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The Donegal seaside manor that supposedly inspired ‘Gone with the Wind’ is up for sale for €1.8 million


by Lauren Heskin
10th Feb 2021
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Rumoured to have been home to Margaret Mitchell while she was writing her classic novel, the beautifully maintained Coolmore Manor House is for sale in Donegal for €1.8 million.


If you’re looking for period glamour and a sea view, then this grand estate on the shores of Rossnowlagh might be the one for you. Set just off the beach, the Georgian home, known as Coolmore Manor House includes not just the main house but also two self-contained coach house guest apartments, leisure facilities, an equestrian complex and 11 acres to play with.

For sale for €1.8 million (down from an initial price of €2 million), the house was built around 1820 and has been well-maintained by its current owners, including two extensive renovations in 2008 and 2011.

Spread across 3,551 square feet, the main house has three reception rooms, a cosy yet spacious country style kitchen with a range, three bedrooms and four bathrooms. In the guest apartments, added during the most recent renovation, there are a further three bedrooms. 

Formerly a boutique hotel, it is rumoured that Margaret Mitchell, author of Gone with the Wind stayed at the hotel while writing her classic novel and took some elements of the house for her book.

The house boasts plenty of original features including cornicing, windows and architraves and has been kept in immaculate condition and comes with a D1 BER rating, which is high for a house of this size and age.

Also part of the recent renovation, a leisure suite was added, including an outdoor hot tub, sauna and treatment room, and a state-of-the-art equestrian centre, designed like an American style barn with a feed room, hayloft, tack room, wash bay and 8 large stables, 6 opening out to fenced outdoor yards. There’s also an arena and twelve paddocks. 

The grounds are also home to an extensive garden, with a beautiful gravelled walk that takes you to the highest peak on the property, which boasts spectacular views over Donegal Bay and the Slieve League Mountains. 

But really, there are incredible views from almost every spot on this property, which is just a few minutes from Rossnowlagh village and Bundoran town and from many beautiful beaches, though none more so than the sandy shores just beyond the front door.

All imagery courtesy of Sothebys via Daft.ie