Our Ardara Hotel And Accommodation Guide: 11 Lovely Places To Stay

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Hello and welcome to our Ardara hotel and accommodation guide!

If you’ve read our guide to Ardara in Donegal, you’ll know that this lovely little village is one of our favourites in Ireland.

In the guide below, you’ll find a number of brilliant places to stay in Ardara, from Airbnbs and B&Bs to the one hotel Ardara has to offer.

The Ardara hotel

Yep – hotel. Singular! Now, don’t let the fact that there’s only one hotel in Ardara put you off – there are heaps of brilliant places to stay in this corner of Donegal.

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1. Nesbitt Arms Boutique Hotel Ardara

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Located in the heritage town of Ardara, Nesbitt Arms is a lovely family-run boutique hotel that offers bright and warmly furnished rooms.

Thanks to its proximity to Owenea River, Maghera Beach, and Glenveagh National Park, this fabulous hotel is a perfect base to explore Donegal and the Northwest of Ireland.

The on-site Weavers Restaurant serves delicious full Irish breakfast each morning and there’s plenty to see and do nearby.

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B&Bs in Ardara

The next section in our Ardara hotel and accommodation guide is all about B&Bs and gorgeous guesthouses.

There’s an almost endless number of brilliant B&Bs and guesthouses in Ardara, from cheap and cheerful options to some very swanky places to stay.

2. Auntie B’s Bed and Breakfast

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Auntie B’s Bed and Breakfast in Ardara boasts spacious and nicely decorated en-suite rooms with flat-screen TV’s and free Wi-Fi.

There is a lovely shared lounge, as well as a well-maintained garden where guests can unwind.

The property is located within walking distance from the centre of Ardara and offers easy access to popular tourist attractions such as Assaranca waterfall and Maghera caves. 

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3. Woodhill House

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If you are looking for a beautiful family-run country house in Ardara, spend a few nights at the Woodhill House.

With spectacular views of Donegal Highlands, this coastal manor house features a picturesque old walled garden and offers comfortable accommodation for travellers exploring Donegal.

There is a nice bar inside the house, as well as a real open fireplace, that’ll warm the coldest of cockles on a winters evening.

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4. Hillhead House

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Welcome to Hillhead House, a lovely bed and breakfast with comfortable accommodation, and free private parking.

Located just a short drive from Doon Fort, this property features a nice terrace and a garden where guests can relax to the sounds of nature.

Guests say that Irene is a wonderful host and add how breakfast is delicious with lots of homemade foods.

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5. O’Brien’s

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There is no shortage of excellent accommodation options in Ardara and O’Brien’s is one of them. Located just a short drive from attractions like Assaranca Falls, this bed and breakfast offers nicely decorated rooms, complimentary Wi-Fi, and free parking.

Louise is a very friendly and engaging host who is always more than happy to recommend places worth visiting and things to do.

Guests note that continental breakfast with cheese, cold meats, and cereal is delicious. If you’re looking for accommodation in Ardara with great reviews from other travellers, get yourself here!

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Unique Ardara Accommodation

The next section in our Ardara hotel and accommodation guide is all about unique accommodation and quirky places to spend the night.

In the section below, you’ll find places to stay in Ardara that are a little bit different than your usual guesthouses and B&Bs.

6. Gatsby House

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Gatsby House is easily my favourite place in our Ardara hotel and accommodation guide. It’s a little slice of cost perfection

Situated inside a restored Victorian house, Gatsby House boasts 5 beautifully decorated and individually designed en-suite rooms with glamorous furniture and signature “Cloud Beds” to ensure a good night’s sleep.

The property is located right on Main Street in Ardara, which means that restaurants, bars, and shops are minutes away. There is a nice sitting room where guests can socialize during the day.

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7. Secret Cottage

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With an open-plan layout, a well-equipped kitchen and nicely furnished rooms with comfortable beds, the Secret Cottage has everything you need from self-catering accommodation in Ardara.

The property is located within walking distance from pubs and restaurants in Ardara and just a short drive from attractions like Glenveagh Castle and National Park and Slieve League cliffs.

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8. The Upcycled Cottage

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The Upcycled Cottage is without a doubt one of the most unique accommodation options in Ardara on this list.

Most of the things inside the property are made from reused materials. For instance, the shelves were made from old drawers, while the interior wall was made from used old doors.

There is a lovely freestanding stove to keep you warm should it be cold outside. Cooking facilities with pots, pans, and utensils are available to use.

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Section 4: Ardara Airbnbs and Self Catering

The next section in our Ardara hotel and accommodation guide is all about Airbnbs and self-catering accommodation.

When it comes to the latter, there are plenty of options and they, in most cases, come in the form of Airbnbs

9. Drumbarron Cottage

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Situated inside a two-storey farmhouse, Drumbarron Cottage is a great place to get away from it all and enjoy some peace and quiet.

Located on the outskirts of Ardara town, the property offers three bedrooms that can accommodate up to 6 guests.

The lounge area with wood burning stove, leather suite, and working fireplace looks amazing, while the farmhouse style kitchen is equipped with all the necessary utensils. The centre of Ardara is just a 5-minute walk away.

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10. Iona Lodge

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Located just off the Main Street, Iona Lodge is a great option for travellers who wish to be a stone’s throw from Ardara’s traditional Irish pubs and restaurants. 

Newly refurbished to a very high standard, this modern lodge has 3 bedrooms and can accommodate up to 7 people.

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11. Corby House

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Corby House is a 3-bedroom property located on the outskirts of Ardara. It can easily fit 6 people and features a lovely ample living space with a large TV.

There is a full kitchen where you can prepare meals and laundry facilities in case you need to wash your clothes. It will take you 10 to 15 minutes to walk to the centre up and down a steep hill.

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Have you stayed in an Ardara hotel or guesthouse that you’d recommend?

We’re all ears! I’m sure that we’ve unintentionally left out some brilliant places to stay in Ardara in the guide above.

if you have an Airbnb, guesthouse or Ardara hotel that you’ve stayed in recently and that you like to recommend, let us know below.

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