Rathmullan House

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Rathmullan House offers low-key luxury in gracious and elegant surroundings.

Located on the shores of Lough Swilly, in stunning Donegal, Rathmullan House is home to a true Irish welcome, gorgeous gardens, beach views and delectable dining options with most ingredients locally sourced.

Built in the 1760s, the house is run by husband and wife team Mark and Mary Wheeler and in keeping with its country house traditions you’ll find log fires, comfy period sitting rooms, curious antiques and an atmosphere of calm that pervades these stately old residences.

Rathmullan House also has a heated indoor pool and extensive grounds and is idyllic accommodation for a relaxing break in delightful Donegal.

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The Cook & Gardener restaurant is the main dining area and the name of the restaurant reflects the trend for growing your own ingredients – Rathmullan House has its own traditional walled garden growing a variety of soft fruits, herbs and vegetables, which appear on the menu. You can also dine on fine, locally sourced produce, including Donegal landed seafood.


For a more informal option, The Pavilion offers wood-fired pizzas and locally brewed beers.


Batt’s Bar is the place to head for a relaxing drink and some light bites as well as tea, coffee and scrumptious cake.


Needless to say, great food lies at the heart of this great country house. The Cook and Gardener Restaurant specialises in modern Irish country house dining for its overnight guests and the public.


Situated in a light and elegant conservatory style space, this dining room reflects the trend for growing your own ingredients to supply the menu. Rathmullan has its own walled garden with a prolific growth of seasonal fruits, herbs and vegetables throughout the year.


The menu is Donegal on a plate and features delectables like Donegal scallops, Mulroy Bay mussels and Lisdergan lamb. The food is accomplished and attractive and food provenance is excellent. So too is the wine list which has been well-considered and features quality wine and a great selection of organic and biodynamic bottles.


In the morning, a generous breakfast awaits. Fill up on specialities like house Guinness and wheaten breads, Donegal baked ham served with fruit compote on Carrageen Moss (a local mild tasting seaweed) and Irish apple juice. The cooked Irish breakfast option is a cornucopia of local produce but lighter options are available including stone ground porridge with honey or prunes, smoked fish, perfect pancakes and light and fluffy freshly-baked scones with homemade preserves, jams and marmalade.


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Rooms & Facilities

Modern luxury and tradition combine for a great night’s sleep in Rathmullan House.


There are 34 bedrooms in total ranging from single rooms to romantic garden view doubles to large garret rooms for families as well as interconnecting bedrooms too. Rathmullan House is very family-friendly.


At the end of the day, one of the best ways to unwind is with a swim in the heated indoor swimming pool.


Relaxation is key here and there is nothing more enjoyable than a stroll around the extensive wooded gardens or a barefoot walk on the nearby beach.


Bedrooms are furnished in country house style with large beds, patchwork quilts and throws and rugs of Donegal wool. Some rooms have lovely French doors that open out onto small private terraces.


The decor of the bedrooms evokes a sense of calm and peacefulness and the rooms really do feel like a little haven, especially with the tranquil views.


The rooms are all ensuite and have indulgent handmade Irish toiletries and robes and flip flops for your comfort, filtered water and fresh milk are provided to use with drink making facilities in the room.


Rathmullan House is a pioneer of sustainable cooking and food production. Many ingredients come from the house’s walled garden and other produce is locally sourced where possible, which keeps the food miles low. The menus here are based on seasonal ingredients and there is a priority on home baked, in-house cooking and production.

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