The Perfect Holiday Home on the Spectacular Northwest Coast of Ireland(23 Reviews)
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- Minimum stay:5 nights
- Property type:House
- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:N/A
About the Property
House, 4 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 10)
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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Member since: 2007
- 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
- Queen size Beds (4), Bunk Beds (4)
Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms
- CD Player
- DVD Player
- Satellite / Cable
- Away From It All
- Sports & Activities
- Tourist Attractions
- Botanical Garden
- Duty Free Shops
- Live Theater
Local Services & Businesses
- Medical Services
- Bird Watching
- Horseback Riding
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
- Mountain View
- Near The Ocean
- Water View
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Deepsea Fishing
- Equestrian Events
- Fly Fishing
- Freshwater Fishing
- Golf Privileges Optional
- Mountain Biking
- Mountain Climbing
- Pier Fishing
- Rock Climbing
- Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
- Sound/Bay Fishing
- Surf Fishing
- Dining Room
- Seating for 8 people
- Activities Guide
- Basic Soaps
- Clothes Dryer
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Laundry Soap
- Linens Provided
- Living Room
- Local Maps
- Local Restaurant Guide
- Paper Towels
- Parking Off Street
- Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
- Security System
- Toilet Paper
- Towels Provided
- Washing Machine
- Wireless Internet
- Wood Fireplace
- 4 Ring Stove
- Coffee Maker
- Cooking Utensils
- Dishes & Utensils
- Ice Maker
- Pantry Items
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My Standard Rate
5 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
- Taxes Not included
Rental rate includes all utilities plus post-departure cleaning of house.
Owner's cancellation policy:
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Near the village of Ballintra, 7 miles south of Donegal Town
Other Activities: Rock climbing, boating, shopping, shelling
Year Purchased: 1928
Why the Owner Chose Donegal, Ireland:
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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The Hilltown House: pictured with the ladies on the front meadow.
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.
The traditional kitchen fireplace.
The Living or Family Room with cozy seating, TV, fireplace, books and games.
Another upstairs bedroom with a queen bed.
View of Barnesmore Gap and the Irish hillside, from the farm.
Smuggler's Creek Inn at Rossnowlagh: favorite pub & great restaurant by the sea.
Waves at Murvagh Beach looking toward Donegal town.
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.
Silver Strand at Malinmore: horseshoe beach near Glencolmkille town. Stunning.
a view of the house from the stable
Apple orchard, sitting area and driveway in front of the house.
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.
Bedroom with 2 Queen sized beds.
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.
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.
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.
Castle and gardens of Glenveagh National Park, about 55 mins drive.
This listing was first published here in 2007.
Date last modified - Wednesday, February 15, 2017
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