Rathmullan House | Hotel in Co. Donegal | Alastair Sawday's Special Places to Stay

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Rathmullan House - Hotel in Co. Donegal

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Rathmullan House, Rathmullan, , Co. Donegal
Ulster, Ireland

Wheeler Family

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+353 (0)74 915 8188(landline)

The Wheeler family will charm you with their friendly efficiency, gardens rolling down to Lough Swilly, rich rooms and fabulous food

Elegant, professional, ever-friendly – Rathmullan is impossible to fault. Despite (seamless) expansion the Wheelers work to maintain the warm feel that their parents created and there are so many lovely drawing rooms inside, such gorgeous grounds to roam outside, that numbers may only be evident at breakfast. Rathmullan already had its fine Georgian looks, its gardens that roll gently down to the shores of Lough Swilly and its comforting fires. Richly furnished bedrooms overlook the garden through superb tall windows onto balconies or little terraces and have big panelled bathrooms; the family rooms in the old house are veritable suites; there's even a room for your dog. The Wheeler's canopied restaurant, Cook & Gardener, is the backdrop to some wonderful food (local beers and pizzas from the wood-fired oven are a must!). Work up an appetite at tennis or croquet, in the indoor heated swimming pool or the steam room, stroll across the lawn and through the dunes to a long empty beach, sally forth to explore the rocky coves of the Fanad Peninsula or Rathmullan village: it has bags of seaside charm.

Wheelchair access
At least one bedroom & bathroom accessible.
Limited mobility
At least one bedroom & bathroom accessible without steps.
Children welcome
Suitable for guests with children aged 3 and over.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Credit cards
Credit or debit card payment accepted.
Wireless internet access available.
Pets welcome
Please let the owner know if you want to bring pets.
Public transport
Within 10 miles of a bus/train station.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property.
Swimming pool
On the premises.
Tennis court
On the premises.
Vegetarian meals
Available on request.
Licensed premises
Alcohol may be served.

Local points of interest from Wheeler Family:

Local points of interest from
Wheeler Family:

  • Glenveagh National Park & Castle is a national treasure. The 16,000 hectare park consists of mountain, rare raised bog land, lakes and woodland. It contains the largest herd of red deer in Europe & the majestic Golden Eagle was reintroduced in 2001.
  • The Slieve League cliffs are the largest marine cliffs in Europe with the sheer cliff face stretching straight down to the wild Atlantic waves below. Rare fauna, flora and wildlife inhabit this precious and untouched landscape.
  • Glebe Gallery is located just outside the town of Letterkenny near Churchill. The English portrait and landscape painter Derek Hill lived and worked there from 1954 - 1981. The collection includes works by Pablo Picasso, Jack Butler Yeats and James Dixon.
  • Wild Atlantic Way. Donegal boasts some of the most beautiful scenery along a its Atlantic coastline. The Fanad coast road is a must with the famous Knockalla road overlooking Ballymastocker Bay. Beach here is one of the most beautiful beaches in the world
  • Rathmullan Sailing & Watersports School is fully approved by the Irish Sailing Association (ISA) and maintains rigourous procedures to ensure that equipment is safe and instructors are fully qualified and is guaranteed to be fun.
  • Ulster American Folk Park outside Omagh. Immerse yourself in the world famous story of Irish emigration at the museum that brings it to life. Follow the emigrant trail as you journey from the thatched cottages of Ulster, on board a full scale emigrant ship
Points of interest

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  • 32 Twin/doubles
Price:(i) 160 to250 per night

Booking info:


Dinner from €45. Wine from €26.


Christmas, 19 December - 27 December, 6 January - 10 February.


Rathmullan House, Rathmullan, , Co. Donegal

Hotel 32 Twin/double rooms
Price: (i) 160 to 250 per night

Wheeler Family

Visit website Check availability

+353 (0)74 915 8188(landline)