Glenveagh Castle

Glenveagh CastleAt the weekend, my husband and I treated ourselves to a short weekend break in County Donegal.

We have both lived in Ireland all our lives and sadly have to admit there is still a lot of our beautiful country that we haven’t seen.

As I’ve mentioned before, I am a bit of an afternoon tea fan and anytime we are away, we usually try to find somewhere that serves it.  While searching through local places to visit, we came across the café attached to Glenveagh Castle.  If you ever find yourself in Ireland, go see the castle, it is well worth the visit.

The castle which was originally built as a hunting lodge in the 19th Century is located  within the vast grounds of Glenveagh National Park.  Over the years, it has had a number of owners but the most notable have all been American.

Under the ownership of Henry Plumer McIlhenny – the third and final owner, the house saw many famous visitors, including the actors Greta Garbo, Clarke Gable, Charlie Chaplin, Rosemary Clooney and Marilyn Monroe.  The famous American violinist Yeheudi Menuin was also a guest (the locals having difficulty pronouncing his name referred to him as Hugh McMinn).

Unfortunately we were not allowed to take pictures of the inside 🙁  but if you click here, it should take you to a number of images of the interior of the castle.  The room with the pale blue walls was the room Greta Garbo stayed in, when she visited during the summer months.

As well as the amazing castle, the gardens that surround it are spectacular and the tea house which was what lead us to the venue, serves delicious scones and cakes, yummm!

I think I will definitely have to use this magical venue in a future book.



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  1. Kat says:

    So happy for you and your hubby. U two deserved a romantic break. It is so sweet to see u two savoring life enjoying afternoon tea. Me too, I always hunt for afternoon tea service when we travel. Take care.

    1. Darcie Rian says:

      Thanks Kat,it’s good getting life back to some form of normality.

      If you ever find yourself in Ireland I know loads of places that serve afternoon tea :-D.

      Darcie xo

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