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.
You will need to contact your Local House Manager 5 days before arrival to arrange time to meet. Contact details will be emailed to you. Latest arrival is 9pm.
Interaction with Guests
The local House Manager will meet and greet you on arrival. At this time they can answer any questions you have about what is happening in the local area during the time of your stay. Latest arrival is 9pm.
You will need a vehicle to otherwise it will be difficult to get to shops, etc.
Other Things to Note
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, and recommend you read the information in the Guest Book in the property
We ask that you leave the property in a clean and tidy condition upon departure. All equipment, utensils etc must be left clean and the property must be left clean and tidy at the end of the hire period.
All breakages and damage must be reported to the House Manager immediately so that they can be rectified. All breakages and damage are the legal responsibility of the Hirer and the cost of repair or replacement must be paid.
Irish Landmark is a non-profit organisation that finds interesting and unusual properties that are in need of conservation, and we give them new life. Since 1992, we’ve been turning historic buildings into truly special self-catering holiday accommodation. Our properties range from lighthouses and schoolhouses, to castles and gate lodges.
As an educational charity, our primary aim is to conserve and sustain iconic buildings. That’s why Irish Landmark properties are living buildings, not museum settings. Irish Landmark always respects the history and architectural integrity of the structures we conserve, but we also ensure they have all the contemporary comforts you want in a holiday home.