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 €44.50 prix-fixe menus; choose from slow-cooked Irish lamb, prime pedigree Angus beef, monkfish, or hake. Desserts include crème brûlée or pears poached in red wine. If you prefer a less formal (and less expensive) dining experience, choices include soup, goat cheese, oysters, and tiger prawns from 2 pm at the fully licensed lounge bar where a log fire enhances an ideal weekend getaway.

PROS

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

CONS

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

QUICK FACTS

B&B/Inn
Service
Quiet
Local Flavor
$$

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 074-954–1112

HOTEL DETAILS

13 rooms
Rate Includes: Closed Christmas wk

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