...unsuccessfully , but wrote some of his most atmospheric poems over the hill in the abandoned studio at Glenlough .
Bonnie Prince Charlie is said to have sailed for Europe from here after escaping Scotland following his defeat at the battle of Culloden.
Shipwrecks, myths and legends abound .
This is probably the most remote and beautiful stretch of coastline in Ireland , tho' I say it myself. (Actually lots of guide books say it too).
The cottage is the last inhabitable house on the coastline…

Pritësi është Roland

U bë anëtar në qershor 2013
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Im now living in County Meath, Ireland - and have travelled /lived all over - but mostly East Africa.
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We spend more time further south on a farm in Meath, in another amazing home where we run a summer Festival,, but we visit Port, Donegal often during the year -usually spring and autumn - to get wild and woolly. We stay in good touch with our guests, if they like, by email and text, but as part of the enjoyment of Port is the independence and solitude, so we take the lead from our guests as to how much chat and support they require. We have the loveliest "neighbours" (in commas because, even though they're our nearest, they're not exactly close) who are on hand to help out with any emergencies, and keep a caring eye..

House Rules:
-As so remote, Port, Donegal is strictly a DIY holiday home with NO cleaner. We arrange for you to pick up our towels and linens from Ardara, you make up your own beds.
-You are required and expected to clean up thoroughly, and leave the cottage as you find it, or better!
-All perishables must be removed on check-out.
-All rubbish should be removed and recycled and dealt with as instructed on check-in info.
-Dogs are very welcome, but need to be kept off the beds and sofas please - there's a dedicated "Chaise Dogue" to the side of the dining table. Please be VERY careful outside with dogs ,as there are lots of sheep.
(n.b. the Local farmer takes this very seriously)
The Glengesh Rule. A family tradition - as you reach the top of the incredible Glengesh pass, on the way to Port, Donegal, all mobiles and electronics should be switched off , and remain so till you leave the cottage. It works (and our kids are now in late teens) - give it a try!
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We spend more time further south on a farm in Meath, in another amazing home where we run a summer Festival,, but we visit Port, Donegal often during the year -usually…
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