Fawn Thatched Cottage - Malin, Malin

3 Bedrooms :: Sleeps 8

Fawn Thatched Cottage - Malin

Traditional PropertyOpen FireCot & Highchair


Fawn Thatched Cottage is a beautifully restored traditional Donegal farmhouse in the townland of Fawn, just 3 km from the coastal town of Malin on the Inishowen Peninsula. This wonderful cottage  exudes charm and has all the marks of a cottage that has been lovingly cared for down through the years by generations of the same family.

The original single storey thatch cottage is several hundred years old. Over time a second storey was added and more recently a modern extension was tastefully added to the rear. The cottage has a beautiful rural setting and is sheltered by mature trees and well maintained outhouses.

A Step Back in Time

On entering through the traditional half door the visitor will find a beautifully restored parlour complete with hearth and cooking crane, dresser, original stone floor and old style cottage furniture and ornaments. A high ceiling and white rough rendered walls give an airy feel to this charming living space.

A large sitting room is adjacent to the parlour and is housed in the thatched part of the building. Like all rooms in the cottage it has been tastefully furnished and decorated in keeping with the traditional style.  The room has an open fireplace and a dining table.

The staircase in the parlour leads directly into a large bedroom on the floor above.  The traditional theme is continued here with an old style cast iron bedroom frame, spinning wheel, rough cast wall and restored furniture. The kitchen on the ground floor tastefully combines the old with the new and includes a dining table and 4 chairs. The newer extension to the back of the cottage has a large double bedroom on the ground floor and a family bedroom and a bathroom on the first floor

The Inishowen Peninsula

Fawn Thatched Cottage is centrally located between 3 of Inishowen‘s main towns – Malin (3km), Culdaff (4km) and Carndonagh (5km). The cottage is just 5km from the fabulous blue flag beach at Culdaff and 9km from the majestic Fiver Finger Strand north of Malin. It is 12km from the two championship golf courses at Ballyliffin and 17km from Malin Head – Irelands most northerly point.

For bird lovers the Trawbreaga Bay Wildlife Sanctuary is right on your doorstep with its selection of southward migrating birds such as Garney and Shearwater. For the enthusiastic walker the countryside around the cottage is a landscape of purple heather, small patchwork fields, streams and glens – ideal rambling terrain.

Local Activities and Attractions

  • Visit the Doagh Visitor Centre. This centre provides a great variety of exhibitions telling the story of the Irish Famine. It is also a place where the local customs, traditions, folklore and history of the Inishowen Peninsula are preserved in a permanent way
  • Go sea angling from Culdaff  - the Inishowen Boating Company operates 2 purpose built and fully licenced charter boats from Bunagee Pier Culdaff
  • Visit the Fort and Military Museum at Dunree.
  • Go pony trekking from a number of Equestrian Centres in and around Malin Town
  • Play golf on the internationally renowned Ballyliffin Golf Club - just 12 km from the holiday home. Other fine golf courses on the Inishowen Peninsula can be found at Greencastle, Buncrana and Redcastle.
  • Take a trip around the famous Inishowen 100 This is one of Ireland's most scenic drives. The route includes dramatic coastal scenery plus a fine collection of ancient forts and monuments, traditional craft centres, and a dozen or so friendly villages. Scenic highlights include the Gap of Mamore, and Malin Head -  Ireland's most northerly point
  • Enjoy beautiful unspoilt beaches on the Inishowen Peninsula – Culdaff, Five Finger Strand near Malin and Shrove. Culdaff is becoming a popular surfing beach
  • Enjoy a meal at the Malin Hotel or Mc Grory’s of Culdaff.  Mc Grory’s features an award wining restaurant, traditional bar with regular Irish Music Sessions and the  famous Backroom - one of Ireland's leading live music venues
  • Visit the Inishowen Maritime Museum in Greencastle, which includes a state-of-the-art planetarium
  • Use the car ferry at Greencastle to explore the northern coasts of Derry and Antrim - including the Giants Causeway and Bushmills


Facilities & Living Space


  • 3 bedrooms to sleep up to 8
  • bathroom with bath and shower
  • parlour - or living room - with a traditional hearth
  • the hearth has an old style cooking crane
  • furnished in a traditional style with dresser, ornaments and prints
  • half door opens directly into parlour and provides natural light
  • sitting room with open fireplace located adjacent to the parlour
  • sitting room comfortably furnished and contains dining table
  • traditional sash windows with deep reveals on the ground floor
  • kitchen has modern appliances but is furnished in a traditional style
  • electric oven and hob, microwave
  • dishwasher, fridge freezer
  • wood dining table and 4 chairs
  • belfast sink, dresser, old style prints and ornaments
  • washing machine
  • tvs in the parlour and sitting room with muti channel Free View
  • initial supply of turf on arrival
  • large front lawn - enclosed and sheltered garden to the rear
  • outside clothes line, iron and ironing board
  • ample parking
  • 3km to Malin Town
  • 4km to Culdaff
  • 5km to Carndonagh
  • 6km to Culdaff Blue Flag Beach
  • 12km to Ballyliffin Golf Club
  • 17km to Malin Head

Living Space

Parlour / Living Room  Parlour / Living Room

The focal point of the parlour - or living room - is the traditional hearth. In this lovely cottage the hearth has been raised above floor level and features a cooking crane and various traditional cooking utensils around it. The windows have the deep reveals typical of these solid old stone structures. High ceilings and white rough rendered walls give an airy feel to the room. Extra natural light is provided when the half door is open.

Sitting Room  Sitting Room

The sitting room is located in the thatched part of the building. It is comfortably furnished and has an open fireplace. A dining table is located beside the traditional sash windows.

Kitchen  Kitchen

Although the kitchen has modern appliances and has several fitted cabinets it nevertheless has a traditional feel. The cabinets have an old style finish and details such as the dresser, Belfast sink and solid wood table and chairs give it a real homely, cottage feel. Everywhere there is evidence of attention to the details from the old light fittings to the  old style prints prominently displayed.

Bedrooms  Bedrooms

Renovated cottages are usually the masters of deception and Fawn Thatched Cottage is no different as it has three large bedrooms under its roof. Two of the bedrooms are in a modern extension to the back - both these are furnished in a simple yet elegant style. Directly above the parlour is a very traditional bedroom with  a cast iron framed bed, a small gable window, white rough rendered walls, a spining wheel and old style furniture and fittings.

The cottage also has a spacious bathroom with bath and separate shower




Easter Week

€ 500

July / August

€ 500

May / June / September

€ 450

Rest of Year

€ 400


€ 500

New Year

€ 500

Weekends (2 nights)

€ 275

Weekends (3 nights)

€ 300


Booking Details

Booking deposit (non-refundable) of euro100 per week - with balance to be paid six weeks prior to the letting period.

  • check in 4pm, check out 11am
  • rental Sat – Sat except by special arrangement

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What's Included

  • bed linen
  • towels
  • turf for open fire

What's Not Included


  • central heating is metered extra
  • electricity is metered extra

Contact the owner

Contact:Peter or Caroline
property listed here since 2011
Telephone:00353 74 9370806
 00353 86 7373993
Sat Nav:Latitude: 55.2821
 Longitude: -7.228

What they say

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