Stunning east Donegal period home comes on the market

written by Staff Writer August 23, 2022

You really have to look behind the door to see the stunning beauty of this historic east Donegal home which has just come on the market.

Sherry Fitzgerald Rainey has a price tag of €225,000 for ‘Highfield House’ on Stranorlar’s Main Street.


According to local information, the two-storey dwelling was originally built by a bank company around 100 years ago, probably as a manager’s residence.

It was the former home of the famous Chris MacDonagh, who founded the Donegal Historical Society in 1946.

He passed away in 1960 and it was purchased by popular local school teachers, the late Joe and Mollie O’Hegarty, who lived there for the rest of their lives.

The stunning interior is testament to the dedicated couple who were much loved around the Twin Towns and further afield.

Located in the heart of the town, Highfield House is a wonderful, detached period home set back in an elevated position.


It retains many of the original period features, including natural slate roof, decorative bargeboard and timber sliding sash windows and timber door.

It also has an Encaustic tiled porch floor – a classic Victorian feature – as well as brass door fittings and wrought iron gates.

According to the selling agents, this home boasts rooms of elegant proportions retaining many period features including high ceilings with ornate plasterwork and handcrafted fireplaces in the reception areas.

Get a virtual tour, below:

To the front is a stepped garden and beyond the handsome façade lies generous accommodation.

The formal entrance hall leads through to two large reception rooms, breakfast room, kitchen, utility, pantry and guest WC and WHB.


On the first floor return there is a large bedroom with a picture window overlooking the rear garden and a large walk-in linen closet. On the top floor there are three further bedrooms and a bathroom.

“The house is stunning, with so many original features that you don’t get anymore such as high ceilings, intricate architraves, original doors, sliding sash windows and a lot of character,” the selling agents say. 

“It will definitely make a fine home for another family to enjoy for the next 50 years.”

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