Malin, County Donegal | 4 Bed
A country house set in its own grounds
Sleeps 5 | Bedrooms 4 | Bathrooms 3
Member Since: October 2011
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A country house set in its own grounds
Malin, Co. Donegal, just seconds from the sea and minutes from the city
sh... sh...ss.. silence, seclusion, sky, sea, scenery, succulent seafood
- Main home
- Cable TV
- Equipped for kids
About our home
Summer 2013 - we would love a house with a pool in France. We would drive there if somewhere between Cherbourg and La Rochelle therefore car exchange would not be possible, If other regions we would fly so car exchange could be discussed.
Our well-appointed home is a 'one and a half storey' house, of over 3,000 sq. feet, (c. 220 sq. metres) built in a 'New Tudor' style in 1989. It is a solid house, built with bricks, which leaves it warm in winter and cool in summer. It is deceptively large, with 13 rooms, a garage and a summer house. There is also a self-contained apartment,next to the main house which sleeps 2 adults and up to three children. The property sits on a mature site of almost an acre (0.3 hectares).
We are 1km from a village called Malin with a hotel, 2 pubs, restaurant, diner, supermarket, post office, hairdresser, beautician and butcher. It is situated on the Inishowen Peninsula in Co. Donegal, where you can enjoy the great outdoors – you can go walking or hillwalking, swimming in the sea (which is surprisingly warm due to the Gulf Stream), sailing, deep-sea and fresh water fishing, horse riding, surfing, mountain climbing, cycling, driving, painting and of course golf.
See this site in French http://www.terresceltes.net/Peninsule-d-Inishowen.html and scroll to the bottom of the page to see the wonderful photos.
See the official tourism site http://www.visitinishowen.com
In fact, Inishowen is a golfer's paradise with 5 courses within 20km of our home. This area has been chosen as European Golf Destination of the Year for 2011. The closest one is Ballyliffin, a 36-hole championship links course regarded as the 6th best course in Ireland. It hosted the Irish Seniors Open in 2008, having previously hosted the European Women's Open. This links course was designed by Nick Faldo, who is still a very regular visitor - see www.ballyliffingolfclub.com for some stunning photographs. Ballyliffin was also home to the Swedish Golf Federation Training School for 6 years.
In the evenings you can take a ten-minute stroll to McClean's pub in Malin for a pint of Guinness and the “craic”, you can listen to traditional music in McGrory's of Culdaff, or tuck in to a great steak or fresh seafood in a plethora of local restaurants and hotels.
All of our previous exchangers have commented on how good value Inishowen is, compared to the rest of Ireland. Eating out in Inishowen is a real pleasure on the pocket as well as the tastebuds, as all of the hotels and restaurants have a “specials” night, on a different night of the week, where two people can have a five course meal for less than €20 each, enabling you to eat out in a different venue seven nights of the week for less than €150 per person! Don’t worry, we’ll provide you with an up-to-date list!
The historical city of Derry/Londonderry (pop. 130,000) is only 35km away, across the border in Northern Ireland. This ancient walled city has much to offer, including great shopping with all of the main UK chainstores, several large department stores, hypermarkets, museums, culture, history, pubs, nightclubs, live music venues, theatre, cinema and restaurants. It has been chosen as the first "UK City of Culture" for 2013, there will be loads of activities all summer. See http://www.cityofculture2013.com
- Buzzy restaurants
- McGrory's / The Seaview Tavern / Kealy's Seafood Bar (check Trip Advisor for reviews)
- Cool bars
- Ballyliffin Lodge and Spa / McCleans Malin / Simpsons Carndonagh
- Cozy cafés
- Donagh Cafe / The Loft
- Retail therapy
- Debenhams / M&S / Austin's of Derry / McElhinneys of Ballybofey
- Bit of culture
- Millennium Forum Derry / Tower Museum Derry / Doagh Famine Village
- Walks in the park
- Malin Head / Grianan of Aileach / St. Columbs Park Derry
- Spot of exercise
- Swimming in the sea, sea fishing, cycling, hillwalking, horseriding on the beach
- Day tripping
- Glenveagh National Park / Giant's Causeway / Belfast Titanic Museum (opening 2012)
3 things about us
- We are a professional couple. We have had 19 wonderful home exchanges since 1996 with several other organisations.
- We have 2 children, a boy Cillian [pron. kill-e-an] age 10 and a girl Anna age 6
- We love Art Deco design, going to restaurants, relaxing with music, films and books,
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Our ideal times
- 6th August - 24th August