Verified Review icon check navigate-up navigate-left navigate-right expand mail svg-lightning svg-24hr svg-house svg-sleeps svg-bedrooms svg-bathrooms svg-stay svg-toilet calendar svg-report-flag pet-dog svg-multiunit Default Owner Icon heart-filled Family icon
Book Online or call HomeAway Booking Assistance 888-640-7927
Book Online or call HomeAway Booking Assistance 888-640-7927

Beautiful cottage, Lough Eske - near Harveys Point Hotel & Lough Eske Castle

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 1,399 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

4 bedroom Holiday rental cottage near Lough Eske Castle & Harvey's Point Hotel

Brachan Brae is a luxurious 4 bedroom holiday rental cottage. All bedrooms are en-suite. Sleeps 8. The cottage consists of a well equipped kitchen cum dining room with an open fireplace. Opening out from the dining room is a sun room, where guests can relax, chat and enjoy the craic. It is a great "gathering" room. The living room has an open stone fireplace where you can sit and enjoy the smell of turf burning. Baby sitting service can be provided. Also, qualified guides are available upon request.

Brachan Brae Cottage is available all year round with a minimum stay of three nights.

It is ideally located for weddings in Lough Eske Castle Hotel or Harvey's Point Country Hotel which are both less than a 4 minute drive away. The cottage nestles in the foohills of Bluestack Mountains on the 'Bluestack Way & Bluestack Drive', County Donegal where you get stunning views over Lough Eske.

The cottage is located in a quiet scenic area, approximately 4.5 miles from Donegal Town. This is a bustling tourist town where you can visit "Magee of Donegal" - famous home of Donegal Tweed, Donegal Castle and Abbey, Donegal Railway Heritage Centre. "Donegal Bay Water Bus" is a "must" for all visitors to Donegal Town. This is trip out on Donegal Bay where you can enjoy the history and stories of the locality, hear a few Donegal "yarns" and enjoy a bit of music. There are beautiful sandy beaches nearby in Murvagh, Rossnowlagh, Fintra, Ardara and Glencolmcille. County Donegal has some great golfing - the nearest links courses are :Donegal Golf Club Murvagh, Narin/Portnoo Golf Club and Bundoran.

Why not experience the wonderful hill walking along the "Bluestack Way" or in the National Heritage Areas. Brachan Brae Cottage is a great location for touring Donegal - Glenveagh National Park, Slieve League (the highest sea cliffs in Europe), Gartan Outdoor Activity Centre, Doagh Island Famine Village, Lough Derg and Ionad Cois Locha.

Sligo is less than an hour away - where you can visit the Yeats Country, Benbulben and Mullaghmore or enjoy a game of golf at Rossespoint or Strandhill.

You can catch a glimpse of the Golden Eagles soaring above the Bluestack Mountains or wander through the old oak woodlands of Ardnamona, a National Parks & Wildlife Service Nature Reserve. Derry City is just over an hour away where you can enjoy a walk on the Walls of this historic City.

Fishing is another great past-time in the locality. You can fish (with a permit) in Lough Eske or why not try some deep sea fishing in Killybegs?

More Details


Tawnyvorgal House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1399 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Sports & Activities
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 9 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom -
    Bathroom -
    Bathroom -
    Bathroom -
    Bathroom - toilet
  • Both downstairs bedrooms have en-suite shower facilities 1 x Upstairs bedroom has ensuite Bath with shower facilities 1 x upstairs bedroom has en-suite shower facilities Separate toilet/wc downstairs
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom - 1 double , Upstairs
    Bedroom - 1 double , 1 baby crib , Upstairs
    Bedroom - 1 double , Downstairs
    Bedroom - 2 twin/ single , Downstairs
  • Downstairs; Double bedroom, with ensuite, with a view over Lough Eske. Twin bedroom -with ensuite. Upstairs: Spacious Double bedroom, ensuite, wooden floor, with lake views. Large Double bedroom, with ensuite - including bath, wooden floor, with lake views
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
A beautiful house overlooking Lough Eske & nestling in the foothills of the Bluestack Mountains in County Donegal. Ideal base for Hill-walkers of for golfers or simply for 'getting away from it all'. The house was completed in April 2005 and is large and comfortable. The owners live less than a mile away and are able to offer advice on things to do locally. Both owners are qualified walking guides. The property is ideal for those attending weddings or functions at the nearby Harveys Point Country Hotel or Solis Lough Eske Castle Hotel. While you are in Donegal why not relax and unwind in Spa Solis at Solis Lough Eske Castle which features eight treatment rooms, a thermal suite and relaxation area and a spacious 12m indoor swimming pool


Excellent! 4.6/5 -
(15 traveler reviews)

66% Complete
26% Complete
6% Complete
0% Complete
0% Complete
Beautiful cottage, Lough Eske - near Harveys Point Hotel & Lough Eske Castle
average rating of 4.6 based on 15 reviews

The house was clean and cosy, just ideal

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic time in Donegal, with a family wedding in Harvey's Point - the house was a few minutes drive from the hotel and Donegal town.

The house was clean and cosy, just ideal for a getaway in Donegal.

Mairead & Patsy were wonderful hosts.

Would highly recommend.

  • Submitted: Mar 24, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Delighted to hear that you enjoyed your stay in Brachan Brae Cottage. It is ideally located for weddings in Harvey's Point or Lough Eske Castle. Looking forward to seeing you again sometime.
Did you find this review helpful?
1 0

Great location but some concerns

  • 3 of 5

Lovely location, ideal for the Harvey's Point hotel (5 minutes drive) where we attended a wedding. The house is plenty big enough for up to 10 people, has a lovely sun room overlooking the lake. What stopped this scoring higher than three stars was the slightly tired look inside, with well worn furniture, and some maintenance is overdue in the bathrooms. Also I had trouble getting directions and access details from the owner, only after a couple of reminders did I receive these about 5 days before we travelled.

  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2015
  • Stayed: September 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
5 3

Perfect place to stay.

  • 5 of 5

Great location, large rooms, and very personable owners. Our family of 6 had a really nice stay in this house. Kitchen was well-equipped and quite spacious for eating and relaxing. The sunroom was utilized as a goat viewing spot. ;). We spent a very enjoyable evening sharing ice cream with Patsy and Mairead and girls.

We would highly recommend this place - it was a comfortable home away from home.

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
3 1

Lovely cottage, lovely location, great value!!

  • 4 of 5

A party of 10 of us (aged 21-29) stayed at this lovely cottage as friends of ours were getting married, with the reception taking place at Harvey's Point (which is literally a 5 minute drive from the cottage! - great location!)

Upon arrival to the cottage, it was a very easy process of getting into the cottage and we were really impressed with the condition of the cottage! Very spacious living areas, large living room, hallway, kitchen/dining area with an extended glass conservatory leading onto the patio. There were 5 large rooms, 2 downstairs and 3 upstairs. Most having ensuite bathrooms. The overall condition of the property was excellent!!

As a group of 10, we were able to enjoy sitting outside in the garden and didn't feel like we were disturbing any neighbours, as there wasn't any in close proximity!

This property was excellent value for money, with all of the kitchen equipment you would expect for a self catering cottage. We all had a wonderful time and it made it extra special being able to all be in the same cottage. We would definitely return!!

We did hire cars, as we drove from Knock airport to the cottage, and we do recommend hire cars, as its about a 10 minute drive to the local convenience shops (we used SuperValue supermarket which is just off the Diamond square in the town) we also ate in one of the restaurants in the Diamond and had a few drinks in the town, and getting a taxi back to the cottage was really easy! All of the taxi drivers knew of the cottage, and everyone was so friendly!

If you are looking to stay close by to Harvey's Point or in Donegal in general, i really recommend this lovely cottage! We were sad to leave!!

  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2015
  • Stayed: June 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
5 1

Beautiful cottage excellent location

  • 5 of 5

Description of cottage was very accurate close to lough Eske castle as required for family wedding. Every facility provided. Property was spotlessly clean. Patrick and Mairead where very friendly and welcoming. Would definitely recommend this property to others and hope to stay there again.

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2013
  • Stayed: August 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
6 1

Excellent cottage couldn't ask for more

  • 5 of 5

Just back from a lovely weekend at Brachan brae,the cottage is extremely spacious and is well equipped with everything you need for a get away.We had a party off 5 adults 2 teenagers a five year old and a baby and the cottage was more than enough room with all rooms ensuite, Mariead came by the first evening to ensure we had settled in ok and advised of a few activities in surrounding area, Patsy came by on the Saturday and removed the rubbish and then came back a few hours later with a new born easter lamb so the children could see, which made their day, was a really nice gesture, also he had his sheep dog fly with him which the children enjoyed also, thanks folks for letting us stay in your lovely cottage, will see ya again soon.

Roisin & Gerard Mc Colgan (and baby caoimhin)

Part of the Mc Daid party from Derry

  • Submitted: Mar 31, 2013
  • Stayed: March 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Delighted to hear that you enjoyed your stay at Brachan Brae Cottage, Lough Eske. The cottage is very spacious and we find that guests love to relax in the sun-room. The surrounding countryside is ideal for walking and guests can also enjoy fishing at Lough Eske or a round of golf at Donegal Golf Club, Murvagh. Great to see that the children enjoyed the wee lamb & seeing our Sheep Dog "Fly" in action. Thanking you for your comments and looking forward to seeing you again in the future. Mairead & Patsy
Did you find this review helpful?
10 1


Patrick or Mairead McNulty
Member since: 2005
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 8, 2018


Nearest Airport
40 Miles
City of Derry
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Harveys Point Country Hotel
Nearest Ferry
80 Miles
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Donegal Golf Course, Murvagh
Nearest Train
40 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Lough Eske Castle Hotel
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Car: necessary

This spacious holiday home is located on an elevated site overlooking Lough Eske & Harveys Point Country Hotel. It is less than a mile from Lough Eske Castle Hotel which is Donegal's only 5* Hotel and Spa.

Brachan Brae Cottage is ideally located for touring the North West part of the Wild Atlantic Way.

Donegal Town itself is 4 miles away. Visitors to Donegal Town will be able to see Donegal Castle and witness the world famous Donegal Tweed being created at Magee of Donegal. Donegal Golf Club, Murvagh is 7 miles away. This links course is isolated from the outside world by a forest of evergreens, washed on one side by the great Atlantic Ocean and with a panoramic view of the Bluestack Mountains. Murvagh & Rossnowlagh Beach are 15 minutes drive. Deane's Equestrian Centre at Bruckless is 15 minutes away. From the Yeats Country at Sligo, to the iconic Sea Cliffs at Sliabh Liag, to the marvellous unspoilt Glenveagh National Park this house is the ideal spot for touring the North West. City of Derry airport-40 miles, Knock airport-70 miles. Belfast City & Int. airports-80 miles.

Other Activities: hill-walking, Spa and indoor swimming pool at Solis Lough Eske Castle Hotel

Golf: Brachan Brae Cottage is an ideal base if you are on a Golfing Vacation. Donegal Golf Course, Murvagh, of which Darren Clarke said 'One of my favourite courses in the World' is less than 10 miles away. There are spectacular links courses within a drive of one and a half hours - Portsalon, Rosapenna, Narin & Portnoo, Bundoran and Ballyliffen which was designed by Nick Faldo are all in County Donegal while County Sligo hosts Enniscrone Golf Club and Co. Sligo (Rossespoint) of which Peter Allis said 'A tremendous test for the highest quality player and great fun for the modest competitor'. After a challenging days golf, one can relax and enjoy good food in the numerous restaurants in the Donegal Town area - La Bella Donna, Quay West, Solis Lough Eske Castle, Blueberry, Harveys Point, Salmon Inn, Red Hughs,and The Harbour.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

To contact the owner use the phone number provided below.
00353 87 794 1234 - Patsy McNulty or email
If phoning from the US please ring 011 353 87 794 1234
Please phone us if you have some specific requests re dates etc. Thank you.
We can accept Euro. Sterling, USD, Canadian or AUD cheques.
For July & August our usual changeover dates are Saturdays but sometimes we can be more flexible so feel free to
e-mail us with your request. For the rest of the year the changeover date is flexible.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions and we may be able to assist you.
We ask for a deposit of E150 per week. The remaining balance is requested five weeks before arrival

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

You might like these similar properties