Ardroe Cottage

Fanad, Co. Donegal
+353 (0)74 912 2267

A fine beach at Portsalon, a tree-sheltered garden and a deep-country approach for this enchanting flagged and thatched cottage


2 beds


2 bedrooms


Sleeps 4

The Experience

Not only does it look like beloved great-granny’s storybook cottage, it actually is Michael’s 300-year-old ancestral home, and its renovation shows how much he and Margaret love it. The deep-country approach, the cobbled yard, half door and thatch outside, the amazing flagged floor inside, the open fire with its old cooking utensils (for you to use…) will transport you to never-neverland. Both living rooms are properly furnished with rustic antiques and old pottery pieces, red and white gingham giving the final cottagey flourish. It’s a lesson in conservation: even light switches are hidden in old shelves in old walls. Upstairs, the enchantment is contained beneath pine-clad attic ceilings. One bedroom, on a raised wooden floor, has tiny eyes to the outside world, little windows dug deep in the gable ends, and soft cotton fabrics. The other has an iron bedstead and larger windows. Through their arched doors, they are simple and inviting. Add a lovely tree-sheltered garden, Portsalon’s fine beach, endless wonderful walks and Rathmullan House for an evening treat and you have perfect seclusion and rest.


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

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Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 3 nights on weekdays. 2 nights at weekends. 7 nights in high season.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Restaurants in Portsalon, 3km.


Nightly price
from €73
Weekly price
from €510
1 Cottage for 4
From €732 beds2 bedrooms


Margaret and Michael's familial cottage is by far the most traditional and memorable I've visited in all of Ireland. I've often passed Donegal's low, thatched cottages with their bright green stable doors and wondered what would have been inside in generations gone by; now I know. A fire-warmed, snug and much-loved family home whose owners burst with anecdotes about its history.

Kerry, Sawday's inspector

Wonderful location, great cottage. Would highly recommend for a secluded holiday. Plenty to do, but the biggest star is Co. Donegal.

Oliver, London

We felt so at home in this very special place. We hoped for something unique and Ardroe cottage exceeded all of our expectations. A beautiful, carefully looked after cottage, set in a most lovely landscape, provided us with a holiday we will not forget. Most importantly the history of the place made this experience a privilege. Just a few minutes drive from the cottage is a beautiful sandy beach and golf links.


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Michael & Margaret McElwee

  • Five minutes drive to the beautifui Blue Flag beach Ballymastocker Strand and Portsalon's 18 hole golf links course
  • Follow the Wild Atlantic Way along the Fanad coast road taking in the famous Knockalla road overlooking Ballymastocker Bay.
  • Visit Glenveagh National Park and Castle and nearby Glebe House and Gallery (includes works by Picasso, Jack B Yates and James Dixon).
  • There are 12 scenic walks in the area (distance ranging from 3 to 16 km). The views along some of the routes are breathtaking.
  • Take a day trip to Giants Causeway
  • Returning to your cosy Irish cottage and relax by the large traditional turf fire and browse through a fine collection of books from Irish history and stories to poetry.