Good Hotel Guide Review
More a professional operation, less an intimate Irish country house experience, Mark and Mary Wheeler’s hotel on the shore of Lough Swilly, in ‘wild and wonderful’ Donegal, has something for everyone. A Georgian house, built for a bishop and much extended over time, it has cosy lounges with lough views and blazing turf fires, a splendid bar, walls adorned with china plates, ‘portraits of former owners, botanical prints’. There is an indoor pool, a playroom, a croquet lawn and a ‘spectacular’ sandy beach. Bedrooms, including interconnecting family suites, are individually and traditionally furnished. Those in the Regency wing, which was added in 2004, are more contemporary, with balcony or patio. Some of the bathrooms have a freestanding bath. You can enjoy stone-baked pizzas in the Tap Room or try the Cook & Gardener restaurant, where locally raised, fished or foraged ingredients, and produce from the ‘incredible’ walled garden, grace weekly-updated menus. For instance, roast Slaney valley lamb, gratin potato, confit carrot, pea purée, rosemary jus. ‘Breakfast is a delightful buffet with surprises from the kitchen garden. Scrumptious and all home made.’ (L and PS)
00 353 0 353 74 915 818
34. Some on ground floor.
open all year except 24–27 Dec, 6 Jan–6 Feb.
bar, 2 lounges, library, TV room, playroom, cellar bar/pizza parlour, restaurant, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (terrestrial), wedding facilities, 15-metre heated indoor swimming pool, 7-acre grounds (tranquillity garden, walled kitchen garden, croquet), restaurant wheelchair accessible.
all ages welcomed.
allowed in bedrooms, not in public rooms.
Amex, MC, Visa.
per person B&B €80–€145. À la carte €50. 1-night bookings refused Sat and public holidays.
Winter Nights Special Offer
Book 2 nights Bed and Breakfast arriving between Sunday to Wednesday and enjoy a complimentary upgrade to a superior bedroom. Offer expires 31st March 2020. Please quote Good Hotel Guide – Winter Nights.
10% discount voucher
This hotel accepts discount vouchers which entitle readers to a 10% discount off their normal B&B rate for a single night’s stay. To take advantage of this offer, you must present the voucher at the time of booking.
This hotel accepts room upgrade vouchers which entitle readers to a space available room upgrade. The voucher must be presented at check-in and is entirely at the hotelier’s discretion.