About Gatsby House & Secret Cottage

Gatsby House is a fabulously stylish and comfortable self-catering Victorian house in the heritage town of Ardara, Co. Donegal.

Each room is individually designed, furnished with silks, velvets, Irish linens and glamorous furniture. An exceptionally comfortable, beautifully designed base from which to enjoy Ardara and the wider Co. Donegal area.

Gatsby House was built in the 1870s, all the rooms have our signature ‘Cloud Beds’, a three layered superbly comfortable sleep system for a supreme night's sleep.

After a day’s exploring, enjoy rainfall showers, jewel like bathrooms and sumptuous bedrooms.

Explore Gatsby House.

Secret Cottage was created to the rear of Gatsby House to provide additional accommodation, but can be rented separately.

Explore Secret Cottage.


Gatsby House & Secret Cottage in the Press

“As fab pads go, this chic house in Donegal is one of the finest. Cleverly decorated… the best of everything—an oasis of fun and luxury”

Sunday Independent

“Absolutely fabulous. Donegal's small, but perfectly formed, newcomer. A special find.”

The Guardian

“One of Donegal's classiest openings in some time.”

The Independent

“Five beautiful ensuite rooms are decorated in rich velvets and cool silks, with calligraphy adorning the walls, and rolltop baths or deluge showers. The stunning scenery that draws people here - glorious mountains, glacial waterfalls and heathery moors. It's Ireland as you dreamed it would be, but with none of the blarney.”

Marie Claire

“There is no doubt this property, with its interior looking like a spread from Elle Deco, will have huge appeal to the increasingly discerning weekender and holidaymaker.”

The Sunday Tribune

What Our Guests Say

“Gatsby House is beautiful. As soon as we walked in the door, we all knew it was going to be amazing. Ardara is a lovely place, the shops and restaurants are wonderful. We all had a lovely time and we hope to be back soon.”

“It was the ideal backdrop to celebrate a 50th birthday in the company of our closest friends - everyone agreed that this house has a wonderful atmosphere and was obviously created with great care and attention to every detail. Thanks for sharing it with us”

“Please can I take the bed home? The combination of Donegal air, sumptuous surrounding and great hospitality has made this a great time”

“Loved the opulence. Oh la la”

“Fabulous! The only word to describe the experience”

“It’s a breath of fresh air”

“Oh totally FABULOUS”

“Great addition to Donegal’s tourist attractions”


“Tis not the size of the place that is important. Words fail me. Well done”

“A totally dreamy piece of heaven. What a place”

“Very chic! We had a great time”

“Best sleep we’ve had in a long time”


“Fabulous interior design and beds to die for just what Ardara needs”

“Décor, lost for words. Really fantastic”

“Cannot put into words how magnificent this place is. We are totally in awe!”

“The luxury, the detail, the welcome….”

“Beautiful, gorgeous place”

“Absolutely fabulous”


“Loved it”

“A hidden gem in a beautiful wee town”

“Beautiful décor. Clean, modern - just the way we want our home”

“Everything great. Relaxed to bits”

“Truly wonderful. Such a decadent experience”

“Every single detail taken care of”

“A touch of class”

“La aontach “fabulous” a bhi again”

“Spectacular and amazing, a real joy to stay in.”

“Ardara is a beautiful little town and Gatsby House has been a haven of comfort, tranquillity and loveliness, with a wonderfully warm and generous welcome”

“What a wonderful, wonderful place, luxurious, comfortable and warm! We can't thank them enough for their kindness and attention to detail - we'll be back.”

“What a lovely, charming, beautiful, divine, comfortable, exotic house. We had to be dragged out to see Donegal and if our two teenagers (14 and 18) were very happy I rest my case !! A million thanks”


“What can I say? Fabulous!”

“Fantastic, divine and definitely fabulous”

“Absolutely love the décor”

“Very smart”

“Felt like the queen of the manor!”

“Loved it!”

“The beds like marshmallows and the colours like rich chocolate”

“WOW! What a fantastic house”

“Just wonderful. A beautiful place”

“Had a fantastic time. The interiors were amazing”

“Felt at home in this lovely house”

“What a birthday! LOVE the ambience, furniture and décor. An amazing place, would love to come back. Best night’s sleep in years”

“Beautiful, elegant surroundings”

“What a place. Amazing!”

“To arrive and to find this gem of a place in Donegal, it felt like home from home”


“Fantastic. I can’t put it into words”

“Wonderful. We did not want to leave”

“Idyllic - congratulations on your vision and your excellent execution”

“What a fantastic place to relax. We shall be recommending you”

“A little piece of heaven. Beautiful surroundings. Go raibh míle maith agaibh”

“Out of this world”