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Wood Road, Ardara, Donegal,
Mr John Yates
Woodhill House in Ardara, County Donegal, is an historic coastal manor house dating back in parts to the 17th century. The house overlooks the beautiful Donegal Highlands and is set in its own grounds with a walled garden.
Woodhill House is formerly the family home of the Nesbitts, local landlords and Ireland's last commercial whaling family of the 19th century. The 6th century religious relic, St Conal's Bell, was mysteriously stolen from Woodhill House in 1845. The elegant dining room contains antique furnishing from bygone days. Woodhill House is half a mile from the sea and a quarter of a mile from the coastal town of Ardara, County Donegal. The house overlooks the beautiful Donegal Highlands and is set in its own grounds with a walled garden. The house offers unusual and interesting accommodation with private bathrooms/showers. 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 house guests and the general public. The menu is French based using fresh Irish produce, especially seafood from nearby Killybegs, Ireland's principal fishing port. Woodhill House is Fáilte Ireland three star rated. WiFi is available complimentary in the common areas and free parking is available for guests. All 13 double ensuite bedrooms have TV and tea/coffee making facilities.
The heritage town of Ardara is geographically well placed for exploring the wild and beautiful county of Donegal. The area is famous for its Donegal tweeds and woollen goods. 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.
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, are only 20 minutes away and close to Glencolmcille, an archaelogically rich Pagan and Christian centre, with its fascinating folk village. A scenic three quarter 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.