Fodor's Expert Review Woodhill House

Wood Rd., Ardara, Co. Donegal, Ireland Fodor's Choice

High ceilings, marble fireplaces, and stained glass adorn the interior of this spacious Victorian manor house; bedrooms have superb views of the Donegal mountains, and some guest rooms overlook the garden. Parts of the interior and the coach house date from the 17th century. 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 €42.50 prix-fixe menus; choose from slow-cooked Irish lamb, prime pedigree Angus beef, monkfish, cod, or a vegetarian dish. Desserts include crème brûlée or chocolate fondant. If you prefer a less formal (and less expensive) dining experience, choices include soup, goat cheese, pasta, oysters, and tiger prawns from 2 pm at the fully licensed lounge bar where a log fire enhances an ideal weekend getaway.


  • quiet location
  • beautifully maintained house and gardens
  • in-house bar


  • complaints about poor TV reception
  • long, dark walk from town at night
  • few extra frills




Phones: 074-954–1112


13 rooms
Rate Includes: Closed Christmas wk, Free Breakfast

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