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Rathmullan House
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Rathmullan
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Reviewed 14 July 2011

Our large family had a wonderful time in this special resort which offers something for all ages. This is a large rambling country house with lots of comfortable sitting rooms- open fires and ideal rooms for family get- togethers. It is steps away from a beautiful long beach on Lough Foyle. Bedrooms are very spacious, comfortable and bathrooms with high pressure showers and deep bathtubs are excellent.
Excellent food- local produce grown in garden on site, fantastic fresh fish and deserts to die for! Dinner menus change every night-Traditional Irish breakfasts are re-defined with the hearty fare and lighter choices and amazing buffet selections.
All staff are warm, friendly and go above and beyond to make you feel at home and attend to all your needs without any fuss -all done quietly.
Thanks to all for many happy memories which have already become part of family lore!

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 13 May 2011

We've stayed here twice with small children.

The hotel staff are fantastic - particularly the owners (sorry, have forgotten names!) We had a suite with a master bedroom, separate bathroom, and children's room with two single beds on both occasions. The hotel allows dogs in some of the rooms, which I think is lovely, and they have a couple of very friendly dogs who mooch about and take much abuse from the smaller guests with good humour.

Setting is idyllic - right on a huge sandy beach. The hotel itself is an old holiday home of some landed gentry I think, and all the original features have been retained. If you're looking for somewhere to relax, read the paper for a couple of hours, have a long walk on a windswept Donegal beach, and then come back to for a fabulous meal, then you've found it.

Now, on to the food! In a word, lush. They clearly have a talented chef, excellent menu, fantastic wine (and brandy!) list, and superb setting for their restaurant. Pub grub is also great. The service wasn't *that* good, but frankly, who cares, when the food speaks for itself to this level.

The only problem we found was the horrendous smoke which blew down from the chimneys and filled both reception rooms. It seriously made us retreat to our room on more than one occasion. Seriously awful, needs fixed, but not *quite* awful enough to miss the food over, so we'll be back!

  • Stayed: February 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 6 May 2011

We stayed here for a couple of days while following family history leads in Fahan and enjoyed our stay immensely. Along with Temple House in County Sligo, it was far-and-away the best place we stayed in nearly three weeks in Ireland. It's just steps through the garden from a long and gorgeous (but being Donegal, somewhat chilly) beach. Judging from the other guests who were there at the same time as us, it seems very popular with Irish families on a short break from Dublin or Derry. Staff and guests were all exceptionally friendly and we had some of our best conversations and chats of the trip while lounging over coffee or drinks in one of the delightful and relaxing parlors.
Our room was in the old part of the house and was deliciously old-fashioned in a 1930s sort of way - just our taste - but there are more modern rooms available too. The food in the restaurant was delicious and breakfasts were fantastic including a buffet spread including whole hams, fruit from the extensive garden and an array of cheeses, cold meats etc. It was treat to get up early, sink into a battered armchair and read all the papers just as the staff were opening the heavy curtains and clearing the fireplaces from the night before. Then during the day, the surrounding area offers so much beauty and culture that it was a stretch to fit everything in that we wanted to do. especially when the prospect of tea and scones was drawing us back to the hotel in the afternoon.
A super all round experience, and we very much hope to find an excuse to go back to Rathmullen House soon.

Room Tip: Decide whether you want old or new
  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 30 April 2011

We are just back from two nights in Rathmullan house where we have had a fantastic break. 100 m from the beach an indoor heated pool and great food and service

  • Stayed: April 2011
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Reviewed 11 January 2011

My husband and I have just returned from a 2 night break at this hotel.It is an old hotel in an excellent location.Staff are extremely helpful and the style and comfort of the hotel is wonderful.Very relaxing place to be in.The breakfasts are incredible with all locally sourced foods with a superb selection in the most picturesque surroundings.
The superior bedroom is comfortable with a luxurious bathroom. The pillows were terrible and there is the option to request feather ones which we did on our second night and what a difference they made....please either invest in new synthetic ones or make the feather pillows as standard.
My only complaint is the 10% service charge which they charge.A word of warning pay for your bills as you go along or you will pay more.It is an expensive place to stay and unfair to charge an additional 10%

  • Stayed: January 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 November 2010

Rathmullan House is set in wonderful scenery on the shores of Lough Swilly, great for early morning walks before breakfast. The staff are very friendly and welcoming, you have the feeling of been looked after by a large extended family. The food is superb. This is a great place to relax and enjoy time with the people you are about!

  • Stayed: November 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 November 2010

Stayed overnight in October as a gift from family for annniversay. It's an elegant house in a truely spectacular setting with beautiful grounds that sweep down to a gorgeous beach. Our room was beautiful - loved the fire on the wall! It was the "doggy room" mentioned by other reveiwers,a great idea even if we didn't have ours with us - maybe another time.The staff were very discreet and friendly, many seemed to be local which is rare to see nowadays. We had dinner in the restaurant which is very pretty at night with the ceiling lights The food was excellent, very high standard of cooking and service.It was lovely relaxing afterwards in one of the gorgeous drawing rooms in front of a turf fire. Likewise the next morning's breakfast was also very good, especially the full Irish!We would definately go back for a longer stay, even if it is expensive. If I had to have one criticism it is that maybe the pool area could be updated as it is a little plain compared to other hotels of this grade.Overall we enjoyed a very relaxing break in what can best be described as staying in a beautiful, historic, stately home.

  • Stayed: October 2010, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Rathmullan House

Address: Lough Swilly, Rathmullan, Ireland
Region: Ireland > County Donegal > Rathmullan
Amenities:
Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Rathmullan
Price Range: £164 - £223 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Rathmullan House 4*
Number of rooms: 32
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Rathmullan House is situated on the shores of Lough Swilly in Co. Donegal. With a 2 mile sandy beach at the bottom of the gardens it is a perfect spot to enjoy the outdoors. All 32 bedrooms are individually styled from romantic garden rooms to adjoining family rooms. The Weeping Elm Restaurant provides a fine setting for Kelan McMichaels modern cooking as well as the award winning breakfast for which Rathmullan is justly famous. Menus are based on using the freshest ingredients in season from local artisan producers and from the hotels walled garden. ... more   less 
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