Ramelton, Co. Donegal, Ireland
Overlooking Lough Swilly and the River Lennon and set at the edge of Ramelton, 13 km (8 miles) north of Letterkenny, Ardeen House makes an ideal base for exploring the region, especially Glenveagh National Park. It was the home of Catherine Black, who had been the private nurse to King George V at Buckingham Palace in the 1930s (her autobiography, King's Nurse, Beggar's Nurse, tells her story). The house has a Victorian feel, with its well-chosen antiques, handmade patchwork quilts and wall hangings, fireplaces ablaze, and regal and relaxing gardens. Proprietor Anne Campbell's breakfasts and afternoon teas are reason enough to stay here—add in her genuinely welcoming spirit, and you should feel right at home. The adjacent stable block with stone walls and wooden beams has been converted into a cozy cottage with a cheery wood-burning stove.
- handsome house in a town brimming with the juxtaposition of new and old Ireland
- well-run with finely appointed rooms
- one bathroom is private but not en suite
- no bar, but try Conway's thatched pub where you're likely to stumble across a music session
Rate Includes: Closed Oct.–Mar., Breakfast
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