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

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Sean M
1 review
“Beautiful cottage, great location, cosy and warm, definitely be back”
Reviewed May 1, 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

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
May 30, 2018
Thanks for your review comments, we are glad you enjoyed your stay and hope you see you again soon
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ian j
Antrim, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“nice...but!”
Reviewed May 6, 2017 for a stay in May 2017
1
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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.

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   No.
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Management Response
Jul 1, 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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DebbieR19...
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Average ”
Reviewed December 5, 2016 for a stay in December 2016
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people found this review helpful

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.

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Management Response
Jan 17, 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.

Regards
The Owner
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ShannonGa...
Level 2 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“We will be back!!!!!”
Reviewed June 5, 2016 for a stay in June 2016

We booked a 3 night stay the cottage and loved every minute of it. Great location to the beaches, mountains and a hour from Donegal itself. Dungloe is 10mins away if you need to stock up the fridge in either Aldi or Lidl. We had dinner in the local pub which is 100 meters away from the cottage and timed it right for the Thursday steak night!!!!
The cottage had everything we needed and a lovely warm welcome from Bridget. The only downfall is the front garden not being fenced off adequetly to keep the dogs in and off the main road. We wanted to be able to relax and enjoy the large front garden but always having to keep an eye on the dogs. Its advertised as pet friendly but the garden isnt and leads to the main road. I would advise even securing a part of the back of the house to allow the dogs to be secure somewhere.
We will be back again as we loved it!!!

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Management Response
Jan 17, 2017
Hi Shannon,
Thank you for your very positive review on our thatch cottage in Loughanure, Co. Donegal. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay and hope to see you again soon. Yes, the food in the local pub which is just a 2 minute walk for the cottage, is fantastic quality and great value, the chicken wings are their speciality but really, everything is good, the pizzas and steaks and fresh fish are all fab!. The cottage boasts a great view over Glenveigh National park and the large fishing lake in Loughanure which is stocked with brown trout. It is also a great location to explore all of Donegal with the towns of Dungloe and Letterkenny a short drive away for some shopping or just exploring. The cottage is in ready reach of the beach for those long summer days. Please be advised that since your stay we have now got an enclosed garden at the back of the cottage in which dogs can be securely kept. We hope to see you all soon back in Donegal
Regards

The Owner
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Lorcmiest...
Banbridge, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Great Cottage”
Reviewed February 17, 2016 for a stay in February 2016
1
person found this review helpful

The cottage had everything we could have wished for during our 3 night stay. The location is perfect for exploring everything Donegal has to offer from the wild landscapes, national park and amazing beaches.
The cottage has a lovely sized garden, perfect for children. The inside of the cottage was in excellent condition and even though it was February we were warm and cozy with the fire lit and the central heating on.
We received a warm welcome and i would not hesitate in recommending this cottage.

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Management Response
Feb 18, 2016
Hi Jon,
Thank you for your kind review of Teac Chondai Thatch Cottage in the quaint village of Loughanure, Co. Donegal. We are delighted that you enjoyed your trip to Donegal and that the cottage was cosy for your stay. We always try to ensure that the guests to our cottage get a real feel for what Donegal has to offer,.... the smell of the turf fire, the bracing fresh air, the roar of the waves on endless white beaches , it definately is a tonic . We hope to see you back again and......... soon ! Thanks again Regards Stephen & Dervilla
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Bill34599...
Peebles, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“This house is brilliant old and new mixed”
Reviewed August 8, 2015 for a stay in July 2015
2
people found this review helpful

Great house for anyone . If you like the old sty,le Ireland that's downstairs with stone floor in the sitting room with the turf fire . 2 bedrooms down stair . Then for the modern touch upstairs lounge T V 2 Bedrooms shower room . Going to get booked for next year

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Liked best: Everything was great
Liked least: Having to pay extra for heating and hot water . Only enough turf for one fire
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Management Response
Feb 18, 2016
Thanks Bill for the review , we are delighted that you enjoyed your stay
Weeks are booking up fast , hope to see you at Teac Chondai this year again
Regards

Stephen and Dervilla
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orla88
Belfast, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
22 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Fabulous relaxing stay”
Reviewed January 12, 2015 for a stay in January 2015
3
people found this review helpful

We stayed for 4 nights in January. We were greeted by Brid who had the fire going and went through the essentials with us. We lit the fire every night and it kept the living room cosy and the oil fire heating kept the bedroooms and sky lounge toasty. The radiators heated up really quickly. The kitchen had everything you would need we cooked every night with no problems. The cottage is in a great location for exploring donegal with dungloe only 5 kms up the road with supermarket, cafes, chemist etc. Its in a peaceful spot with lovely views over the lake and surroundings mountains. You really do feel like your getting away from it all without feeling too isolated. We would love to go back in the future

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Management Response
Aug 12, 2015
Thank you for your kind review of Teac Chondai Thatch Cottage,Loughanure Co Donegal We are delighted that you enjoyed our cosy thatch cottage in this beautiful Donegal village and we hope that you return soon.

The Donegal air and the blue flag uncrowded beaches are a must to sooth the soul. The cottage has amazing views over Glenveigh National Park and is prefect for discovering all that beautiful Donegal has to offer. We would be delighted to hear of your return visit, just don't leave it so long this time........ ! Thanks again . The owners
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