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.
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