About the property
Railway Crossing Cottage, Donegal Town, Co. Donegal
Railway Crossing Cottage is an attractive cottage in a wooded setting, in a very good location on the outskirts of Donegal town. The property is beautifully maintained with a lovely traditional exterior and very tasteful touches of modernisation inside. From the moment you step into the garden and hear the birds singing there is a real sense of peace and tranquility. It’s also a convenient location for exploring County Donegal. It is a real privilege to have access to a property like this, it really is one of a kind.
We think you’ll love
- Spend the afternoon reading in the beautiful garden.
- Exploring the mountains, lakes, rivers and beaches in Co. Donegal
- 1 Double Bedroom (small double 4 foot bed)
- Suitable for adults only
- Underfloor Electric Heating
- Open Fire in living area
- Electric Oven
- Under counter fridge
- Towels and Linens Provided
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Ironing Board
- Cooking Utensils and Equipment
- 1 Bathroom – shower head over bath
- Living Area
- Large Garden
- Car Parking
Things you should know
Our buildings were made to the standards of earlier times – and sometimes without the intention that they should be lived in. Consequently, you may encounter features that reflect their particular character but that deserve due care and attention, particularly by the young, elderly, less mobile or visually impaired.
The bathtub and shower are small and inaccessible for those with mobility issues.
Irish Landmark properties that welcome a pet may not have secure enclosures. You must supervise your pet during your stay.
The cottage was ‘Gate House No.9’ because it’s the ninth crossing cottage on the Killybegs branch of the County Donegal Railway when it was opened in 1893. Generically, these cottages are always called ‘railway-crossing cottages’, and in the literature are called “crossing cottages” or ‘gatehouses” or ‘crossings” or simply ‘gates’.
The cottage was originally constructed in c.1892/93 (the Killybegs branch of the County Donegal Railway opened in 1893) and through the years was inhabited by a succession of families up until the late 1970s, when it seems to have become abandoned.
Jack & Connie Denne purchased the cottage about 30 years ago. Connie’s grandmother was the wife of one of the ‘gate-keepers’. They restored it very carefully and authentically, while at the same time making it suitable for modern living.
The large gate in the front of the cottage is a replica of the original gate, but for convenience has been mounted differently. The original was hinged to the wall on the right side (facing the building) and swung across the road to block traffic as the train came through. Opposite, on the other side of the road, another gate would have swung open to block traffic coming from the other direction. That gate is long gone.
Six trains daily (three round trips) passed through these gates going to and from Killybegs.
HEALTH AND SAFETY
Our buildings were made to the standards of earlier times – and sometimes without the intention that they should be lived in. Consequently, you may encounter features that reflect their particular character but that deserve due care and attention, particularly by the young, elderly, less mobile or visually impaired. Examples of these are steps worn with age, uneven surfaces, low ceilings and beams, unexpected drops or changes in level, and by modern standards low or absent lighting. In all cases we have sought to make a sensible compromise between due regard for safety and the careful retention of the fabric of each building, which makes it an interesting place to stay. We ask you to appreciate and use the building with this understanding. If you have any queries about the property you are interested in and would like more clarification please contact Irish Landmark at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Arrival and Departure Time?
Unless otherwise agreed with the House Manager the earliest time at which you can check in is 4.00p.m. Guests may NOT take over the property any time later then 9.00pm. Guests are requested to vacate the property by 10.00am at the latest on the day of departure.
Is there a TV?
No, but there is a radio, board games, cards and plenty of books.
Is there WiFi?
No, at our properties you have an opportunity to experience the best of a former way of life: beautiful architecture, fascinating history and a peaceful relaxed ambiance, without modern electronic distractions, where you decide the pace of your holiday.
Can I bring a dog?
Yes. Check the Irish Landmark T&Cs re bringing dogs to Irish Landmark properties. This property is only suitable for one dog.
Do you supply towels and bed linen?
Yes. The beds will be made up on your arrival and you will be provided with a bath towel and guest towel according to the number of beds in the property.
Is there an open fire?
Yes - there is an open fire. There is a limited amount of fuel left for the fire (where applicable) so guests may want to bring more for the duration of their stay. Please contact the local House Manager for more information on what type of fuel is used at your chosen property.
Do I need a car to get here?
How do I get the keys?
When you complete your booking, you will receive an email giving you information about arranging access on your arrival date.
Can I arrive early?
Only by special arrangement with the bookings office and agreement of the local House Manager. A charge is made if you are requesting a morning arrival, as this means we cannot take a booking for the night before your arrival date.
What is the earliest and latest arrival time?
4.30pm / 9pm. Your actual arrival time MUST be agreed with the local House Manager prior to your holiday start date.
How far to the nearest town?
The property is located near Donegal town which is 6 minutes drive away.
Where can I find information about the local area?
Each of our properties contains a Green Book catered to that specific property. In this book, we have compiled all of the necessary information important local amenities such as medical centres and taxi services, including locations and phone numbers. You will also find tips for recommended restaurants, bars, and things to see and do for all ages.
Is there a caterer who will come in to cook meals?
We do not know of anyone who can go in to cook meals at this property.
Is it suitable for children?
This is a small property that only sleeps adults only.
Is it suitable for older people?
This property is not suitable for anyone with mobility issues.
Does it have facilities for disabled people?
Is it suitable for a wheelchair?
Is there heating?
Yes. There is underfloor heating.
Is the cooker electric or gas?
Yes - there is an electric cooker
Is there a shower?
No. There is a bathtub - please note that there is limited water volume in the hot water tank.
How many bathrooms?
Can I get to the house by public transport?
Where is the nearest train station?
There is no train stations anywhere nearby.
What type of heating is in the house?
Electric central heating.
What is your minimum booking period?
Irish Landmark Trust have a 2 night stay minimum at all of our properties. Some Special Dates will have restrictions on arrival and departure date which will effect the minimum number of nights.
Is there a garden at the house?
Yes. There is a large garden to the rear that was where the old railway line ran.
Is there outdoor furniture.
Not at the moment.
Is there parking on site?
Yes there is parking for 1 car.
What condiments and products do you supply
We supply teabags, coffee granules, sugar, salt & pepper, cooking oil, tin foil & kitchen roll, handwash, washing up liquid, dishwashing cloths, and dishwasher tablets if there is a dishwasher. We do not supply any other cleaning products that contain chemicals, including laundry detergents – we suggest you bring your own.
HOW TO BOOK AN IRISH LANDMARK HOLIDAY :
It is possible to reserve dates online at www.irishlandmark.com but bookings are not confirmed until a confirmation email is received from the bookings desk.
Your booking must be for holiday purposes only. Irish Landmark reserve the right to refuse hire for purposes other than holiday accommodation. When you make a booking, you accept full responsibility for all persons who will use or visit the property during the period booked. When you book, you agree to indemnify us against all loss and damage arising directly or indirectly to the property and its contents from any deliberate or negligent act or omission by yourself, or any person accompanying you.
CONTRACT OF HIRE:
The hiring contract shall be between the Hirer and Irish Landmark and made subject to these Booking Conditions . The Contract of Hire is not effective until Irish Landmark dispatches to the Hirer written confirmation of a booking.
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“Thank you so much for having us at the Railway cottage. Our stay was superb. The cottage itself was beautiful, and the grounds were lovely. We had fantastic evenings in front of the fire and the underfloor heating was a welcome touch in the mornings and helped keep the cottage lovely and warm. The location was superb as well. 2 KM into Donegal’s town centre, and an hour’s drive to a host of Donegal’s best attractions. We added on an extra night, as we were so delighted with our stay. Thank You.”
A Lovely Cottage for Two
“This a charming cottage for two with a fabulous and beautifully kept garden. It has everything two people might need and is in a quiet and secluded location though only 2 km from Donegal town with all its shops and restaurants. We would strongly recommend it to other couples looking for a quiet and attractive self-catering location.”
Gerard Boyle is the House Manager at Railway Crossing Cottage. Gerard loves to welcome guests and tell them about the best things to do in the area.