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The Perfect Holiday Home in Ireland's Spectacular Northwest

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a view of the house from the stable


Last updated: 01/19/2015
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  • Minimum stay:5 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Donegal house description

Accommodations: The Hilltown is an old 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


              • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


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

              Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 10

              Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms


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


              • Adventure
              • Away From It All
              • Family
              • Historic
              • Romantic
              • Sports & Activities
              • Tourist 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 Room
              • Seating for 8 people


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


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


              • Deck / Patio:

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

              • Golf
              • Lawn / Garden
              • Patio


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              Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
              Low season
              Nov 1 - May 31, 2015
              5 night min stay
              $1,253 $3,750
              My Standard Rate
              5 night min stay
              $1,722 $4,980
              * Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

              Additional information about rental rates


              • Taxes Not included


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

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              Last updated: 01/19/2015
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              90 Miles
              Nearest Airport
              Belfast International
              2 Miles
              Nearest Barpub
              50 Miles
              Nearest Ferry
              2 Miles
              Nearest Golf
              35 Miles
              Nearest Train
              Sligo, Co. Sligo
              1 Miles
              Nearest Motorway
              N 15
              2 Miles
              Nearest Restaurant
              1 Miles
              Nearest 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

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              Speaks: english

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              • a view of the house from the stable

                a view of the house from the stable

              • the master bedroom

                the master bedroom

              • View of Donegal Bay from above the house

                View of Donegal Bay from above the house

              • view from front of house in March

                view from front of house in March

              • living room

                living room

              • the kitchen

                the kitchen

              • the dining room

                the dining room

              • Kitchen fireplace

                Kitchen fireplace

              • view of farmstead from opposite hill

                view of farmstead from opposite hill

              VRBO #131249

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              Date last modified - Monday, January 19, 2015

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              Minimum stay: 5 nights
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