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Two Cosy Pet Friendly Apartments on the Wild Atlantic Way in South Donegal - The Snug (2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4/5)

Bedrooms 2
Space 215 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 nights



The Snug (2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4/5)

This cosy Apartment is upstairs so benefits from wonderful views.

Steps from Tarmacadam Driveway lead you up to Front Door into a Bright Hallway adorned with pictures of Donega'ls magnificent scenery.

Bedroom 1 with King Size Bed is bright and spacious, has great storage and a fantastic view across the peninsula. Bedroom 2 with twin beds and extra guest bed is also bright and spacious. It's very quiet here with comfortable beds -a great night's sleep is guaranteed!

Kitchen has everything you could need: washing machine, dishwasher, electric cooker / gas hob, fridge freezer, coffee maker, microwave,toaster, 4-slot sandwich maker. Plenty of good quality pots and pans and cooking utensils. Lots of storage.

Bright cosy living room has comfortable leather furniture and electric fireplace. TV, DVD player, supply of DVDs. Dine at the table and take in the wonderful view over to St John's Point with Benbulben in Sligo in the distance!

Ample towel supplies and bedlinen included.

More Details

About the property


Newly refurbished to the highest standards since we bought the property in Jan 2012. Two very comfortable, spacious, well-equipped and completely separate holiday apartments in quiet seaside location with great beaches and wonderful views of the sea and mountains . "The Snug" is located off the Main Street in Dunkineely, beside shop and 4 nice pubs ( some with entertainment) and is just 10 minutes drive to Donegal town. The location is ideal for exploring Donegal - whatever you fancy. Choices include great walking routes, several sandy beaches, several golf courses, water sports, fishing, island trips, music & dance. You could plan day trips from here to the Cliffs at Sliabh League, Glenveagh National Park, Bundoran Water World, The Giants Causeway. For those who like to cook for themselves the kitchen has everything you would need, or if you prefer to dine out there are many good restaurants to choose from. The place is ideal for pets, with wooden floors / tiles and a huge enclosed garden.

Available Rentals

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A deposit of €130 by cheque PAYPAL or account transfer is required to confirm booking, with remainder due 1 month before arrival date.

Changeover Day:
Flexible, you do not have to stay Saturday to Saturday because we know that the best travel deals are usually mid-week.

Notes on prices:
Min Stay: 2 nights all year round.
July/ August : €80 (£65) per night, €500 (£400) for ANY 7 nights.
Rest of Year: €70 (£55) per night for first 2 nights, afterwards €50 (£40) per night. €350 (£270) for 7 nights. NO EXTRAS
There is an option to do a 2 centre holiday between our property at Aughris, Sligo ( IR340 ) and this property. The distance between the two properties is 90 minutes, it is a good opportunity to explore 2 fantastic coastal locations. Contact us with requirements.


Dunkineely Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 215 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 baby crib
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Golf ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • bay/sound
  • reefs
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
Notes on accommodation: Both units are completely separate with entrances at opposite ends of the property. The 2-bed unit is on 1st floor ( see steps up to front door in pictures) with the Garden Apt (1-bed unit) entrance to the rear of the house beside the patio. Both are finished to the highest standard An extra fold-up bed and travel cot are available for both units. At the back there is a lovely large walled garden that gets the sun all day long and has wonderful views. To the front there is a tarmacadam drive with off-street parking for 3 cars. Both units equally suit persons wanting to just chill out locally or those who want a base to tour Donegal. This very comfortable accommodation is well located close to lots of activities. You could visit the local sandy beaches or choose some of several outings in the area. There is plenty of tourist information at the house and a great Tourist Information Office in Donegal Town. The location is ideal for children/pets. Outside: There is a large walled garden to the rear which gets the sun all day long. The raised patio area is a sun-trap, with wonderful sea views. The main entrance with gates has tarmacadam drive with private off-street parking for 3-4 cars.


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The Snug (2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4/5)
average rating of 4.68 based on 26 reviews

All you would need for a comfortable relaxing break

  • 5 of 5

We had the upstairs property which has 2 good sized bedrooms and a cozy lounge. The kitchen was well appointed and the whole flat was clean and modern. There is a large shared back garden which is secure and our two small dogs loved it! The village has a small shop for provisions and 4 pubs - we enjoyed the music and craic in Macintyres and at least 2 of the pubs have beer gardens. There is no restaurant as such in the village but Mary Murtins in the next village is good and there are plenty restuarants in Donegal Town and Killibegs A taxi back from Donegal town is around 30 Euros though there is a bus service. Overall this was a great place for a break and we hope to be back - maybe to try the ground floor apartment (we got a sneeky peek at this from our neighbours!)

  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Weekend Getaway

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time in Dunkineely. Following a busy week of traveling throughout Ireland, it was the perfect relaxing way to end our holiday. The apartment was immaculate and very comfortable and had all the amenities we needed. I wasn't expecting such a beautiful view of the sea and mountains! Would definitely recommend this find to others! Thank you Sheila!

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
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Lovely time, amazing view!!

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful apartment, amazing view! Well equipped kitchen, well stocked bathroom. Very friendly proprietist. Comfortable heated beds. Laundry facility with dyer. Highly recommend it!

  • Submitted: May 20, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great cosy spot to explore the beautiful coast and local cliffs. Lovely sea views from the rooms.

  • 5 of 5

Great cosy spot to explore the beautiful coast and local cliffs. Lovely sea views from the rooms. Would definitely recommend!

  • Submitted: Apr 21, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Comfortable with a great location and views.

  • 5 of 5

Easy to find with good parking space , and just a few steps from the first of 4 pubs in a row and with great take-away just 30 yards the other way. The Mace convenience store is just at hand as is the local butcher. A different beach for each day of your stay with our favourite being Fintra a couple of km past Killybeggs. Some good restaurants like Castle Murray and the wonderful view, food and service( try Sunday lunch or the seafood lunch) and Kitty Kellys specialising in seafood, beautifully cooked and served with some of the nicest smiles you will ever see. Go to Ardara and call in to Nancys for a tasty lunch and then on to Maghera beach past the waterfall.

And the kitchen in the snug is well able to provide any type of meal,with most of the equipment you could ever need.

Our stay was completed when the local accordion band paraded past on their charity march from Donegal town. Complete with exuberant marching girls they were brilliant. This memory will last.

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Great place to base yourself for visiting Donegal

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for two nights in the Snug, and we really enjoyed the apartment - the views are fantastic, and the location is great for visiting anywhere between Donegal town and the Slieve League cliffs. The apartment itself is a lovely spot, very clean and has everything you need. If staying here, you should definitely visit the Slieve League cliffs, Killybegs, and explore the many beaches in the area.

  • Submitted: Apr 28, 2016
  • Stayed: April 2016
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Sheila McDermott
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
February 20, 2018

About Sheila McDermott

We are a family of 4, living on a working farm in Sligo.

We have been happily involved in the Self Catering business since 2006 with our very popular Beach House in Aughris. In 2012 we bought and renovated another property The Snug in Dunkineely, South Donegal, for our own use and also as a Holiday Let.

Both properties are in wonderful locations on the Wild Atlantic Way.

Sheila McDermott purchased this apartment in 2011

Why Sheila McDermott chose Dunkineely

We bought this property in November 2011 because we love the area and believe that Dunkineely is a wonderful scenic location with so many options on the doorstep.

We were particularly keen on the property after being lucky enough to get a window seat when we had lunch in nearby Castle Murray on the first day we went to view it. We chanced on the place whilst driving around and couldn't believe our luck. Between the view across McSwynes Bay and the wonderful food we were smitten! ( Sadly the restaurant at Castle Murray is not currently open for business)

One particular treat for us is being able to walk to a choice of 4 decent pubs, some with regular entertainment. There is a great atmosphere in the pubs in the village and everybody is just so friendly. As one of our guests reported last year, "they get to know you first!"

What makes this apartment unique

The house is in a super location, it feels quiet and secluded yet is just tucked in snugly off the main street.

We have done a big renovation on the house, with two completely separate units ( upstairs or downstairs), each equally comfortable.

We have a little Yorkshire Terrier and he loves our outings to The Snug because we can close the gate and let him roam freely in the garden.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Sheila, this is Some Gem you have here. Beautfiul. We love it. Morris family, Tipperary. Stayed in the 2-bed unit. July 2012.

"Had a fantastic time. We found the house very comfortable and equipped with everything you could possibly need. The views from the back of the house are fantastic and the children loved playing in the large garden. We would highly recommend The Snug and look forward to returning soon". Seymour family Belfast. 2-bed unit. July 2012

Everything we could want was in the house and it was clean, tidy, cosy and very quiet. The little extras were nice like the boardgames, the flowers and a very well equip kitchen. The garden is a hugh bonus for the kids and very safe as well. One great find was the Magherea caves and beach near Ardara - we could have spent forever there. Murray family Westmeath. 2bed unit .July 2012.

The Snug is a real gem. I felt very at home during my fantastic stay there. I look forward to visiting in the near future. Best wishes Veronica Westmeath 2bed unit March 2012.
Mar 2012
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Nearest Airport
130 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
170 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Castle Murray
Nearest Beach
6 Kilometres
St Johns Point
Car: recommended

Special interest holidays:

Just some options ...

No scarcity of sandy beaches: Inver is our favourite.

Walking/Running - find your own route or follow well documented instructions for a guided walk.

Diving - very popular at St Johns Point.

Surfing - Donegal has a huge coastline popular with surfers. Surf lessons are available.

Fishing / Boat Trips - village shop supplies fishing tackle. St Johns Point is popular for fishing. Fresh mackerel caught on the rocks and cooked an hour later- DIVINE!

Golf - lots of choices .

Day Trips : Sliabh League +Glencolmcille, Glenveagh National Park, an Island.

Shopping : Donegal Town, Bellek China or in many of the little villages on your travels. There are lots of craft shops and art galleries throughout Donegal

The children : All the children love Bundoran Water World, its the Slide that gets them hooked!

Music: Whether its traditional or country music you are interested, you will see lots of roadside advertisements of upcoming events.


5 minutes drive to Coral Beach , at St Johns Point.

You will be spoilt for choice with the beaches in Donegal - here I have listed a few that you can research.

Inver - our favourite because of the views + you can go out a long way whilst staying in your depth making it ideal for children.


Tramore Beach at Ardara

Tullan Strand in Bundoran - beautiful, with the option of Waterworld and its ever popular slide for the children!

Narin/Portnoo Beach





Knock Airport - 135 kms. There are many connections from Knock to Germany/France/UK.

Derry Airport - 90kms

Belfast Airport - 200 kms

Dublin Airport 250 kms.

Use of car is recommended although there is a bus stop at the gate with good connecting service from Donegal Town, and from there country-wide.


The village is a great holiday base with good grocery and butcher shop, 4 decent pubs , Take Away, Fishing Tackle, Beautician, Hair Salon .

10 miles to Donegal Town, with lovely shops, restaurants, and many tourist treats.

5 miles to Killybegs for lovely fresh fish..

Our favourites of the many restaurants in the area are:

1 mile to a fine dining experience at Castle Murray, St John's Point.

1 mile to Mary Murrins - offering great bar food.

7 miles to The Village Tavern in Mount Charles.

Further Details:

It is advisable to read some reviews from previous guests to get a better feel for the place....

This is an ideal location of people who perhaps want a quiet, scenic, coastal location with a good range of activities. There are great shoreline or hill walks nearby. For those than want to dine in, the kitchen is very well equipped. You could always go down the street to the pub afterwards for a nightcap!

if you enjoy dining out during your holidays there are many many options, just 4 that we would highly recommend ( as we visit them regularly ourselves) are Castle Murray at St Johns Point, Mary Murrins in nearby Bruckless, The Village Tavern in Mountcharles and the lovely Olde Castle Inn in Donegal Town.

The Snug is equally suited for those wanting a base to discover Donegal or for those who want to chill out during their stay and stay local.