Joe’s Cottage – Cloghan, Ballybofey
Joe’s Cottage is a classic Irish long cottage located in Cloghan, in the heart of County Donegal. Carefully restored in 2015, the cottage’s interior is decorated in a ‘modern cottage’ style, whilst retaining a traditional feel. The comfortable furnishings, log burners, original artworks and attention to detail make this such a special place to stay.
3 bed / sleeps 6
Set within its own twenty acres of private land, the cottage has beautiful countryside views against the backdrop of the Bluestack Mountains. Such a truly peaceful and tranquil setting makes this cottage the ideal hideaway. However, for the more adventurous there is much to discover in the local area. Cloghan is it the perfect base from which to explore Donegal and the North-West of Ireland.
Cloghan is a predominantly Irish speaking area with a rich heritage. The area is noted for its stunning mountain scenery and miles of hiking trails in the immediate locality and the Bluestack Mountains. The nearby River Finn boasts one of the most prolific wild salmon and sea trout fishing areas in Ireland and so is a spot much favored by anglers.
Joe’s Cottage is a classic Irish long cottage located in Cloghan, in the heart of County Donegal. Carefully restored in 2015, the cottage’s interior is decorated in a ‘modern cottage’ style, whilst retaining a traditional feel.
Our family of 5 (2 adults, 3 x teenagers) have returned to Joe’s Cottage twice now, once in the autumn and once in the summer. We are already planning our third visit.
The cottage itself and the interior decoration are just perfect and very tastefully done. The owners have taken real care to make it a special place to stay, with beautiful artwork, local craft ware, wood burners, comfy sofas, and a huge bed!
I am particularly fussy about the cleanliness of rented holiday property but I could not find a thing wrong, much to the amazement of my children.
In the summer we regularly had our breakfast outside with views of the beautiful countryside and in the autumn we settled in front of the turf fire in the evening, exhausted from exploring the nearby area. Ballybofey is a good town with nice restaurants. In Cloghan, the local pub Harkins is definitely worth visiting too just to witness the famous dart playing dog which has to be seen to be believed.
In my opinion the coastline of Donegal is more spectacular than Cornwall and without the crowds. There are lots of blueflag beaches such as Porthnoo and Narin and we booked a course of surfing lessons which is something I would really recommend. The Slieve League Cliffs are definitely worth a visit too.
Our favourite place of all though is Salmons Leap on the River Finn. We had it all to ourselves when we visited and we picnicked on the rocks by the side of the river watching the salmon swimming upstream.
I would highly recommend a visit.