Self-Catering Accommodation at Railway Crossing Cottage
Railway Crossing Cottage
A charming one bedroom railway cottage just 6 minutes from Donegal town.
We spent three cosy nights in Railway Crossing Cottage. It was easy to find and it’s just perfect for a couple. We loved how steeped in history and how beautifully restored it is. The location is great, just on the edge of town but really rural once you stroll away from the cottage up the hill where there are beautiful views.
If you are looking to get a feel for what it was like to live in a real traditional Irish stone cottage (but with subtle modern creature comforts) this is for you. The location and history of the place is great, it’s close to Donegal town (€6 taxi trip) and an ideal base to try the marked local cycle routes (outside the door) or to head up the coast.
This is a beautiful little cottage, perfect for exploring Donegal. Gerard was a bundle of local knowledge and told us some wonderful spots to visit. Never realised just how beautiful Donegal is.
Railway Crossing Cottage, which sleeps two 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.
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. It was originally constructed in c.1892/93 and through the years was inhabited by a succession of families up until the late 1970s, when it became abandoned. Jack & Connie Denne purchased the cottage in the 1980s and 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!
Approximate location of Railway Crossing Cottage, Drumstevlin, Co. Donegal