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4 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8
Loughanure, County Donegal

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11 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Very well equipped, comfortable cottage.”
Reviewed 20 May 2019 for a stay in May 2019

The cottage is located in Loughanure, a small village close to Glenveagh National Park, and the wonderful Carrickfinn beach.
The cottage itself has everything you could possibly need for a comfortable stay. I couldn't believe how well equipped the kitchen was!
We were given the warmest welcome by Brid, who explained everything and was very helpful with tips and advice for our short stay.
Thoroughly enjoyable!

Date of stay: May 2019
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Newtownabbey, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
“Beautiful homely cottage in an idyllic village”
Reviewed 18 June 2018 for a stay in June 2018

My parents booked Teac Chondai for a weeks break and I decided to tag along for a few days. The cottage is extremely pretty looking from the outside, a thatched roof, stable doors on the front and a massive garden. The interior of the cottage was a nice mix of traditional and modern. The downstairs of the cottage was very much in keeping with the original style with an open fire in the living room and an art bed dining room. The two downstairs bedrooms were clean and tidy and very spacious. The kitchen had all required appliances including a dishwasher. There was also a downstairs shower room catering for the bedrooms on the ground floor.

Upstairs was a new addition in the past 20 years and was more modern but very relaxing. The main living area had a tv and sofas and a coffee table beside the window looking out over Loch an Iuir and the beautiful mountain range. At night it was lovely sitting watching the sun set and the lights coming on in the distance. Again there were a further two bedrooms and a shower room upstairs.

There is a meter for the oil heating which takes coins but when we arrived there was a few hours already on the meter should we have needed it. There was definitely no more than €10 spent over the week for heating and hot water. There is also WiFi which was more than adequate for 3 of us connecting our phones/tablets.

One of the main selling points of the cottage was the ability to bring my parents dog. There were two enclosed gardens which were perfect to allow her to run about with not only fencing but also a soft mesh to ensure she couldn’t escape. I honestly think Lola enjoyed the stay more than we did and that’s saying something!

Within a few minutes walk from the cottage is the local garage which had a chippy inside and the local pub and restaurant which I would thoroughly recommend. The food was outstanding and boasted local fresh seafood on the menu. Carrickfinn beach is within a 10 minute drive towards Donegal airport and is a beautiful blue flag beach. The village is also close to Dungloe which has a SuperValu and Aldi should you want to cook. There are also quite a few restaurants, tea rooms and cafes.

I can definitely say that I would go back to the cottage in a heartbeat and I’m only sorry I couldn’t stay the full week. My parents thoroughly enjoyed their time and haves vowed to rebook for next year.

Date of stay: June 2018
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Sean M
1 review
“Beautiful cottage, great location, cosy and warm, definitely be back”
Reviewed 2 May 2018 for a stay in April 2018

Great cottage with beautiful views, very clean and cosy, we enjoyed the turf fire and heating cost just €2 to heat up, great food in local bar and the beach beside airport was fantastic, the cottage had everything we needed for our stay and good Wi-Fi, definitely recommend this place and we will be back

Date of stay: April 2018
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
30 May 2018
Thanks for your review comments, we are glad you enjoyed your stay and hope you see you again soon
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steven h
Antrim, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 May 2017 for a stay in May 2017
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Good points first, the lady who met us was very nice and friendly, the location was fine..close to a small shop and pub.

Bad points...the charge for oil was a total rip off, very disappointing and needs sorting urgently. The whole house needs a spring clean, the garden was grubby with Magner cider cans thrown about, the outside bins overflowing and enough empty wine bottles to fill a recycle centre. The down stairs toilet floor and shower had more 'adult' hairs in it than I care to remember.

With this one it really is a case of renter beware.

Date of stay: May 2017
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   No.
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Management Response
1 Jul 2017
Thank you for your review comments, we are sorry your experience was not as good as you expected, we have taken your comments on board and have made corrective changes. The cottage heating is pay as you use, controlled by coin meter with credits only consumed when the highly efficient condensing oil boiler is on and burning oil. The cottage takes approx 20 mins to heat up and is always preheated on arrival, the boiler turns off and on intermittently to maintain a temperature, when the boiler is off it does not consume credits. Credits can also be saved by using the timer, radiator thermostats and the heating controls. Following your comments we have reduced the rate charged again to match current oil prices. Regarding cleaning, the cottage is cleaned fully for each turnover to maintain a high standard of cleanliness, we did have guest leave on the day of your arrival and perhaps the area you mention was not as clean as our normal standards on that occasion, we constantly review our cleaning procedures and we have again increased the thoroughness of these procedures following your comments. We would advise our guests to contact us during their stay if they have any concerns so we have a chance to respond and correct any issues. Regarding outside bins, the cottage is in a rural village with a once weekly bin collection on Tuesdays, we did have guests staying up to your arrival on Friday and the bins were fuller than normal with no opportunity to have them emptied, following your feedback we are adding more bins to prevent this occurring in future. We welcome all review comments and we have a high percentage of positive comments from guests from all around the world, we are sorry for your occasion you had some disappointments, we hope from our response and corrective actions you would consider our cottage again for another visit to this beautiful area of Donegal.
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Belfast, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Average ”
Reviewed 6 December 2016 for a stay in December 2016
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The cottage is pretty, cosy and comfortable and the housekeeper is helpful and friendly, however I feel as though it should be made clearer when booking that you are expected to pay for your own heating (a big minus for us as we stayed in December). I'm sure this would also be a negative for anyone who may be arriving late at night with no Euro coins for the meter. Also, in my opinion, the first thing you see as you enter the property is a list of rules- not very welcoming. Also thought that being asked to strip the beds and hoover the floors before vacating the property was a bit cheeky- as you are cleaning the property and paying for heating what exactly is the booking price covering?
On a positive note- the small town of Dungloe was nice to see and we ate in a lovely restaurant with delicious food (Bayview). I found the local people of Donegal to be warm and friendly and overall lovely people.

Date of stay: December 2016
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Management Response
17 Jan 2017
Hi Debbie,
Thank you for your feedback on your stay in our Thatch cottage in Loughanure Co. Donegal. I am delighted to hear that you found your stay in Teac Chondai Thatch cottage, cosy, comfortable, and our housekeeper friendly.

Dunloe is a great town and still retains all the charm of a bygone age. There are many great places to eat in Dungloe and also the surrounding areas Casadh an Tsugan in Loughanure , Caisleann Or in Annagry, or there are some great fish restaurants in the fishing village of Burton Port. All are within easy reach of the cottage.

I am sorry that you had an issue with paying for the oil and also the list of rules. The oil meter had to be installed for environmental reasons as we found that the oil was being left on all day with no one in the cottage which was just wasteful.
When guests arrive for their stay late or otherwise they are met at the cottage by our friendly housekeeper Brid who always ensures that the cottage is ready for their arrival and is cosy for their stay. She also ensures that guests have change for that evening. When needed the local shop and garage across the way is open from 8am to 10 pm each night.
In relation to the list of rules , as the cottage is a thatched cottage we are obliged for Insurance purposes to advise guests about health and safely in relation to fire hazzards and security of the cottage in general.
Finally in relation to the stripping of beds , the cottage is normally fully booked out during the summer months and this is a request , rather than an obligation on the guest to assist in the easy turn round of the house during the busy periods. There is no obligation for any of our guests to do this.

Again Thank you for your feed back it is only from hearing what our guests have to say about their experience in the cottage , that we can constantly strive to ensure our guests have a great experience in the cottage in particular and in all that Donegal has to offer.

The Owner
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