This charming Ramelton townhouse is a ‘must view’

written by Staff Writer July 2, 2024

A home which exudes all the comforts of modern living while nestled in the heart of one of Donegal’s most sought-after towns has just come to the market.

This classic three bedroom and two bathroom townhouse on Castle Street maybe somewhat understated from the outside.


But inside is a hidden gem which is matched only by its large secret garden which offers the ultimate in privacy in the heart of the thriving Georgian town of Ramelton with a wide range of essential and luxury services right on your doorstep.

It has just gone on the market at €365,000 but won’t remain there too long.

This property will be perfect as a full time home, holiday home or investment property.

Packed with unexpected surprises, this terraced house in the oldest part of town oozes with the character of a traditional cottage with all the modern conveniences.

Over 100 years old, it has been tastefully renovated and upgraded by the current owners to retain its period character while making it a comfortable modern home with over 140 square metres of living space.


Originally heated by open fireplaces and a Rayburn range, these features have been retained but the house also has a modern condensing boiler with radiators in every room.

Downstairs offers two spacious reception rooms stretching from front to back. The large living room has a solid fuel stove and open fireplace with views to the patio and garden. The kitchen/diner contains the oil fired Rayburn range as well as a ceramic hob and convection oven surrounded by Belfast sink and bespoke kitchen units topped by an Iroko worktop.

The large open-plan living area exudes character.

Light floods into the large living area.

The utility room is home to a washer/dryer, fridge freezer and additional storage units and worktop with large stainless sink and a drinking water filtration system.

Upstairs are two generously proportioned double bedrooms with wardrobes, a single bedroom, currently used as an office and a family bathroom complete with separate shower cubicle and a vintage claw foot cast iron bath tub.

A recently added four season sun room extends from the utility room at the rear of the property and opens onto a Mediterranean inspired paved patio with dining and cooking facilities. From here you can catch a glimpse of the spire of the Presbyterian church, one of was once seven churches in Ramelton, earning it the nickname The Holy City.

And whether you are a nature lover or just looking for a peaceful retreat, the hidden walled back garden with its lush foliage, orchestra of birdsong and mesmeric views over the Swilly estuary provides the perfect oasis of tranquility.

With rear access, a greenhouse and storage shed the garden which captures the evening sun, has a lawn surrounded by ornamental borders, mature shrubs, trees, and raised vegetables beds.

The large kitchen opens up into a spacious utility area.

The kitchen at Castle Street complete with hob.

The spacious utility room.

Ideally located a ten minutes drive from Letterkenny and Rathmullan beach, Ramelton is a small town with a big heart where newcomers are warmly welcomed. It is rapidly becoming one of the most sought-after destinations in County Donegal.

For decades the town has been synonymous with exceptional live music but more recently its reputation as an artisan food destination has been growing and attracting scores of new visitors and residents.

An aerial view of Castle Street complete with its private gardens

Today you can find gourmet coffee and foodstuffs at The Blue Goat, traditional fish and chips at the Olde House Café and Johnny’s Ranch, pizzas and coffee at Sip ‘n’ Slice, tapas at Tap Up, Indian Take Away at the Food Guru and French fine dining at the Bridge Bar Restaurant, all within a five minute walk of the property. There’s a weekly (Thursdays) outdoor vegetable and fish market in Gamble Square, and a Saturday indoor country market in the Town Hall where local producers sell home cooked foods, fruit and vegetables, flowers and crafts. The town has two thriving supermarkets, Lennonside Butchers, a pharmacy, a veterinary practice and several hair and beauty salons.

The live music scene has also expanded with the hugely popular bars of The Bridge Bar and Conways and The Lennon Lodge, staging weekly sessions ranging from traditional to rock, gypsy jazz and ukulele sessions, all within easy walking distance.

All the bedrooms are both spacious and individual at Castle Street.

Situated where the river converges with Lough Swilly, relics of the town’s colourful history abound.

A few doors up from the property at the top end of Castle Street is Crammond House, birthplace of Dave Gallaher, the first Captain of the New Zealand All Blacks Rugby team to tour Britain and Ireland in 1905. At the lower end of the street is the Town Hall where Cassandra Jane Hill, grand-niece of Jane Austen performed an Irish song at its official opening in 1879. From the back garden you can glimpse the rooftop of the Old Meeting House where Francis McKemie, the founder of Presbyterianism in America, once worshipped and beyond it to the Swilly estuary where ships laden with flax and linen once steamed their way from Ramelton port to destinations as far away as Kingston, Jamaica.

Despite its small population (currently approximately 1,200) Ramelton has always punched above its weight when it comes to making an impact. The town lays proud claim to a king’s private nurse, a banker and one of America’s earliest billionaires, a hatter whose creation saved the life of a US president and most recently and proudest of all, Nobel prize winner, William Campbell whose work has saved millions of lives and who is celebrated with a bronze sculpture in Gamble Square.

Today Ramelton is a mecca for creative people with musicians and artists drawing inspiration from the tranquility and picturesque surroundings. Home to Swilly Rovers Football Club and the birthplace of the soft drink Football Special, the town is currently undergoing a regeneration project which will enhance community spaces in the town.



With two great primary schools and great after school and sporting facilities, it is an ideal place for young families.

But the beating heart of Ramelton remains its thriving community spirit evidenced in events like the turning on of Christmas Lights, The Lennon Festival and the annual Pantomime in the Town Hall which bring all ages together to celebrate what Rameltonians proudly declare to be ‘The Best Wee Toon in the World’.

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How is this for an ample back garden?

Natural stone walls give the garden even more character.

There’s a secret around every corner in the garden at Castle Street.


The back garden and sun room of Castle Street offers the ultimate privacy.