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Glen House

Glen House

County Donegal, Ireland

An 18th-century manor, Glen House is ideally located on the Wild Atlantic Way’s Inishowen Peninsula. Current owners, Sonia and Martin McGonigle, have been operating the B&B from this property since 2004, gradually evolving and expanding it over time. From the moment you walk through the red front door, it is clear that Irish hospitality is at the heart of the business. The nine spacious bedrooms are clean and comfortable with all amenities found in a traditional hotel, along with added touches such as local handmade soaps in the bathroom. The bedrooms all have high ceilings and are individually designed, although mostly contain tan and white hues with patterns evident in either the wallpaper, pillows, or throws.

A relaxed lounge room on the ground floor is available to all guests and contains a roaring fireplace, tea and coffee making facilities, and an honesty bar. A large breakfast spread is served in the bright and airy dining room, in addition to a menu of homemade options available to order with locally sourced ingredients. The Rose Tearooms is located in the adjacent conservatory, serving afternoon tea upon request.

There is a small craft shop and ice cream parlor located on the grounds, offering you the chance to purchase a treat or handmade souvenir. Just a short walk in the woods behind the property leads you to the impressive Glenevin Waterfall.


The warm hospitality, homemade breakfasts, and added personal touches make this one of our top choices.


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While the rooms contain similarities in style and design, each room varies in shape and size due to the nature of the house. All rooms are spacious with high ceilings, dark wood, floral prints on the curtains and bed throws, and tan and white tones with notes of deep red. The rooms have views either overlooking the surrounding mountains, river or waterfall.


Located in northern Donegal close to the most northerly point in Ireland, Malin Head, Glen House B&B is ideally situated if you are wanting to experience the beauty of Donegal away from the crowds. While the property is on the Wild Atlantic Way on the Inishowen Peninsula, the direct surrounding area is quiet and relaxing. The nearby Glenevin Waterfall offers a pleasant nature walk directly from the grounds of Glen House, while the nearby town of Ballyliffin is just a five minutes' drive away.

Food and drink

Breakfast is served in the bright and cheery dining room and consists of a large spread of homemade items in addition to an array of cooked-to-order menu options. Fresh, locally sourced ingredients are used for the cuisine which is all thoughtfully prepared. While this is a B&B and there is no formal restaurant on site, there are tea and coffee making facilities in the drawing room, in addition to an honesty bar. The Rose Tearoom is located in the adjacent conservatory and serves traditional afternoon tea. The property also contains a small ice cream parlor and craft shop, mostly available during the summer months.

Tour ideas in County Donegal

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