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Rated from 1 to 5, a higher number of stars indicates a better quality, range of services and facilities with an emphasis on 6 key areas – cleanliness, service, food, bedrooms, bathrooms and hospitality.

The merit score for this hotel is 77%. This helps you to compare quality between hotels of the same star rating.

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Very friendly hotel very near a sandy cove

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At a glance

Family rooms
Wheelchair accessible

This long-established, friendly, family-run hotel is situated on Sheephaven Bay in the picturesque village of Downings. There is a cosy lobby lounge; J.C.'s a traditional-style bar where an extensive menu is available all day, and The Haven Restaurant which opens for dinner at peak times. The accommodation is spacious and all rooms are comfortable and well appointed. A popular location for families and within easy reach of a number of golf courses, this property hosts regular musical events, and there is a nightclub open at weekends. Guests have complimentary use of the local leisure centre, just a five-minute drive away.


  • En-suite rooms: 40
  • Family rooms: 8
  • Smoking bedrooms: 4
  • Broadband available
  • Wi-Fi available

Room rates

  • Single room, minimum price: £50
  • Double room, minimum price: £100

Opening times

  • Closed: 24–26 December
  • Restricted opening: November to March, Closed Monday to Wednesday


  • Fully air-conditioned
  • Night porter
  • Lift available
  • Outdoor parking spaces: 40


  • Accessible bedrooms: 2
  • Walk-in showers


  • Children welcome
  • Cots provided
  • High chairs
  • Children's portions or menu
  • Babysitting service
  • Safe play area
  • Laundry facilities
  • Drying facility
  • Ironing facilities


  • Indoor swimming pool, heated
  • Gym
  • Other leisure facilities: Sauna, steam room, indoor adventure play area
  • Weekly entertainment
  • New Year entertainment programme


  • Minimum 24hr delegate rate (£): 110
  • Theatre-style holds (maximum): 350
  • Classroom-style holds (maximum): 175
  • Boardroom-style holds (maximum): 50


  • Holds a civil ceremony licence
  • Maximum number of guests: 120

Getting here

23 miles north of Letterkenny on R245. Hotel in village centre.

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