Simply glass! Amazing Fanad house put on the market

written by Stephen Maguire August 5, 2019

It’s not often that you see a house in Co Donegal and wish you could spend just one night there.

But Tuath Na Mara in Fanad is one such house.


It is an impressive and unique house, striking in appearance and designed to appear free-floating amongst its stunning rugged coastal landscape surroundings.

And it’s on the market for €475,000.

But we’re certainly not the first to notice its outstanding design and uniqueness.

In recognition of its striking design, the property has won a number of architectural awards, including the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland ‘Best House’ prize, the Institute’s first-ever ‘Public Choice Award’.

The property is designed to act as a channel by encapsulating and mirroring its natural surroundings with splendid views of Lough Swilly to the East and sea views to the North.


Designed by award-winning MacGabhann Architects, the blueprint design was to release a meditative mood throughout which is immediately realised upon arrival at the property, as it is hidden and accessed from high ground.


Vestibule * library/interconnecting hallway * living room/dining room/kitchen * living room/kitchen * master bedroom suite * two further bedrooms *bathroom * utility room * two decking areas

The house extends to about 145 sq m / 1,556 sq ft. Approached via a hidden raised driveway, this leads into a pebbled forecourt with ample parking. A raised step leads up to the front entrance which opens into a vestibule and hallway.

The hallway doubles as a library with feature fitted bookshelves and also connects to the two separate living areas of the house.

On the south facing section of the property is a spacious open-plan living/dining/kitchen area. It includes two bedrooms and a shared bathroom. The north facing section features a similar compact style open-plan living/kitchen room. Off this is the master bedroom with en-suite shower room. A reading nook is situated in the hallway/library and there is also a utility room.

The house can be divided into two separate self-contained units or as one combined space. There are decks on either side of the house.

Features include a zig-zag style roof, designed to catch both the rising and the setting sun. The zinc cladding and roof was specifically designed to blend in with the hues of the nearby rocks between high and low tides and also with the natural tones of the flora and fauna on the grounds.


The grounds extend to about 7.9 acres and are bound on the east side by the beach. Grazing land to the north and east of the house give protection and a countryside feel. To the side of the house is a planted wood, pond and a garden with mature tree fern and Rhedodendrons. There is natural scrubland and rocky outcrops to the westerly elevation of the property which shelter the house.


One of the most special and truly unique features of Tuath Na Mara is direct access to a sandy beach. The beach is complete with inlet caves and coastal rock features. It includes about 180 metres of water frontage.

For a full listing and numerous pictures of this amazing property see