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Boyce Budd

Advertiser since: 2007
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Speaks: english
Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 nights

Boyce Budd

Advertiser since: 2007
Speaks: english
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Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 nights


County Donegal House Rental Photos and Description

House, 4 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 10)

Accommodations: The Hilltown is a historic, recently renovated, traditional farmhouse plus additions, stable and farm buildings on 50 acres of actively farmed land - four bedrooms, two baths - sleeps up to ten.

Description: William McKinley, born in 1882 in a thatched cottage a mile from the Hilltown, emigrated to the US, and then returned to purchase the Hilltown in 1928. His reason? He wanted his expanding American family to learn of their roots. His parents and some of his siblings are buried in the Drumhome Churchyard on the hill directly opposite the house. Three of his grandchildren, the current owners, have rehabilitated and modernized the house from top to bottom while striving to retain the charm and feel of the traditional Irish farmhouse which they experienced as children. The house is located on a hillside with panoramic views of long, green, drumlin hills at the head of the Donegal Bay. These hills in turn are framed by the Blue Stack Mountains some 15 miles distant.

In mid-summer, when all is in darkness around the house, the tops of the Blue Stacks are often bathed in the sun’s last orange rays. Murvagh Beach, a three-mile strand on the South side of the bay, where the tide recedes for up to one quarter of a mile, is minutes from the front door. Donegal Golf Club, locally known as Murvagh Golf Club, is a superb links course described as the Muirfield of Ireland and is located about one mile away. Several pubs are also within a mile. What else does one need?

The Hilltown has proven to be the perfect setting for Irish-style decompression. It has been the romantic location of choice for many honeymoons, and a cozy nest from which three generations of McKinley heirs and many of their friends have launched excursions throughout the northwest of Ireland.

Amenities: Working fireplaces located in kitchen, dining room and sitting room with turf and wood provided. Full kitchen with microwave, dishwasher, refrigerator, and cooking utensils provided. Mudroom has large-sized washer and dryer. Dining room oak table seats eight. Two bedrooms have queen-sized beds, a third one has two queen-sized beds, and a bunk-room can accommodate four kids. Linens provided. Two bathrooms, one with shower and the other with tub. Satellite TV and CD/DVD player in Sitting Room. WiFi signal is available.

Activities: Extensive hiking and mountain climbing opportunities including Slieve League, the highest edge-of-the-Atlantic mountain on the west coast of Europe, world-class golf courses within a days drive, cycling (mountain bikes can be rented in Donegal Town), beautiful beaches, horseback riding, ocean, lake and river fishing, exploration of ancient round forts, stone cairns, abbeys, castles and remains of great houses, trips to off-shore islands, shopping in Donegal Town, Ardara and Glencolumbkille for native tweeds and sweaters, boating, swimming, sailing, picnicking, and on and on.

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  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Boyce Budd (Owner)
Advertiser since: 2007
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Speaks: english

Why Boyce Budd chose County Donegal

This property is the perfect home-base setting for exploring highlights of Donegal and its neighboring counties. Within driving distance of Sligo and Yeats country, many golf courses, Donegal Town, The Donegal Craft Village, Rossnowlagh surfing beach, Glenveagh National Park, Glencolmcille, Slieve League and the Bunglass sea cliffs, Lough Erne, Belleek (famous for the bone china that inspired Lenox), Ardara, the Maghera sea caves, and many other adventure spots.

Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 nights
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based on 20 traveler reviews

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The Perfect Holiday Home on the Spectacular Northwest Coast of Ireland
average rating of 4.95 based on 20 reviews
Viera, FL USA

A Spectacular Week

  • 5 of 5

We had a spectacular week with two other couples at the Hilltown. This was our second trip to Ireland and we fell in love with the Donegal region. This Hilltown is located a few miles from the beautiful village of Donegal, which was hosting a food festival the weekend we arrived. There are numerous day trip opportunities to include trips into Northern Ireland. The house has lots of room, and was recently updated which makes it a very comfortable home with lots of gorgeous views of the countryside. We took daily walks through the country and over to the beach and played the Donegal Country Club one day, which is the second longest links course in Europe. We would highly recommend this part of Ireland and the Hilltown to anyone looking for a special time in Ireland.

  • Submitted: Sep 27, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

Two weeks of heaven and golf

  • 5 of 5

We spent two wonderful weeks stay at Hilltown in August 2013. We visit Ireland yearly in the summer to play golf, tour, and just relax. Hilltown was perfect for us. The location is quiet with splendid views of the Blue Stack Mountains from the terrace in front of the house. We spent many evenings with a glass of wine before dinner enjoying the view, and also the parade of cows as they went past on the way to the evening milking.

There is privacy if you just want to sit in front of the house and read, or to settle in the sitting room with a peat fire and relax into the evening. But, if you want more activity Donegal Town is a short drive away and has good restaurants, pubs with Irish music, and step dancers on some nights.

The owner gave an excellent list of activities, restaurants, and places to get provisions. The Salmon Inn where we had a number of dinners became a favorite as did the local butcher in town for sausages and free range eggs. The farmhouse kitchen is remodeled with all the conveniences necessary if you want to dine in. There are working fireplaces in the kitchen, the dining room and also in the sitting room.

We did several hikes, but were primarily in Ireland to GOLF. Murvagh (Donegal) Golf Club is a 5 minute drive from the farmhouse and is a challenging links course where we played 7 rounds. The people there could not have been nicer, and the food in the clubhouse is well worth staying for dinner. We also drove and were able to play Rosses Point, Enniscrone, Narin & Portnoo, and Cruit Island (a wild 9 hole track on an island up north in the Gallic area, get good directions). All are relatively convenient from the house.

The owner’s listing is accurate and the house is wonderful, we would highly recommend it especially for golfers who know Ireland and love the northwest as we do. Two couples would find it a perfect base, it does have 3 master bedrooms which share 2 baths – one up and one down – so larger groups would need to co-ordinate a bit. There is also a bunkroom. It is well set up for families as well and there are places to tour, Donegal Castle is very interesting.

  • Submitted: Nov 29, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Windsor, Connecticut, USA


  • 5 of 5

Our family of 4 adults had a wonderful stay in this comfortable Irish farmhouse. We were greeted by the cows upon our arrival which just added to the authenticity of the location. The daffodils were in full bloom and despite the cool Irish spring temperatures, we enjoyed tea in the morning and wine or Irish whiskey in the evening in the garden. The 'tour guide' information was better than any guide book. The recommendations for pubs, restaurants, hikes, etc. were extremely helpful though we never found Bell's Island and the haunted castle! We can't wait to return to The Hilltown and next time will be for a much longer stay!

  • Submitted: May 3, 2013
  • Stayed: Apr 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway


  • 5 of 5

After two weeks, it was difficult to leave this enchanting farmhouse with beautiful views of the Blue Stack Mountains and sheep grazing in the fields. Our family found plenty of activities and tours to do even in the off season and acutally ran out of time to do all that was available. Caretakers Geoffrey and Jennifer couldn't have been more kind and caring. Thank you for a magical time.

  • Submitted: Apr 4, 2013
  • Stayed: Mar 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

Xmas 2012

  • 4 of 5

We planned to stayed at Hilltown for a week over Xmas 2012. We were so exited about staying in Ireland for our first time and in what looked like a beautiful old house (there don't appear to be too many old houses to rent in Ireland). Even though it was late and dark when we arrived we could tell the house was going to be just perfect for Christmas. Our children just couldn't stop squealing with delight and having two staircases to surprise each other made their evening and several after. We found some lovely walks to and from fantastic beaches - its amazing being on a big beach with the crashing sea and no one else for miles around. Locals are friendly as you like. The house is great - and we've stayed in plenty all over Europe. We were desperately unlucky as our little girl developed a very serious lung infection which resulted in her being hospitalised for three days. Without hesitation, the owner and his agent allowed us to stay a couple of extra days until she was fit enough to travel - thank you for being so understanding in what was quite a stressful few days and also for not charging us any extra. We'll definitely be back to Hilltown House.

Brendan, Celia, Summer, Destiny, Barbara & Ralph.

  • Submitted: Feb 20, 2013
  • Stayed: Dec 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Vail, Colorado

Charming home away from home

  • 5 of 5

We spent a delightful month here in Donegal with this wonderful home as our base. There is so much do see and do here, the time flew by much too quickly. We have rented many houses through VRBO and been happy, but this one will be at the top of the list. Exceptional! Geoffrey looked after us in a caring but not obtrusive way, and between he and Boyce, we never felt at a loss for places to go or things to see. Geoffrey even suggested a friendly pub where we could watch the final in the Gaelic football match between Donegal and Mayo. Very exciting! We loved The Smuggler's Creek Inn for dinner, Cruit Island for nine holes of the most fun golf we have ever played, the Cabaret at Harvey's Point Hotel for incredible local talent, and sightseeing the wild and rugged coast of this beautiful county.

Thank you for sharing your remarkable home with us.

  • Submitted: Oct 24, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway


Nearest Airport
90 Miles
Belfast International
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
The Salmon Inn
Nearest Ferry
50 Miles
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
The Donegal Golf Club
Nearest Train
35 Miles
Sligo, Co. Sligo
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
N 15
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Smuggler's Creek or The Salmon Inn
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Car: necessary

Near the village of Ballintra, 7 miles south of Donegal Town

Other Activities: Rock climbing, boating, shopping, shelling


Rates & Availability

From $179 Per night

County Donegal House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Low season
Nov 1 2014 - May 31 2015
5 night minimum stay
Peak Season
Jun 1 2015 - Oct 31 2015
5 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay

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Notes Rental rate includes all utilities plus post-departure cleaning of house.

Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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County Donegal House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Water View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Security System
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Queen size Beds (4), Bunk Beds (4)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Patio
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • duty free shops
  • forests
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting small game
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing

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