Inside the Donegal B&B that has caught the eye of the New York Times

By Katy Thornton

August 17, 2023 at 11:08am


There's time left for a summer staycay yet.

The New York Times recently published an article entitled: "In Ireland’s ‘Forgotten County,’ a Tiny Inn Does It Right" in which they sing the praises of Donegal B&B Breac House.

We're not surprised at the American fascination. Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick have been singing Donegal's praises for years, spending plenty of time in their cottage just outside of Kilcar, which has been in Broderick's family for decades.

In fact, it would make a lot of sense if Parker was the one who got in touch with The New York Times, likely after she spent a whole Instagram carousel worshiping Charleville red cheddar and turf - sure we love to see it.


That said, Breac House is almost a two-hour drive from the part of Donegal Parker is so fond of. The New York Times praised the four-room hotel for its amazing views, where you can get an eyeful of beautiful sites such as Dunfanaghy’s Killahoey Beach, the Horn Head Peninsula, as well as Tramore Beach.

Naturally this has us Irish people tickled and curious about what makes Breac House so special. So we did some digging.

Boasts panoramic views 

The house itself was created by a team of award-winning architects, and built by local tradesmen. The name Breac House is derived from the town-land, which is called Lurgabrack/Lorga Bhreac, meaning "speckled shin" in Irish. According to their website, this name is "referring to the speckling of rock on the thin sloping Western-side of the head".

Breakfast arrives via a hatch in your room


Each bedroom boasts panoramic views of the surroundings, with a private outdoor space to take it all in. Breakfast arrives each morning to your room through a hatch, where it can be enjoyed in the comfort of the bed, or on the window seat while taking in the morning sunshine (or rainfall, either way it'll be pretty magical).

Outdoor hikes, seaweed baths, and a wood-fired sauna

A trek around the surroundings is a must when visiting Breac House, and owners Cathrine Burke and Niall Campbell have a curated map especially for guests that pinpoints their favourite spots. If hiking around the great outdoors isn't your thing, you can enjoy a seaweed bath instead, or make use of the off grid wood fired sauna in the garden.

At the time of the New York Times publishing, a room cost €355 per night.


You can read the whole New York Times article HERE.

All images via Breac House website


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