Rathmullan House

Rathmullan, Co. Donegal

Pass the little gate lodge to drive up to this bay-fronted country house in wooded grounds edged by a beach on Lough Swilly. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

Pass the little gate lodge to drive up to this bay-fronted country house in wooded grounds edged by a beach on Lough Swilly. It was a hikers’ hostel with no electricity after 8 pm, to encourage early rising, when Bob Wheeler bought it in 1961 and created something far more commodious. Run today by Bob’s son Mark and daughter-in-law Mary, it has the feel of a family home, where a full Ulster with fresh-baked bread and Bob’s marmalade will tempt you early from your bed. Log fires burn in lounges with comfy sofas, antiques, paintings, photos, exquisite plasterwork, and snacks served all day. Lovely bedrooms with original features are furnished with antiques. The best have a bay window with lough views. More contemporary rooms in a new wing have French doors to a patio or balcony. In the Cook & Gardener restaurant, produce from the walled garden appears with locally landed fish and foraged ingredients in dishes such as seared turbot with champ, beetroot purée, braised fennel, Mulroy Bay mussels and turmeric velouté. Or eat stone-baked pizzas with craft ales under canvas. Wildlife-watchers scan the shores for dolphins and porpoises.

Hotel details

Address

Rathmullan
Co. Donegal
F92Y A0F
Ireland

Telephone

00 353 74 915 818

Bedrooms

32. Some on ground floor.

Open

all year except 24–27 Dec, 
6 Jan–6 Feb.

Facilities

bar, 2 lounges, library, TV room, playroom, cellar bar/pizza parlour, restaurant, in-room TV, wedding facilities, 15-metre heated indoor swimming pool, 7-acre grounds, EV charging, lounges wheelchair accessible.

Background music

none.

Children

all ages welcomed, 6 interconnecting family rooms, cots available.

Dogs

guide dogs only allowed,

Credit cards

Amex, MC, Visa.

Prices

B&B doubles from €170, singles from €83. Set-price menu €55 (3 courses). 1-night bookings refused Sat and bank holidays.

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Information from the 2022 Good Hotel Guide.