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The Landscapes & Gardens of Donegal

A six day exploration of North West Ireland with Gareth Austin, Chantal Cookson & performances by London Festival Opera

  • 14 June 2020
  • Music
  • Garden
  • The beach at Rathmullan House and Lough Swilly

An Introduction by Andrew Cochrane, Noble Caledonia Founder & Director

" Ireland has a special place in my heart and for the past 40 years I have been exploring its length and breadth, but only recently have my travels taken me to the far north western corner to County Donegal. It is about as far as it is possible to travel from our home in Ireland’s South East. It’s an omission that has been corrected by two recent visits and not a little sadness that it took me so long to discover this mesmerising corner of Ireland. Constantly changing light, an extraordinarily beautiful coastline, mountain streams and, for me best of all, some spectacularly sited and idiosyncratic gardens. Remote and unspoiled, it’s a land of myths and legends, famous for its writers and musicians. The much heralded ‘Wild Atlantic Way’ begins here as it navigates around rugged mountain-backed peninsulas and for many, the stunning scenery, unquestionably Ireland’s finest, is reason enough to visit Donegal.

If you enjoy exploring gardens, Donegal will not disappoint. Our tour includes some of the best; an intriguing mix of historic, baronial to small and often eccentric but all blending into a sublime landscape. It will be a journey of headlands, promontories and towering sea-cliff peninsulas and across glens, rivers and lush green hills often instilling a sense of other-worldliness. For all this, remote Donegal has yet to be inundated by tourism, fortunately it does not fit easily into the standard requirements of large tour organisers and that is why for me it is so very special.

Staying with us will be London Festival Opera who will perform at Rathmullan House and Lough Eske House and, this being Donegal, we will have the pleasure of listening to local musicians who have through the ages produced some of Ireland’s finest music."

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  • London Festival Opera

    London Festival Opera

    We are delighted that London Festival Opera will be joining us for our stay and presenting two concerts in superb settings – performing a selection of celebrated arias and ensembles from the operas of Handel, Mozart, Rossini, Bizet and Puccini as well as some lighter pieces from the world of operetta and musicals. We have long been associated with London Festival Opera and each year our music-themed tours grow in popularity. London Festival Opera has achieved a considerable reputation for presenting opera in the UK and overseas and has performed for Presidents, Prime Ministers and senior members of the British and European Royal Families. The company has performed at 10 Downing Street, the British Embassy in Paris, the President’s Palace in Malta and as a guest company in one of Italy’s greatest opera houses, La Fenice in Venice. Bringing together artists from the major British opera companies including the Royal Opera, English National Opera and Glyndebourne the programmes presented include a wide and varied range of repertoire, performed in formal evening dress and authentic period costume for an added visual impact.

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Rathmullan House

Rathmullan House

Rathmullan House captures the spirit of Donegal. Built as a grand Georgian holiday home it became a hotel in 1962 and is now run by Mark and Mary, the second generation of the Wheeler family. Sitting on the shore of Lough Swilly it has the best of both worlds, lovely gardens and a long sandy beach, perfect for an after-dinner stroll. For the duration of our tour we have taken all of the hotel’s 30 rooms. You have the choice of staying in the main house or the Regency style wing. All offer great style and comfort, each having a unique feel that only a privately owned and run hotel can successfully manage.

The public rooms are a delight, ornate doorways, ceilings, marble fireplaces and period furniture exuding a peaceful Irish country house charm. And, then there is the food. Guests return year after year because of the excellent dining. Dinner is served in an elegant room with a tented ceiling studded with twinkling lights.

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Itinerary

  • Rugged Coastline of the dramatic ‘Wild Atlantic Way’
  • Japanese anemones in Salthill Gardens
  • Lough Eske

Day 1 London to Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Fly by scheduled flight. On arrival transfer to Rathmullan in County Donegal where we check in to Rathmullan House for our five night stay. Enjoy the remainder of the afternoon at leisure before meeting for drinks and a welcome dinner.

Day 2 Cluain na dTor & Glenveagh.

After a leisurely breakfast, drive across the county to the sub-tropical garden of Cluain na dTor. Over 20 years in the making, this inspirational and boldly experimental garden is a great example of how tropical and precious plants can adapt to such northerly climes. Surrounded by wildflower meadows, the garden also specialises in plants tolerant of seaside conditions. Later, drive to nearby Glenveagh Castle Gardens, surely the greatest garden of the county. After lunch we will explore the magical woodland gardens set in the starkly dramatic shadows of the Kinnaveagh, Dooish and Staghall Mountains. The original Victorian garden was first laid out in 1885 and then extensively developed in the 50s, 60s and 70s. The walled garden is a stunning affair as is the Tuscan garden, Italian terrace and the famous67 steps. Before leaving we will enjoy a guided tour of the castle, idyllically positioned above the peaty waters of Loch Veagh and enjoy some tea in this sublime setting. Return to Rathmullan House in the late afternoon.

Day 3 Salthill & Lough Eske.

This morning we drive south heading for Mount Charles and the charming Salthill Gardens. Located some 200 yards from the sea, this old walled garden has been gradually transformed by Elizabeth Temple into something very special. Independent of trends this delightful half hectare enclosure offers a feeling of privacy and mystery that is particular to old walled gardens. A short drive takes us to the shores of lovely Lough Eske where we visit Lough Eske Castle, an imposing Georgian House which is now a hotel, for lunch and time to explore the surrounding grounds and gardens. For those who would like to walk off lunch, there is a two kilometre Ard na Mona Woods walk which skirts the lough, taking in the Fairy Glen, giant redwoods and Castle O’Donnell, a Medieval tower house from where the ‘Flight of the Earls’ began in 1607 signalling the end of Gaelic rule in Ireland. Later in the afternoon, tea will be served in Lough Eske Castle followed by a performance by London Festival Opera. Return to Rathmullan House for dinner.

Day 4 St Columbs.

Today will be taken at a slower pace allowing for a morning at leisure at Rathmullan. Perhaps walk through the woods to the beach and later join the head gardener of Rathmullan House for a guided tour of the gardens. After a light lunch we will head for St Columbs House and garden. The Regency House and grounds were planted by the late Derek Hill and are a haven of artistic beauty. Here the house and garden merge, one being as important as the other. The extensive gardens with a collection of unusual trees and shrubs lead down to beautiful Lough Gartan and centre stage is the house. Echoes of Derek Hill abound, as the house is much as he left it. William Morris textiles, Islamic, Italian and Japanese art as well as more than 300 works by leading 20th century artists. Return to Rathmullan House for an early evening drinks party and a performance in the hotel by London Festival Opera.

Day 5 Carrablagh & Greenfort.

Today features two lovely gardens and some of Donegal’s most dramatic coastal scenery. Carrablagh is an outstanding example of a well-established mid-19th century country garden and is nestled in the eastern cliffs of the Fanad Peninsula where Lough Swilly meets the Atlantic. This is the most intimate, classic Irish Robinsonian garden and has a magical atmosphere, sheltering its botanical treasures in a series of pockets through the woods. After lunch we continue to explore the Fanad Peninsula calling into Greenfort, a historic garden with attractive walks and outstanding views over Lough Swilly and Inishowen. The day will also include some of Ireland’s most scenic coastal scenery and the dramatically sited Fanad Lighthouse. This evening we will enjoy a farewell dinner at Rathmullan House with some traditional Donegal music.

Day 6 Belfast to London.

Check out after breakfast and return to Belfast Airport for your return scheduled flight.

  • The walled garden at Glenveagh Castle
  • The beach at Rathmullan House and Lough Swilly
  • The Temple Garden, Greenfort

Dates and Prices

Prices per person based on double occupancy
14 to 19 June 2020
Category Price
Standard Double/Twin - Main House £2095
Superior Double/Twin - Main House £2295
Superior Double/Twin - Regency House £2295
Single - Main House £2095
Standard Sole Use - Main House £2495

Tour Reference Code: LADONEGAL

PRICE INCLUDES: Economy class scheduled air travel • Five nights hotel accommodation at Rathmullan House on a breakfast and dinner basis • Wine with dinner • Excursions as described including entrance fees • Lunch on days 2 to 5 • Afternoon tea on days 2 & 3 • Tour Leader • Guest Speaker.

Not Included: Travel insurance.

Flight Information: Please note that our group flights are from London but it is possible to book flights from a number of regional airports that arrive in time to meet the group transfers. If you would prefer to travel from an alternative airport to that shown, please speak to our reservations team for further information.

Rathmullan House

Rathmullan House captures the spirit of Donegal. Built as a grand Georgian holiday home it became a hotel in 1962 and is now run by Mark and Mary, the second generation of the Wheeler family. Sitting on the shore of Lough Swilly it has the best of both worlds, lovely gardens and a long sandy beach, perfect for an after-dinner stroll. For the duration of our tour we have taken all of the hotel’s 30 rooms. You have the choice of staying in the main house or the Regency style wing. All offer great style and comfort, each having a unique feel that only a privately owned and run hotel can successfully manage.

The public rooms are a delight, ornate doorways, ceilings, marble fireplaces and period furniture exuding a peaceful Irish country house charm. And, then there is the food. Guests return year after year because of the excellent dining. Dinner is served in an elegant room with a tented ceiling studded with twinkling lights.

 
  • Cook & Gardener Restaurant
    Cook & Gardener Restaurant
  • Drawing Room
    Drawing Room
  • Indoor Pool
    Indoor Pool
  • The Tranquillity Garden
    The Tranquillity Garden
  • Superior Room
  • Standard Room
    Standard Room
  • The Front Garden and Lough Swilly
  • Your Room

    Your Room

    • Standard Rooms

    Each of the standard rooms radiates character and has its own distinctive décor. Handpicked antiques accumulated by the house over the past 250 years add a sense of the history of the house to each bedroom. Rooms vary in size with some being particularly spacious while others have scintillating views of the lough or gardens. Bathrooms have a bath or shower and an excellent night’s sleep is a certainty in the luxurious double or twin beds.

    • Superior Rooms

    With beguiling views of Lough Swilly or the gardens which change in appearance by the season, each of the superior rooms is spacious and luxurious in equal measure. In the new section of the house, the Main House, the rooms have a contemporary feel with balcony or patio and some even with their own electric fire. In the old section of the house, the Regency House, the grand superior rooms allow you to step back to the early 19th century and admire the original features, traditional décor and landscape around Rathmullan House which has remained much the same for generations.

    • Single Rooms

    These rooms are lovingly finished in the atmospheric Georgian house and renowned for their period charm. The single bedrooms offer a small double bed and a private bathroom.

     

  • Your Dining

    Your Dining

    At the hotel’s The Cook & Gardner Restaurant, the menu is updated regularly. What you can be sure of is that the seafood will be fresh, the vegetables will be local, and each dish will have that signature touch from the team of chefs. The Cook & Gardener is about more than just the setting, as the name suggests. When you dine here, you will see lamb from Pat Patton in Rathmullan, fish landed in Greencastle and vegetables straight from the walled garden on your menu. The restaurant is proud of its position in the heart of the small community and will continue to work with local suppliers wherever possible.

  • Your Space

    Your Space

    The main bar at Rathmullan House, Batt’s Bar, derives its name from the family that occupied the house for over 100 years. The Batt family are still fondly remembered by many in Rathmullan and their portraits can be seen adorning the walls around the house. While the house has had many alterations, additions and extensions throughout the years, the lounges have remained true to their original design. With four main sitting rooms facing Lough Swilly, you may find yourself enjoying a pre-dinner drink in Batts Bar, admiring the colonial Indian décor in the Raja Room, engrossed in a novel in front of the library fire, or simply enjoying the peace and quiet in the adult only drawing room. The lounges are designed for comfort, ambience and above all relaxation, the only problem being that you may not want to leave.

    With the inviting waters of Lough Swilly on the doorstep of Rathmullan House, a dip in the ocean is always an option and one of the most picturesque beaches in Donegal is at the bottom of the front lawn. It is often remarked that the two-mile golden sandy beach would not be out of place in any holiday brochure in the world. However, for guests who may not be quite willing to brave the Donegal elements, the 15-metre indoor swimming pool provides a much gentler opportunity to work on your backstroke. The heated swimming pool is open exclusively to guests at Rathmullan House.

  • The Gardens

    The Gardens

    A stroll around the seven acres of gardens at Rathmullan House will leave you in little doubt as to the level of care and attention that has been put into their upkeep over the past 50 years. From the front door you can decide between a stroll to the bottom of the front lawn, a seat in the tranquillity garden listening to a soothing fountain, or a walk through the Walled Garden admiring the array of seasonal fruits, vegetables and flowers on show. The Georgian Walled Garden forms the centrepiece and has been lovingly restored by Bob Wheeler and his gardening team. As the name of the restaurant, ‘The Cook & Gardener’ suggests, wherever possible ingredients are used straight from the Walled Garden for the dinner menu. On any given day you are likely to bump into a chef or two in the garden, picking ingredients which you will find on your plate later that evening. At the bottom of the front lawn you will find Batts Walk which will lead you through the woods, along the beach finding all sorts of flora and fauna as you travel. The hotel is situated in an area of extraordinary natural scenery. The hard work that goes into the gardens at Rathmullan House is a testament to the gardening team led by Mr Wheeler and the results are there for all guests to enjoy.

  • Hotel Directory

    Hotel Directory

    Rathmullan House

    Please find below further details pertaining to the hotel or click on the booklet to download. 

    Rathmullan House is a rather special place and one of Donegal’s loveliest hotels. Built as a grand Georgian holiday home it became a hotel in 1962 and is now run by Mark and Mary, the second generation of the Wheeler family. Sitting on the shore of Lough Swilly it has the best of both worlds, lovely gardens and a long sandy beach, perfect for an after-dinner stroll.

    For the duration of our tour we have taken all of the hotel’s 30 rooms and whether you have chosen to stay in the main house or the Regency style wing, all of the rooms offer great style and comfort, each having a unique feel that only a privately owned and run hotel can successfully manage.

    The public rooms are also a delight with ornate doorways, ceilings, marble fireplaces and period furniture exuding a peaceful Irish country house charm.

    The team of experienced chefs have built a strong reputation for their exciting and original dishes using local produce and the food at Rathmullan will not disappoint. Guests return year after year because of the excellent dining and we will enjoy a delicious dinner each evening in the elegant dining room.

    You can also expect a warm welcome in the bar and there are several lounges designed for your comfort and relaxation with views over the Lough.

    ADDRESS

    Rathmullan House Hotel Rathmullan Terrace Kinnegar Rathmullan Co. Donegal F92 YA0F Ireland

    CHECK IN/CHECK OUT

    Check in time is from 4.00 pm and check out is by 11.30 am.

    COMMUNICATIONS

    To contact the hotel please call +353 74 915 8188 or e-mail reception@rathmullanhouse.com.

    There is a phone in your hotel room, which has access to an outside line. Outgoing call costs can be found on the information next to your phone. You can obtain an outside line by dialling 9. To dial rooms 1-9 prefix with 20 to dial rooms 10-42 prefix with 2.

    DIETARY REQUIREMENTS

    If you have any dietary requirements such as vegetarian and gluten free, please notify the Reservations Department at Noble Caledonia. We regret that not all dietary requests can be guaranteed although we will endeavour to accommodate your needs. Once checked in, please speak to the Maitre ‘D at dinner on your first night to reconfirm your requirements.

    DINING & DRINKING

    Breakfast is served in the Cook & Gardener restaurant from 8.00 am to 11.00 am daily.

    Lunch is served daily from 1.00 pm to 2.30 pm in the lounges or restaurant. A snack menu of sandwiches is available from 1.00 pm to 4.30 pm.

    Dinner is served nightly in the Cook & Gardener from 6.30 pm – 8.30 pm (to 9.00 pm Friday & Saturday nights). A resident’s bar is open daily from 12 noon and last orders are at 1.00 am.

    DOCTOR

    The surgery in Rathmullan is open Monday to Friday and can be contacted on (074) 9158416.

    Out of hours is covered by Now Doc on 1850 400911 (dial 9 for an outside line).

    DRESS CODE

    You may dress however you feel comfortable during the day and, in the evenings, the dress code is smart casual.

    EMERGENCY PROCEDURES

    We request that as soon as you enter your room, you carefully read the safety instructions in the guest information pack in your room. In an emergency please contact Reception. In an out of hours emergency, lift the handset and dial 9 for outside line then dial 086 163 4624.

    A member of staff is resident each night so this number will connect you directly to them. Please use this number for emergencies only. The reception is manned from 7.30 am onwards so if it is a non-emergency issue please be thoughtful and leave the request until the morning. Please be aware of the fire exits and in the event of an emergency, please make your way to the lawn opposite the front door. The hotel will take a roll call to ensure that all guests are present. If the alarm sounds, please vacate the hotel. Fire Alarms are tested every Wednesday at 12 noon. The alarm will sound at this time but please do not follow the fire assembly drill during this test.

    END OF STAY QUESTIONNAIRE

    We are always looking for ways to improve our holidays and the services provided and in order to do this we welcome feedback from our guests. Your comments are important to us therefore we request that you complete the questionnaire that will be provided to you by your Tour Leader.

    GRATUITIES

    Gratuities have been included in your holiday price.

    HEATING

    All rooms have central heating which is operated as follows: The heating in rooms 1-27 is controlled by turning the knob on the radiator. The heating in rooms 28-42 is controlled by the thermostat on the wall. If the thermostat in these rooms is turned up and there is no heat check the radiators are turned on. Rooms 33-42 have under-floor heating, so the reaction time is a little slower. These rooms also have an electric fire which can be switched on at the wall.

    HOUSEKEEPING

    Extra blankets and pillows can be obtained from housekeeping. If you require foam or feather pillows or toiletries, please dial 200.

    LAUNDRY

    The hotel provides a limited laundry service. Please ensure that any items to be laundered are left in reception before 9.30 am and are clearly marked.

    LIFT

    There are no lifts.

    LOST PROPERTY

    Before you check out, please check your hotel room to ensure you do not leave anything behind. If you discover you have left any items behind, please contact Noble Caledonia directly. If we are able to recover your item(s) we will contact you to arrange delivery or collection, and any costs incurred will be at your own expense.

    MAIL

    Letters or postcards can be left at reception and the team will be happy to assist with postage. Postage can be bought and charged to your room account.

    NEWS

    News channels are available on your TV in your hotel room. Newspapers are available to read in the lounge.

    PUBLIC AREAS

    The Cook & Gardner Restaurant The menu is updated regularly depending on what has just landed in Greencastle or which vegetables are in season in the garden. What you can be sure of is that the seafood will be fresh, the vegetables will be local, and each dish will have that signature touch from the team of chefs. The Cook & Gardener is about more than just the setting, as the name suggests. When you dine here, you will see lamb from Pat Patton in Rathmullan, fish landed in Greencastle and vegetables straight from the walled garden on your menu. The restaurant is proud of its position in the heart of the small community and will continue to work with local suppliers wherever possible. Batt’s

    Bar

    The main bar at Rathmullan House, derives its name from the family that occupied the house for over 100 years. The Batt family are still fondly remembered by many in Rathmullan and their portraits can be seen adorning the walls around the house. In summer the window tables offer the perfect view of the glistening waters of Lough Swilly.

    Lounges

    While the house has had many alterations, additions and extensions throughout the years, the lounges have remained true to their original design. With four main sitting rooms facing Lough Swilly, you will find a view of the beautifully manicured lawns. Depending on the time or occasion, you may be having a pre-dinner drink in Batts Bar, admiring the colonial Indian décor in the Raja Room, engrossed in a novel in front of the library fire, or simply enjoying the peace and quiet in the adult only drawing room. The lounges are designed for comfort, ambiance and above all relaxation.

    The Gardens

    A stroll around the seven acres of gardens at Rathmullan House will leave you in little doubt as to the level of care and attention that has been put into their upkeep over the past 50 years. From the front door you can decide between a stroll to the bottom of the front lawn, a seat in the tranquillity garden listening to a soothing fountain, or a walk through the Walled Garden admiring the array of seasonal fruits, vegetables and flowers on show. The Georgian Walled Garden forms the centrepiece and has been lovingly restored by Bob Wheeler and his gardening team. As the name of the restaurant, ‘The Cook & Gardener’ suggests, wherever possible ingredients are used straight from the Walled Garden for the dinner menu. On any given day you are likely to bump into a chef or two in the garden, picking ingredients which you will find on your plate later that evening. At the bottom of the front lawn you will find Batts Walk which will lead you through the woods, along the beach finding all sorts of flora and fauna as you travel. The hotel situated in an area of extraordinary natural scenery. The hard work that goes into the gardens at Rathmullan House is a testament to the gardening team led by Mr Wheeler and the results are there for all guests to enjoy.

    Swimming Pool

    With the inviting waters of Lough Swilly on the doorstep of Rathmullan House, a dip in the ocean is always an option. For guests who may not be quite willing to brave the Donegal elements, the 15-metre indoor swimming pool provides a much gentler opportunity to work on your backstroke. The heated swimming pool is open exclusively to guests at Rathmullan House.

    The Beach

    To find one of the most picturesque beaches in Donegal at the bottom of the front lawn, often takes first time guests by surprise. Rathmullan Beach is a summer haven for holiday makers. It is often remarked that the two-mile golden sandy beach would not be out of place in any holiday brochure in the world.

    ROOM ACCOUNT

    All guests will have their own “room account”. This allows you to charge any expenses to your room and then settle your bill at the Reception Desk at the end of your stay. Prices are shown and charged in Euros. Your room account can be paid by: • Credit Card (Visa or MasterCard) • Cash (Euros)

    ROOMS

    Standard Rooms

    Each of the standard rooms radiate character and has its own distinctive décor. Handpicked antiques accumulated by the house over the past 250 years add a sense of the history to each bedroom. Rooms vary in size and view. Bathrooms have a bath or shower and an excellent night’s sleep is a certainty in the luxurious double or twin beds.

    Room 1 Standard Room with (fixed) double bed, floral soft furnishings and a good sized bathroom with combined bath & shower. Location: Top of the main stairs to right at the side of the house with garden views.

    Room 2 Standard Room with a zip and link king size bed (double or twin). There is a sitting room and a good sized bathroom with combined bath & shower. Location: Top of the main stairs at the side of the house with views of the garden.

    Room 7 A small Standard Room with double bed and a bathroom with combined shower and bath. Location: Top of the main stairs along the corridor in the old part of house with lovely views over the Lough and garden.

    Room 8 Standard Room with double bed and a bathroom with combined shower and bath. Location: Top of main stairs to left with views over the Lough and gardens.

    Room 12 Standard Room (twin or double) with a Chinese theme and bathroom with combined shower and bath. Location: Top of the main stairs along the corridor to the side of the house. Room 16 Standard Room (twin or double) with a blue theme and bathroom with shower only. Location: Top of the main stairs along the corridor at the side of the house.

    Room 17 Very spacious traditionally styled Standard Room with a fixed double bed and a separate sitting area with sofa, separate dressing room and great large bathroom with separate shower and freestanding bath. Location: Top of the main stairs along the corridor at the back of the hotel. There is a step leading into the room. Room 30 Standard Room with a king size zip and link bed (double or twin) and bathroom with combined bath and shower. There is a door which leads out to the garden patio. Location: Ground floor with garden views.

    Room 31 Standard Room with double or twin bed configuration and bathroom with shower only. The room is traditionally furnished with a door leading to the garden patio. Location: Ground floor with garden views. Room 32 Standard Room with a four-poster double bed and a bathroom with a combined shower and bath. The room is traditionally furnished with a door leading to the garden patio. Location: Ground floor with garden views.

    Superior Rooms

    With beguiling views of Lough Swilly or the gardens which change in appearance by the season, each of the superior rooms is spacious and luxurious in equal measure. In the new section of the house, the rooms have a contemporary feel with balcony or patio. In the old section of the house, the grand superior rooms allow you to step back to the early 19th century and admire the original features, traditional décor and landscape around Rathmullan House which has remained much the same for generations.

    Room 4 Superior Room with a zip & link bed (double or twin), Rennie Mackintosh styled soft furnishings and bathroom with free standing bath and separate shower. Location: Top of the main stairs to the left in the old part of the house with a lovely traditional feel. Fantastic views over Lough Swilly and the gardens.

    Room 6 Superior Room with king size double bed (double or twin) and a free-standing bath and separate shower. Location: Top of the main stairs along the corridor with Lough views.

    Rooms 23-26 Large Superior Rooms with balcony which are furnished with antiques and bold prints but with a modern feel. All feature a spacious bathroom with separate showers and baths. Location: Top of main stairs with six steps up to the next floor. There are views over the front avenue and gardens.

    The bed configurations are as follows:

    Room 23 - King size zip and link bed (double or twin). Room 24 - King size double only. Room 25 - King size zip and link bed (double or twin). Room 26 - Four-poster double bed. Room 28 & 29 Superior Rooms with a six foot zip and link bed (double or twin) and a bathroom with separate shower and bath. There is door which leads to the garden patio area which is furnished with two chairs and a table. These are beautiful relaxing rooms furnished with antiques and stunning bathrooms. Location: Left from the reception area towards the pool. These rooms are located on the ground floor and have garden views.

    Rooms 33-42 These rooms are all part of the new Regency wing which was completed in July 2004. All of these Superior Rooms are individually themed and styled with under-floor heating, separate baths and showers, electrically operated fires and fantastic views over the gardens Location: All Regency rooms are on ground floor except for 37 which is on first floor and 41 and 42 which are on the second floor. The bed configurations and room specifications are as follows: Room 33 King size zip and link bed (twin or double) with a blue theme, wooden floor and doors which lead onto the garden patio.

    Room 34 King size zip and link bed (twin or double) with a marine theme and wooden floors and doors that lead onto the garden patio.

    Room 35 Fixed double-bedded room with wooden floors and doors which lead onto the garden patio.

    Room 36 Fixed double-bedded room with wooden floors and doors leading to the garden patio.

    Room 37 King size zip and link bed (twin or double) with a fantastic large bathroom. The room has a lovely fresh interior with fantastic views over the gardens and Lough in the distance.

    Room 38 King size zip and link bed (twin or double) with botanical inspired furnishings and prints There are great garden and sea views.

    Room 39 King size zip and link bed (twin or double), this William Morris inspired room features garden and sea views.

    Room 40 This room has an Art Deco feel with a fixed double bed and great views of the side garden. Room 41 A lovely room with a fixed double bed and commanding views of the Swilly. Doors lead out to a private balcony.

    Room 42 Twin or double-bedded room with great side views of the garden.

    Single Rooms

    These rooms are lovingly finished in the atmospheric Georgian house and renowned for their period charm. The single bedrooms are perfect for the independent traveller, offering a small double bed and private bathroom.

    Room 5 Small cosy Single Room with double bed and a floral theme and feminine feel. The bathroom features a combined shower and bath. Location: Top of the main stairs to the left. This is the only single room with a view over the Lough and gardens.

    Room 10 Single Room with a small double bed. The room is traditional in feel and the bathroom features a combined shower and bath. Location: Top of the main stairs to the side of the house. There are three steps going into room.

    Room 11 Single Room with a zip and link bed (double or twin), black and gold décor and a bathroom with combined shower and bath. Location: Top of the main stairs along the corridor to the side of the house.

    Room 27 Single Room with two single beds and a bathroom with a separate shower and bath. Location: Top of main stairs with six steps up to the next floor. This room does not feature a view.

    SAFE

    The management cannot accept responsibility for any items left in bedrooms. Valuables may be deposited in the safe at reception.

    SMOKING POLICY

    Smoking is not permitted anywhere inside the hotel. There is a designated area on the terrace where you may smoke, and it is requested that smokers take the comfort of other guests into consideration.

    SWIMMING POOL

    The pool is open daily from 8.00 am - 8.00 pm. Towels are available from the blanket box by the pool door. The code for the pool can be obtained from reception. Please change in your bedroom and make your way to the pool in the robe provided. There is a unisex area with shower and toilet facilities available but changing in your room is advised.

    TELEPHONE DIRECTORY

    0 Reception

    9 Outside line

    200 Housekeeping

    259 Room Service

    TELEVISION

    All rooms are equipped with LCD TVs.

    TOILETRIES

    All hotel rooms are supplied with soap and body wash in dispensers in order to minimise the number of plastic bottles being discarded.

    WAKE UP CALL

    Wake up calls can be requested through reception.

    WATER

    Bottled water is provided in your room.

    WI-FI

    Complimentary Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel.

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  • Your Room

    Your Room

    • Standard Rooms

    Each of the standard rooms radiates character and has its own distinctive décor. Handpicked antiques accumulated by the house over the past 250 years add a sense of the history of the house to each bedroom. Rooms vary in size with some being particularly spacious while others have scintillating views of the lough or gardens. Bathrooms have a bath or shower and an excellent night’s sleep is a certainty in the luxurious double or twin beds.

    • Superior Rooms

    With beguiling views of Lough Swilly or the gardens which change in appearance by the season, each of the superior rooms is spacious and luxurious in equal measure. In the new section of the house, the Main House, the rooms have a contemporary feel with balcony or patio and some even with their own electric fire. In the old section of the house, the Regency House, the grand superior rooms allow you to step back to the early 19th century and admire the original features, traditional décor and landscape around Rathmullan House which has remained much the same for generations.

    • Single Rooms

    These rooms are lovingly finished in the atmospheric Georgian house and renowned for their period charm. The single bedrooms offer a small double bed and a private bathroom.

     

  • Your Dining

    Your Dining

    At the hotel’s The Cook & Gardner Restaurant, the menu is updated regularly. What you can be sure of is that the seafood will be fresh, the vegetables will be local, and each dish will have that signature touch from the team of chefs. The Cook & Gardener is about more than just the setting, as the name suggests. When you dine here, you will see lamb from Pat Patton in Rathmullan, fish landed in Greencastle and vegetables straight from the walled garden on your menu. The restaurant is proud of its position in the heart of the small community and will continue to work with local suppliers wherever possible.

  • Your Space

    Your Space

    The main bar at Rathmullan House, Batt’s Bar, derives its name from the family that occupied the house for over 100 years. The Batt family are still fondly remembered by many in Rathmullan and their portraits can be seen adorning the walls around the house. While the house has had many alterations, additions and extensions throughout the years, the lounges have remained true to their original design. With four main sitting rooms facing Lough Swilly, you may find yourself enjoying a pre-dinner drink in Batts Bar, admiring the colonial Indian décor in the Raja Room, engrossed in a novel in front of the library fire, or simply enjoying the peace and quiet in the adult only drawing room. The lounges are designed for comfort, ambience and above all relaxation, the only problem being that you may not want to leave.

    With the inviting waters of Lough Swilly on the doorstep of Rathmullan House, a dip in the ocean is always an option and one of the most picturesque beaches in Donegal is at the bottom of the front lawn. It is often remarked that the two-mile golden sandy beach would not be out of place in any holiday brochure in the world. However, for guests who may not be quite willing to brave the Donegal elements, the 15-metre indoor swimming pool provides a much gentler opportunity to work on your backstroke. The heated swimming pool is open exclusively to guests at Rathmullan House.

  • The Gardens

    The Gardens

    A stroll around the seven acres of gardens at Rathmullan House will leave you in little doubt as to the level of care and attention that has been put into their upkeep over the past 50 years. From the front door you can decide between a stroll to the bottom of the front lawn, a seat in the tranquillity garden listening to a soothing fountain, or a walk through the Walled Garden admiring the array of seasonal fruits, vegetables and flowers on show. The Georgian Walled Garden forms the centrepiece and has been lovingly restored by Bob Wheeler and his gardening team. As the name of the restaurant, ‘The Cook & Gardener’ suggests, wherever possible ingredients are used straight from the Walled Garden for the dinner menu. On any given day you are likely to bump into a chef or two in the garden, picking ingredients which you will find on your plate later that evening. At the bottom of the front lawn you will find Batts Walk which will lead you through the woods, along the beach finding all sorts of flora and fauna as you travel. The hotel is situated in an area of extraordinary natural scenery. The hard work that goes into the gardens at Rathmullan House is a testament to the gardening team led by Mr Wheeler and the results are there for all guests to enjoy.

  • Hotel Directory

    Hotel Directory

    Rathmullan House

    Please find below further details pertaining to the hotel or click on the booklet to download. 

    Rathmullan House is a rather special place and one of Donegal’s loveliest hotels. Built as a grand Georgian holiday home it became a hotel in 1962 and is now run by Mark and Mary, the second generation of the Wheeler family. Sitting on the shore of Lough Swilly it has the best of both worlds, lovely gardens and a long sandy beach, perfect for an after-dinner stroll.

    For the duration of our tour we have taken all of the hotel’s 30 rooms and whether you have chosen to stay in the main house or the Regency style wing, all of the rooms offer great style and comfort, each having a unique feel that only a privately owned and run hotel can successfully manage.

    The public rooms are also a delight with ornate doorways, ceilings, marble fireplaces and period furniture exuding a peaceful Irish country house charm.

    The team of experienced chefs have built a strong reputation for their exciting and original dishes using local produce and the food at Rathmullan will not disappoint. Guests return year after year because of the excellent dining and we will enjoy a delicious dinner each evening in the elegant dining room.

    You can also expect a warm welcome in the bar and there are several lounges designed for your comfort and relaxation with views over the Lough.

    ADDRESS

    Rathmullan House Hotel Rathmullan Terrace Kinnegar Rathmullan Co. Donegal F92 YA0F Ireland

    CHECK IN/CHECK OUT

    Check in time is from 4.00 pm and check out is by 11.30 am.

    COMMUNICATIONS

    To contact the hotel please call +353 74 915 8188 or e-mail reception@rathmullanhouse.com.

    There is a phone in your hotel room, which has access to an outside line. Outgoing call costs can be found on the information next to your phone. You can obtain an outside line by dialling 9. To dial rooms 1-9 prefix with 20 to dial rooms 10-42 prefix with 2.

    DIETARY REQUIREMENTS

    If you have any dietary requirements such as vegetarian and gluten free, please notify the Reservations Department at Noble Caledonia. We regret that not all dietary requests can be guaranteed although we will endeavour to accommodate your needs. Once checked in, please speak to the Maitre ‘D at dinner on your first night to reconfirm your requirements.

    DINING & DRINKING

    Breakfast is served in the Cook & Gardener restaurant from 8.00 am to 11.00 am daily.

    Lunch is served daily from 1.00 pm to 2.30 pm in the lounges or restaurant. A snack menu of sandwiches is available from 1.00 pm to 4.30 pm.

    Dinner is served nightly in the Cook & Gardener from 6.30 pm – 8.30 pm (to 9.00 pm Friday & Saturday nights). A resident’s bar is open daily from 12 noon and last orders are at 1.00 am.

    DOCTOR

    The surgery in Rathmullan is open Monday to Friday and can be contacted on (074) 9158416.

    Out of hours is covered by Now Doc on 1850 400911 (dial 9 for an outside line).

    DRESS CODE

    You may dress however you feel comfortable during the day and, in the evenings, the dress code is smart casual.

    EMERGENCY PROCEDURES

    We request that as soon as you enter your room, you carefully read the safety instructions in the guest information pack in your room. In an emergency please contact Reception. In an out of hours emergency, lift the handset and dial 9 for outside line then dial 086 163 4624.

    A member of staff is resident each night so this number will connect you directly to them. Please use this number for emergencies only. The reception is manned from 7.30 am onwards so if it is a non-emergency issue please be thoughtful and leave the request until the morning. Please be aware of the fire exits and in the event of an emergency, please make your way to the lawn opposite the front door. The hotel will take a roll call to ensure that all guests are present. If the alarm sounds, please vacate the hotel. Fire Alarms are tested every Wednesday at 12 noon. The alarm will sound at this time but please do not follow the fire assembly drill during this test.

    END OF STAY QUESTIONNAIRE

    We are always looking for ways to improve our holidays and the services provided and in order to do this we welcome feedback from our guests. Your comments are important to us therefore we request that you complete the questionnaire that will be provided to you by your Tour Leader.

    GRATUITIES

    Gratuities have been included in your holiday price.

    HEATING

    All rooms have central heating which is operated as follows: The heating in rooms 1-27 is controlled by turning the knob on the radiator. The heating in rooms 28-42 is controlled by the thermostat on the wall. If the thermostat in these rooms is turned up and there is no heat check the radiators are turned on. Rooms 33-42 have under-floor heating, so the reaction time is a little slower. These rooms also have an electric fire which can be switched on at the wall.

    HOUSEKEEPING

    Extra blankets and pillows can be obtained from housekeeping. If you require foam or feather pillows or toiletries, please dial 200.

    LAUNDRY

    The hotel provides a limited laundry service. Please ensure that any items to be laundered are left in reception before 9.30 am and are clearly marked.

    LIFT

    There are no lifts.

    LOST PROPERTY

    Before you check out, please check your hotel room to ensure you do not leave anything behind. If you discover you have left any items behind, please contact Noble Caledonia directly. If we are able to recover your item(s) we will contact you to arrange delivery or collection, and any costs incurred will be at your own expense.

    MAIL

    Letters or postcards can be left at reception and the team will be happy to assist with postage. Postage can be bought and charged to your room account.

    NEWS

    News channels are available on your TV in your hotel room. Newspapers are available to read in the lounge.

    PUBLIC AREAS

    The Cook & Gardner Restaurant The menu is updated regularly depending on what has just landed in Greencastle or which vegetables are in season in the garden. What you can be sure of is that the seafood will be fresh, the vegetables will be local, and each dish will have that signature touch from the team of chefs. The Cook & Gardener is about more than just the setting, as the name suggests. When you dine here, you will see lamb from Pat Patton in Rathmullan, fish landed in Greencastle and vegetables straight from the walled garden on your menu. The restaurant is proud of its position in the heart of the small community and will continue to work with local suppliers wherever possible. Batt’s

    Bar

    The main bar at Rathmullan House, derives its name from the family that occupied the house for over 100 years. The Batt family are still fondly remembered by many in Rathmullan and their portraits can be seen adorning the walls around the house. In summer the window tables offer the perfect view of the glistening waters of Lough Swilly.

    Lounges

    While the house has had many alterations, additions and extensions throughout the years, the lounges have remained true to their original design. With four main sitting rooms facing Lough Swilly, you will find a view of the beautifully manicured lawns. Depending on the time or occasion, you may be having a pre-dinner drink in Batts Bar, admiring the colonial Indian décor in the Raja Room, engrossed in a novel in front of the library fire, or simply enjoying the peace and quiet in the adult only drawing room. The lounges are designed for comfort, ambiance and above all relaxation.

    The Gardens

    A stroll around the seven acres of gardens at Rathmullan House will leave you in little doubt as to the level of care and attention that has been put into their upkeep over the past 50 years. From the front door you can decide between a stroll to the bottom of the front lawn, a seat in the tranquillity garden listening to a soothing fountain, or a walk through the Walled Garden admiring the array of seasonal fruits, vegetables and flowers on show. The Georgian Walled Garden forms the centrepiece and has been lovingly restored by Bob Wheeler and his gardening team. As the name of the restaurant, ‘The Cook & Gardener’ suggests, wherever possible ingredients are used straight from the Walled Garden for the dinner menu. On any given day you are likely to bump into a chef or two in the garden, picking ingredients which you will find on your plate later that evening. At the bottom of the front lawn you will find Batts Walk which will lead you through the woods, along the beach finding all sorts of flora and fauna as you travel. The hotel situated in an area of extraordinary natural scenery. The hard work that goes into the gardens at Rathmullan House is a testament to the gardening team led by Mr Wheeler and the results are there for all guests to enjoy.

    Swimming Pool

    With the inviting waters of Lough Swilly on the doorstep of Rathmullan House, a dip in the ocean is always an option. For guests who may not be quite willing to brave the Donegal elements, the 15-metre indoor swimming pool provides a much gentler opportunity to work on your backstroke. The heated swimming pool is open exclusively to guests at Rathmullan House.

    The Beach

    To find one of the most picturesque beaches in Donegal at the bottom of the front lawn, often takes first time guests by surprise. Rathmullan Beach is a summer haven for holiday makers. It is often remarked that the two-mile golden sandy beach would not be out of place in any holiday brochure in the world.

    ROOM ACCOUNT

    All guests will have their own “room account”. This allows you to charge any expenses to your room and then settle your bill at the Reception Desk at the end of your stay. Prices are shown and charged in Euros. Your room account can be paid by: • Credit Card (Visa or MasterCard) • Cash (Euros)

    ROOMS

    Standard Rooms

    Each of the standard rooms radiate character and has its own distinctive décor. Handpicked antiques accumulated by the house over the past 250 years add a sense of the history to each bedroom. Rooms vary in size and view. Bathrooms have a bath or shower and an excellent night’s sleep is a certainty in the luxurious double or twin beds.

    Room 1 Standard Room with (fixed) double bed, floral soft furnishings and a good sized bathroom with combined bath & shower. Location: Top of the main stairs to right at the side of the house with garden views.

    Room 2 Standard Room with a zip and link king size bed (double or twin). There is a sitting room and a good sized bathroom with combined bath & shower. Location: Top of the main stairs at the side of the house with views of the garden.

    Room 7 A small Standard Room with double bed and a bathroom with combined shower and bath. Location: Top of the main stairs along the corridor in the old part of house with lovely views over the Lough and garden.

    Room 8 Standard Room with double bed and a bathroom with combined shower and bath. Location: Top of main stairs to left with views over the Lough and gardens.

    Room 12 Standard Room (twin or double) with a Chinese theme and bathroom with combined shower and bath. Location: Top of the main stairs along the corridor to the side of the house. Room 16 Standard Room (twin or double) with a blue theme and bathroom with shower only. Location: Top of the main stairs along the corridor at the side of the house.

    Room 17 Very spacious traditionally styled Standard Room with a fixed double bed and a separate sitting area with sofa, separate dressing room and great large bathroom with separate shower and freestanding bath. Location: Top of the main stairs along the corridor at the back of the hotel. There is a step leading into the room. Room 30 Standard Room with a king size zip and link bed (double or twin) and bathroom with combined bath and shower. There is a door which leads out to the garden patio. Location: Ground floor with garden views.

    Room 31 Standard Room with double or twin bed configuration and bathroom with shower only. The room is traditionally furnished with a door leading to the garden patio. Location: Ground floor with garden views. Room 32 Standard Room with a four-poster double bed and a bathroom with a combined shower and bath. The room is traditionally furnished with a door leading to the garden patio. Location: Ground floor with garden views.

    Superior Rooms

    With beguiling views of Lough Swilly or the gardens which change in appearance by the season, each of the superior rooms is spacious and luxurious in equal measure. In the new section of the house, the rooms have a contemporary feel with balcony or patio. In the old section of the house, the grand superior rooms allow you to step back to the early 19th century and admire the original features, traditional décor and landscape around Rathmullan House which has remained much the same for generations.

    Room 4 Superior Room with a zip & link bed (double or twin), Rennie Mackintosh styled soft furnishings and bathroom with free standing bath and separate shower. Location: Top of the main stairs to the left in the old part of the house with a lovely traditional feel. Fantastic views over Lough Swilly and the gardens.

    Room 6 Superior Room with king size double bed (double or twin) and a free-standing bath and separate shower. Location: Top of the main stairs along the corridor with Lough views.

    Rooms 23-26 Large Superior Rooms with balcony which are furnished with antiques and bold prints but with a modern feel. All feature a spacious bathroom with separate showers and baths. Location: Top of main stairs with six steps up to the next floor. There are views over the front avenue and gardens.

    The bed configurations are as follows:

    Room 23 - King size zip and link bed (double or twin). Room 24 - King size double only. Room 25 - King size zip and link bed (double or twin). Room 26 - Four-poster double bed. Room 28 & 29 Superior Rooms with a six foot zip and link bed (double or twin) and a bathroom with separate shower and bath. There is door which leads to the garden patio area which is furnished with two chairs and a table. These are beautiful relaxing rooms furnished with antiques and stunning bathrooms. Location: Left from the reception area towards the pool. These rooms are located on the ground floor and have garden views.

    Rooms 33-42 These rooms are all part of the new Regency wing which was completed in July 2004. All of these Superior Rooms are individually themed and styled with under-floor heating, separate baths and showers, electrically operated fires and fantastic views over the gardens Location: All Regency rooms are on ground floor except for 37 which is on first floor and 41 and 42 which are on the second floor. The bed configurations and room specifications are as follows: Room 33 King size zip and link bed (twin or double) with a blue theme, wooden floor and doors which lead onto the garden patio.

    Room 34 King size zip and link bed (twin or double) with a marine theme and wooden floors and doors that lead onto the garden patio.

    Room 35 Fixed double-bedded room with wooden floors and doors which lead onto the garden patio.

    Room 36 Fixed double-bedded room with wooden floors and doors leading to the garden patio.

    Room 37 King size zip and link bed (twin or double) with a fantastic large bathroom. The room has a lovely fresh interior with fantastic views over the gardens and Lough in the distance.

    Room 38 King size zip and link bed (twin or double) with botanical inspired furnishings and prints There are great garden and sea views.

    Room 39 King size zip and link bed (twin or double), this William Morris inspired room features garden and sea views.

    Room 40 This room has an Art Deco feel with a fixed double bed and great views of the side garden. Room 41 A lovely room with a fixed double bed and commanding views of the Swilly. Doors lead out to a private balcony.

    Room 42 Twin or double-bedded room with great side views of the garden.

    Single Rooms

    These rooms are lovingly finished in the atmospheric Georgian house and renowned for their period charm. The single bedrooms are perfect for the independent traveller, offering a small double bed and private bathroom.

    Room 5 Small cosy Single Room with double bed and a floral theme and feminine feel. The bathroom features a combined shower and bath. Location: Top of the main stairs to the left. This is the only single room with a view over the Lough and gardens.

    Room 10 Single Room with a small double bed. The room is traditional in feel and the bathroom features a combined shower and bath. Location: Top of the main stairs to the side of the house. There are three steps going into room.

    Room 11 Single Room with a zip and link bed (double or twin), black and gold décor and a bathroom with combined shower and bath. Location: Top of the main stairs along the corridor to the side of the house.

    Room 27 Single Room with two single beds and a bathroom with a separate shower and bath. Location: Top of main stairs with six steps up to the next floor. This room does not feature a view.

    SAFE

    The management cannot accept responsibility for any items left in bedrooms. Valuables may be deposited in the safe at reception.

    SMOKING POLICY

    Smoking is not permitted anywhere inside the hotel. There is a designated area on the terrace where you may smoke, and it is requested that smokers take the comfort of other guests into consideration.

    SWIMMING POOL

    The pool is open daily from 8.00 am - 8.00 pm. Towels are available from the blanket box by the pool door. The code for the pool can be obtained from reception. Please change in your bedroom and make your way to the pool in the robe provided. There is a unisex area with shower and toilet facilities available but changing in your room is advised.

    TELEPHONE DIRECTORY

    0 Reception

    9 Outside line

    200 Housekeeping

    259 Room Service

    TELEVISION

    All rooms are equipped with LCD TVs.

    TOILETRIES

    All hotel rooms are supplied with soap and body wash in dispensers in order to minimise the number of plastic bottles being discarded.

    WAKE UP CALL

    Wake up calls can be requested through reception.

    WATER

    Bottled water is provided in your room.

    WI-FI

    Complimentary Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel.

Travelling with You

  • Gareth Austin

    Gareth is a passionate plantsman and lecturer based in Donegal. He is a graduate of the SRUC and the University of Glasgow where he studied Horticulture and Organic Agriculture. Gareth can be heard weekly on BBC Northern Ireland where he has been a resident ‘Voice of Gardening’ for nearly 10 years. Gareth spends most of his time lecturing in Horticulture in regional colleges and is an expert on Ulster Scots walled gardens and grounds. Originally from Edinburgh, Gareth has a particular interest in the gardens of William & Robert Adams and has travelled extensively throughout Ireland and Scotland visiting countless gardens and parks. In addition to all the above, Gareth runs an Organic Bio-intensive Market Garden and is the largest grower in the area off MicroGreens.

    Gareth Austin will be on the following tour dates: 14 to 19 June 2020
  • Chantal Cookson

    Chantal was born in Suffolk very near the sea and now lives in Northumberland where her husband farms and when possible, they go to their cottage in Suffolk.  Chantal has been associated with Noble Caledonia since the company was founded in 1991 and was part of the Expedition Team for many years on the MS Caledonian Star and has led tours, be it cruising or land, all over the world, including the Antarctic in 1999, aboard the Caledonian Star on her first voyage there and in 2017 was aboard the MS Island Sky on her first voyage to the Antarctic. Chantal’s initial experience of cruising was in British waters in 1991 when Noble Caledonia did the first cruise around the British Isles, which was a ground breaking voyage and led to a very successful and popular concept. Though her main job for over 25 years was working for Sotheby’s, she is now a Travel and Fine Art Consultant intertwining in her busy life still working periodically as part of the Noble Caledonia Expedition Team and also as a Tour Leader on Land Tours. From the Arctic to the Antarctica, South America to Australia, Africa, India, The Seychelles, Indonesian Islands and many other destinations including many times the West Coast of Scotland, she has been able to pursue her love of the oceans, zodiacing and photography. Chantal is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.

    Chantal Cookson will be on the following tour dates: 14 to 19 June 2020
  • London Festival Opera

    London Festival Opera

    We are delighted to be joined by London Festival Opera on many of our tours and cruises. We have long been associated with London Festival Opera and each year our music themed cruises grow in popularity. London Festival Opera have achieved a considerable reputation for presenting opera in palaces, castles, country houses, theatres, concert halls, embassies and private homes and gardens. Recent engagements have been throughout the UK, Europe and as far afield as Barbados, Marrakech and Moscow.

    Particular attention is given to the design and quality of our costumes which are as authentic as possible. Whether it is a period evening dress, such as Regency or Victorian to enhance a gala performance or a full production, the costumes will be of the highest quality and style.

    Bringing together artists from the major British opera companies including the Royal Opera, English National Opera and Glyndebourne Festival Opera, the company has a considerable reputation and has appeared in some of the world's leading venues including as a guest company in one of the Italy's greatest opera houses, La Fenice in Venice.

    London Festival Opera will be on the following tour dates: 14 to 19 June 2020

London Festival Opera

We are delighted that London Festival Opera will be joining us for our stay and presenting two concerts in superb settings – performing a selection of celebrated arias and ensembles from the operas of Handel, Mozart, Rossini, Bizet and Puccini as well as some lighter pieces from the world of operetta and musicals. We have long been associated with London Festival Opera and each year our music-themed tours grow in popularity. London Festival Opera has achieved a considerable reputation for presenting opera in the UK and overseas and has performed for Presidents, Prime Ministers and senior members of the British and European Royal Families. The company has performed at 10 Downing Street, the British Embassy in Paris, the President’s Palace in Malta and as a guest company in one of Italy’s greatest opera houses, La Fenice in Venice. Bringing together artists from the major British opera companies including the Royal Opera, English National Opera and Glyndebourne the programmes presented include a wide and varied range of repertoire, performed in formal evening dress and authentic period costume for an added visual impact.

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Itinerary at a glance

  • Bryher / Tresco / St Agnes / St Martin / St Marys

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Itinerary at a glance

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  • Derrynane House & Kenmare
  • Lakes of Killarney & Muckross House
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See some of the Loveliest Gardens of West Wales including performances by London Festival Opera

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A seven night escorted tour of the music, lakes & landscapes of Slovenia including Lake Bled.

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Itinerary at a glance

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Itinerary at a glance

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