For generations people have gazed from The Lookout, watching the tides and listening to the oyster catchers call across the water. This deceptively large house offers generous comfort and top quality furnishings to complement the exquisite vistas. In summer let the kids roam the safely hedged garden. In winter put your feet up by the woodburner and feel your stresses go as the water ebbs and flows over the silver sand.
The Lookout is just a couple of miles seaward from Ardara, Irish Times "Best Village in Ireland 2012" and home to Nancy's - Georgina Campbell "Irish Pub of the Year 2013." You’re spoiled for choice amidst silver beaches, mountains, sea caves and much more. There’s ample space for families, surfers, bird-watchers, walkers, sailors and golfers. It’s a light-filled hideaway where you can relax and take your ease.
In spring, autumn and winter, the house offers exceptional space and comfort for couples and friends to linger, enjoy special food from the marvellous kitchen and perhaps a glass or two by the fire.
Views from The Lookout
The views across Loughros Beg Bay are mesmerising and the house gives you everything you need to enjoy them fully from the comfort of your armchair – including a pair of binoculars. If you want to snuggle down at home for the evening the sitting room has a wood or turf fired stove and a flat screen TV with Blu-ray/DVD on which to enjoy Freesat digital programmes or your favourite film.
Ardara is a gem-like heritage town with vendors of pretty much everything you need and a wide variety of pubs. The village is nationally known for its festivals, live traditional music and thriving community spirit. It was recently named "Best Village in Ireland 2012" by the Irish Times. The great pubs and eateries include Nancy's Bar, where the McHugh family have been delighted to be named Ireland's "Pub of the Year 2013" by the nation's premier independent hospitality guide. The Lookout is a couple of miles cycle, drive (or stiffish walk) away. There’s music on somewhere most nights and the fun really gets going when there's a festival on.
Annual Festival Calendar
January - Country & Western Music
March - International Walking Festival – walks of varying rigour with dancing in the evenings.
May - “Cup of Tae” Festival – a weekend full of traditional music throughout the town
June - Music Festival – a wide variety of street music and bands
August - Ardara Agricultural Show – an absolute must if you can make it!
October - Traditional Irish Dancing festival
November - Matchmaking Weekend - Blind Date, Speed Dating and more - if you dare.
* Nearest Village: Ardara. Lovely heritage town with lots of shops, pubs and craic. 3 km
* Beaches: You’re always close to a good beach on Loughros Point. Trabane is 3km up the point for beautiful sand and surf (point break). Liskeraghan is a pleasant 2km walk over the hill. There are more beaches around the point. You can ride horses on Ballyganny Beach at the head of Loughros Beg Bay within sight of The Lookout. A little further to Maghera Strand - 8km - spectacular white sands, dunes and interesting caves. Tramore beach - 10km – huge with good surf.
* Golf Course: Portnoo (award winning 18 hole links course) 16km
* Fishing: The nearby Owenea River is a renowned salmon and trout water. There’s sea fishing from the point and boats operate out to sea for the ultimate marine experience.
There are excellent walks to be enjoyed from the door of The Lookout. You can stroll along the point or explore various islands at low tide. For more strenuous exercise, head up into the Slievetooey Mountains. It’s 3km by car, bike or foot to Ardara - a small, friendly town with lots of characterful pubs, eating places and good shops. Glengesh Pass (picture postcard scenery) leads up away from the town.
Maghera Strand, caves and dunes are a quarter of an hour away past the Assaranca waterfall. Between twenty minutes and half an hour away are Portnoo (small seaside resort, golf), Tramore Beach (surf), Bonny Glen (forest walks and picnics).
Within about half an hour’s drive are Slieve League (monumental sea cliffs), Glencolumbkille (Irish language and folklore centre), Fintown Railway, Killybegs (fishing port), Donegal Town (historic castle).
1 hour from Derry airport.