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Gatsby house & Secret cottage is managed by Brendan, the Owner.
229 - 400/night
Suitable for up to 10 people

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Gatsby House living room - Gatsby house & Secret cottage, in Co. Donegal, Ireland
— Brendan: “I always loved houses and it is a labour of love for me to take a house that is in a bad state and bring it back to its former glory or even better.”
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— What was your motivation to run vacation homes?

Brendan: “I used to be a barrister, dealing with drug addicts and bank robbers and the kind of people that criminal lawyers deal with. At the time I kept going to Paris and stayed in apartments — I prefer an apartment over a hotel — and I was always so disappointed. I had already decided to stop doing what I was doing and bought an apartment in Paris. To be honest, we didn’t really know what to do with it when we were finished, we just thought it would be so nice if it was done up. And that's how it all started. It is quite a different lifestyle now. It is very glamorous now compared to dealing with criminals.”
Gatsby House living room - Gatsby house & Secret cottage, in Co. Donegal, Ireland
— Gatsby House living room

— What is your philosophy at Gatsby House?

Brendan: “People really like our vacation homes, and what they like a lot, is the attention to detail. There is really nothing, not a clothes hook, not a clothes hanger, not a pillowcase, nothing that doesn’t pass my eye before it goes into the apartment.”
Gatsby House Kennedy room - Gatsby house & Secret cottage, in Co. Donegal, Ireland
— Gatsby House Kennedy room

— Where is your knack for interior design coming from?

Brendan: “I just really got into interior design via the vacation homes. I always loved houses and it is a labour of love for me to take a house that is in a bad state and bring it back to its former glory or even better. Most of the times, I think the houses are the best they’ve ever been in their lifetime, so that’s really nice for me.”
Gatsby House Kirwan bathroom - Gatsby house & Secret cottage, in Co. Donegal, Ireland
— Gatsby House Kirwan bathroom

— Tell me about Gatsby House and Secret Cottage.

Brendan: “Well Gatsby House used to belong to the biggest tweed-making family here. Donegal, the county in Ireland where Gatsby house is, is famous for its tweeds. But the house had been empty for 11 years. And if you leave a property in Ireland for 11 years on the West Atlantic, you know, the house really, really needs urgent attention. But it had beautiful features, so I bought it anyway. At the back of Gatsby there was a shed, a weaving shed where they would weave their cloth years ago, which I made into Secret Cottage. Gatsby House is probably the best house to rent for self-catering in the whole country. Even the Irish Times said that.”
Gatsby House McClintock room - Gatsby house & Secret cottage, in Co. Donegal, Ireland
— Gatsby House McClintock room

— And they can be rented together?

Brendan: “Yes, Gatsby House and Secret Cottage can be rented together or separately. So you can have a couple in Secret Cottage or you can have a whole party of 12 people in both of them. I would say we get about a 50/50 split on that. And for the house, we have a superb local chef who comes and cooks for people and all the rest of it. That has been very popular and people have had a great time. And we get quite a few repeat bookings — once people have come, they really, really want to come again.”
Gatsby House entrance hall - Gatsby house & Secret cottage, in Co. Donegal, Ireland
— Gatsby House entrance hall
 
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