We (2 adults and a baby) spent one night here in May 2012, and they accommodated us graciously at very short notice. They are welcoming and interesting people, with values we appreciate (they grow or source their food locally, are committed to their community, etc.). The building is a fine example of a 17th/18th century manor house - spacious and somewhat austere. The owners have spent many years bringing it and its grounds up to a high standard. It's not luxurious, but it is perfectly fine for a family stay. The lounge has a fireplace and a comfortably worn old leather sofa and chairs. Books abound. The shared bathroom is clean and practical, and the fine breakfast is served in the lovely old kitchen. Our room had a superb view over Lough Swilly and the castle's gardens. (Castle here means large house - there's no sign of fortifications or knights in armour...) The setting is fabulous: a quiet spot right on the Lough, with access to the beach. All in all, a place with lots of character and a very homey ambience.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- On the Western shore of Donegal's Inishowen Peninsula, Linsfort Castle is a country house overlooking Lough Swilly. According to Dr John Corbett a Trinity historian who lived in the Castle from 1938 to 1943 it was originally built around 16o0 as a fortified tower house which together with a sizeable estate was made over to Paul Benson a London Stonemason, as part payment for the contract to build the Walls of the City of Derry. It was rebuilt in 1720 by his grandson Captain Arthur Benson. The house is described in “ Classic Irish Houses of the Medium size as "an H plan house of 1720 with an armorial tablet”.We offffer spacious accommodation where you can relax and feel comfortable in this lovely rural coastal setting. We have over an acre of lovely gardens and a terrace with a lough view. * large double bedrooms with Lough views - single beds can be added to make family or twin rooms * three bathrooms/shower rooms adjacent to bedrooms * large lounge with open fire, library, table games, quizzes * meals are served in our Old Irish kitchen with crane and inglenook fireplace * private sun terrace with Lough Swillly views * freeWiFi broadband ... more less