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The Perfect Holiday Home on the Spectacular Northwest Coast of Ireland

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The Hilltown House: pictured with the ladies on the front meadow.

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Last updated: 05/13/2015
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  • Minimum stay:5 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

Accommodations: The Hilltown is a historic, recently renovated, traditional farmhouse plus additions, stable and farm buildings on 50 acres of actively farmed land - four bedrooms, two baths - sleeps up to ten.

Description: William McKinley, born in 1882 in a thatched cottage a mile from the Hilltown, emigrated to the US, and then returned to purchase the Hilltown in 1928. His reason? He wanted his expanding American family to learn of their roots. His parents and some of his siblings are buried in the Drumhome Churchyard on the hill directly opposite the house. Three of his grandchildren, the current owners, have rehabilitated and modernized the house from top to bottom while striving to retain the charm and feel of the traditional Irish farmhouse which they experienced as children. The house is located on a hillside with panoramic views of long, green, drumlin hills at the head of the Donegal Bay. These hills in turn are framed by the Blue Stack Mountains some 15 miles distant.

In mid-summer, when all is in darkness around the house, the tops of the Blue Stacks are often bathed in the sun’s last orange rays. Murvagh Beach, a three-mile strand on the South side of the bay, where the tide recedes for up to one quarter of a mile, is minutes from the front door. Donegal Golf Club, locally known as Murvagh Golf Club, is a superb links course described as the Muirfield of Ireland and is located about one mile away. Several pubs are also within a mile. What else does one need?

The Hilltown has proven to be the perfect setting for Irish-style decompression. It has been the romantic location of choice for many honeymoons, and a cozy nest from which three generations of McKinley heirs and many of their friends have launched excursions throughout the northwest of Ireland.

Amenities: Working fireplaces located in kitchen, dining room and sitting room with turf and wood provided. Full kitchen with microwave, dishwasher, refrigerator, and cooking utensils provided. Mudroom has large-sized washer and dryer. Dining room oak table seats eight. Two bedrooms have queen-sized beds, a third one has two queen-sized beds, and a bunk-room can accommodate four kids. Linens provided. Two bathrooms, one with shower and the other with tub. Satellite TV and CD/DVD player in Sitting Room. WiFi signal is available.

Activities: Extensive hiking and mountain climbing opportunities including Slieve League, the highest edge-of-the-Atlantic mountain on the west coast of Europe, world-class golf courses within a days drive, cycling (mountain bikes can be rented in Donegal Town), beautiful beaches, horseback riding, ocean, lake and river fishing, exploration of ancient round forts, stone cairns, abbeys, castles and remains of great houses, trips to off-shore islands, shopping in Donegal Town, Ardara and Glencolumbkille for native tweeds and sweaters, boating, swimming, sailing, picnicking, and on and on.

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Property Type

  • House

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered

Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 10

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

Entertainment

  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television

Theme

  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions

Attractions

  • Bay/Sound
  • Botanical Garden
  • Caves
  • Churches
  • Duty Free Shops
  • Forests
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins
  • Waterfalls

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Horseback Riding
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking

Location Type

  • Mountain View
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Water View

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Equestrian Events
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Golf Privileges Optional
  • Hiking
  • Hunting Small Game
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Pier Fishing
  • Rock Climbing
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Surf Fishing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Wind-Surfing

Dining

  • Dining Room
  • Seating for 8 people

General

  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace:

    Working fireplaces in the living room, dining room and kitchen. Decorative fireplaces in two of the upstairs bedrooms....moreless

  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Security System
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace

Kitchen

  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster

Outside

  • Deck / Patio:

    Outdoor table and chairs in garden immediately in front of the house....moreless

  • Golf:

    The Donegal Golf Club offers a spectacular seaside links course with incredible views and challenging play. 5 minutes drive....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden
  • Patio
 

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Low season
Nov 1 - May 31, 2015
5 night min stay
$179
$1,253 $3,750
Peak Season
Jun 1 - Oct 31, 2015
5 night min stay
$246
$1,722 $4,980
My Standard Rate
5 night min stay
$246
$1,722 $4,980
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Taxes Not included

Notes:

Rental rate includes all utilities plus post-departure cleaning of house.


Cancellation policy:

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.


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Last updated: 05/13/2015
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Location

90 Miles
Nearest Airport
Belfast International
2 Miles
Nearest Barpub
The Salmon Inn
50 Miles
Nearest Ferry
Londonderry
2 Miles
Nearest Golf
The Donegal Golf Club
35 Miles
Nearest Train
Sligo, Co. Sligo
1 Miles
Nearest Motorway
N 15
2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Smuggler's Creek or The Salmon Inn
1 Miles
Nearest Beach
Beach

Car: Necessary

Near the village of Ballintra, 7 miles south of Donegal Town

Other Activities: Rock climbing, boating, shopping, shelling

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 1928

Why the Owner Chose Donegal:
This property is the perfect home-base setting for exploring highlights of Donegal and its neighboring counties. Within driving distance of Sligo and Yeats country, many golf courses, Donegal Town, The Donegal Craft Village, Rossnowlagh surfing beach, Glenveagh National Park, Glencolmcille, Slieve League and the Bunglass sea cliffs, Lough Erne, Belleek (famous for the bone china that inspired Lenox), Ardara, the Maghera sea caves, and many other adventure spots.


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Speaks: english

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Photos

  • The Hilltown House: pictured with the ladies on the front meadow.

    The Hilltown House: pictured with the ladies on the front meadow.

  • The dairy cattle who graze on the fields of the farm daily.

    The dairy cattle who graze on the fields of the farm daily.

  • For observing, tea or dining al fresco. Read out here until late in summer light.

    For observing, tea or dining al fresco. Read out here until late in summer light.

  • The traditional kitchen fireplace.

    The traditional kitchen fireplace.

  • The Living or Family Room with cozy seating, TV, fireplace, books and games.

    The Living or Family Room with cozy seating, TV, fireplace, books and games.

  • Another upstairs bedroom with a queen bed.

    Another upstairs bedroom with a queen bed.

  • View of Barnesmore Gap and the Irish hillside, from the farm.

    View of Barnesmore Gap and the Irish hillside, from the farm.

  • Smuggler's Creek Inn at Rossnowlagh: favorite pub & great restaurant by the sea.

    Smuggler's Creek Inn at Rossnowlagh: favorite pub & great restaurant by the sea.

  • Waves at Murvagh Beach looking toward Donegal town.

    Waves at Murvagh Beach looking toward Donegal town.

  • Slieve League mountain seen from the last field of the farm, across Donegal Bay.

    Slieve League mountain seen from the last field of the farm, across Donegal Bay.

  • Mullaghmore Castle: about 30 mins drive south,  near Yeats' grave and Sligo.

    Mullaghmore Castle: about 30 mins drive south, near Yeats' grave and Sligo.

  • Silver Strand at Malinmore: horseshoe beach near Glencolmkille town. Stunning.

    Silver Strand at Malinmore: horseshoe beach near Glencolmkille town. Stunning.

  • a view of the house from the stable

    a view of the house from the stable

  • Apple orchard, sitting area and driveway in front of the house.

    Apple orchard, sitting area and driveway in front of the house.

  • Kitchen view, with stove top, oven, microwave, dishwasher, and eat-in table.

    Kitchen view, with stove top, oven, microwave, dishwasher, and eat-in table.

  • The dining room with seating for 8 and exposed stone walls of the house.

    The dining room with seating for 8 and exposed stone walls of the house.

  • Bedroom with 2 Queen sized beds.

    Bedroom with 2 Queen sized beds.

  • View from the top of the hill behind the house, to Murvagh beach.

    View from the top of the hill behind the house, to Murvagh beach.

  • Donegal Golf Club: also known as Murvagh Links, is just 5 mins from the house.

    Donegal Golf Club: also known as Murvagh Links, is just 5 mins from the house.

  • Fawcett's Lough: a favorite fishing lake around the corner from the house.

    Fawcett's Lough: a favorite fishing lake around the corner from the house.

  • Walk or drive to Murvagh Beach, a very wide strand, minutes from the house.

    Walk or drive to Murvagh Beach, a very wide strand, minutes from the house.

  • Slieve League- the sea cliffs of Bunglas: gorgeous day hike about 40 mins drive.

    Slieve League- the sea cliffs of Bunglas: gorgeous day hike about 40 mins drive.

  • The famous hairpin turns of Glengesh pass, near Ardara town, 40 mins drive.

    The famous hairpin turns of Glengesh pass, near Ardara town, 40 mins drive.

  • Castle and gardens of Glenveagh National Park, about 55 mins drive.

    Castle and gardens of Glenveagh National Park, about 55 mins drive.

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  • Bedrooms
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  • Bathrooms
    2
  • Property type
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Owner
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
  • Response time Within a few days
  • Response rate 62%
  • Calendar last updated 05/13/2015
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