About the Property
Termon House, Dungloe, Co. Donegal.
Termon House is set on a stunning beachfront location, along the Wild Atlantic Way. Experience the weft and weave of history in this unique property with bags of history and character. Located right on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean with stunning sea views and beautiful sandy beaches (ideal for a morning dip) on your doorstep. You will be taken by the silence, the scenery and remoteness. It’s a place that is good for the soul and the ideal place for a ‘get away from it all’ holiday.
We think you’ll love
- Wild and windy on the outside
- Warm and cosy on the inside
- Two beautiful beaches on your doorstep
- 2 Double Bedrooms (one is accessed through the twin room)
- 1 Twin Bedroom
- Oil Fired Central Heating
- Open Fire in Sitting Room
- Electric cooker and stove top
- Washing Machine
- Fridge only, no freezer
- Towel and Linens are provided
- Travel cot/crib for infants (under 2 years), on request
- Iron & Ironing Board
- Cooking Utensils and Equipment
- 1 Bathroom
- 1 Separate Shower Room
- Sitting Room
- Garden and Garden Furniture
- Set right on beachfront
- Car Parking
Things you should know
Please note that there is no wifi at this property.
All bedrooms are located upstairs at this property and this may not suit all guests.
Please note that this property is located right on the beach front so children must be supervised at all times. Irish Landmark properties that welcome a pet may not have secure enclosures. It is important that you supervise your pet during your stay
WiFi Free Zone: Irish Landmark believes that digital detox is good for the mind, body and soul. This is why Irish Landmark properties advocate the properties in our care as WiFi and television free zones. Reconnecting with our lives, nature, our surroundings, books, as well as family and friends, is vital for a happy life. This continues to make us very proud and happy to be a WiFi Free Zone.
Please note that this property is located right on the beach front so children must be supervised at all times. Irish Landmark properties that welcome a pet may not have secure enclosures. It is vital that you supervise your pet during your stay
A contribution towards energy fees is applied to all bookings. As a not for profit organisation, this fee makes a significant contribution to energy costs. It is our aim to reduce our energy consumption at all self catering properties and encourage guests to reuse, reduce, recycle.
Termon House was built by the Marquis Conyngham in the 1770s for his agent, but archaeological remains in the immediate surroundings (an old lime kiln and the remains of a clachan) indicate a much older occupancy.
The house has a stormy history. Local anecdotes and archaeological evidence present a picture of absenteeism, land clearance, and emigration. A beautiful and unique defensive Famine Wall still surrounds the house. The wall, a unique vernacular structure, was built around the house as the final public works project designed to alleviate suffering during the famine in 1847.
The Story of Termon House
Termon House is an 18th century house built, it is understood, by Marquis Conyngham or his predecessor, Montgomery, for his land agent, whose duty it was to collect rent from the local tenants on behalf of the absentee landlord.
There is some confusion over the occupancy of Termon before and during the time of the Famine. The land around the house seems to have belonged to the Church of Ireland. The Reverand James Crawford lived at the Rectory in Maghery, recognisable today in the centre of the village, for three years until his death in 1779. He was buried in the church at Templecrone (Saint Crona's Monastery) which is visible across the field to the front of Termon House. The Reverend Thomas Steward lived in Maghery until 1803 when Reverend Alexander Montgomery replaced him.
Reverend Valentine Griffith, the Rector at the height of the famine years, 1845-1850, was one of the leading members of the Famine Relief Committee. As a means of feeding the famine-stricken local population, he used an initiative whereby the government offered half a stone of meal and a shilling per person a week to build 'the famine walls' which surrounded the Church of Ireland land around the house.
There is a mass famine grave outside the ruined Protestant graveyard across the fields from Termon. It was here that the Catholics who were left at Griffith's doorstep during the famine are buried.
It may be that the 2nd Marquis of Conyngham's agent, Robert Russell, lived either at Termon or at Lackbeg House from 1833 to 1847. He was notoriously ruthless from the first potato harvest failure in 1845 thorughout the famine years when others, such as the clergy, doctor and other agents, were active with groups such as the Quakers on Relief Committees.
In the late 19th century Mr. James O'Donnell bought the house and land. He and his family lived there for many years. During that time he sold much of his land to different families who built their own houses in Termon over the century. James O'Donnell died in the 1920s, and his family sold the property to a Mr. Gallagher (a native of Maghery who had returned to Dungloe after many years in America).
The ownership of the house changed again in the 1970s, and then the surrounding land was bought by a Mr. Doherty, who to this day uses the land for cattle grazing and the barns for storage of hay, etc.
HEALTH AND SAFETY
Our buildings were made to the standards of earlier times – and sometimes without the intention that they should be lived in. Consequently, you may encounter features that reflect their particular character but that deserve due care and attention, particularly by the young, elderly, less mobile or visually impaired. Examples of these are steps worn with age, uneven surfaces, low ceilings and beams, unexpected drops or changes in level, and by modern standards low or absent lighting. In all cases we have sought to make a sensible compromise between due regard for safety and the careful retention of the fabric of each building, which makes it an interesting place to stay. We ask you to appreciate and use the building with this understanding. If you have any queries about the property you are interested in and would like more clarification, please contact Irish Landmark at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Arrival and Departure Time?
Unless otherwise agreed with the House Manager the earliest time at which you can check in is 4.00p.m. Guests may NOT take over the property any time later then 9.00pm. Guests are requested to vacate the property by 10.00am at the latest on the day of departure.
Is there a TV?
No, but there is a radio, board games, cards and plenty of books.
Is there WiFi?
No, at our properties you have an opportunity to experience the best of a former way of life: beautiful architecture, fascinating history and a peaceful relaxed ambiance, without modern electronic distractions, where you decide the pace of your holiday.
Can I bring a dog?
Yes. Check the Irish Landmark T&Cs re bringing dogs to Irish Landmark properties. This property is only suitable for one dog.
Do you supply towels and bed linen?
Yes. The beds will be made up on your arrival and you will be provided with a bath towel and guest towel according to the number of beds in the property.
Can I light a fire and is fuel supplied?
There are open fires in the sitting room and dining room which you can light. There is a limited amount of fuel left for the fire (where applicable) so guests may want to bring more for the duration of their stay. Please contact the local House Manager for more information on what type of fuel is used at your chosen property.
Do I need a car to get here?
It would be preferable to have a car as otherwise it will be difficult to get to shops, etc.
How do I get the keys?
When you complete your booking, you will receive an email giving you information about arranging access on your arrival date.
Can I arrive early?
Only by special arrangement with the bookings office and agreement of the local House Manager. A charge is made if you are requesting a morning arrival, as this means we cannot take a booking for the night before your arrival date.
What is the latest departure time?
10.00am. The House Manager will discuss arrangements for your departure on the day you arrive.
How far to the nearest town?
About 15 mins drive to Dungloe.
Where can I find information about the local area?
Each of our properties contains a Green Book catered to that specific property. In this book, we have compiled all of the necessary information important local amenities such as medical centres and taxi services, including locations and phone numbers. You will also find tips for recommended restaurants, bars, and things to see and do for all ages.
Is there a caterer who will come in to cook meals?
We do not know of anyone who can go in to cook meals at this property.
Is it suitable for children?
Yes. Termon is very close to the beach so children will love it.
Is it suitable for older people?
Yes. There is a shower room on the ground floor.
Does it have facilities for disabled people?
The ground floor shower room is suitable for the assisted disabled.
Is it suitable for a wheelchair?
Is there central heating?
There is oil central heating with radiators throughout the house.
Is the cooker electric or gas?
There is an electric cooker with s stovetop.
Is there a shower?
Yes - there is a separate walk in shower in the shower room.
How many bathrooms?
Can I get to the house by public transport?
Yes. You would get a bus or coach to Letterkenny, then a local bus to Dungloe and a taxi could take you onwards from there to the house. However, you would need a car to get to local shops, etc.
Where is the nearest train station?
There are no train stations in Co. Donegal.
What is your minimum booking period?
Irish Landmark Trust have a 2 night stay minimum at all of our properties. Some Special Dates will have restrictions on arrival and departure date which will effect the minimum number of nights.
Is there a garden at the house?
Yes, the house is surrounded by a large garden
Is there parking on site?
Yes, there is onsite parking for 2 cars in front of the house.
Is there outdoor furniture?
Yes, a table and chairs are provided.
HOW TO BOOK AN IRISH LANDMARK HOLIDAY :
It is possible to reserve dates online at www.irishlandmark.com but bookings are not confirmed until a confirmation email is received from the bookings desk.
Your booking must be for holiday purposes only. Irish Landmark reserve the right to refuse hire for purposes other than holiday accommodation. When you make a booking, you accept full responsibility for all persons who will use or visit the property during the period booked. When you book, you agree to indemnify us against all loss and damage arising directly or indirectly to the property and its contents from any deliberate or negligent act or omission by yourself, or any person accompanying you.
CONTRACT OF HIRE:
The hiring contract shall be between the Hirer and Irish Landmark and made subject to these Booking Conditions . The Contract of Hire is not effective until Irish Landmark dispatches to the Hirer written confirmation of a booking.
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Quiet, Calm, no stress
“It was exhilarating to arrive to a beautifully situated house in a most scenic location on the Donegal coastline. The property is of another world…. quirky, something to catch the eye around every corner, and the views from every window are breath-taking. (Off season sea views would be awesome) .The beautiful beach is a short 15min walk/2min drive. Termon House is very well equipped with all necessary needs for short/long-haul stay. Dungloe town is 7/8 minute drive. It’s well worth the experience, whatever the weather. Our canine had a great time.”
“We absolutely loved our break in Termon House. The peace and tranquillity was great, it’s a great base for exploring Donegal, the scenery around the house is beautiful with a sandy beach, a stony beach and a lovely pub within a five minute walk of the house. Claire has the house in top condition and we can’t wait to get back there. The fact that there’s no TV or WIFI was a great break from both.”
Claire Hastings is the House Manager at Termon House. Claire loves to welcome guest and tell them about the best things to do in the area.
Local Points of interest:
Try paddleboarding, surfing and other sea adventures along the beautiful Donegal coast.
See the magnificent ring fort at Grianan Ailligh
Take a boat trip out to Tory island. (45 mins)