After another delicious breakfast and a stroll around the walled garden at Rathmullan House, we headed off through the pretty villages and countryside in search of art and culture.
The approach to Glebe House and Gallery 8km from Letterkenny overlooking Lough Gartan is spectacular. The grounds are tended with great care and creative style by the friendly head gardener Michael who is so passionate about his plants that he will willingly send you home with cuttings and loads of advice.
Glebe House was the home of the artist Derek Hill and is absolutely stuffed to the rafters with amazing artworks. I walked around the former Georgian rectory, mouth agape, saying things like: “Is that a set of Hokusai’s views of Mount Fuji in this corridor? Is that a Picasso plate on the kitchen mantlepiece?? Is that a Landseer/Victor Pasmore/Degas/Jack Yeats/Morandi???” Our tour guide was a passionate and extremely knowledgeable woman who had known Derek Hill and was able to tell us lots of interesting anecdotes. The former barns which were Derek Hill’s studio have been converted into a gallery which shows works of exceptional quality. We caught an exhibition of 60s Op Art prints from the collection of Trinity College Dublin. I was so transported with delight at all the wonderful things I had seen, that whilst refreshing ourselves with tea and cake in the cafe, I absently filled the milk jug to the brim with tea… This is an absolute little jewel of a place and I can’t recommend it highly enough!
We met lovely people on the last night, they joined us for after dinner drinks and we had a great little party. I didn’t manage to draw the daughter and dad because I was quite tipsy by then and laughing too hard anyway.
We said goodbye to our lovely room with its view over the gardens towards the main house,
…and headed home. Until next time Donegal. I’m madly in love. Can you tell? xxx