At a Glance
- quiet location
- beautifully maintained house where visitors fall in love with the gardens
- some don't like the library-like breakfast-time silences
- complaints about poor TV reception
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Woodhill House Review
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 highlands and some guest rooms overlook the gardens. 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 panfried Atlantic hake, noisettes of lamb with champ potato, Irish Angus beefsteak, or, in the summer, wild salmon. Wonderfully concocted desserts include pears poached in red wine or bread-and-butter pudding. Frequent Irish folk-music sessions take place in the bar.