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Rathmullan House

Rathmullan House is a charming 4-star hotel overlooking Lough Swilly 

Building: 1760

In Donegal we like to say that up here it’s different, and at Rathmullan House we are proud to say that over the past 50 years, we have always tried to offer something a little bit original. Set in tranquil wooded grounds overlooking Lough Swilly and at the beginning of Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way coastline, our setting is idyllic, but it is our welcome that sets us apart.

Bob and Robin Wheeler bought the house in 1962. After extensive work transforming the dormitories back into the original bedrooms they opened the house as a 22-bedroom hotel. The original pavilion dining room designed by the late Dr Liam Mc Cormick was built in 1969 with a swimming pool and a new bedroom wing added in the 1990’s. In 2004, the new regency bedroom wing was added along with The Gallery Room and the Cook & Gardener restaurant was renovated and redesigned.

With the second generation of the Wheeler family now looking after the 4-star hotel, the family feel that our regular visitors know so well has remained. Seamus the donkey is no longer around to carry guests’ luggage from Rathmullan pier, but our staff are always more than happy to help where they can. While the hotel has retained its classic features and traditional elements, our bedrooms have all of the modern touches that our discerning guests would expect.

When you arrive to spend the night at Rathmullan House, we make it our priority to remove you from the real world and allow you to spend your time in total relaxation and serenity.
Every room at Rathmullan House is individual and if you asked 100 regular guests for their favourite bedroom or lounge, you would most likely struggle to find two identical answers. Exploring Rathmullan House may lead you to a quiet corner in Batts Bar with a good book, or to long afternoon stroll through our extensive gardens. We like to think that our house offers something new to discover on every stay regardless of how many years you have been visiting and this is certainly the feedback that our regular guests offer.

There is something to excite all visitors to Rathmullan House from toddlers to seasoned travellers and everybody in between.

Our reputation for fine food using local ingredients has been cultivated over the past 50 years. We like to think that guests need not leave the grounds of the hotel other than to see the beautiful sights of Donegal, as all culinary needs are provided for in Rathmullan House.

Fresh fruit and veg in our walled garden, fresh fish landed on our doorstep, fresh dough made for the Tap Room every morning and fresh ideas from our talented chef's from season to season. The ingredients are all there for us to provide high quality food for our guests, whether it is a light afteroon snack, a casual supper or a formal evening celebration.

The Tap Room which opened in 2014 has already been recognised by the McKennas Guide as one of the top 100 places to eat in Ireland. Serving stone baked pizza and local craft beer is not what you might expect to find in a classic country house. Still in its infancy, it appears that this ambitious marriage of styles is exactly what our guests and locals are looking for.

Up here it really is different, and we look forward to welcoming you to the shores of the Swilly, to discover what sets us apart for yourself.

Open: all year (closed 6th January to mid February)
Rooms: 32 - Rates: from €90 to €160 per person sharing on a Bed and Breakfast basis


Superior rooms:
With beguiling views of Lough Swilly or the gardens which change in appearance by the season, each of our superior rooms are spacious and luxurious in equal measure.
In the new section of the house, the rooms have a contemporary feel with balcony or patio and some even with their own electric fire which provides a warm relief in the cold winter months.
In the old section of the house, the grand superior rooms allow you to step back to the early 19th century and admire the original features, traditional décor and landscape around Rathmullan House which has remained much the same for generations.

Standard rooms:
Each of our standard rooms radiates character and has its own distinctive décor. Handpicked antiques accumulated by the house over the past 250 years add a sense of the history of the house to each bedroom.
Our standard rooms vary in size with some being particularly spacious while others have scintillating views of the lough or gardens. All bathrooms have a bath and shower and an excellent night’s sleep is a certainty in our luxurious double or twin beds.

Single rooms:
With many of our guests requiring their own bedroom, we offer a small number of single bedrooms with no single occupancy charge dependent on availability. These rooms are lovingly finished in the atmospheric Georgian house and renowned for their period charm. Our single bedrooms are perfect for the corporate traveller, the independent teenager travelling with family or a member of a group that enjoys their own space.

Family accommodation:
As a family run hotel, we know from experience what it takes to make your family feel at home.
Our two-bedroom interconnecting rooms offer families of up to six, a rare combination of privacy, togetherness and luxury for your family holiday. These interconnected bedrooms offer parents a luxury double room with a separate room with single beds for the children.
The shared family size bathroom will be an excited morning hub of activity as the children get ready for the day ahead discovering the numerous family activities available in Donegal.
We have a limited number of family bedrooms, so early booking is essential during school holidays to avoid disappointment.

Pet-friendly accommodation:
With a 3km sandy beach at the bottom of our garden, we think it would be a shame for your dog to miss out on a trip to Rathmullan House.
Our doggie room (adjoining the human bedroom) ensures that your beloved pet also gets to enjoy the best of country house luxury.
We even provide company with our own Jack Russell – Brushie. All that we ask is that Brushies position as MD is not questioned!


Our award winning Cook & Gardener Restaurant provides the perfect setting to enjoy locally sourced food cooked to the highest standards. With views stretching out over Lough Swilly, a tented ceiling dotted with hundreds of fairy lights and classic wooden floors, the ambiance alone allows you to instantly unwind as soon as you take your seat.

The Cook & Gardener is about more than just the setting, as the name suggests. When you dine with us, you will see fish landed from Greencastle, meat supplied by local butchers and vegetables straight from our walled garden on your menu. We are proud of our position in the heart of our small community and will continue to work with local suppliers wherever possible.

Our menu is updated regularly depending on what has just been landed in Greencastle or which vegetables are in season in the garden. What you can be sure of is that the seafood will be fresh, the vegetables will be local and each dish will have that signature touch from our team of chefs.

Restaurant capacity: 80 persons

Recommended by:
The Good Hotel Guide
Good Food Ireland
One Fab Day
John and Sally McKennas’ Guide
Ireland’s Blue Book
Wild Atlantic Way

Spa & Wellness

Swimming Pool:
With the inviting waters of Lough Swilly on the doorstep of Rathmullan House, a dip in the ocean is always an option when you stay at Rathmullan House. For guests who may not be quite willing to brave the Donegal elements, our 15m indoor swimming pool provides a much gentler opportunity to work on your backstroke.
Our heated swimming pool is open exclusively to guests at Rathmullan House and is open from 8am – 8pm on a daily basis. For families travelling to the house, the pool is an ideal location for afternoon fun for children when the weather dictates that outdoor activities are off limits. Outside of school holidays, our guests can look forward to finding a quiet swimming pool where they can relax, burn off some calories and build up an appetite for dinner in the Cook & Gardener restaurant.


Everyone should feel special on their wedding day... and feeling special is what Rathmullan House is all about. Whether you are hiring our private dining room for up to 60 people or would prefer exclusive use of the whole hotel for up to 135 guests, the family and staff work with you every step of the way to ensure an unforgettable experience. Both Mark & Mary work closely with photographer’s, bands, musicians and wedding stylists and will happily make recommendations for your day.

This stunning Georgian house can be yours after breakfast on the day of the wedding and you can let the story of your wedding unfold just as you imagine it: photographs in the award-winning gardens, champagne in the elegant lounges and fine food served with personal attention in our intimate and elegant dining room.

You can relax and enjoy all the style and comfort of one of Ireland’s leading country homes.

The perfect setting for a wedding is something that money can't buy. With a 2- mile golden sandy beach at the bottom of our garden, your wedding photographer will be spoilt for choice when looking for photo opportunities. Our location nestled among the forestry on the banks of Lough Swilly will provide images and memories of your wedding day that will last a lifetime.
Wedding capacity: from 135 to 150 persons


Rathmullan House is the perfect location for all types of events – from executive meetings to conferences of up to 80 participants in our purpose-built conferencing and event facility.
Meeting capacity: up to 80 persons


Rathmullan House is the ideal place for extended family get togethers. We have family-sized bedrooms. For the kids we offer a dedicated TV & toy room suitable for children of all ages, and childrens’ high tea. For the parents we happily arrange babysitting services.


Belfast, 90 miles

Local Attractions - Golf places - Parks & Gardens - Museums - Festivals/Events

Local Attractions Wild Atlantic Way
Fanad Lighthouse
Glenveagh National Park
Derek Hill Glebe Gallery
Malin Head
Slieve League Cliffs
Walls of Derry
Golf places Ballyliffin
Parks/Gardens Glenveagh National Park
Rathmullan House Gardens
Ards Forest Park
Museums Glebe Gallery
Festivals/Events Chapterhouse Theatre
Company Earagail Arts Festival
Annual Regatta
Others Watersports
Guided Walks
Deep sea fishing
Horse riding
Sea stack & Rock climbing


Rathmullan House

Rathmullan House