Inishcoo House is a large, beautifully restored 18th century coastguard house standing alone on a magical uninhabited island just 5 minutes boat ride from the historic fishing village of Burtonport on the mainland. The island features several glorious sandy beaches, a shipwreck, an inland lake and unlimited walking, fishing, boating and swimming possibilities.
The house is believed to have sheltered Bonnie Prince Charlie after his escape from Scotland. It faces south on to Rutland Sound, which is a busy channel, including the ferries to and from Arranmore passing the house within metres.
Inishcoo has 7 bedrooms and can sleep 5 couples comfortably plus one small double (with 4 ft bed and one small single room.. However there are several options within this large holiday home that make it possible to accommodate up to 20 + cots, particularly where children are involved (including a huge, bright children’s dormitory in the roofspace). Please contact the owner who will gladly outline the options available.
The house is an eco-house, and warm and cosy all year round, with air-conditioning if needed in the summer. Inishcoo House and its garden is completely enclosed and is totally safe for wandering children. Beyond that is another 6 acres of private grounds enclosed on three sides by lovely old stone walls where older children can play unsupervised among the wild flowers and boulders (brilliant for hide and seek!).
Within the grounds stands an old stone watch hut from which coastguards have observed the bay for centuries and where our guests can do the same today in complete peace and seclusion.
In keeping with the eco friendly theme, it is necessary to conserve water on Inishcoo as much as possible. Instead of mains water, rainwater is harvested and filtered – a system that will no doubt become more common on the mainland as water charges apply! FREE WI-FI is included with fast Broadband speed and there is good mobile telephone reception (although you may need to be by a window as the walls are so thick)!
NB. The owners warn that although we will do all we can in our power to restore any break in the link with broadband, we are very much in the hands of the provider, who for some reason requires four working days notice before an engineer contacts us. There is no choice of Internet provider, and we can only apologise if there is a problem while you are there. We will hope that if the worst happens, there will be enough excitements living on the island to be able to enjoy the escape from modernity and the rat race!
Oscar Duffy is our friendly caretaker and he is on hand throughout your holiday. He is also available to ferry guests to Burtonport or on boating trips around the islands. Many of our guests enjoy the island so much that they only visit the mainland once or twice a week to do the shopping. There are four excellent supermarkets in nearby Dungloe, 8 minutes drive from Burtonport, with local fish and vegetable markets on various days.
But for those that do want to explore Donegal, some of the wildest and most beautiful scenery in Ireland awaits them. Mountain ranges, deep lakes, the tallest cliffs in Europe, mile-long sandy beaches, legendary links golf courses, old pubs (many with gaelic music): everything is here to make this holiday completely unique. The weather is often surprisingly hot and sunny (thank you the gulfstream), and ofe course it can also be fierce and wet, but it will always be an experience and usually liable to change within the next half hour!
Besides a Visitors Centre, voluntarily manned, there is an excellent, very friendly and hospitable pub/restaurant in Burtonport – The Lobster Pot – which is owned and run by Tim and Anne who will cater for your needs should you want your freezer stocked in advance with tasty dishes; or they can send over food with Oscar if given enough notice or cook and prepare fresh lobster and crab for you should you prefer not to do it yourself.
Donegal’s greatest asset is undoubtedly its people: friendly, genuine, hardy and as unspoilt as the countryside. You’ll remember their warmth and humour long after you’ve returned home and we believe you’ll want to come back again and again as most of those who holiday here do. It is a magical place which can adapt to be the perfect family holiday; ideal for a seminar or team-building venue or the ultimate retreat just to recharge the batteries and escape the cares of the world. Give it a try: we think you’ll be really astonished at what you find here.
5 double/1x4ft small double/1 single bedrooms
2 of the bedrooms have an interconnecting bathroom
1 of the bedrooms is downstairs with a comfortable sofa bed and adjoining shower room
Flexibility to sleep up to 10 children There is flexibility to sleep up to 20 if you are prepared to use the huge, bright kids dormitory in the roof space. Call the owner for further details.
3 bathrooms – 2 with showers, 2 downstairs toilets
large open plan room with panoramic coastal views
this new room connects the old house and the boathouse
room contains stylish modern kitchen, dining and living areas
kitchen has a large range cooker with gas hobs
microwave, dishwasher, 2 large fridge freezers
large chest freezer in the boathouse
bright dining area with large circular table
superb views from the living area
living area is comfortably furnished with sofas and armchairs
the area has a wood burning stove
library-games room provides a second living space
this room is decorated in a more traditional style
the room also has a wood burning stove
the house has TVs but deliberately no satellite dish
lots of classic dvd & video films available
games and jigsaws in the Library and 2 games tables
separate playroom with a double sofa bed
bootroom / utility room with a shower adjacent to the back door
washing machine and tumble dryer in the bootroom
bootroom also has a pulley drying rack to dry clothes
an old stone boathouse is attached to the modern living space
boatroom has a mezzanine floor with a table-tennis table
lawn to the front of the house securely fenced
surrounded by 6 acres of private grounds
grounds contained within high stone walls of pink granite
lifejackets, fishing gear and golf clubs are provided for visitors
FREE WI-FI with the proviso mentioned above
3 Nights: from €700 per night 4 nights: from €650 per night 5 nights: from €600 per night 6 nights: from €550 per night Other Dates: please enquire
Deposit: 25% non-refundable deposit payable when booking (in Euros only)
Included: heat, lighting, electricity, wifi, cot (on request)
If you have any further questions, please ask when enquiring.
Dear Celia, Happy New Year! We truly love this house and this island. We have had an amazing time here! What a dream! Many thanks. Oscar has been great. We will be so sad to leave tomorrow. All the very best for 2018!
Thanks again for an amazing holiday.
We all had a fabulous week on Inishcoo and Oscar looked after us really well… The older boys played a game of Risk that lasted the entire week and absolutely loved it so one of our first jobs when we got back home was to get our own set down from the attic. The weather wasn’t too great but it was nice enough to get out and explore the island most days and we all enjoyed it very much. We’ve all posted lots of pictures and references to Inishcoo on our Facebook pages and already have lots of people saying they’d love to go too, so hopefully you’ll get some more enquiries from this.
We also met Tim in the Lobster Pot and he looked after us really well even though the place was very busy when 12 of us and arrived in looking for dinner. The oysters and crab claws were delicious and everyone enjoyed their meal. We would love to return at some other time. Thanks again for an amazing holiday.
We had a wonderful time and everything was perfect.
We had a wonderful time and everything was perfect. We had a wonderful time fishing exploring and generally relaxing (well needed). Your home on Inishcoo is beautiful and we are lucky that you share such a treasure. My husband promised me that the library could keep him occupied for many weeks. Some of the books that my daughter pulled were very old and interesting reading from 1915 and on. My daughter loved the children’s play den. My son loved fishing and caught his first fish with great excitement. All in all everyone was blown away by the peaceful beauty of the island. We would love to come back in the future.
WHAT an idyllic weekend we all had at Inishcoo
WHAT an idyllic weekend we all had at Inishcoo! No wonder you love the place. As I said yesterday thank you all so much for sharing your little piece heaven with us. I don’t know where to start….I think the breathtaking light that suffused the house, the sea, the islands, everywhere – that was so unexpected and completely stunning. I guess that was why the sea so clear and such a striking green colour. People talk about artists flocking to the south coast of France because they revel in the unique quality of light, but I do think the Donegal luminosity is a well kept secret. As you said yourself, the place is bewitching. Then the very natural, easy going completely open and so likable people around you there – you could not ask for more.
Dr Ruth Dover
I keep thinking I am on a Greek Island
I keep thinking I am on a Greek Island – so warm and the colours are dazzling!
House is beautiful and views fantastic. Couldn’t be better
Arrived safely on the island just before dark last night. House is beautiful and views fantastic. Couldn’t be better
Utter magic the whole day!
What a phenomenal place! Went for a wonderful walk among the most incredible variety of wildflowers in glorious sunshine; watched the ferries pass while sitting out reading books on the terrace, after a disastrous evening’s Bridge for me! Utter magic the whole day!
Want to say a big thank you and to let you know we all had a fabulous time on Inishcoo last weekend.
Want to say a big thank you and to let you know we all had a fabulous time on Inishcoo last weekend. The weather wasn’t the best but we did manage to venture out around the island for a few walks with the kids we even met the local cows north of the island! My wife Nicola had a lovely 40th birthday and some of the couples have been talking about wanting to come again with the family.
The house and island are a tour de force.
The house and island are a tour de force. You saved a very nice surprise for me with your magnificent library. What a delight and the perfect place to while away a soft Donegal day.
Your house is utterly gorgeous.
Your house is utterly gorgeous. You must be so thrilled with it. What fun for the family to have such a nice place to holiday.
I loved my walk round the island
I loved my walk round the island – seeing such lovely places and flowers. I think the fat green caterpillar we found was an Emperor Moth, but I am not totally sure.
We have just had the best beach day ever, anywhere in the world
We have just had the best beach day ever, anywhere in the world. Nobody in England is going to believe how warm the water here is for swimming, and it is so clear we have just had the most gorgeous swim!
What a wonderful place!
“What a wonderful place! I had looked forward to coming to the island since hearing about it earlier in the year. It was no disappointment; you have done a wonderful job of restoring the house.”