Elegance and ambience are the bywords of this gracious Country House. Situated 15 minutes north of Galway city overlooking its private lake with over 100 acres of land and woodland. Donalghson House has an elevated picturesque setting.
The house and grounds are an oasis of tranquillity. An early Georgian house built in 1707 set in the heart of hunting and fishing country. Many versions of its colourful history and inhabitants have been written about. Although it is a historic country house, Donalghson has been renovated and now offers guest sumptuous comfort whilst retaining an old world charm.
All the bedrooms are spacious and individually decorated with period furniture and luxurious bathrooms. The original hall murals by completed in 1790 depict the four virtues and are the last remaining record of the artists work. The formal wall garden and kitchen gardens are presently being restored.
Our dining room serves breakfast and dinner to residents only. Delicious breads are baked in the Aga, the menus are seasonal and innovative using home grown organic produce and fresh herbs.
The house is situated close to some of Ireland's great golf courses: Galway Bay, Connemara Golf Club, Rosses Point, Westport and Ballinrobe.
Other relaxing activities which can be arranged for your enjoyment are salmon and trout fishing on the lake, a privately owned lake, as well as horse riding and many other amenities which we will be happy to arrange for you.
Within close proximity of the famous Ashford Castle and Kylemore Abbey which both have beautiful historic buildings and extensive grounds. Shopping trips to Galway or Sligo together with the almost obligatory visit to Drumcliffe Churchyard, where Ireland's most famous son, William Butler Yeats is buried.
Donalghson House enjoys a magnificent position set amidst 200 acres of woodland and parkland.
The fact that there is so much land with the house ensures guests exclusivity and provides wonderful opportunities to go for woodland walks or to ramble around the estate.
The House looks onto a private lake, which forms part of the estate. The lake is 100 acres in total and apart from providing magnificent views, is primarily for angling and coarse fishing. On the lake is a little man-made Island or "Crannóg", thought to have been built in the early Christian period, ie 5th - 12th Century. On a calm day it is a delightful trip over to the Island in a rowing boat.
The estate has very old trees. The Chestnut tree closest to the house is about 280 years old. In the front field is a crab apple tree at least 180 years old.
We have two horses for trekking at Donalghson, which can be organised for experienced riders.
Galway City - Donalghson House is ideally located to explore the ancient City of Galway a 15 to 20 minute drive away. If your interest is music, theatre, history or shopping you will not be disappointed.
Aran Islands - It is possible to get a ferry from Galway City to the Islands daily (in season). The three islands, Inismaan, Inishmore and Inisteer are formed from a limestone ridge. The largest (Innishmore) is eight miles long and 2 miles wide.
Connemara - Donalghson is a terrific vantage point from which to explore Connemara National Park, "Kylemore Abbey" home to the Benedictine nuns and scenic Clifden.
Sleeps up to
typical pricing (per week)
June 9, 2008
June 16, 2008
Pricing for all other times of year on request. Prices are subject to change; call us to confirm current pricing.