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Sandhouse Hotel & Marine Spa offers a relaxing break from it all, perched on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, overlooking miles of secluded sandy beach. This Manor House was once a mid-century fishing lodge and has been transformed to a beautiful Manor House enjoying one of Irelands' most picturesque locations with breathtaking views across Donegal Bay. The Sandhouse is perfect for a relaxing Donegel hotel break.
Rooms at the Sandhouse are luxurious and individually decorated in a country house style. Many of the luxury bedrooms overlook Rossnowlagh Beach on Donegal Bay - from your room listen to the waves breaking on the sandy beach.
Dine on award-winning cuisine in The Glassroom & Seashell Restaurants. Seafood is a speciality. Choose from Donegal Bay Salmon, Sea Trout, Scallops, Crab and Lobster, as well as Prime Beef, Lamb, Veal and Game in season.
Hotel Facilities & Services
- Total Rooms Number: 60
- Non-Smoking throughout the hotel
- Tea and Coffee Making Facilities
- Internet Access
- Iron/Ironing Board
- Parking at Hotel Free: Yes
- Treatment Rooms
- Tennis Free: Yes
- Name: Donegal
- Distance: 89 kilometres
- Cots/Cribs Free: Yes
- Interconnecting Rooms
Bar and Restaurant
Breakfast served from
- Saturday/Sunday: 8:15
- Monday to Friday: 8:15
Breakfast served to
- Saturday/Sunday: 10:00
- Monday to Friday: 10:00
- Bar in Hotel
- Restaurant in hotel
- Nearest Airport Name: Donegal Distance: 89 kilometres
To view our full selection of accommodation in Donegal, Sligo & Nth West Ireland, view our hotels in Donegal, Sligo & Nth West Ireland page.
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating
- Overall: based on 629 reviews
- Sleep Quality:
A very mixed bag............
Stay Date: 05/2018, kayla9 wrote this review.
I am simply undecided on this hotel which is located in what must be one of the most breathtaking locations in Ireland. Rossnowlagh beach is stunning and the hotel is at its edge...the weather over the weekend was beautiful and my husband and myself … See more
I am simply undecided on this hotel which is located in what must be one of the most breathtaking locations in Ireland. Rossnowlagh beach is stunning and the hotel is at its edge...the weather over the weekend was beautiful and my husband and myself had high hopes for a rare night away. The positives are many: Waking up to the sound of the sea, the views( particularly in the spacious bedrooms and dining room)and friendly staff are a reason to return... but it has to be the most confusing hotel to navigate that I have visited for some time, and the bar (accessed from the main hotel by going behind the counter...)is horrible, no atmosphere whatsoever and simply ugly. We arrived Saturday afternoon looking forward to a quiet hour reading our newspapers and some nice lunch perhaps, we were disappointed!.The bar menu is awful sandwiches/toasties and a chowder served in the smallest bowl imaginable with one slice of brown soda bread, served by a busy barlady who although pleasant was run off her feet. Reception with its open fire is nice, but dark(and the toilets need attention) and the other seating areas that we found.. resemble a nursing homes dayroom with dated furniture and no atmosphere whatsoever. We booked dinner for 7pm the dining room is looking directly onto the beach. Beautiful. The menu and wine list read very well but food delivery was far too speedy and although we didn't feel rushed it was not as it could be. My seabass was good but accompanied by a tiny portion of very overcooked veg( unimaginative and bland) and fishcake starter a huge disappointment( also a coffee machine would be a wise investment the coffee was awful.).My Hendricks was served in a plain glass with regular tonic...a nice wide glass and a little cucumber would have made all the difference.......... After dinner, the only place to unwind seemed to be this aforementioned AWFUL bar where three huge tvs were on with no one watching them (football) I asked at reception was there anywhere to watch the end of The Eurovision, ask at the bar...I asked, it didn't happen......We retired to our room and watched it there...there was a nice residents alcove beside the dining room, had there been a lamp switched on we may have sat for a while.. it was in complete uninviting darkness...Again,could do better. Beds are comfortable and clean and breakfast with views over the sandy beach lovely(and leaf tea a nice treat) Breakfast is served 8-10 and checkout is 11am.. earlier than we would be used to and another point of note. We did not have time to explore the spa but reviews are good and Voya products are used so it would be something I will do if we return. Although pets were welcome in the past this no longer applies. .........So we checked out (very pleasant but as not one member of staff had a name badge I cannot praise by name) and walked the beach.....Will we return??........ This hotels location should make it FEEL a lot more special than it does, a few simple changes would make a huge difference as the summer season approaches.. maybe some comment cards in rooms might give you more feedback. Theres a great product here, great staff and great potential..The first thing I would take a closer look at is that bar....residents need a place to RELAX... Maybe there is one...... and I couldnt FIND it..!... Collapse
Room with a view
Stay Date: 04/2018, pmac8285 wrote this review.
This was my first trip to Ireland, and the Sandhouse Hotel was a delight. Rooms were clean, and roomy, and the ocean view was excellent. This was during "off season" so it was not "hoppin". Staff was very attentive, and were pulling double duties c… See more
This was my first trip to Ireland, and the Sandhouse Hotel was a delight. Rooms were clean, and roomy, and the ocean view was excellent. This was during "off season" so it was not "hoppin". Staff was very attentive, and were pulling double duties cheerfully as there were very few guests. Dining room views were spectacular, it was an awesome setting, oh yea the food was good too! They have a cute little bar off to the side that we utilized one night to watch the football/soccer game. We had been out most of the day sightseeing and had a late lunch in town so we were not sure we wanted a full dinner at the hotel. Front desk advised that the bar has "ready made" pizza and "bar food" items as another option for us, so we didn't have to drive (not much in walking distance). It was exactly what we needed and turned out to be a very enjoyable and relaxing evening. Would most definitely recommend and visit again! Collapse
Stay Date: 04/2018, loupow wrote this review.
Just returned from 3 wonderful nights at the Sandhouse. Where to start? Our room was spotless with breathtaking ocean views. We planned to have dinner one night and sample other spots the next two, but after the first dinner we went nowhere else. Bre… See more
Just returned from 3 wonderful nights at the Sandhouse. Where to start? Our room was spotless with breathtaking ocean views. We planned to have dinner one night and sample other spots the next two, but after the first dinner we went nowhere else. Breakfast was exceptionally good and the dining room, with fantastic views is to die for. Mr. Diver and his entire staff were warm, friendly and efficient. I can only summize that any negative reviews predated the current management because I could not have been more impressed, and I have visited Ireland 29 times. I will not hesitate to recommend the Sandhouse to my friends. Collapse
The Best Wedding EVER !!!
Stay Date: 04/2018, 8spquinn wrote this review.
We attended a family wedding here on Saturday and the whole day was simply unforgettable. Everyone was warmly greeted by Paul Diver, the owner/manager, at the red carpeted main entrance. He was accompanied by some very friendly staff members who offe… See more
We attended a family wedding here on Saturday and the whole day was simply unforgettable. Everyone was warmly greeted by Paul Diver, the owner/manager, at the red carpeted main entrance. He was accompanied by some very friendly staff members who offered us glasses of Prosecco or Guinness & as we entered the reception area a 3man band was serenading some of the wedding party who were already seated around the reception areas. The atmosphere was just fantastic & it remained so until the early hours of Sunday morning! The 5 course meal from starter right through to dessert was absolutely sumptuous with a choice of 3 mains of fillet of beef, turkey & ham or a seafood platter of sea bass, crab claws & prawn with perfectly steamed veg and creamed potatoes on the side. Delicious !!! After the meal everyone took to the floor, we danced, sang & partied until the wee hours! The bedrooms were nice & warm, spotless, the beds comfortable & really everything was absolutely perfect. Paul Diver should be very proud of his hotel, his superbly able & efficient assistant & ALL of his staff, because of them all we had an unforgettable day! Collapse
Stay Date: 06/2017, Amy T wrote this review.
Lovely hotel, was great as we could bring our wee dog. He’s like our baby and was brilliant being able to bring him with us. I think the rules were changing tho. The staff were lovely. The room was clean and nice view of the water. Over all a nice ti… See more
Lovely hotel, was great as we could bring our wee dog. He’s like our baby and was brilliant being able to bring him with us. I think the rules were changing tho. The staff were lovely. The room was clean and nice view of the water. Over all a nice time away. Collapse
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