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We are retired teachers living in the countryside just outside of Bundoran town. We are avid cyclers, walkers and readers. Our main pastime year-round is our garden; the burgeoning orchard, our rose bushes, and our polytunnel. Attached to the property is a sheep farm and a forest plantation but no work is required. When we are not in Donegal, we are off camping around Ireland or France. Our daughters live close by in Bundoran, so can be reached for any house-related questions.
Our Home & Location
Our 3-bedroom bungalow is located 3km from Bundoran, Co. Donegal. We converted the loft into a play/study area. All downstairs bathrooms have access to ensuite bathrooms. For cold winter nights there is underfloor heating and a wood-fire stove. During the summer there are patios, a barbecue and outdoor areas on all sides of the house to catch the sun.
Bundoran town is a 30min walk or a 5 min car journey - there is no bus service passing the house. There are adult and children’s bikes for use on the nearby nature trails. We have a large organic garden; depending on the season you will be able to pick apples from the small orchard, winter and summer vegetables from the outdoor plots or the polytunnel....
Bundoran has many beautiful blue-flag beaches which attract surfers, bathers and hikers. In summer Bundoran is a seaside town with amusements, a water-park and funfair. In winter, it attracts cliff-walkers, musicians and brave golfers willing to face the elements on the local links course.
Bundoran is overlooked by Benwisken and Benbulben mountains and is famous for its salmon-fishing on the nearby Drowes River 1km away. Sligo and Donegal town are a 30 min drive and are great day-trips for historical sites, megalithic tombs, castles and sea-cliffs. + More info
Responsibilities & Pets
Cassie is our 9-year old border collie. She is very gentle and she enjoys going to the beach, swimming in the water and a bit of a walk. She enjoys chasing a ball, but is quite happy to run around the garden by herself. Cassie sleeps indoors but loves to spend her days outside sitting on the window-ledge watching everyone go by.
It is not yet confirmed yet, but it might be the case that our other daughter's dog will also be there over the holidays; Ted is a 2 year old Labrador Retriever mix. He's very friendly but a lot more energetic than Cassie. He loves a walk, but like Cassie is happy to run around the garden by himself which tires him out. He is little but more immature, but Cassie is a good influence on him. He is house-trained and sleeps in a basket in the hallway, but he loves when someone forgets to close their bedroom door and will hop up on your bed in the night if you're not careful. He eats a bit more than Cassie. He will bark a bit more too - it won't bother the neighbours as we are far away from the closest house, but it might bother you. Cassie is definitely in the house over the winter holidays and we will let you know as soon as possible if Ted will be too....
We feed the birds in our garden. We keep a supply of bird-seed and fill our 6 feeders once or twice a week, sometimes more in winter. As a result we have a large variety of birds in the garden all day long. It's nice to wake to the birdsong in the mornings.
Our garden needs some input depending on the season; in winter the outside garden will need no work at all except to pick the crops for personal eating; the indoor polytunnel may require light watering once or twice a week, as well as some indoor plants. Our outdoor beds will produce the following throughout the winter: leeks, celery, broccoli, spinach, cabbage, turnips, brussels sprouts, french beans, cauliflower, onions, potatoes, garlic and elephant garlic, all organically grown.
In the polytunnel along with the tomatoes, we have cucumber, melons, chillis, all types of peppers, strawberries (if in season).
The orchard produces apples and plums, and we will also have a good supply of our own pure apple juice.
There is a small kitchen herb garden in season; rosemary, mint, basil and a few others.
Most of these should be available throughout the winter. + More info