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“Fascinating Treasure Trove of Art”

Glebe House and Gallery
Ranked #4 of 28 things to do in Letterkenny
Certificate of Excellence
Guernsey, United Kingdom
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148 reviews
47 attraction reviews
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“Fascinating Treasure Trove of Art”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 February 2011

Glebe House was the home of Derek Hill, a renowned English artist who spent much time in Donegal. He is particularly known for his portraits and also landscapes, including many of Tory Island, which lies off the north coast of Donegal. He encouraged several inhabitants of Tory Island to pick up a paintbrush, and the Tory Island school of artists has become well-known for their naive or "primitive" style.

There is a gallery at Glebe House containing many of Derek Hill's works, but possibly the bigger attraction is Glebe House itself, which contains a veritable treasure trove of artwork collected by and given to Hill over the years: expect to see works by Picasso, Renoir and Yeats, rooms lined with William Morris wallpaper, and a miscellany of fascinating trinkets. Many of Hill's personal possessions remain on view within the house.

Entry is by guided tour, and lasts approximately 45 minutes. Our guide was extremely well-informed and a pleasure to listen to. I would gladly have taken a 2nd tour as there is so much to see and learn. The gardens are really lovely and worth spending a few minutes exploring.

Location: Signed off the R251, a short drive from Church Hill, and Glenveagh National Park. Small cafe on site.

Visited August 2010
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“little known treasure”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2007

i have at this stage visited the Glebe Gallery a number of times.. its just one of those places you will find yourself going back to again and again.

The galleries main feature is a beautiful Regency house and gardens situated on the quie tshores of Lough Gartan in Churchill, Co. Donegal. The house, originally built as a rectory for the surrounding parish of Churchill served as a small hotel for a period before becoming the chief residence of artist Derek Hill (1916-2000)

Derek Hill redecorated the house in his own style and includes a number of important William Morris hand printed wallpapers and textiles and oriental prints which give the house tons and tons of atmosphere!!! The collection on display inside the house includes works by Jack. B Yeats, Renoir and Picasso.. yes tucked away in Donegal! Guided tours of the house are highly recommended and really bring the place to life (which cant be said of all tours!)

The outhouses have been converted to a modern gallery with changing exhibitions giving a taste of the modern... check before travelling as the open season is quite short.. but worth the effort!

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“Glebe House is pure smashin'”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2004

Absolutely Smashin'. I'm fae Glesga, an' 'ave never seen such beautiful work a' art in my puff. It made me so happy, and i fun' an inner peace. I'm becomin' a buddhist.

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