Fawn Thatched Cottage is a beautifully restored traditional Donegal farmhouse in the townland of Fawn, just 3 km from the coastal town of Malin on the Inishowen Peninsula. This wonderful cottage exudes charm and has all the marks of a cottage that has been lovingly cared for down through the years by generations of the same family.
The original single storey thatch cottage is several hundred years old. Over time a second storey was added and more recently a modern extension was tastefully added to the rear. The cottage has a beautiful rural setting and is sheltered by mature trees and well maintained outhouses.
On entering through the traditional half door the visitor will find a beautifully restored parlour complete with hearth and cooking crane, dresser, original stone floor and old style cottage furniture and ornaments. A high ceiling and white rough rendered walls give an airy feel to this charming living space.
A large sitting room is adjacent to the parlour and is housed in the thatched part of the building. Like all rooms in the cottage it has been tastefully furnished and decorated in keeping with the traditional style. The room has an open fireplace and a dining table.
The staircase in the parlour leads directly into a large bedroom on the floor above. The traditional theme is continued here with an old style cast iron bedroom frame, spinning wheel, rough cast wall and restored furniture. The kitchen on the ground floor tastefully combines the old with the new and includes a dining table and 4 chairs. The newer extension to the back of the cottage has a large double bedroom on the ground floor and a family bedroom and a bathroom on the first floor
Fawn Thatched Cottage is centrally located between 3 of Inishowen‘s main towns – Malin (3km), Culdaff (4km) and Carndonagh (5km). The cottage is just 5km from the fabulous blue flag beach at Culdaff and 9km from the majestic Fiver Finger Strand north of Malin. It is 12km from the two championship golf courses at Ballyliffin and 17km from Malin Head – Irelands most northerly point.
For bird lovers the Trawbreaga Bay Wildlife Sanctuary is right on your doorstep with its selection of southward migrating birds such as Garney and Shearwater. For the enthusiastic walker the countryside around the cottage is a landscape of purple heather, small patchwork fields, streams and glens – ideal rambling terrain.
The focal point of the parlour - or living room - is the traditional hearth. In this lovely cottage the hearth has been raised above floor level and features a cooking crane and various traditional cooking utensils around it. The windows have the deep reveals typical of these solid old stone structures. High ceilings and white rough rendered walls give an airy feel to the room. Extra natural light is provided when the half door is open.
The sitting room is located in the thatched part of the building. It is comfortably furnished and has an open fireplace. A dining table is located beside the traditional sash windows.
Although the kitchen has modern appliances and has several fitted cabinets it nevertheless has a traditional feel. The cabinets have an old style finish and details such as the dresser, Belfast sink and solid wood table and chairs give it a real homely, cottage feel. Everywhere there is evidence of attention to the details from the old light fittings to the old style prints prominently displayed.
Renovated cottages are usually the masters of deception and Fawn Thatched Cottage is no different as it has three large bedrooms under its roof. Two of the bedrooms are in a modern extension to the back - both these are furnished in a simple yet elegant style. Directly above the parlour is a very traditional bedroom with a cast iron framed bed, a small gable window, white rough rendered walls, a spining wheel and old style furniture and fittings.
The cottage also has a spacious bathroom with bath and separate shower
July / August
May / June / September
Rest of Year
Weekends (2 nights)
Weekends (3 nights)
Booking deposit (non-refundable) of euro100 per week - with balance to be paid six weeks prior to the letting period.
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