Customer Testimonials for Traditional Self Catering Accommodation

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Characterful and peaceful
We loved this cottage. So much outside space and very easy to find. It was really comfortable,clean and cosy. A beautiful location, with sea views. Clonmany is a lovely village with everything we needed. This is our fourth holiday rental in Ireland this year and this was by far the best.

Frances Cotter, UK

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Just come back from a lovely break in Mia's Cottage in beautiful Inishowen. The cottage is well situtated for touring Donegal and Northern Ireland.  We visited Malin Head and the recently restored Swan's Park, Buncrana where there was a local craft show.  We drove to Dunree Fort, Military Museum where there is also great hill walks with stunning views over Lough Swilly. 

Definately be back to Mia's Cottage as there is so much to see and do.

Jack & Mary Baxter, Galway

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We had a lovely week with the kids in Mia's Cottage. The cottage was spotless, well equiped and very comfortable for our stay.  Thanks to John for having the stove glowing  on arrival and giving us plenty of information about the area. Hope to return soon.


Carol Daly

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We just loved our stay! Thanks John for your help
Everything was perfect for our stay!

Gillian Mc Gaughey

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A magical country get away set in the rugged Donegal coast.

Duggan Family

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Cosy Cottage in stunning surrounds

Theresa White

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Brilliant comfortable cottage in Donegal

Janet Rossiter

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Lovely and relaxing holiday in a beautiful area

Lorraine Bennett

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The cottage was perfect for our family (3 kids - 7,5 and 6months) New Years getaway. John and Dolores looked after us upon arrival and were easy to contact if necessary. The cottage was really nicely set up and had all we needed. The stove kept the house warm with the complementary peat supplies and it was easy to buy more coal and wood at the centra in Clonmany nearby. The garden was great for the kids and we were very fortunate to get mild and generally dry weather for the time of year. The surrounding area is stunning and perfect for exploring - mountains, beaches, lakes, waterfalls... Highly recommended and we would definitely return.

Crawford Family

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Cosy cottage, stunning scenery!

 Left on Apr 14, 2018 for a stay in Apr 2018
We had a lovely few days here with our three chikdren (15yrs, 12yrs abd 8yrs). A beautifully renovated cottage and a perfect base for exploring the surroundings and then relaxing by the fire playing cards! Tullagh beach, Lenan beach, Malin Head and so much more, all nearby and stunning! Thank you Delores and John.

Duke Family U.K.

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marian m

Gorgeous place.

 Left on Mar 8, 2018 for a stay in Feb 2018
The cottage is very nice in special fire place. Everything was clean. We felt perfect.And John is a good host. Many thanks John!

Marion Broderick

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Oxfordshire, United Kingdom

Go ahead and book - this is a cracking place.

 Left on Mar 1, 2018 for a stay in Feb 2018
The photographs online don't do this place justice. The cottage is warm and very well refurbished whilst retaining its character and charm. The main room is a joining kitchen / living room with high ceilings and a wood / coal / turf burning stove. Perfect for relaxing & entertaining. The bedrooms are spacious enough - each with a concealed wardrobe and one with a concealed shower room. A second shower room is also available. The Urris Hills are just behind the corrage and the sea is visible to the left and right as you go out the front door. Fanad Lighthouse can also be seen at night. Tullagh Beach and Lenan beach are just a 5 minute drive away - both are great. John and Dolores are a pleasure to deal with. I could go on, but in essence I'm really looking forward to returning - just book this place, its terrific.

Doherty Family U.K.

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Mia’s cottage

 Left on Jan 6, 2018 for a stay in Aug 2017
OMG what can I say about this place that would adequately describe what a fab holiday we had. From the ease of booking to our reluctant check out the hosts, John and Dolores made us feel so welcome. Cottage was impeccably clean and very spacious and we wanted for nothing. We had a fantastic week in Clonmany spending far too much time in Nancy’s Barn and local hotels eating fab food and wonderful afternoons on the beach with the kids. Clonmany itself is in walking distance - a good stretch of the legs as they say - approx 30mins walk. So much to do in and around area - brilliant for families It’s took me this long to write review as I wanted to keep this secret to myself but can’t be selfish 🤪 Looking forward to visiting Mia’s cottage again really soon. Thank you both and happy new year The Murphy’s

Murphy family, Birmingham

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Birmingham, United Kingdom

Mia’s cottage

 Left on Jan 6, 2018 for a stay in Aug 2017
OMG what can I say about this place that would adequately describe what a fab holiday we had. From the ease of booking to our reluctant check out the hosts, John and Dolores made us feel so welcome. Cottage was impeccably clean and very spacious and we wanted for nothing. We had a fantastic week in Clonmany spending far too much time in Nancy’s Barn and local hotels eating fab food and wonderful afternoons on the beach with the kids. Clonmany itself is in walking distance - a good stretch of the legs as they say - approx 30mins walk. So much to do in and around area - brilliant for families It’s took me this long to write review as I wanted to keep this secret to myself but can’t be selfish 🤪 Looking forward to visiting Mia’s cottage again really soon. Thank you both and happy new year The Murphy’s

Murphy Family

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Lovely and peaceful

 Left on Jun 2, 2017 for a stay in Apr 2017
We very much enjoyed our week at Mia's Cottage. It was in a great location for walks and exploring the Inishowen Peninsula. A great unspoilt area, hopefully we will visit again and would recommend Mia's Cottage.

Kevin and Caoimhe, Belfast

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Stunning Cottage

 Left on Oct 10, 2016 for a stay in Sep 2016
We stayed here for our honeymoon and absolutely loved every minute of it... The cottage is so cosy an it had everything we needed... John was very helpful with the local hotspots till visit.. Will definitely be back again... 😊

John & Eileen

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Beautiful place with beautiful people

 Left on May 6, 2016 for a stay in Apr 2016
What can I say I have not said already this is such a beautiful cottage to stay my only regret stay there was that I had to leave to go back to work. It was only a 5 day visit and there is so much to see the coast line is breath taking the waters are so blue and the beaches of the finest sand....really enjoyed the Famine village just down the road for the life of me I cannot remember the fellas name who took us round but if you go there he used to live there as a child and you'll never believe when running water came to them shocked me! We also visited the Titanic museum in Belfast in my eyes the £25 for the tour is over rated but the boat and museum free walk round with cable car thing is interesting but really only if its torrential rain. The Rusty Nail well worth a visit friendly pub great food that not too expensive would have loved to spend more time there but with The Gallway Hooker you pay with a little hangover in the morning. If I remember right they have music local Irish music on a Sunday would have loved to have gone to that but there for to shorter time. While we were there we certainly had four seasons in one day everyday but it never stopped us enjoying the area so if you visit the area get out and enjoy it the people could not be friendlier. Now then the owners we never had the pleasure of meeting Dolores but we did meet John who could not have done more for us heating on fire lit cottage all cosy I will be back God willing🤗

Eric & Maise Whyte,

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Warm cosy peaceful cottage with all amenities of modern day living

 Left on Jun 26, 2016 for a stay in Jun 2016
Excellent stay, well placed for North Donegal. Cottage rebuilt at location about five years ago with modern yet traditional design. With a combination of oil and multi fuel burner you can keep yourself warm and cosy. Oil and electricity is charged but peat and wood is provided so you can develop your skills at peat burning although very easy with the multi burner and dry wood. Peat brickettes burn much easier which you can buy locally, these burn with more heat which kicks in the back boiler and the central heating without oil burning. The end bedroom faced by the chimney breast keeps the warmest over night. It's June and it was still cold outside so joined the locals in fire burning to keep warm. Your hosts will tell you what to do with the ashes, go in a bin outside. Clear that whoever designed the decor liked red which is my favourite colour, doors, curtains, seats, cups etc. Kitchen well equipped with all gadgets. WiFi provided by Bluebox microwave dish as in these parts provided 20 up and 20 down so you are not cut off from the outside world. Did moderate down at busy times of the day to ADSL speeds. Always best to keep a GSM option if you travel and Internet connection is important. The Rusty Nail pub is walkable but probably best to drive and take turns at drinking with a bottle of wine back in cottage plus nibbles for return. Food good at the Rusty Nail and also the golf course restaurant open to visitors or use the cottages kitchen. Very comfortable stay. Location is on Google maps.

London Tell

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words dont do it justice!

 Left on Aug 10, 2016 for a stay in Jul 2016
We spent a week in this beautiful,cosy cottage(mum dad 3 girls under 7) and had a fantastic time.Some of the nicest scenery and views you could ever wish to see.So much to do for the family where we met some very friendly people.The owners John and Dolores are very helpful and kind and we plan to come back in the near future!!!


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 Left on Sep 22, 2016 for a stay in Aug 2016
This was our third time in Mia's Cottage and hopefully we will be back for another long holiday. We love it there. It's our second home. Delores and John are generous hosts and make us really welcome.

Philip & Margaret

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eviewed 3 days ago for a stay in January 2015NEW

Just home from a fantastic stay at mias cottage. The cottage was very cosy and warm even when the storms blew in. It is in a nice, not to remote area of Donegal, close to many beautifull beaches. The owner John had the fire roaring for us on arrival and every thing you could possibly need is in the cottage .We just couldn't believe how nice this place is. We cant wait to visit this area of Donegal again and without hesitation would stay in mias cottage.

5 of 5 starsEase of booking 5 of 5 starsDirections to the property
5 of 5 starsKey pickup/access to the property 5 of 5 starsOverall condition
5 of 5 starsQuality of bedding/mattresses 5 of 5 starsKitchen/utensils quality
5 of 5 starsCleanliness of bathroom 5 of 5 starsQuality of facilities/amenities
5 of 5 starsService

White Family, Belfast

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Wonderful Cottage in an idyllic location.”
April 25, 2014

Mia's Cottage was very spacious, clean and had everything you needed for a few days away. 
John was very pleasant and helpful, he had the fire blazing for our arrival along with some fresh eggs that were much appreciated!
The area is remote and beautiful and all the beaches are accessible by travelling a short distance by car or bike! 
The local neighbours were very friendly. 
All correspondence and communication from the owner was excellent. 
Thank you.

Ruth Morrison

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Wonderful cottage!"

Stayed here 3 nights over St. Patricks weekend with my three small children and couldn't have asked for more! Beautiful, traditional and clean Mia's cottage is situated in a quiet, rural area with two wonderful beaches nearby. Unfortunately the children were sick and we didn't go too far but the cottage had everything we needed and it was lovely to just curl up with the large stove roaring. The children loved it, particularly the swings and slide in the garden and I felt safe to let the out as the cottage was down a lane away from traffic (not that there was much traffic in the area!). Thankfully the morning we were leaving everyone felt well enough to explore a bit and it was a beautiful crisp day so we headed off to the waterfall and beaches. Would definitely return and have already recommended it to friends!

Honor Mc Aranay 23/3/2014

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12 Jan 2013


"Brilliant cottage in classic Donegal location"

I stayed here over new year (2012/13) with my husband and mother. We had terrific welcome from John and had an absolutely brilliant stay in the cottage, it was even better than we expected and what we could image from the photos. It was just newly renovated so we were using everything brand new and for the first time!!! It was great to have 2 bathroom facilities in the cottage which meant everyone had their own space :) We cooked in during our stay and the kitchen is really well equipped. The washer and drier would come in hand if I'd been there with my nieces and nephews!!!

Nearby beaches (turn right when you come out of the lane) are absolutely beautiful and relatively sheltered for Donegal! The rusty nail pub nearby had a great atmosphere and good tradition food! We also ate a few times in the Ballyliffin Lodge and we would highly recommend it. As it was over new year the tea rooms at the waterfall were closed but definitely looked like a place for a return visit and the walk to the waterfall was lovely and well worth it.

Overall we all had an absolutely lovely time in the cottage, it was perfect for a relaxing get away after a brilliant but busy Christmas!! We will be back :)

Hannah Devlin,

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27 Feb 2013


"Lovely homely cottage in a picturesque setting."

We visited Mia's cottage In February and had a wonderful time. The cottage was warm (even in Feb) and homely and beautifully finished. The rooms were comfortable with plenty of extra blankets should they be needed. The area was beautiful and the locals very welcoming. There was lots to keep the children occupied such as the local horse riding school and the nearby beaches. Would dfinitely like to visit again :)

Marie Therese

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13 Jun 2013


"Excellent cottage with modern amenities catered for everyone in a beautiful part of Donegal"

We are just back from our stay in the beautiful Mia's Cottage in Urris, just outside the village of Clonmany. We stayed during the first week of June 2013.

I travelled with my partner and our 4 year old boy. The cottage is beautifully finished with all Mod Cons. It was very warm and cozy and that was without having to light the fire or burn oil :-) There is also a private garden with plenty of parking and a play area for young children, which my little man loved as there was a slide and swings and see-saw so he was well entertained. There was also a Playstation there, just in case the weather may not have been so good. :-)

Mia's Cottage was a great base for the nearby beautiful beaches of Lenan (Right when leaving the house, about 5 minutes drive) and Tullagh Bay to the left. There is also an equestrian center at Tullagh Bay so plenty to occupy kids. We picked an excellent week for it as temperatures hit 25c at one point. There are lots of great walking routes around the nearby mountains of Ractin and Dunaff and Mamore Gap to keep ramblers entertained. Ballyliffin is not far away either for aspiring golfers.

I also had the pleasure if witnessing a Pod of Dolphins at close quarters on the nearby Doagh Isle, mesmerizing to say the least and the fact that they swam close to the shoreline was brilliant for my 4 year old to get a proper look.

All in all, we got exactly what we needed from our stay. Comfort and tranquility in the beautiful surroundings of Donegal. Will be back again without a shadow of a doubt if the owners John and Dolores will have us. :-)

Murphy Family

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20 Aug 2013


"Gorgeous, clean, warm, and very welcoming house feels like coming home."

This house is very welcoming and caters for both young and old. It has been built and decorated by caring hands to a very high standard. This was our first time renting a holiday home, we were unsure what to expect. We received a warm welcome from John and were made to feel very comfortable this was definitely a home away from home. My 5 year old little boy loved playing on the swings and John very kindly let him borrow a bike which he loved! The views and near by beeches are lovely and fingers crossed we will definitely be back again! We would like to thanks both John and Dolores for letting us stay in this truly lovely and affectionately now known to us as our holiday home. There was only one bad thing about Mia's Cottage – are stay was not long enough!

Russell Family, Co Down

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8 Oct 2013


"Perfect for a peaceful week away..."

My boyfriend and I headed up here for a week at the end of Sept '13. We just wanted to get away for a bit and relax and I don't think we could have picked a better spot. It's a beautifully restored very well equipped cottage with sea views and it is just so quiet and peaceful. There are lots of things to do around the area, there's an equestrian centre, tea rooms, the Mamore Gap, the waterfall and lots of pubs etc to visit. The cottage is 5 mins from the village and around 15/20 mins from Buncrana which is packed with places to eat. You're also less than an hour from Derry which is nice for a visit.

Overall we had a fantastic week here and found the owners John and Dolores very welcoming and friendly. We intend on repeating the experience next year, I can't wait to go back :)

Dessie & Michelle

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Lovely unspoilt part of Donegal, great cottage"

I had a business report to write and needed some peace over a long weekend to get it done. I booked Mia's Cottage on the Inishowen peninsula, County Donegal and it turned out to be a perfect choice. It would be hard to fault the cottage - John and Dolores, the owners, have done a great job in restoring it whilst still retaining an Irish farmhouse feel. It has a wood / peat stove with oil central heating backup making it very cosy at all times. The area is beautiful with hills sweeping down to the seashore - it seems to be a good place to walk with a number of guided trails and, at some point, I shall go back with my wife to do some walking there. There's a pub called the Rusty Nail nearby which does decent food and, apparently, has good music during the high season. The village of Clonmany about 3 / 4 miles away also has a number of pubs, food takeaways including a Chinese and a good sized grocery store. There are good local taxi services for those who like a pint. I took the Sunday off and drove the 25 miles or so to Derry - one of Ireland's most historic cities and well worth a visit. Phone reception isn't great and there's no Wi-Fi at the cottage but there is good Wi-Fi at hotels at Ballyliffin and at various other local spots. I recommend it.

Adam Fletcher

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