En­joy nat­u­ral beauty and end­less sandy beaches on this small is­land just min­utes from Done­gal. Stephanie Bell re­ports...

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THIS his­toric cot­tage is one of just 14 homes nes­tled on a beau­ti­ful un­spoilt is­land which sits half a mile from Done­gal.

A for­mer coast­guard sta­tion, Duck Cot­tage strad­dles the wa­ter’s edge on Rut­land Is­land and comes with its own boat slip­way.

Glo­ri­ous sandy beaches, abun­dant wildlife, and rare wild flow­ers com­bine to make Rut­land an ex­clu­sive hide­away in The Rosses.

Duck Cot­tage will suit peo­ple with a love of the coast and the coun­try­side and its own deep wa- ter moor­ing al­lows easy ac­cess to other islands and the main­land.

The is­land fea­tures his­toric ru­ins, a main har­bour and land­ing stage.

Ex­ten­sive mar­ram grass mead­ows are grazed by rare breed cat­tle and sheep.

There are fab­u­lous sand dunes and won­der­ful golden sands stretch­ing around the is­land’s North­ern, South­ern and Western shores.

Sea Ot­ters, wad­ing sea birds and rare or­chids and but­ter­flies

can be seen through­out the year.

The Islands of Edernish, In­nish­coo, Eichter, In­n­is­free and Inish­keer­agh are all within easy reach to view dol­phins, bask­ing sharks and seals.

The sur­round­ing sea of­fers an abun­dance of mack­erel, pol­lock and even tuna for the fish­ing en­thu­si­ast.

For those un­fa­mil­iar with boat­ing, a lo­cal boat­man will help get you to and from the is­land and the boat jour­ney to the Is­land from the main­land takes just two min­utes.

There are no roads or mains wa­ter on Rut­land, but pure Done­gal rain­wa­ter is har­vested from the cot­tage roof for show­er­ing and wash­ing up. A so­lar panel sys­tem helps heat the hot wa­ter.

Built in the early 1800s and mod­ernised in re­cent years, Duck Cot­tage of­fers spa­cious, fam­ily ac­com­mo­da­tion which in­cludes a spec­tac­u­lar up­stairs loft-style lounge of­fer­ing views of the sea, nearby islands and the fish­ing boats and fer­ries head­ing for Ar­ran­more.

There is also a fam­ily kitchen/ din­ing room, a fam­ily room, bath- room, wet room, four bed­rooms and a util­ity room.

The kitchen is at the heart of the home and looks out over the sea and gar­dens.

While tra­di­tional in style it feels fresh and mod­ern and is fin­ished with wood pan­elled walls and oak floor­ing.

The units are beech and there is a large oak dresser, painted larder cup­board and a fire­place with sit­ting area.

No coun­try kitchen is com­plete with­out an Aga and a lovely cream one takes pride of place here.

A cosy fam­ily room is also full of char­ac­ter with a cast iron multi fuel stove and old pine glass fronted book­case and oak floor­ing. Open stairs lead from this room up to the fourth bed­room in the eaves.

The bath­room is spa­cious and mod­ern with an elec­tric shower over the bath and tongue and groove pan­elled walls, fin­ished with oak floor­ing.

A cor­ri­dor be­side the kitchen leads to two dou­ble bed­rooms and a large util­ity room, plus a mod­ern wet room.

The main bed­room has dual as­pect windows of­fer­ing stun­ning views of the slip­way and the sea.

The util­ity is a great space with beech work­tops and a Belfast sink. It houses a sec­ond fridge, a Zanussi dish­washer, Samsung wash­ing ma­chine, Hot­point tum­ble dryer and a Sharp mi­crowave/cooker.

There is a Vic­to­rian pul­ley rack sys­tem for dry­ing clothes and lovely slat­ted wooden blinds on the windows. This room leads to a back pa­tio and the gar­den.

Up­stairs the loft lounge is a beau­ti­ful boathouse style room with painted wooden floor and white vaulted beam ceil­ing.

French doors on the sea fac­ing wall open to a bal­cony with stain­less steel rail­ing of­fer­ing spec­tac­u­lar views to Done­gal and a va­ri­ety of lo­cal islands.

At the other end, a win­dow of­fers is­land views.

This room is kept cosy in the win­ter with a Morso multi-fuel stove.

Out­side the prop­erty en­joys views of the sea from three sides and the large fenced gar­den fea­tures a nat­u­ral rock­ery for shrubs and alpine plants.

The slip­way al­lows di­rect sea ac­cess when the tide suits and provides park­ing for boats.

There is also an al­ter­na­tive deep wa­ter moor­ing.

A stone out­build­ing for gar­den equip­ment con­tains a small freezer and a tall fridge freezer and it con­nects to a stor­age area for kayaks and sail­ing dinghies.

A wooden gar­den shed in the rear gar­den is use­ful for wa­ter sports equip­ment and fish­ing rods.

There are two 5,000 litre rain­wa­ter har­vest­ing tanks, with pa­per fil­ter, ul­tra vi­o­let fil­ter and de­mand pump.

A gate leads out to “Duck Street” – a unique street of stone built ter­raced houses dat­ing to the late 1700’s when Rut­land Is­land was an im­por­tant her­ring fish­ery sta­tion.

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