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Jennifer and Willie Mackey

Member since: 2012
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Speaks: english

Wild Rose Cottage In Scenic South West Donegal - WiFi Available.

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights

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Ballymagowan Cottage Rental Photos and Description

2 Double, 1 Twin, 1 Bathroom, sleeps 6 plus Cot

Welcome to Wild Rose Cottage, and its beautiful surrounding area.

Wild Rose Cottage stands on a half acre plot with a relaxing garden area both back and front for you to enjoy. The Cottage offers a tranquil and relaxing base from which to explore the breathtaking beauty of Donegal and bordering counties.

While this traditional Irish home is completely private, it is just a two minute drive to the local village where you will find a Post Office, Café, Grocery Store and several Pubs with traditional music to entertain you.

Tastefully decorated and featuring an open fireplace as well as oil-fired central heating the Cottage is cosy and comfortable year round. With all the necessary equipment in the kitchen, you can choose to cook at home if not in the mood to eat out. Wireless Internet is also provided. An outdoor shed provides extra space for surf boards , bicycles and outdoor gear.

Nearby you will find amazing Blue Flag beaches, the rugged sea cliffs at Slieve Leauge, traditional Irish music and great restuarants. Come and enjoy breathtaking mountain views, wonderful scenery and indulge in a friendly and tranquil atmosphere that will inspire you to return year after year. We look forward to sharing the delights of Wild Rose Cottage and its environs with you !

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Equestrian Center 2km.

Coral beach and Lighthouse 7km.

Scuba Diving at St John's point.

Slieve League sea cliffs, the highest in Europe are 30km away.

Killybegs fishing port - Martime and Heritage centre 8km.

City of Derry Airport - 130 km , approximately 1.5 hours drive.

Dublin Airport - 255 km, approximately 3.5 hours drive.

Belfast International Airport - 185 km, approximately 3 hours drive.

Knock International Airport - 150 km, approximately 2 hours drive.

Larne Ferry port - 195 km, approximately 3 hours drive.

Dublin Ferry Port - 260 km, approximately 3.5 hours drive.

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  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Jennifer and Willie Mackey (Owner)
Member since: 2012
Call Owner
Speaks: english

About Jennifer and Willie Mackey

William & Jennifer have been married for 30 years, we have three grown up sons. We have lived in Donegal all our lives, indeed our families can be recorded back to 18th century in this region - I guess we are local! Willie took early retirement in 2010 having worked in Telecommunications and Jennifer is now a full time housewife having worked as a Child Support Worker. We now have a small working farm on which we breed Connemara ponies and some Aberdeen Angus cattle.

Jennifer and Willie Mackey purchased this cottage in 2012

Why Jennifer and Willie Mackey chose County Donegal

In March of 2012 we acquired a little Cottage down the road from where we live. The Cottage was in good condition and so after only some minor alteration and redecoration “Wild Rose Cottage' came into being. It is a very cosy Cottage, clean warm and with everything necessary to make your holiday enjoyable. It stands on its own half acre site, peaceful and quite even though it is only a 5min walk into the local village of Dunkineely.

What makes this cottage unique

Wild Rose Cottage is a 100 year old traditional stone cottage which has been upgraded over the years to a comfortable / cosy home while still retaining some of its old style. Whether you wish you chill out in the garden with a glass of wine or relax in front of the open fire you will not be disappointed. There is a Satellite TV and a DVD player if you need it and also WiFi Internet to catch up with friends and family back home. The cottage is ideally located to access many of our beautiful beaches , breathtaking mountains and other scenic drives or if you prefer to browse in the many craft shops in the nearby towns and villages. We have many award winning Restaurants to choose from in the area as well as many traditional Irish Pubs where you can join the locals in a nights music and craic. For the sports enthusiast there is Golf, Fishing, Pony Riding, Scuba Diving and Mountain Walking just to mention a few .

Guestbook comments from the owner

Comfortable, nice house. Sleeping , all things are perfect, indeed also Internet. Donegal is wonderful, tell it everybody, for rest. Even the weather was not bad
Oct 2012
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Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
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Wild Rose Cottage In Scenic South West Donegal - WiFi Available.
average rating of 4.75 based on 30 reviews

Wonderful location and a warm cozy cottage

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in mid-June and found Wild Rose Cottage perfect for our family of four. Willie was a sincere and welcoming host. Everything was as advertised, we couldn't of asked for a better location in Donegal. I would highly recommend WRC to all my friends when they visit Ireland in general and Donegal in particular. Thanks Willie!!

  • Submitted: Jul 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Owner's Response: Thank you Andrew, glad you enjoyed your visit to Donegal
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  • 5 of 5

We have a very nice time in the wild rose cottage. Jennifer and Willie are very friendly persons. In the cottage was all what we need. The region is great. Thank you for the beautiful time.

  • Submitted: May 26, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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Owner's Response: We are glad you enjoyed your stay and that you liked the Cottage and surroundings.
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You won't find better than this!

  • 5 of 5

Second time staying in this slice of heaven. I am writing this review as I sit in front of the lovely open fire in the wild rose cottage. We were here this time last year only our eldest was 2 and youngest was 4 months. It was perfect then, and it's perfect now with a 3 year old and a quick year old running wild. We have explored many of the local sights that we can with young kids....but can rely on the well equipped house full of toys and games to entertain the kids when we need to come back and recalibrate. With farm animals around and such nice fresh air it's the perfect escape and education for city families. It's the ideal opportunity to get some r&r if you have a busy lifestyle. And it's a great way to see the most stunning views Ireland has to offer.

Aside from's run by two completely amazing people who are always happy to help. It's no wonder we returned, our only complaint is that we didn't do it sooner.

Thanks to the Willie and Jennifer, we look forward to our last couple of days in this fantastic place. Stephen, Danielle, Ebbie and Holly

  • Submitted: Apr 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
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Owner's Response: Glad you enjoyed your stay
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  • 5 of 5

We stayed here for two nights with our 1 1/2 yr old daughter and the cottage had everything we needed and more. Had a great time and hopefully will be back in the summer

  • Submitted: Apr 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
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A perfect retreat in one of the most beautiful areas of Ireland

  • 5 of 5

The Wilde Rose cottage more than matched our expectations and provided the perfect setting for a relaxing retreat in county Donegal. Whether you want to explore the most stunning sights in the area, or simply experience the local pubs, restaurants or beaches i would definitely recommend you choose the Wild Rose cottage. The place is clean, offers all facilities you may need from a well stocked kitchen to a cozy fireplace. Willie was very friendly and provided all the help for any needs we may have, he even prepared extra beds for when we decided to host other unexpected friends!

  • Submitted: Feb 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
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Owner's Response: Thank you Francesco.
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Beautiful Cottage, Great Location, Awesome People!

  • 5 of 5

Myself and a few co-workers from southern Missouri were in Ireland with work and decided we wanted to sight-see the west coast. We found this property on the Homeaway sight and decided we would try it. WOW!!! It was one of the best decisions we made. The property itself is awesome. It is a 100 year old farmhouse that has been remodeled but kept some historic feel. It was very affordable, very clean, and had all the amenities that you need. On top of all of that, its in a great location to see so many wonderful sights. As if the location and the cottage itself wasn't enough, then there were the home owners. Jennifer and Willie are two of the nicest people you will ever meet. Jennifer made us feel at home right from the start. She also has a book that she has built for your stay that lists literally any question that you might have about the property or the area. It was so informative, from where to eat to where to get gas or even the nearest hospital or pharmacy. And then there was Willie, whom made a lasting impression on all us. Such a great man, with vast knowledge of the area and Irish history. Our only regret was not having more time with these people and this place. If I'm ever back in this area I will stay here again and I would recommend this cottage to anyone. You are missing out if you're in the area and don't choose this place.

  • Submitted: Feb 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
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Owner's Response: Glad you enjoyed your stay and look forward to having you back with us in the future
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Nearest Airport
180 Kilometres
Belfast International Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
180 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
20 Kilometres
Nearest Train
80 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
18 Kilometres
N 15
Nearest Restaurant
1.5 Kilometres
Castle Murray House
Nearest Beach
5 Kilometres
St John's Point
Car: necessary

Dunkineely, County Donegal, Ireland, (20 km from Donegal Town)

15 minute drive from Fintra beach and St John's Point beach.

30 minute drive to the famous Slieve League sea cliffs.

10 minute drive from fishing port of Killybegs


Rates & Availability

Ballymagowan Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
High 2016
Jul 2 2016 - Sep 2 2016
5 night minimum stay
Sept . Oct 2016
Sep 3 2016 - Nov 11 2016
3 night minimum stay
Nov - December 2016
Nov 12 2016 - Dec 16 2016
2 night minimum stay
Christmas 2016
Dec 24 2016 - Jan 6 2017
4 night minimum stay
Jan-Feb-March 2017
Jan 7 2017 - Mar 24 2017
2 night minimum stay
April - June 2017
Mar 25 2017 - Jun 30 2017
2 night minimum stay
July - Aug 2017
Jul 1 2017 - Sep 1 2017
5 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

In High Season , 7 night booking is from Saturday to Saturday
Oil Central Heating and all electricity use included in price
Complimentary WiFi is also available to guests.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Ballymagowan Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 970 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Garbage Disposal
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Electric shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
  • Travel cot provided on request. Baby buggy provided on request
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 4 garden chairs
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Small shed on site, can be used to store bikes, fishing rods etc. Baby stroller available on request Picnic Basket and flask also available

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