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Stephen Bennett Studio Gallery

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Stephen Bennett Studio Gallery

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South Donegal Private Tour

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"Donegal Tour Guide", Henry Doohan is a native of County Donegal and passionate about showcasing the gems of his homeland. A South Donegal tour is a jam packed day rewarded with experiences and memories to last a lifetime. Immerse yourself in the traditional Irish culture at Glemcolmcille Folk Village and visit the heritage town of Ardara.<br><br>Enjoy views of views of the Atlantic Ocean, Donegal Bay and the Sligo Mountains from over 600m high at Sliabh Liag sea cliffs.<br><br>All South Donegal tours are custom built to suit the interests of the tourist, their location and timeframe available. The following is a suggestion of some of the attractions to include while on a day trip of South Donegal.
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Julia Knop wrote a review Sep 2019
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Stephen is a great artist and person. We passed by before leaving the area around Ardara and enjoyed his work and the nice chat. His paintings are so different in their styles, some more illustrative, some colourful and expressive and some in light watercolours. His portraits are full of character and just looking at them for a while is so delightful. We bought a nice little limited print of a painting showing Sliabh Liag. It was well spend time not just to see and buy art, but to get to know the artist and his development through time.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Response from Stephen B, Owner at Stephen Bennett Studio Gallery
Responded Sep 12, 2019
Thank you very much, Julia, for leaving such a lovely review. I enjoyed the chat too and I'm delighted that you enjoyed your visit to the gallery. Best wishes, Stephen
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Darcy Lees wrote a review Aug 2019
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Went to visit the iconic gallery and was not disappointed. Stephen and wife made extra effort to come and meet us. Amazing hospitality, all 3 of us came away with a beautiful piece of Stephan’s Work. Great experience overall.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Responded Aug 12, 2019
Hello Darcy, Many thanks for taking the time to review. It was lovely meeting you all and delighted to hear that you enjoyed your visit to the gallery and I hope you enjoy your pieces for many years to come. Hope to see you again sometime. Stephen
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Virginia wrote a review Jun 2019
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A friend once told us, "when traveling, take home a piece of artwork from a local artist as it is something to enjoy during your lifetime and for those after." Taking that advice we stopped in the lovely town of Ardara in County Donegal, as we heard it was an artistic community. Prior to our arrival, we conquered one of the most magnificent vistas in all of Ireland, the Slieve League on a day when the winds were blowing at 70mph. Stephen's gallery is located next to his home, a few miles outside of the town. When we arrived we saw 2 rooms filled with original paintings mostly landscapes as well as ones of quintessential Irishmen, women and children. My husband began to chat with this charming artist while I entered the 2nd room. I glanced up and there it was, a beautiful watercolor of the Slieve League! Stephen captured this location perfectly! I pointed the painting out to my husband and Stephen said that he only does about 10 watercolors per year as he paints in various mediums the rest of the time. His wife, Bernie, came into the gallery and we chatted. Then Stephen asked us if we liked country music? "Of course we do, we are from Virginia!" He then sang acapella a country tune in the most beautiful voice. It brought tears to our eyes. Stephen and Bernie shipped us the painting and it arrived in perfect condition. We now gaze at the painting and relive those wonderful and exhilarating moments that we experienced at the Slieve League. Stephen Bennett is not only talented, but he and his wife are genuinely wonderful people! It is not always the big things that happen in your life, it is the moments... and meeting Stephen and his wife was just one of those!
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Date of experience: April 2019
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Responded Jun 18, 2019
What a lovely review, thank you so much! It was lovely meeting you both and your enthusiasm for the area was infectious, even though I don't think I'd be brave enough to go up Slieve League in 70mph winds myself !!! We really enjoyed your company and I'm delighted that you found something you can treasure. Hope we'll be seeing you both back in Ardara for another visit to the gallery and another sing-song ! All the best to you both.
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Avalena wrote a review Nov 2018
Antrim, United Kingdom92 contributions117 helpful votes
We saw a leaflet for Stephen’s gallery when we were staying in Carnaween House in Portnoo. We instantly fell in love with his style and just had to visit. As soon as we walked in I think we knew we wouldn’t leave without making a purchase. Stephen is a warm and friendly gentleman and took time to chat to us about the art, the local area and he was interested in us too. There’s no pressure to buy anything but you’ll find it hard to leave empty-handed. A selection of limited edition prints make the art accessible to every budget and even if you don’t buy you’ll enjoy a visit here drinking in all the beautiful paintings at your leisure. It’s also worth a visit to Carn Strand at the end of Stephen’s road if you’re lucky enough to stop by when the tide is out. If you have wellies or go barefoot you can cross the beach stream and walk out across at least half a mile of flat, expansive sandy shore. Happy to say The Killarney Lakes are now hanging proudly in our sunroom. A stunning addition to our much loved collection. Thanks to Stephen, his wife Bernie and star of the show, Hero the very cute and cheeky West Highland terrier!
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Date of experience: July 2018
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Responded Nov 6, 2018
Hello Avalena, it's lovely to there from you, i remember you well. It was lovely meeting you both and enjoyed the crack. Pleased to hear that you still love your painting, and thanks so much for the lovely review, Berni and Hero send there regards.
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hschneble wrote a review Jul 2018
Morfelden-Walldorf, Germany1 contribution1 helpful vote
On a spiritual journey through Donegal 18 years ago I happened to pass by at Stephen Bennetts Gallery. Meeting Stephen was one of the most memorable encounters in my life. I was immediately intrigued by his works of art and his overwhelmingly friendly personality. I took a beautiful print of Ardara Highstreet home with me. In June 2018 I called on his studio again with my husband. Stephen and his wife gave us such a warm welcome. It seemed as if I hadn't been away for so long! The pictures we bought bring Ireland back to us any time. Wonderful!
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Date of experience: June 2018
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Response from Stephen B, Owner at Stephen Bennett Studio Gallery
Responded Jul 30, 2018
Hi Hschneble, It was lovely to meet you again too and it's great to hear you still enjoyed the gallery after all those years. We enjoyed the chat with yourself and your husband and I hope we will see you back again soon. Many thanks for all your kind words, Stephen
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