Termon House, a former 18th century land agent's house in Maghery, near Dungloe, is located beside a rocky beach. Perfect for a family - and the dog can come too!
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 (website hidden) 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, (phone number hidden), 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 (phone number hidden). 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.
2 double bedrooms
1 twin bedroom
Separate shower room, suitable for assisted disabled
Oil fired central heating
Iron and ironing board
Travel cot, on request
NOTE: One of the double bedrooms is accessed through the twin bedroom
A contribution towards light and heat will be applied to all bookings. As a not for profit organisation, this fee makes a significant contribution to rising energy costs. It is our aim to reduce our energy consumption at all self catering holiday homes and encourage guests to reuse, reduce, recyle.
Our brilliant house manager Alice, will meet you at an agreed time, show you around Termon and tell you about the area before leaving you to enjoy this wonderful spot by yourselves.
We were six guys having a great stay at this large, beautiful townhouse. Shirley, the House Manager, was really helpfull. The only downside with the townhouse was that the water in the shower never got properly warm and the bedroms to were a bit cold. Luckily the fireplace in the livingroom weighted up for this. I'll definatly choose this townhouse the next time I'm going to Dublin.
This place is awesome. Its located in the center of the city. The rooms are bright and clean, the house is super well furbished and very cosy for cold grey irish nights. It can be a bit noisy through the night since many bars and clubs are no the same street. I would dev. come back again!
Drum Gatelodge is a lovely place, beautiful, comfy and cosy, not sure what more we could have asked for, apart from to stay for longer.
Such a charming and lovely place! The Merrion Mews sits above a historic mews (that actually still functions!) and offers such an authentic experience as a visitor in Dublin. The 3 quaint bedrooms, each filled with character, large kitchen with everything you need, and giant a bathtub to unwind were just what we were looking for. Jean was a wonderful host, from communication to punctuality, her hospitality was flawless. Location is prime, just a 5 minute walk to St. Stephen's Green and the shops around the area. Definitely stay here if you have the chance!
We spent new year at the Drum Gate Lodge in Bushmills. It was the perfect experience - beautiful comfortable and cosy!
Wonderful central location, though on the noisy side. Spacious accommodations which suited our large group well. The managers were helpful and responsive.
The house is very nice, spacious, clean and situated in a great location close to downtown. Even though we arrived late at night we had no problems at check-in, the host friendly and very helpful. I recommend everyone this accommodation ...
This place is amazing. Right in the center of Dublin, but still quiet and just lovely. The hosts are amazing and make sure you get everything you need. Check in was great and easy. The rooms are pretty and all in all its a great experience. I can only recommend it!
Beautiful property in a great location! It was perfect for our needs.
In the center of Dublin, suitable for 7 people (we stayed 5 people). We loved the place, the only thing that could be improved is the heating, the house was a bit cold.