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Visiting rural Ireland and looking for somewhere different to stay? Let us help!

If you’re planning to visit the beautiful County of Donegal, on the north western tip of the Emerald Isle, you couldn’t find a better place to stay than at the acclaimed Green Gate in Ardara. The accolades are impressive and superlatives abound, having been described not only as ‘the greatest B&B in Ireland’ but also as ‘one of the world’s most idyllic honeymoon spots’. Yet it’s not for those in search of luxury. The walls are rough cast, it’s a little Spartan and it’s off the beaten track. So what’s its secret?

Perhaps it’s the fact that it stems from a passionate love affair. It’s run by a charismatic Frenchman with a good sense of humour, Paul Chatenoud, who fell madly in love with Ireland! With true French joie de vivre, he set about creating a simple elegant place to stay with monastic calm and oodles of hospitality on offer. The resulting three white adjoined cottages set in the beautiful countryside of Donegal, accommodate guests in four double rooms, with Irish breakfast (served any time), from €45 per person a night. Visit www.thegreengate.eu for more details, where you will see that its owner happily advertises ‘No TV, no computer, therefore no email’ so call 00 353 74 9541546 to book.

Donegal’s sandy beaches, unspoilt boglands and friendly communities attract many travellers, who visit Glenveagh National Park, with spectacular scenery of mountains, raised boglands, lakes, woodlands and Glenveagh Castle. As most of the county is cut off from the rest of the Republic, it’s become something of a bastion of Gaelic culture and the Irish language, holding the second-largest Gaeltacht (Irish-speaking district) in the country. This also draws Irish culture vultures.

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