Donegal Property: Glenleary is more than just a cottage!

written by Staff Writer June 27, 2021

It may be called a cottage but Glenleary in Ramelton is so much more.

It’s no wonder there have been more than 20,000 virtual viewings of the site in recent days.


A delightful, enlarged cottage standing on wonderful mature gardens with pathways, patios and lawns, in all, standing on c. 0.267 Ha (0.66 acres).

On the market through Sherry Fitzgerald Rainey, the property has a price of €359,000.

Oozing of charm and original character yet having all modern conveniences, this three-bedroom property offers an ideal opportunity for those seeking a traditional home of character, located within easy striking distance of Letterkenny, Ramelton and the superb natural amenities of the Fanad/Rosguill Peninsulas.

Local riding stables are immediately adjacent as are nearby properties for company/neighbours.

The cottage extends to 225 sq m (2,422 sq ft) approximately. Accommodation includes a large drawing with master suite, nursery/study and bathroom overhead with a further two bedrooms over the dining hall/kitchen and breakfast room.


The property sits on 0.66 acres approximately of gardens and paddock. Accessed over a country laneway and through stone pillars there is parking for numerous vehicles at the front and side.

The front garden is bordered by mature trees and hedging with a large flat garden ideally suited to the football enthusiasts. There is a further garden to the rear along with vegetable garden and al fresco dining area which catches the evening sun.

The original part of the cottage is around 200 years old and was part of the Stewart Estate prior to its breakup. There was a working farm around the cottage and evidence of this remains in some of the old walls.

Renovation of the cottage commenced in the 1970’s when it was bought by Julian Burkett, land steward at Glenveagh Castle, for the then owner of the Castle, Henry McElhinney (of Tabasco sauce fame). Mr Burkett used Glenleary as a bolt hole for the family when life got too busy at Glenveagh Castle.

It’s doubtful if Glen Leary will stay on the market too long.