The name Saddle Quern comes from a flat, slightly concave, saddle shaped stone upon which grain was put and then ground with a rubbing stone to make flour. It was used in ancient times. They were eventually replaced by millstones, when milling became mechanised. Such a stone can be found positioned above the entrance to the front door of the cottage.
The cottage has been home to four generations, and is a traditional stone built cottage, possibly built in the early 19th century, making it about two hundred years old. Over the years it has been renovated and enlarged for more comfortable living.
The original thatch was replaced with a slate roof, and there are three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a kitchen, sitting room and a separate utility area. It is fully insulated against the cold, with double glazing and central heating. The length of the cottage lies along a north-south axis, so its front and rear face east and west.
The cottage is situated 2.5 km west of Ardara, on a small peninsula separating two bays. It lies just off the road to Loughross Point, and has beautiful panoramic views over Loughros Beg Bay and Maghera Strand with Slievetooey in the background.
Ardara is a picturesque village, situated at the centre of three peninsulas, and set in a valley near the mouth of the Owentocker River, just before it enters Loughros-More Bay. Visitors can see the weaving centres where the world famous Donegal tweed is spun, and enjoy other crafts such as hand-knitting and embroidery.
Do visit the town Heritage Centre to find out more about the story of Donegal Tweed, from the shearing of the sheep to the manufacture and completion of the beautiful woven cloth. The village is presently undergoing a rapid transformation, with the development of a new residential building project along the river bank, and many other private homes being built in the area.
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