Termon House Dungloe Co Donegal

House - Entire home/apt · Dungloe, Donegal, Ireland
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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!

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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!

The Space

history

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
1 bathroom
Separate shower room, suitable for assisted disabled
Open fire
Oil fired central heating
Washing machine
Iron and ironing board
Radio
Travel cot, on request
Garden
Garden furniture

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.

Interaction with Guests

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.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Accommodates: 6
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 1.5
Beds: 4
Extra people: No Charge
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Weekly Price: $1331 /week
Security Deposit: $140
Check In: 4:00 PM
Check Out: 10:00 AM
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  • This cozy property is tucked away on a quiet country road. It was full of personality. The property manager was lovely - she helped us with finding things and provided milk for our coffee in the morning. The bed was comfortable. The under-floor heating was luxurious. We kept the windows open a lot of the time because the floor heat kept the place warm. The fireplace is available if you get cold. Really there was nothing better than reading our books curled up on the couch while it rained outside. There's lots of restaurants in Bushmills and Portrush. We were very happy here.

    June 2014
  • The Merrion Mews was the perfect venue for me and my travel companions! After long days of sightseeing, it was such a relaxing and QUIET place to come home to. We spent the mornings in the kitchen planning our adventures over a pot of tea, then relaxed in the cozy living room in the evenings. Our host was able to be flexible to our travel arrival/departure times, and gave us a great orientation to the property and how everything worked. This property was much better than finding three hotel rooms for our group; the bedrooms were all comfortable sizes, and the kitchen and living room gave us lots of space to spread out. I would not hesitate to book this property on my next trip to Dublin!

    May 2014
  • The House is very big, unique,clean and ideal to explore Dublin and specially the Temple Bar region. Also Dairine and Shirley were very flexible about the check-in and check-out. We had a great time and would come back anytime.

    May 2014
  • The reservation was canceled 8 days before arrival. This is an automated posting.

    April 2014
  • Wonderful stay in this flat !!!
    It's a classical georgian flat with 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, perfect for 7 girls !
    It is really well positionated : in Temple Bar, which means that you can do every thing by walking: night life, visiting college, cathedral etc...
    Shirley was very nice and helpful with arrival and departure's time.
    Perfect for a week-end or a week to discover Dublin !
    I would totally recommend this place !

    April 2014
  • Great house, nice, comfortable and warm. We were 5 friends coming from Paris and it was perfect. Only need to walk like ten minutes to go anywhere. We recommend it!

    March 2014
  • What a lovely, lovely place to stay in Dublin. So beautiful, full of character and charm, has everything you need and it's in a great central location. We'll be back!

    March 2014
  • This accommodation is absolutely fantastic! My friends and I stayed here for St. Patrick's Festival and it couldn't have been better. First of all, the location can't be beat as it is just around the corner from the Temple Bar where all the partying happens. Of course, noise is to be expected in such an area but we were fine with it. Didn't have to pay taxis/transportation all weekend (aside from the airport) because we were in the center of everything! Secondly, the place itself is incredible. Three floors of space, which was more than enough room for 8 of us! Loved the fireplace, and even got to use the bathtub! I can confidently say on behalf of my whole group that we had zero complaints about this accommodation and we would do it again in a heartbeat. Thank you so much, Irish Landmark!

    March 2014
  • The house was really nice and wonderful. It is an old property but it is renovated, well decorated and furnished.
    We were 6 people and the only negative point is that, despite of there were 2 bathrooms, just one shower was able to use.
    We have spend very nice days during St. Patrick´s festival and the property was very good located to go to the center by walk.

    March 2014
  • 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.

    February 2014
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