Wood Rd., Ardara, Co. Donegal, Ireland
The cream-color exterior of John Yates's spacious manor house is Victorian, but parts of the interior and the coach house date from the 17th century. High ceilings, marble fireplaces, and stained glass are part of the public spaces. Bedrooms have superb views of the Donegal mountains and some guest rooms overlook the gardens. Bedrooms in the converted coach house are particularly spacious and come with small balconies. The 40-seat restaurant (where prices are usually in the $$$ range) uses burstingly fresh local ingredients in its French-Irish €38 prix-fixe menus; choose from fillet of Atlantic cod, breast of duck or wild-mushroom-and-asparagus risotto. Wonderfully concocted desserts include heather-honey-and-whiskey ice cream or bread-and-butter pudding. Frequent Irish folk-music sessions take place in the fully licensed lounge bar where a log fire complements the ideal weekend getaway.
- quiet location
- beautifully maintained house and gardens
- in-house bar
- complaints about poor TV reception
Rate Includes: Closed Christmas week Breakfast
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