In a slightly surprising location in what has become a mainly residential area on the edge of Donegal town, Theresa and Albert Morrow’s welcoming guesthouse is tucked into a quiet corner of their busy working farm and has a pleasant view out over an attractive garden to the countryside beyond. It is, as they say on their brochure, ‘a place worth finding’, and was one of the first in Ireland to receive the EU flower award for Eco tourism.
Their attention to detail, excellent customer service and concern for all things environmental has earned them a reputation for being exceptional and caring hosts from their many delighted guests. There is a very happy atmosphere and the house is planned with care to help people to relax, including a proper bar with bar stools, and a new contemporary residents’ lounge with an open fire and a panoramic view of the Bluestack Mountains.
A covered walkway links the house to accommodation in a separate building, just a few steps away: simple country style rooms are bright and comfortable, and all have phone, TV and full bath with shower.
A lot of care also goes into breakfast, which is a very laid back affair, offering all the treats people like to spoil themselves with on holiday, and a flexible attitude to timing.
Small conferences/banqueting (20/45); free broadband wi/fi. Children welcome (under 4s free in parents' room, cot available €15, baby sitting arranged); wheelchair accessible;
Rooms 6 (1 family room, 3 ground floor, all no smoking); B&B €35-55 pps, single €69. all day room service; dogs permitted to stay in bedrooms; Closed 1 Nov-14 Feb.
The restaurant is open by reservation in the evening - tables in the attractive split level dining room are classically set up with white linen, and Albert offers a very reasonably priced full dinner menu with about five choices on each course; ingredients are locally sourced and organic where possible, and excellent specialities include Donegal rack of lamb and sirloin of Irish Angus beef.
Cooking is good and the natural flavours of fine ingredients are allowed to take centre stage, in very enjoyable dishes that are served by staff who take pride in offering real Irish hospitality.
Many guests opt to dine in on the first evening and never feel the need to go out for the rest of their stay, and it’s easy to see why.
A compact but well chosen wine list is reasonably priced and includes half and quarter bottles.