Near Donegal Town
Railway Crossing Cottage, located in Drumstevlin just 6 minutes from Donegal town, is a charming railway cottage.
Railway Crossing Cottage, which sleeps 2 in a 4 foot double bed, is located just 6 minutes drive from Donegal Town. This beautiful cottage is full of character and has a long garden that follows the course of the old rail tracks.
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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.
GPS: 54.658876 , -8.141666
Yes - 1 dog allowed.
Yes – the bed is prepared and ready for your arrival.
Yes - there is an open fire.
When you complete your booking, you will receive an email giving you information about arranging access on your arrival date.
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.
4.30pm / 9pm. Your actual arrival time MUST be agreed with the local House Manager prior to your holiday start date.
The property is located near Donegal town which is 6 minutes drive away.
We do not know of anyone who can go in to cook meals at this property.
This is a small property that only sleeps 2 people. However a travel cot can be provided on request for babies.
This property is not suitable for anyone with mobility issues.
Yes. There is underfloor heating.
Yes - there is an electric cooker
No. There is a bathtub - please note that there is limited water volume in the hot water tank.
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.
There is no train stations anywhere nearby.
Electric central heating.
Our minimum booking period in 2016 is 3 nights. In 2017 the minimum number of nights will be 2 with some Special Dates having longer restrictions on number of nights and arrival dates.
Yes. There is a large garden to the rear that was where the old railway line ran.
Not at the moment.
No, but there is a radio, board games, cards and plenty of books.
Donegal Golf Club
This challenging Championship Links golf course occupies magnificent Murvagh peninsula in Donegal Bay. Approximately 20 minute drive.
Rossnowlagh beach is located approximately 8 kilometres south of Donegal Town, and has soft, golden sand and exceptional views. The beach is perfect for beginner and intermediate surfers, surf lessons available from local surf schools.
Donegal Garden Trail
Donegal Garden Trail comprises of 26 private and publicly owned gardens open for visitors at differing times during the gardening season. Check out their website for more details.
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