Bay Cottage is a truly unique, fully restored and extended Edwardian cottage with a magnificent setting overlooking Stroove beach and Inishowen Head Lighthouse.
Built in c.1905, the cottage was originally built for use as accommodation for ship pilots on Lough Foyle. In 2021, the cottage was subject to an extensive refurbishment and also extended. Having undergone a deep retrofit, it caters for modern day living standards and is complimented by period charm.
A gated entrance leads onto a gravelled driveway which has ample parking. Upon entering the house, the inviting hallway offers access to the sitting room and a study/bedroom. There is also another bedroom and a family bathroom accessed along this hallway. Continuing on from this central hallway is a spacious dining room and a utility room. The dining room flows into the wonderful open plan kitchen/living room which features an island and a bespoke fully fitted kitchen. This is the centrepiece of the home and offers the most incredible views over Stroove beach from its floor to ceiling triple-glazed windows. There is a larder accessed off the kitchen and also sliding doors which open out towards the terrace.
The impressive master bedroom is accessed from a back hallway which also includes a shower room. The first floor offers one further bedroom and leads out to a stunning roof terrace, designed to take in the magnificent views across Stroove beach, the Inishowen Head Lighthouse and the spectacular coastline overlooking the Inishowen Peninsula.
The interior is characteristic of its Edwardian era with ornate cornicing, sash windows (all fully restored) and architraves which are all renovated to a beautiful contemporary design. Internal features include ceiling roses, coving, underfloor heating, double glazed windows in the original part of the house and triple glazed windows in the extension while external features include Bangor slates and an external roof terrace.
In all the accommodation extends to about 1743 sq ft/162 sq m.
Bay Cottage overlooks Stroove Beach and the Lighthouse which is located to the east of the town of Greencastle and comprises a Blue Flag beach and a famous lighthouse built in about 1837, which all provide a spectacular backdrop for early morning strolls.
Greencastle (5 km) is a lovely seaside town on the east coast of the Inishowen peninsula. Once a thriving commercial fishing port, Greencastle is today more known as a popular holiday village and fishing harbour with great restaurants and many attractions on its doorstep. The area was named after a local castle was built on a promontory rock overlooking Lough Foyle by the then Red Earl of Ulster, Richard de Burgh, in 1305. The castle was originally called North Burg Castle, later becoming New Castle and finally, Green Castle which is thought to eference the green-tinged stones with which it was built. There is allegedly a treasure of gold hidden here.
Local areas of interest include the Inishowen Maritime Museum & Planetarium (5 km), a popular tourist attraction in a former coastguard station with a craft shop and tearoom. Kinnagoe Beach (12 km) is also a favoured beach in a secluded setting. It is famed for being the location of the wreck of the Armada ship La Trinidad Valencera on 16 September 1588.
For golfing enthusiasts, Ballyliffin Golf Club (36 km) is regarded as one of Irelands’ finest links complexes, boasting two championship courses, Glashedy Links which hosted the Irish Open in 2018, and the Old Links designed by Nick Faldo. Greencastle Golf Club, within (3 km) of Bay Cottage, is an 18-hole links course which enjoys excellent views across Lough Foyle in the surrounds of the Inishowen Peninsula.
The Foyle Ferry runs from Greencastle (5 km) to Magilligan, offering access to the Causeway Coast and the famous Giant’s Causeway. The scenic and rugged landscape of Donegal inspires and captivates the senses and locations in the county have been used in the television series Game of Thrones and the movie series Star Wars.
An abundance of sporting and leisure activities are available on the Inishowen peninsula, with the coastline of Lough Swilly being ideal for all water and fishing activities. Moville’s Inish Adventures, an outdoor water activity centre offering kayaking and various sea activities is conveniently situated.