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The Arches Country House
Ranked #3 of 43 Donegal Town B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Plano, Texas
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Lovely home, amazing view”
Reviewed November 28, 2013 via mobile

We just spent three nights in Noreen's lovely B&B. What a very special treat! Our breakfast was made to order each day. Room 6 was spacious with a glorious view we never grew tired of. Do yourself a HUGE favor and stay here when in the Donegal area. It is a short drive into town. This beautiful, quiet location was the highlight of our stay in Ireland.

Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Limerick, Ireland
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Reviewed November 25, 2013

I recently stayed in the Arches for two nights with my mother. The accommodation was just fantastic and Noreen was just a wonderful hostess.Amazing comfort and everything just laid on.
I would love to stay there again when i return to Donegal.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 12, 2013

We stayed at the Arches for 2 nights and we loved it! The owner Noreen was the hostess with the mostest and couldn't have been nicer. From the organising stages of email, right up until we drove away everything was great. Wheelchair access was available for us and our ground floor room was magnificent. It was spotless and was cleaned each day with towels changed upon request. The location may be a little tricky to find but thanks to the GPS coordinates on the website we got there with no wrong turns. Beautiful views from our room and a very warm welcome. The breakfast selection was lovely and had something to suit everyone. A wonderful first trip to Donegal made better by great service at The Arches. We will definitely stay here again.


Laura and Paul

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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San Diego, California
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26 reviews
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Reviewed October 28, 2013

We were a group of four women traveling to Donegal to see the sights and do a bit of ancestry research. Noreen was very helpful on both accounts, in addition to providing a superb accommodation experience. This country house is beautiful, comfortable, in a gorgeous location away from the bustle of town and spotlessly clean. I recommend this B&B enthusiastically and intend to stay there again when I return to Donegal for another visit.

Room Tip: Rooms upstairs have the best view of the lake.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed October 27, 2013

This truly was a most wonderful stay. Once you are warmly greeted by Noreen it was most relaxing to sit by the huge windows overlooking the beautiful lough, with a fresh brewed cup of tea, as the sun went down. The location is a bit tricky to find but as such is pure peace and tranquility. Tip- if you go into Donegal for dinner be sure to note exactly how to return to the B&B as the roads are VERY dark and it would be easy to get lost.

PROS; Like staying in a 5 star hotel but filled with personal touches

CONS; Water from taps was a bit discoloured
Not being able to stay longer

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed October 26, 2013

The Arches Bed and Breakfst is situated in one of the most stunning settings imaginable. Attention to detail in guest rooms is exceptional. Very pleasant lounge, bright dining area with spectacular views. Great selecton and well cooked breakfasts. The host, Noreen McGinty, is charming and ready to assist in any way possible. We have stayed at least once a year for twenty years ourselves and sent many friends there as well. We cannot recommend it highly enough. Lots of great walking areas nearby, charming shops in Donegal Town and sufficent good restaurants for a several night stay.

Room Tip: Views naturally best from upstairs rooms.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois
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144 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
Reviewed October 20, 2013

We stayed at The Arches Country House after a long day driving on narrow, winding country roads. It turned out to be just what we needed. Our room was a nicely appointed suite with a three-quarter bath and another half bath in the adjoining bedroom. It also had an excellent view of Lough Eske. The television was a good-sized widescreen HD display with many channels. Shower was not very powerful. Breakfast was good with a plentiful buffet. The dining room had a nice wood ceiling and definitely had a country house feel. Our innkeeper Noreen was pleasant and helpful with dinner suggestions. Of the nine bed and breakfasts that we stayed in during our tour of Ireland, this was the nicest. I would definitely recommend The Arches Country House and will stay there again if we are ever in Donegal Town again.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: The Arches Country House
Address: Lough Eske, Donegal Town, Ireland
Location: Ireland > County Donegal > Donegal Town
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Wheelchair access
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Ranked #3 of 43 B&Bs / Inns in Donegal Town
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — The Arches Country House 4*
Number of rooms: 6
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