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Relaxing and peaceful modern home, Culdaff Beach, Donegal

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths1
Space 1,800 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights


About the property

The cottage has five bedrooms, and can accommodate 8 adults and 2 children

This delightful modern 'home from home' is situated in the peaceful and quaint village of Culdaff. The cottage has five spacious bedrooms, a large open plan kitchen/dining area with all mod-cons, three bathrooms, a comfortable lounge with traditional open fireplace, as well as patio area and barbecue. The garden to the rear of the property is fully enclosed and offers a safe play area for children. From the driveway to the front door there are no inclines or steps, which allows easy wheel chair access. The cottage is a 5 minute walk to Culdaff village, and a 1 mile walk to Culdaff's blue flag beach (footpath all the way). The beach is made up of a mixture of strands and coves offering a variety of activities including walking, body boarding, surfing and beach casting, and offers lots of rock pools for beach combing and exploration. There's a fantastic children's play park located on the beach dunes offering plenty of play activities for both young and older kids.

Local Area: On the east end of Culdaff beach, you will find the car park, and a well equipped children's play area. On the beaches west side, you will find a picturesque little fishing harbour protected by a breakwater known as Bunagee Pier. The pier is a popular spot for anglers to cast a line.

Culdaff has several sandy coves popular for surfing and body boarding.


There’s also plenty of places of great natural beauty to visit close by Malin head, Kinnego Bay and Five Finger Strand to mention a few.

On wet days families can take advantage of the indoor amusements at Redcastle hotel where there is also a luxurious spa and swimming pool.

Surrounding Area- Inishowen: The Inishowen Peninsula represents a microcosm of all that Ireland has to offer in the way of scenic beauty, and this is best viewed by taking a tour of the drive known as the Inishowen 100, - so named because of its approximate 100 mile length, which follows a roughly circuitous route around the edge of the peninsula. You will be impressed by many different types of terrain, coastal and inland, rugged cliffs, sandy beaches, the unique character of the towns and villages along the way, and above all the changing light, which can alter a scene viewed from the same position in so may ways. - This is perhaps why Lough Swilly, which borders Inishowens western coast is otherwise known as The Lake of Shadows.

Do not expect to complete the tour in one day, you will want to stop and explore the landscape, linger in the towns and villages or simply stop to take in the beauty.

More Details

Glenn kilkey
Member since: 2010
Speaks: spanish
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 15, 2017

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had a brilliant time, the cottage and location were fantastic. Absolutely perfect for us. I would have no hesitation in re-booking this cottage or recommending it to anyone.
Jun 2010
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Culdaff House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Baby Gate
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Tiled Stove
  • Washing Machine
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Master bedroom en suite
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , Ground floor, wheel chair accessible
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , En suite bathroom
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , 1 baby crib
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single , Bunk beds
    Bedroom 5 - 1 double , Ground floor, wheel chair accessible
  • Sleeps 8 adults and 2 children comfortably. Cot and additional travel cot available upon request.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Games
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • 10 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • library
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
Electricity and oil fired central heating included. All bed linen, hand towels and bath mats provided. Please note that bath towels and beach towels are not provided.


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Relaxing and peaceful modern home, Culdaff Beach, Donegal
average rating of 4.7619047 based on 27 reviews

Highly Recommend. Clean, homely very well equiped.

  • 5 of 5

This house more than satisfied our needs. Can't think of anything more we could have needed. Our first impression was of a very clean well maintained house. The kitchen was so well equipped and the bedrooms and bathrooms were really well presented. Even travelling with young kids you could arrive with just your suitcases and everything else is available. We had a 2yr old with us and the back garden is well fenced in so we were able to let him come and go outside without any worries. We were holidaying as a family of 8 adults and 1 child and there was plenty of space for everyone though we did spend much of our time in the sizeable kitchen at the table chatting, and playing cards and games. As a family the house provided us with exactly what we wanted and we would have no hesitation in booking it again or recommending to family and friends. Also Sharon the owner and Liz who looks after the house were very nice people to deal with.

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Very comfortable, well-appointed house

  • 5 of 5

Our extended family has stayed in a variety of properties around Culdaff for many years, and this was by far the best.

Cara Bay is nicely situated between our favourite spots of Bunagee Harbour and the village and beaches of Culdaff.

The house is spacious, well maintained and very tastefully decorated with everything in good working order and a very well-equipped kitchen. It was also spotlessly clean when we arrived.

We couldn't fault it in any way - the only thing it doesn't have is wifi but that turned out to be a blessing as we got our daughter back!

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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A lovely home in a beautiful location

  • 5 of 5

The home was just as described, and it was well maintained. This is a very comfortable home in a beautiful location. My family really enjoyed their stay, and we have every intention of returning for another holiday.

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Danielle, good to hear you and your family enjoyed your time at Bunagee Cottage whilst exploring Inishowen and it's beautiful beaches. Best regards, Sharon & Glenn
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Says exactly what it says on the tin...and some

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at cottage with our 2 boys and other members of our family in July.

The house is without doubt the best equipped house we have had the pleasure of staying at. Sharon and Glenn had covered all the bases and some.

If you have a baby, there is a beautiful rocking chair for feeding, changing station and even baby monitors.

The kitchen table comfortably seats 8 people and the kitchen is equipped with every utensil you will need.

We spent most of our time in the kitchen but living rooms seats 7, although the cream sofa is a tad uncomfortable.

Bedrooms are comfy and bathrooms were spotlessly clean.

The house is situation in a quiet cul-de-sac, about a 5 min walk will bring you to the local shop and a few pubs. Another couple of minutes will bring you to McGrorys - this pub is outstanding amazing food and a good pint of guiness.

The beach is a good 25 min walk, we took the car to the beach everyday, plenty spaces to park. The beach is truly beautiful, even on rainy days.

I can't recommend this property enough, its just fantastic!

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the very positive feedback Frankie and I am pleased that you enjoyed the house so much. As parents ourselves we know it can be a bit stressful travelling with kids and therefore we've made the house comfortable and practical for young families providing the basic equipment so they don't have to bring it along. Likewise we enjoy doing a bit of cooking on holidays, when it can be a more relaxed affair and so the kitchen is well equipped. Previous visitors have even baked a cake! As you say the beach is beautiful and just 1 mile away from the house, there's a footpath the whole way for those who enjoy a spot of walking. Some longer routes give spectacular views of the beach from along the highland. We hope you will have wonderful memories of your time in Culdaff. Best regards, Sharon & Glenn
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Ideal home in an ideal location

  • 5 of 5

As you drive up to the property it looks every bit as good and you'd imagined from the descriptions given by the owners. But when you get inside the property it is like stepping into the Tardis! We were a party of 8 adults, 2 children and one infant. Not once did we trip over each other. Yes, we were helped by the glorious weather during the fist week of June in Donegal so that we could make good use of the patio furniture and the bench outside the front of the property in the evenings, but the interior of the house is extremely spacious with good sized rooms. The solid wood dining table with 8 chairs spaced around it, and a couple of stools for the children and a high chair meant we could all eat together. The en-suite and main bathroom upstairs and downstairs cloakroom are more than adequate for a large group such as ours was. The back of the house overlooks the meadows to Culdaff beach sand dunes which is a view difficult to tire anyone. A five minute drive to the north takes you to Bunagee Pier where you can watch the day's catch being landed and drive roughly the same distance to the south and you arrive at the car parks for the beautiful 'Blue Flag' Culdaff Beach itself. The beach sand and dunes are ultra clean and the sea water crystal clear. The gently shelving, sandy beach meant that it was safe enough for the children to play in the water under mild supervision without any fierce under-tow. Culdaff itself has everything a holidaying family would need with local pubs and restaurants, village stores and petrol filling station which also boasts a good take-away. The Inishowen Peninsula is packed with a wide variety of destinations to suit the whole family and of particular note is the Famine Village in Doagh which 'will' surpass your expectations. Malin Head is, of course, a 'must see' destination being the most northerly point of Ireland and only around half an hour from Culdaff. The Giant's Causeway is not too far away either but check that the ferry from Greencastle is running before heading that way or go via Londonderry.

In short, the whole area is for us, the jewel in Ireland's crown and staying at Bunagee Cottage (91 Cara Bay) was the icing on a very enjoyable 'cake'!

  • Submitted: Jun 8, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Culdaff Time

  • 5 of 5

Although Culdaff has been a holiday venue for my family all of my life ( A modest 50 years) this was the first time we had decided to visit at Christmas. We came across Bunagee Cottage online and although in the higher range of cost for rental in Culdaff we decided to go ahead with the booking. There is always that nervousness when having rented or booked a property online that that it would not live up to the images and descriptions provided but the house itself was lovelier than expected. Having driven from London and tired from the journey we were greeted with a blazing beautiful fire, the smell of peat burning, every facility in terms of kitchen, bathroom and sleeping facilities already provided and with an extra special touch of Christmas decorations and welcoming gifts.

There are 5 lovely bedrooms. The 2 at the back of the house having a glorious view over Culdaff Bay. The main bedroom is ensuite and there are 2 other bathrooms. We needed as large a house as this because although there was only the three of us initially. My Wife, myself and my 9 year old son . we were having a number of relatives staying over the Christmas period. The winter weather in Culdaff is extremely mercurial, our first week there was as mild as spring and we spent over 2 hours every day exploring the beautiful beaches and climbing rocks. the next 2 and half weeks the weather was wilder but equally as exciting. I think I now prefer the winter weather to the summer. As with all relatives at xmas we love to see them arrive and we love to see them go so the first and last bits of our holiday were just wonderful.

There is no wifi in the house and I would encourage Glenn and Sharon to keep it that way. We read books, we played games, we got out all because of the lack of wifi. If needed all email can be checked in McGrorys hotel.

The only thing I felt was slightly missing was the absence of Irish stations on the television. For us emigrants its lovely to fall back into the culture of Ireland for a while although we survived without the late late show.

Bunagee cottage provided us with a wonderful holiday and on a personal note my health was challenged in 2015 and my stay in Culdaff was wonderfully recuperative.

A beautiful holiday was had by all and I look forward to returning to Bunagee cottage soon.

  • Submitted: Jan 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
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Nearest Airport
35 Kilometres
City of Derry
Nearest Barpub
500 Metres
McGrory's, McGuinness', Culdaff Arms
Nearest Golf
5 Kilometres
Ballyliffen Golf Club
Nearest Train
35 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
250 Metres
Nearest Beach
1 Kilometres
Car: recommended

Culdaff is located 8km north of Carndonagh to the north of the Inishowen Peninsula.

The village is visually charming and its present design dates from the 18th century. The village has a grocery shop and three pubs. McGrory's is a renowned, family run pub situated in the heart of the village. It is noted for a fine selection of quality food and drink, traditional Irish music and a friendly welcome, it also has a separate restaurant serving top quality locally sourced produce. Derry, 35km, has all the shopping you’d expect of a large provincial city. Nearby is Culdaff Bay with its Blue Flag beach and Bunagee Harbour which is a centre for angling and water sports.

Shore walks, Hill walking, Fishing and Sea Angling, Sailing, Surfing and Swimming, are just some of the activities available for the more energetic. For the golfing enthusiast, the well known Golf Club at Ballyliffin is not far, and there are also golf clubs at Greencastle, Buncrana, and Redcastle.

Golf: Ireland is justifiably famous for a number of things – the people, the scenery and the sights. It’s also one of the world’s leading destinations for golf. A golfing trip to the Emerald Isle will not only convince you of Ireland’s golf pedigree, it will also challenge any perceptions you had about the quality of the great game in Ireland. Internationally, Ireland’s commitment to golf was rewarded with the staging of the Ryder Cup 2006, and was also named International Golf Destination of the Year 2004 by the International Association of Golf Tour Operators. With over 400 golf clubs including a third of the world’s natural links courses, and a slew of exceptional championships courses in spectacular locations, it’s no wonder that Ireland attracts over 240,000 golfers from all over the globe each year.

Courses local to Culdaff are Greencastle, Redcastle and the world famous Ballyliffen golf links which is Ireland's most northerly links course. It comprises 365 acres of spectacular dune land and is surrounded by rolling hills and mountains with the only other boundary being the Atlantic Ocean.


Rates & Availability

Culdaff House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Jul 1 2017 - Sep 2 2017
7 night minimum stay
Xmas / New Year
Dec 22 2017 - Jan 5 2018
7 night minimum stay
Easter 2018
Mar 23 2018 - Apr 6 2018
7 night minimum stay
July/August 2018
Jul 14 2018 - Sep 1 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

A non-refundable reservation deposit of euro150 (per week's stay or shorter) with balance to be paid six weeks prior to arrival date.

A damages deposit of euro 200 is payable upon arrival. This will be returned within 5 days of departure date provided no damage has been caused to the property or contents.


Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.

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