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4 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 8
Carndonagh, County Donegal

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salphoeni...
hertfordshire
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Home Away From Home”
Reviewed 12 September 2014 for a stay in August 2014
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Josie's cottage was perfect for our stay in Ireland. It had everything we could possibly need, and then some. Location was brilliant, being just outside Carndonagh, with everything on the doorstep. Local nightlife was fun and the locals were friendly. The views from the cottage itself were stunning. On a clear day you can see all the way to Trawbeaga Bay and Slieve Sneacht (largest mountain in the area) and it can take your breathe away. The facilities at the cottage were more than adequate for 6 adults to share the space comfortably and the evenings were cosy with a turf fire in the open fireplace.

I would definitely consider Josie's Cottage again when returning to Donegal and would recommend it to friends. It's comfortable, cosy, picturesque and relaxing.

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Liked best: the atmosphere of the setting and cottage
Liked least: the mattress was a little bit softer than i am used to
Travelling group: Friends
Your age range 25-34
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
16 Sep 2014
Thank you for your kind review which is much appreciated and really makes a difference when other potential guests are considering choosing our cottage as a holiday destination. We’re delighted to hear you all had a great time!
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matthew c
1 review
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“stunning location in the most cosy of cottages”
Reviewed 4 August 2014 for a stay in August 2014
1
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This hidden gem in Ireland should be on everyones list! unspoilt beaches by the dozen where the rolling green hills bleed into the ocean. The waters so clear and teeming with life they must be some of the best in the world.
The cottage itself is a home from home with everything a family needs. Easily sleeps 4 adults and 4 kids and has a great kitchen and bits for the beach and other things to keep the kids entertained when that irish weather changes (which it will at least 8 times a day :-) )
But dont stress! - light a turf fire - look out of THAT window to see a view better than any painting - take a glass of something local and just take it in and feel the stresses of life melt away. Will be back for sure.

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Liked best: modern, clean cosy cottage an a simply stunning location
Liked least: stay was too short!
Travelling group: Young Children
Your age range 35-49
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Management Response
20 Aug 2014
Thank you for leaving such great feedback! It sounds as if you all had a wonderful time. We look forward to welcoming you back to our cottage very soon.
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NeilM23
Belfast, United Kingdom
1 review
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“Outstanding!”
Reviewed 28 July 2014 for a stay in July 2014
1
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We've been all over Donegal over the years and this is definitely now my favourite spot - we intend to return to Josie's Cottage many times in the future.
In reality the house is only about a mile from Carndonagh (a "big wee town" in Donegal terms) which has everything you need including a great "SuperValu" supermarket but you really do feel that you are away from it all.
The view of the mountains and sea are simply stunning and change from hour to hour.
It is only a ten minute drive at most to a choice of fantastic beaches (e.g. Culdaff, Five Finger Strand, Ballyliffin) and the surrounding unspoilt scenery of Inishowen is just breathtaking.
The house really does have all you need and is a lot bigger than it looks in the photos.

I would heartily recommend Josie's Cottage to anyone.

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Travelling group: Young Children
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Management Response
15 Aug 2014
Thanks very much for your kind review and we are delighted you had such an enjoyable holiday. We look forward to welcoming you back to our cottage and all the delights that Inishowen has to offer in the very near future!
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Macca43
Buckinghamshire, England
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“Charming Holiday Home”
Reviewed 9 July 2014 for a stay in July 2014

We just returned from 4 days at Josie's Cottage and to be honest we didn't want to leave! The cottage is charming and has everything you need for a great holiday. The bedrooms are large and airy, the two front bedrooms and living room having fantastic views. The kitchen is very well equipped. The location is very quiet with only the odd passing car. It was lovely to see the horses in the next field. We spent the first evening in the Glen Bar in Carndonagh which had live music which was good fun. Plenty of shops in Carndonagh including a large Supermarket. When we return to Carndonagh we will definitely be booking Josie's Cottage again. :)

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Liked best: The peaceful location
Travelling group: Friends
Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
15 Aug 2014
Thanks for your lovely comments and we are so glad to hear you had a wonderful time. We look forward to welcoming you back very soon.
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nedNIrela...
n ireland
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“really nice cottage”
Reviewed 22 April 2014 for a stay in April 2014

just home from the cottage after spending easter weekend what a little gem ,this cottage goes well beyond what one would expect from a holiday rent toys for the kids everything you would ever need or want you will find there on site ,I cant say enough to praise this cottage other than go see for youre self you will have a great time many thanks all for such an enjoyable week end

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Liked best: large safe garden for the grandchildren to play in easy access to town a mile away by taxi
Liked least: everything was perfect no faults at all
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway People with disabilities
Older travelers Families with young children
People with pets
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  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
25 Apr 2014
Thank you so much for your lovely Trip Advisor Review and we're so glad you enjoyed your stay. We were keeping an eye on the weather for you and we hear it was good! You are always most welcome with your family (and dog!) to return and stay at Josie's Cottage.
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HannahRJ
1 review
“Lovely house in beautiful setting”
Reviewed 26 March 2014 for a stay in October 2013

We stayed at Josie's cottage during our first ever trip to Ireland and we couldn't have asked for anything more. We visited in October and didn't have great hopes for the weather, but we were greeted with beautiful blue skies which stayed for the majority of the week - from our holiday photos you could easily think we'd been to an exotic beach somewhere! We bought our dog with us too and it was great to have an enclosed garden, with endless picturesque walks I think he had the best week of his life! The cottage itself was lovely, and surprisingly spacious inside, with all the amenities you could need during your stay. Would highly recommend Josie's cottage to anyone planning a trip to the area, we'll definitely be visiting again! Thank you for making our stay so memorable!

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Management Response
9 Apr 2014
Thank you for your lovely review which will greatly assist future guests if considering exploring the delights of Josie's Cottage and the Inishowen Pensinsula. We look forward to welcoming you back to stay soon
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Antonia B
Valbonne, France
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Fabulous Find in Donegal”
Reviewed 9 January 2014 for a stay in June 2012
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people found this review helpful

We traveled here from the South of France as part of a tour of Ireland. We went with Grandma and our 2 children age 8 and 10 at the time.

Josie's cottage was even better than we hoped for .. ample parking and a large garden to let off steam in the outside parts and a really well equipped kitchen and very comfy bedrooms inside.
As for the view from the lounge (and bedrooms) a photo cannot truly show the beauty of the view. Truly a restful place for getting away from it all yet with a vibrant village/small town nearby not isolated.

We all slept like babies and the layout meant we all felt we had our own space to get away too. In fact although we were a party of 5, we didn't use all the bedrooms as the children preferred to bunk up together.
Thanks to a treasure trove of games and books they had plenty of games to test out too each morning. After a day out , they LOVED coming back to the fenced garden and running, jumping rolling and playing ball.

Every day they woke later and later as the beautiful country air took effect. We hadn't been expecting the for the long light evenings (sometimes until 11 p.m.!) so we were able to enjoy lie ins and stay up late.

We really enjoyed exploring the local area and thanks to a great folder full of ideas we really made the most of each day .. trips to the beach (thanks too the surfboards and wetsuits we found in the cupboard!) we LOVED the folk museum (be careful it's shut on Mondays!) it was absolutely brilliant , great education for the children on days gone by and the emigration to the USA and of course country walks and a trip to the Giant's Causeway was another great daytrip.

The patisserie in town was great for an afternoon treat and there is a good sized supermarket there too. We were able to get wifi easily in many of the local bars (for some essential guiness tasting!) , restaurants and we even went to the hairdressers one day as part of our pamper-me day and could check online there too. and thanks to the no-smoke policy we could take the kids here for early suppers etc. We ate out 3 times in different places in town and got a take away another time.

Our hosts put us in touch with a babysitter which was fantastic allowing us to enjoy a rare night out and taxis were very good value so we could make the most of the Irish welcome.
The weather was mixed (but we knew that before booking!) but what we found looking out of the huge picture window each morning was that where one way looked not so good the other way looked better and so we planned our days out accordingly so we got to the beach on the sunny days. We made full use of all the picnic equipment which really cut our day out costs down ..
We didn't manage to see everything as we also went down to the South of Ireland for another week.. so we plan to go back again soon .

So in summary this is a wonderful time stands still part of the world. There really is something for everyone and we came back super relaxed having seen a different culture.
We will definitely go back as there is so much more to see and do , and we wouldn't hesitate staying here in Carndonagh again at Josie's cottage as it has everything there to make traveling as a family super easy!

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Liked best: Slept wonderfully, well equipped kitchen and leisure items
Liked least: No wifi but our workaround was in bars and restaurants in the village so worked out perfectly in the end.
Travelling group: Extended Family
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway People with disabilities
Older travelers Families with young children
Large groups People with pets
  • Was the property as advertised?
  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
  • Was your security deposit returned on time?
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Management Response
21 Jan 2014
We're so glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay and look forward to welcoming you all back soon!
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
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