The Hidden Cottage

Ardara, Co. Donegal
+44 (0)7779 110973
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A stunner of a setting for this restored croft house with long views to a sparkling loch and a lively village nearby. Good beaches too


5 beds


3 bedrooms


Sleeps 6

Children welcome

The Experience

Apart from the Lodge next door, you’re on your own. There is grand walking straight from the door – puff up the hill behind you for views to the distant Blue Stack Mountains. Inside the croft is open plan, spacious, contemporary – and warm thanks to underfloor heating. There’s a wood-burner too for evening cheer.

Cooking will be sociable and easy with basics at hand and a hamper of wine and biscuits, as well as local handmade soap. There are books to read, maps and guides for walks, good lighting and art, gorgeous views through all the windows and pretty fabrics designed by owner Charlotte. Bedrooms have vintage mirrors and a mix of antique and mid-century furniture.

There are two outdoor spaces, one at the back for the morning sun and a garden in the front with a barbecue, table and chairs for watching fabulous sunsets over the loch.

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We think you'll love

  • The wonderful walks, long golden beaches, swimming or fishing in the loch, the freedom of being nowhere near a main road
  • Going into town to buy good local food, or eating in one of the village pubs listening to traditional Irish music
  • Taking the lovely Lodge next door and having a bigger get-together all to yourselves
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You should know

  • There may be other guests nearby if you don't also book the Lodge
  • No dogs - too many sheep!
  • The bedrooms share a shower room


  • EV charger
  • Self check-in
  • 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
  • Fire guard
  • 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

Check in
From 5pm
Check out
By 11am
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 3 nights. Fri-Mon or Mon-Fri, £940-£1345. Additional double and twin in the Lodge, for 4 extra guests.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.


Nightly price
from £210
Weekly price
from £1470
Damage deposit
1 Cottage for 6
From £2105 beds3 bedrooms


Come for the great outdoors, lovely long walks, and a short drive into town for supplies, a pint or a spot of traditional Irish music. If the weather isn't kind you'll still feel happy, and cosy, indoors. Come as a bigger party and take the Lodge next door too.

Nicola, Sawday's Inspector

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The neighbourhood

It's a 7-minute drive to the village, Ardara, for a great shop selling homemade food to take home, cafés and a pub called Nancy's plus four others - The Beehive and The Corner Bar often have traditional Irish music. The last hand weaver in the area, John Docharty, has a shop in the village and there are festivals throughout the year. Maghera beach has miles of golden sands, dunes and caves for exploring.

Local points of interest from

  • The Hertiage town of Ardara sits a short distance down the hill, you'll find the legendary Nancy’s Bar which will welcome you with a dram of the local Silkies whisky or of course a pint of Guiness. Enjoy a night of music in the Beehive or the Corner Bar
  • Drive the Wild Atlantic Way and discover hidden coves down small windy lanes, walk along the wide golden sands which edge the coastline, done your wetsuit and ride some of the best waves in the western world.
  • Put on your hiking boots and conquer the heights of the Blue Stack, walk to the top of the highest cliff in Europe - Slieve League and look out over the Atlantic ocean or simply hunker down in a nearby inn and pass the day with some local craic.
  • Take a trip to Glenvegh Castle, sat in the middle of a beautifully rugged National Park, the fairytale castle sits overlooking a loch. Take a stroll through the well kept gardens and wander through the castle rooms to see how the owners once lived.
  • Drive to the West coast and visit Glencolmcille folk village to see how The Hidden Cottage would have looked in past. Then travel further along to visit Studio Donegal to see hand-weaving in action, the way it has been done for centuries.
  • At the end of your day's adventures return to the cosy cottage, simply light the fire, pour yourself a drink, sit taking in the private view across the valley and lake beyond.