Dungloe, Co Donegal
Termon House, a former 18th century land agent's house in Maghery, near Dungloe, is located in the heart of the Gaeltacht area.
Termon House, set on a stunning beachfront location along the Wild Atlantic Way, is a perfect escape destination. Located in the heart of the Gaeltacht area this property is ideal for a true 'get away from it all' holiday. Whether it is searching the beach for treasure, mixing with the locals or simply a wish to while away the time reading in front of the open fire, Termon House ticks all the boxes.
Please note that one of the double bedrooms is accessed through the twin bedroom. Also this property is located right on the beach front so children must be supervised at all times.
A contribution towards light and heat is applied to all bookings. As a not for profit organisation, this fee makes a significant contribution to energy costs. It is our aim to reduce our energy consumption at all self catering properties and encourage guests to reuse, reduce, recycle.
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 anecdotes 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, 1845-1850, 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 1833 to 1847. 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.
GPS: 54.935186 , -8.451278
Is there a TV?
No, but there is a radio, board games, cards and plenty of books.
Is there WiFi?
No, at our properties you have an opportunity to experience the best of a former way of life: beautiful architecture, fascinating history and a peaceful relaxed ambiance, without modern electronic distractions, where you decide the pace of your holiday.
Can I bring a dog?
Yes. Check the Irish Landmark T&Cs re bringing dogs to Irish Landmark properties. Please do not bring more than two dogs to Termon.
Is linen supplied?
Yes – all beds are prepared and ready for your arrival.
Is there an open fire?
Can I light a fire?
There are open fires in the sitting room and dining room which you can light.
Do I need a car to get here?
It would be preferable to have a car as otherwise it will be difficult to get to shops, etc.
How do I get the keys?
When you complete your booking, you will receive an email giving you information about arranging access on your arrival date.
Can I arrive early?
Only by special arrangement with the bookings office and agreement of the local House Manager. A charge is made if you are requesting a morning arrival, as this means we cannot take a booking for the night before your arrival date.
What is the latest departure time?
10.00am. The House Manager will discuss arrangements for your departure on the day you arrive.
How far to the nearest town?
About 15-20 mins drive to Dungloe.
Is there a caterer who will come in to cook meals?
We do not know of anyone who can go in to cook meals at this property.
Is it suitable for children?
Yes. Termon is very close to the beach so children will love it.
Is it suitable for older people?
Yes. There is a shower room on the ground floor.
Does it have facilities for disabled people?
The ground floor shower room is suitable for the assisted disabled.
Is it suitable for a wheelchair?
Is there central heating?
There is oil central heating with radiators throughout the house.
Is the cooker electric or gas?
There is a gas fired range for all cooking.
Is there a shower?
Yes - there is a separate walk in shower in the shower room.
How many bathrooms?
Do you supply towels and bed linen?
Yes. The beds will be made up on your arrival and you will be provided with a bath towel and guest towel according to the number of beds in the property.
Can I get to the house by public transport?
Yes. You would get a bus or coach to Letterkenny, then a local bus to Dungloe and a taxi could take you onwards from there to the house. However, you would need a car to get to local shops, etc.
Where is the nearest train station?
There are no train stations in Co. Donegal.
Can I book for just one night?
What is your minimum booking period?
Our minimum booking period from 1st January 2016 our minimum booking period will be 3 nights. Some Special Dates will have restrictions on number of nights and arrival date.
Is there a garden at the house?
Yes, the house is surrounded by a large garden
How many cars can I bring to the house?
Is there parking on site?
Yes, there is onsite parking for 2 cars in front of the house.
Is there outdoor furniture?
Yes, a table and chairs are provided.
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