Fodor's Expert Review Rathmullan House

Coast Rd., Rathmullan, , Co. Donegal, Ireland

There is an otherworldliness to Lough Swilly, which is mirrored in the classic country-house comfort of Rathmullan where log fires roar in antiques-filled surroundings in a place that drips with character. The house has been run for 60 years by the Wheeler family—one of the most renowned hospitality dynasties in Ireland—and historic family details line the corridor walls. Bedrooms are appointed with floral curtains, books, and soft furnishings. Breakfast highlights include sweet banana bread and a steaming bowl of the classic Irish Flahavan's porridge oats topped with carrageen moss (mild-tasting seaweed). All this will set you up for the 15-minute walk into Rathmullan along the sandy beach right in front of the house. Dinner in the Cook & Gardener restaurant promotes local produce–-lamb rump, dry-aged beef, Greencastle hake, and chicken all feature prominently. In the Tap Room there are stone-baked pizzas, best washed down with a craft beer such as Scraggy Bay or Devil's Backbone from the nearby Kinnegar brewery.

PROS

  • dream location at the water's edge
  • high-class service with all the trimmings
  • ideal for exploring the Wild Atlantic Way route to Fanad Head
  • dream location at the water's edge
  • good on-site restaurants

CONS

  • popular spot for noisy family gatherings
  • popular for noisy family gatherings
  • restaurant very busy at peak times
  • pricey rooms

QUICK FACTS

Hotel
Intimate
Near the beach
$$$$

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 074-915–8188

HOTEL DETAILS

34 rooms
Rate Includes: Closed Jan., and weekdays in Dec., Feb., and Mar.

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