The stunning Irish coast makes for the ideal location for a family break away and we’ve found the perfect accommodation for your stay: Coolmore Manor House in Rossnowlagh in County Donegal. A stunning 5-star self-catering house which is situated on 12 acres of beautiful pasture land on the Wild Atlantic Way. The house is 3 hours from Dublin Airport and 2.5 hours from Belfast Airport, both can be reached easily from London in a little over an hour. Hiring a car is the best option once you’re here and cars can be hired at both airports. As the house is in a rural location a car gives you the freedom and ability to explore the local area with your family.
The house itself is a Georgian Manor house that has been beautifully restored with a luxurious and very high end finish throughout. There are 3 floors and the total area is a very spacious 324m2; perfect for busy families to catch up but also not be on top of each other! The property sleeps 6 comfortably but 7 are possible with use of a sofa bed in the study. The décor manages the careful balance of contemporary style with modern conveniences, mixed with antique furniture and historic features – the stunning curved wooden staircase is a favourite of mine. The house has a living room with a small library with a range of books and DVDs, study, gorgeous country kitchen-diner, a grand dining room sitting up to 10, utility room, heated conservatory and a beautiful sunken garden with a seating area. The views are a huge part of the house; stunning uninterrupted ocean views over the whole of Donegal Bay, Rossnowlagh Beach and the famous Blue Stack Mountains greet you constantly throughout the house. The owner is charming and a warm hospitality is pressed on all guests, the house is incredibly well stocked but if you need anything do ask and they will do their utmost to accommodate your wishes. The property is wheelchair inaccessible, guests must be 16 years or older and there is a no pets and no smoking inside policy. There is also a 1 bed apartment available to rent which we have also reviewed; the two properties can be rented together if your numbers warrant it. It’s not just us who loves this house, it is rated five-star by “Failte Ireland”, the Irish tourist board, is also a member of Ireland’s Blue Book, Historic Hotels of Europe and was a nominee for the World Boutique Hotel Awards and it’s not hard to see why!
There are three bedrooms each with an ensuite and each with its own breath-taking sea view. The rooms have been beautifully restored and individually designed; they are named The Orange room, The Yellow room and The Green room – with perfectly subtle uses of the relevant colour! The original Georgian fireplaces are still in use in the rooms as are the original sash windows. All the beds come from the Schramm manufacturer in Germany, known worldwide for its luxurious and very comfortable beds. The ensuites all include a bathtub as well as a modern shower.
The kitchen is very well equipped with a large Rangemaster cooker with two ovens, a microwave, dishwasher, and Nespresso coffee machine; this really is somewhere that you’ll really want to cook! Although it is a self-catering property, there is an option to have B&B and also cooked dinners can be arranged. There is also a local pub, the Smugglers’ Creek Inn which serves delicious food if you fancy a night off cooking – a must on holiday surely!
Rather fantastically, the house has its own spa treatment room so you can enjoy a massage in the comfort of your own home (well, home-away-from-home anyway!). There is also a hot tub and a sauna in the garden so your pampering is well and truly taken care of. For some family exploring time you really are spoilt for choice in this area. A short 5-minute walk takes you to Rossnowlagh Beach, a gorgeous Blue flag beach, and there are several other beautiful sandy beaches nearby too. The historic Donegal Town is just 15 minutes away and Ballyshannon, Sligo and Enniskillen are all in close reach. The Blue Stack Mountains are worth a visit as are the spectacular Slieve League; the highest sea-cliffs in Europe. Hiking, biking, surfing, wind and kite surfing, scuba diving, canoeing or fishing are available locally, the surrounding hills and beaches can be enjoyed however you choose! And on a rainy day, staying in the house and relaxing with the selection of board games, books and DVDs might be just the thing for some quality family bonding! The owners also breed a small number of quality Show Jumping Horses every year and horse therapy is available for people nervous of horses.
For a comfortable, elegant home that you’ll really wish was your own, Coolmore Manor House is the perfect venue for a week catching up with your family and exploring the beautiful Irish countryside.
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