We are excited to announce that a new Irish Landmark Trust property will be ready for its first guest very soon. This latest addition is a charming Railway Crossing Cottage situated just outside of Donegal town. We are taking bookings for stays from Monday 5th December.
To celebrate the opening of this new property we are giving a massive 50% off to the first person to make a booking for a stay in December! (Please note that this offer has already been snapped up but you can make a booking for this wonderful property by clicking here).
If you fancy having a look around the cottage we are holding an Open Day on Saturday 3rd December from 11am to 3pm. Our House Manager Gerard will be there to welcome you and give you the grand tour.
The cottage sleeps 2 and is located just a 6 minute 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.
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.
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.