Woodhill House in Ardara Co. Donegal Ireland
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Hosts: John Yates and family

Guestrooms: 13

Address: Ardara, Co. Donegal, Ireland

Telephone: ++353 (0)74 9541112

Fax: ++353 (0)74 9541516

Activities/Attractions: The heritage town of Ardara is geographically well placed for exploring the wild and beautiful county of Donegal. "Up here it's different!!" is a frequent comment about the county. This area is famous for its Donegal tweeds and woollen goods. There are many archaeological sites such as ancient Doon Fort and the Dolmen at Kilclooney, again only a short drive away. Ireland's second largest wild life reserve, Sheskinmore, is a few miles north of Ardara. It is a fascinating place at all times of the year.

The truly spectacular Slieve League, the highest sea cliffs in Europe, is only 20 minutes away and close to Glencolmcille, an archaeologically rich Pagan and Christian centre, with its fascinating folk village. A scenic 3/4 hour drive to the north is Glenveagh National Park, with the most romantic castle perched on the side of majestic Lough Veagh. Apart from some of the most unspoiled scenery in Europe, traditional music can be heard in most of Ardara's twelve unique bars.

  • The local factory shops offer exceptional bargains
  • The Owenea River provides excellent salmon and trout fishing and is regarded as one of the best in the country
  • Pony trekking along the beaches is also popular
  • The breathtaking links golf courses at Murvagh, Donegal town and Portnoo/Narin are all within a short drive
  • Boating and surfing can also be enjoyed nearby with some of the best Blue Flag beaches within easy reach
  • Cycle hire is also available

"We enjoyed the quiet of the coach house. Beautiful gardens were enjoyed between showers of those soft Donegal days. The highlight of our stay was the fantastic breakfasts which catered for all tastes and which have never been surpassed."

"Lovely house with lots of warmth and character. The hosts are very friendly and the gardens are beautiful. Ardara is a lovely village and I recommend eating at Nancy's bar (named after the proprietor of Woodside house and run by her brother.) The rooms are large and comfortable and the balcony view from our room over the garden was great."

"Woodhill House is a Bed, Breakfast, Bar, and Restaurant. Our host, John Yates, and his family care for you as if you were part of their family. The Garden Rooms overlook a beautiful rose garden and the Donegal countryside is visible from the front of Woodhill. The beds were very comfortable and the food selection and preparation were first rate."

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"Absolutely perfect stay in every way. Beautiful house, perfectly tended grounds, and over the top service from John, Nancy, and James (plus the beautiful dogs). Ardara welcomes visitors with open arms, and the surrounding countryside is completely untouched, as well as barren of other tourists. Can't think of anything that would have made the stay better."

"Lovely place. Very warm welcome. Spotless new room overlooking a beautiful garden. Very comfortable bed. Hearty and delicious breakfast the next morning. Would certainly recommend this place for a great break in Donegal. A real cut above most hotels in which I have stayed in Donegal."

"Just lovely! Marvellous, very spacious rooms overlooking the rose garden, fantastic three course meal in the evening, candles, turf fire, very sweet Labradors."

General Information: Welcome to Woodhill House in Ardara, County Donegal, Ireland ... an historic coastal manor house dating back in parts to the 17th century and formerly the family home of the Nesbitts, local landlords and Ireland's last commercial whaling family of the 19th century. The house which overlooks the beautiful Donegal Highlands is set in its own grounds with an old walled garden. It is half a mile from the sea and a quarter of a mile from the coastal town of Ardara.

The house offers unusual and interesting accommodation with private bathrooms/showers, Failte Ireland 3 star rated. There is a fully licensed lounge bar, which has occasional music sessions for tourists and locals alike. Woodhill House is well known for its high quality and reasonably priced restaurant which accommodates houseguests and the general public. The menu is French based using fresh Irish produce, especially seafood from nearby Killybegs, Ireland's principal fishing port. Accommodation includes:

  • Main House Front Rooms First Floor
    Large double aspect en-suite rooms with shower and tub. Both rooms with double beds
  • Main House Side Rooms First Floor
    Single aspect en-suite with shower. Double or twin bed
  • Coach House Ground Floor
    Room Large double aspect. En-suite with shower. Double and single beds
  • Coach House First Floor 
    Rooms Front, large triple aspect. En-suite with Tub & Shower. Double Bed. Bed and breakfast
  • Coach House Side Room 
    Large single aspect. En-suite with tub and shower. Double and single beds
  • Garden Rooms Ground Floor
    Large single aspect, En-suite with Tub & Shower with Patio onto the old walled Garden (one room with wheel chair access) Double bed in each room
  • Garden Rooms First Floor
    Large single aspect En-suite with balconies overlooking the old walled garden & Glengesh Pass. Double bed & fold-out bed in each room

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Rates: (Prices quoted in Euros).

From €85/room/night

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"We just popped in here and ended up staying 2 nights. It was a cozy place with huge rooms - we asked for a non smoking room and got one. Great owners and family run. They do all meals there - great dinners too!"

"Greeted by the two lovely black Labradors as we arrived through the door. We stayed in the recently converted Garden Rooms annex overlooking the walled garden. Our double room was roomy, tastefully decorated with a good size bathroom and our own patio area out into the walled garden. Upstairs rooms had their own private balconies. Breakfast was great, lots of choice and beautifully cooked, especially liked the little pancakes with pear that came as a little surprise. Already planning our next trip back! Def recommend this place if you want good food and a warm inviting atmosphere."

"A gem of a small country house hotel. Very modern and spacious rooms in the new wings; charming small bar with open fire and a good restaurant in the old house. We found the food excellent and fresh and the owners very welcoming and pleasant . It is family run. The gardens are well cared for and attractive gardens."