Woodhill House, ArdaraWoodhill House, Ardara
Ardara, Co. Donegal, Ireland
Restaurant -  Lounge Bar -  Guesthouse
Tel: ++353 (0)74 9541112    Fax:  ++353 (0)74 9541516     
E mail:  yates@iol.ie
  Web Site: www.woodhillhouse.com 

The Yates family ensure you of a warm welcome at Woodhill

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Getting There

Woodhill is nestled into the beautiful Donegal CountrysideHome
Woodhill House is an historic coastal manor house dating back in parts to the 17th century and formerly the family home of the Nesbitts, local landlords and Ireland's last commercial whaling family of the 19th century. The 6th century religious relic, St. Conal's Bell, was mysteriously stolen from Woodhill House in 1845. The house which overlooks the beautiful Donegal Highlands is set in its own grounds with an old walled garden.The elegant dining room contains antique furnishing from by gone days It is half a mile from the sea and a quarter of a mile from the coastal town of Ardara. The house offers unusual and interesting accommodation with private bathrooms/showers, Failte Ireland 3 star rated. There is a fully licensed lounge bar, which has occasional music sessions for tourists and locals alike. Woodhill House is well known for its high quality and reasonably priced restaurant which accommodates houseguests and the general public. The menu is French based using fresh Irish produce, especially seafood from nearby Killybegs, Ireland's principal fishing port.

The heritage town of Ardara is geographically well placed for exploring the wild and beautiful county of Donegal. "Up here it's different!!" is a frequent comment about the county. This area is famous for its Donegal tweeds and woollen goods. The local factory shops offer exceptional bargains. The Owenea River provides excellent salmon and trout fishing and is regarded as one of the best in the country. Pony trekking along the beaches is also popular. The breathtaking links golf courses at Murvagh, Donegal town and Portnoo/Narin are all within a short drive. Boating and surfing can also be enjoyed nearby with some of the best Blue Flag beaches within easy reach. Cycle hire is also available. Donegal sunset

There are many archaeological sites such as ancient Doon Fort and the Dolmen at Kilclooney, again only a short drive away. Ireland's second largest wild life reserve, Sheskinmore, is a few miles north of Ardara. It is a fascinating place at all times of the year. The truly spectacular Slieve League, the highest sea cliffs in Europe, is only 20 minutes away and close to Glencolmcille, an archaelogically rich Pagan and Christian centre, with its fascinating folk village. A scenic 3/4 hour drive to the north is Glenveagh National Park, with the most romantic castle perched on the side of majestic Lough Veagh. Apart from some of the most unspoiled scenery in Europe, traditional music can be heard in most of Ardara's twelve unique bars.


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There are magnificent views from the main houseMain House
Front Rooms
First Floor
Large double aspect en-suite rooms with shower and tub.
Both rooms with double beds.
Side Rooms First Floor
Single aspect en-suite with shower. Double or twin bed.


Old world charm with restored wood beams and antique furnishingsCoach House
Ground Floor
Room Large double aspect. En-suite with shower. Double and single beds.
First Floor 
Rooms Front, large triple aspect. En-suite with Tub & Shower. Double Bed. Bed and breakfast.
Side Room 
Large single aspect. En-suite with tub and shower. Double and single beds.

Email Special Requirements to yates@iol.ie

Garden Rooms
Ground Floor Rooms
Large single aspect, En-suite with Tub & Shower with Patio onto the old walled Garden (one room with wheel chair access) Double bed in each room.
First Floor Rooms
Large single aspect En-suite with balconies overlooking the old walled garden & Glengesh Pass. Double bed & fold-out bed in each room.
or email Special Requirements to yates@iol.ie



Fully licensed Lounge Bar and Restaurant. Dinner served from 6.30 pm -10 pm
American Express, Master Card, Visa and Laser accepted.
Click here for sample Dinner Menu

Bookings: Email: yates@iol.ie   Phone: +353 (0)74 9541112   Fax: +353 (0)74 9541516  


Map of IrelandGPS : North 54. 45 30 10   West -8. 24 10 80
County Donegal is on the North West coast of Ireland. The map at the left indicates Ardara's position on a map of Ireland. The main Irish airports (Belfast, City of Derry, Shannon, Cork and Dublin) are also indicated in red.

Route from Dublin - Approx. 3.5 hours
M3 to Cavan and onwards to Ballyshannon, N15 from Ballyshannon to Donegal town and take the N56 to Ardara.

Route from Belfast - Approx. 2.5 hours
Take the A6 to Derry and then the A2 to Bridge End, N13 to Letterkenny. Take the A6 to Derry and then the R250 to Glenties and then N56 to Ardara.

Route from City of Derry - Approx 1.5 hours
Take A2
to Bridge End, N13 to Letterkenny. Take the R250 to Glenties and N56 to Ardara.


Map of Donegal

Route from Shannon - Approx. 5 hours

Take the N18 to Galway. Then take the N17 to Sligo. From Sligo take the N15 to Donegal town. From Donegal town take the N56 to Ardara

Route from Cork - Approx. 7.5 hours
Take the N20 to Limerick and from Limerick take the N18 to Galway. The route from Galway is the same as laid out above from Shannon.   



John Yates

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