We spent a wonderful 9 days at Davenport's Cottage. The cottage is a 200 year old home that has been completely remodeled. Though it is part of a small, quiet, working farm, it is 100% secluded from the farm activities. Now, we could easily be considered "picky" Americans when it comes to our accommodations, and this visit to Ireland was our first of many to come. In fact after we left Davenport's Cottage, we had a bad experience at a B&B in Dublin, and an annoying experience at the Airport Hilton, so Davenport's definitely set the bar and spoiled us!
What they don't tell you very much about the cabin is the views of the seaside cliffs, bays and fields. There is breathtaking beauty everywhere you look. You can look from the front windows down to the bay, or walk a few minutes down to the majestic seaside cliffs that border the property. We would walk with our coffee down and watch the waves crash on the rocks far below, and one evening we even saw a seal working his way around the rocks.
We were warmly greeted by the homeowner, Alan, and his daughter, when we arrived. The cottage was absolutely spotlessly clean, and a warm plate of fresh baked goodies welcomed us into the home. The home is extremely cozy as advertised, with both oil heat and a wood burning stove for the chilly nights. For your walks, there are two friendly and playful dogs that will accompany you, "free of charge", if you want.
The people around Culdaff, were also very welcoming and friendly. We recommend McGrory's Pub, which is within walking distance. I've listened to many a session of live Irish music in my life, but I heard the absolute best at McGrory's. That night, one of the bar's owners, John McGrory, was leading with the guitar, accompanied by an accordion, violin and mandolin and they sounded wonderful. Just when we thought it couldn't get better, in walks a group of teenage musicians, from Glasgow, Scotland, who throw their own accordion, violin, guitar and a harp! Twas like a celebration is HEAVEN!
We ultimately loved our stay in Inishowen, and we know it wouldn't have been as special had we stayed anywhere else. The cottage is nicely located near Culdaff, and several other towns, as well as Derry which is a short drive to the south. The price was incredibly reasonable, and well worth it!. We will definitely come back again, however, the we hope to stay much longer.
(Though it's a relatively simple trip from Culdaff to the cottage, I would recommend that before you go, use the Satellite/Streetview feature on Google Maps to view the driveway turnoff to the cottage, so it's easier to recognize it. Also, a GPS unit can be worth it's weight in gold if it's your first time driving in Ireland.)
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Organised a group of six mates, flew over from London Stansted to Derry, hired a car and drove on up to Davenport cottage outside Culdaff, awesome long weekend. The cottage is a great place to get away from it all, located up a small hill surrounded by great views of the sea and countryside but only five mins drive to the beach, pubs and restaurants in culdaff. It's been lovingly restored with a great wood burning stove and kitchen complete with all mod cons (dishwasher, oven, fridge freezer and all the utensils). The rooms and showers are well appointed and the cottage has a free open wifi connection.. Great value and highly recommend the place.
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