Experience another world in Donegal Dolmen house
Like most of the characters in Irish legend, Diarmuid and Gráinne have landmarks named after them all over the country.
Their grave – one of many – is said by some Donegal locals to be at Gortnavern Dolmen, also known as Diarmuid and Gráinne's Bed, near the town of Ramelton.
A few kilometres south of the dolmen is a house designed to emulate its form. The Dolmen House, at Drumacloughan, Ramelton, was designed by MacGabhann Architects in Letterkenny, who exhibited as part of the Ireland team at the 10th International Venice Biennale of Architecture in 2006.
The capstone of the dolmen is copied in the house's heavy first floor, clad in dark fibre cement. And because the lower floor is glazed, from a distance the upper floor appears to be suspended almost in mid-air, supported only by a small stone construction. The house featured in the Architects Journal in April this year.
Situated on a site of three-quarters of an acre overlooking Lough Swilly, the house is 3,767 square feet. The front and back doors open into a split-level, open-plan kitchen/dining room, which has a fireplace and doors to patio areas at the front and back.
Also on the ground floor is a sunroom with a vaulted ceiling, a playroom, and an office, as well as a utility room and guest toilet.
The upstairs landing has sliding doors leading to a first-floor sitting room with glass doors leading onto a terrace overlooking Lough Swilly.
Another landing leads to the four bedrooms and family bathroom. The master bedroom is split-level with a walk-in wardrobe and en-suite; on the lower level is a free-standing bath positioned to take advantage of the view.
There's an adjoining garage, as well as a carport located under the 'capstone'. The Dolmen House is on the market for €750,000 with Franklins in Letterkenny (074 918 8000).