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Woodhill House

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Bar / Country House / Restaurant

2 euro Outstanding Location, building or atmosphere
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Woodhill House
Woodhill, Ardara Co Donegal
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Tel: +353 74 954 1112

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On the edge of the famous village of Ardara and overlooking the Donegal Highlands, this large and hospitable house is full of character and would make a good base for exploring this fascinating area.
  • Cycling
  • Equestrian (nearby)
  • Fishing (coarse nearby)
  • Fishing (Fly Fishing nearby)
  • Fishing (Sea Angling nearby)
  • Gardens (Outstanding)
  • Golf nearby
  • Scuba Diving (nearby)
  • Walking (established walks)
  • Walking - Hillwalking (recommended routes or guides available)
  • Water Sports
  • Banqueting
  • Family Friendly
  • Ground Floor Bedrooms (accessible for less able)
  • Live Music
  • Location - Scenic
  • Open New Year
  • Wedding Venue
  • Wheelchair Friendly
  • Contemporary Irish
  • French (Classic)
  • Breakfast Venue
  • Character Pub
  • Daytime/Coffee
  • Informal
  • Sunday Dining
  • Vegetarian Friendly (always at least 1 starter & 1 main course)
  • Vegetarian Menu

Woodhill House

On the edge of the famous village of Ardara and with views over the Donegal Highlands, John Yates's large and hospitable house is full of character and would make a good base for exploring this fascinating area.


It was once the home of Ireland’s last commercial whaling family, and years of restoration work to the house and gardens by the current owner, John Yates, and his late wife, Nancy, are bearing fruit.


Now run by John and his son James, the house has a lovely atmosphere and there is also a bar (where you may find some unusual guest beers on offer) and a restaurant which is popular locally, so booking is recommended.


Whilst the dishes offered are wide ranging, local ingredients feature and specialities include Donegal mountain lamb, seafood and carrageen moss pudding, all at reasonable prices and served by friendly local staff. 


As well as the original rooms in the main house, which are at various stages of refurbishment, spacious accommodation is also offered in converted outbuildings, with balconies overlooking the lovely walled gardens which were Nancy’s pride and joy.


The garden rooms are slightly dearer than those in the house, but they are very spacious and appealingly furnished, with good en-suite bathrooms.


The gradual restoration of the gardens is perhaps the greatest achievement, and renovations on both the main house and outbuildings are still on-going.

Small conferences/ private parties (50). Rooms 14 (6 shower-only, 1 family room, 4 ground floor, 1 for disabled); children welcome (under 5s free in parents' room, cot available without charge). Pets permitted in some areas. B&B €48-65 pps, ss €10. Restaurant: Seats 50 (private room, 15); children welcome' reservations accepted. D 6.30-10pm daily, Set D about €40; house wine €20; sc discretionary. Bar open normal hours (no food). House closed 20-27 Dec. Amex, Diners, MasterCard, Visa, Laser. abbreviations
Last Updated: 13-07-2014
Author: Georgina Campbell

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500m from Ardara village.

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