HE SUNDAY BUSINESS POS
A veritable paradise and an ideal hideaway which he has called An Geata Glas, "The Green Gate". A well known English composer who came for a night was still there a week later...
Frank Connolly5th Oct 1997, Dublin
"Il faut aimer le vent, la tempête, l'eau" affirme Paul Chatenoud, qui a abandonné, il y a prés de 20 ans, sa libraire parisienne pour s'installer dans un des sites les plus sauvages et les plus beaux de cette partie de l'Irlande, prés de la capitale du tweed, Ardara…. Son Bed and Breakfast, "The Green Gate", garanti, en plus de l'accueil chaleureux, un point de vue magique.
Jean-Paul RoudierJeudi 3 juillet 1997 (France)
DERNIERES NOUVELLES D'ALSACE
"The Green Gate", un B & B dans l'un des sites les plus enchanteurs de la région.
Claude KeiflinMardi 1er Juillet 1997 (France)
Du côté d'Ardara, en route pour Ardvally où se trouve sans doute le seul bed and breakfast tenu... par un Francais.
Jean-Claude SeguinDimanche 20 Juillet 1997(France)
Paul Chatenoud, ex-libraire parisien, de sa thébaïde d'Ardvally, perchée sur une colline dominant le bourg d'Ardara (réputé pour ses tweeds et ses pubs), s'attache à communiquer aux visiteurs sa passion pour cette contrée romantique.
Paul Chatenoud who once ran a Parisian book-shop, now makes his "thébaïde" on the hilltop of Ardvally, overlooking the town of Ardara (renowned for its tweeds and its pubs). There he has made it his mission to share the passion he feels for this romantic land with his visitors
Patrick Francès (Travel editor)Jeudi 9 Juillet 1998 (Paris)
THE IRISH NEWS
"The Green Gate" is a place that anyone with a taste for the unique will thoroughly enjoy.
Anna-Marie McFaul25th April 1998 (Belfast)
Paul Chatenoud has turned an old cottage and outbuildings into one of the most beautiful bed and breakfast locations anywhere in Ireland.
Connie Duffy15th Oct 1998 (Ireland)
JERSEY EUROPEAN MAGAZiNE
Donegal is a place of great beauty...
An Geata Glas "The Green Gate", a hilltop guest-house up a winding road with superb views out to sea. Frenchman Paul Chatenoud gave up his bookstore and flat in central Paris to look after guests in this remote hideaway with its thatched roofs and peat fires.
Dave RichardsonAutumn 1998 (England)
Welcome back on the programm of Highland Radio it is 11:18 on Friday 4`' September 1998. I don't know if you remember two months ago, Tom tell us, as he was touring Donegal how he fell in love with Ardara. He came for one night with his wife, in a place called "The Green Gate" ran by a French man Paul Chatenoud. A place "out of this world", he says and he was still there twelve days later. Today, we have Paul Chatenoud himself in the studio I asked him to come to explain to us what is his secret. Paul Chatenoud Good Morning and welcome to Highland Radio.
Interview with Paul Chatenoud
Sean Doherty Show4th September 1998, Ireland
Paul has written countless tales in the hearts of visitors who have come to the cottage and outbuildings which has by all accounts turned into one of the most beautiful bed and breakfasts in Ireland.
Geoff Hill17th Dec 1998 (Belfast)
Une Guest House pas comme les autres, dans cet endroit magique.
Marielle Coll1er Mars 1999 (Paris)
THE IRISH TIMES
The Green Gate is not your ordinary B&B. Apart from stunning views over the Atlantic; visitors experience the low ceilings and whitewashed walls of an authentic Donegal cottage. Paul has converted an old cottage and outbuildings into modern accommodation.
Theresa JudgeFriday, June 11, 1999 (Dublin)
Dans un ravissant cottage traditionnel avec une vue magnifique, Paul Chatenoud, offre de charmantes chambres, mais aussi une bibliothèque, une discothèque exceptionnelle... et un accueil inoubliable.
Christine Gomariz12 Mai, 1999 (Paris)
The cottage, outbuildings and thirty acres have all been renovated and become a veritable paradise and an ideal hide-away for discerning visitors. The Green Gate is a "must visit" destination. But apart from the beautiful surroundings it's Paul Chatenoud's hospitality, that makes his-"little piece of heaven" so appealing.
Jan WhyteMarch/April, 1999 (Harare)
Paul Chatenoud has lovingly restored and whitewashed a couple of old cottages and a barn, which now offer visitors a chance to share some of the most dramatic views Ireland has to offer
Ken.BennettMay 16, 1999 England
Le Donegal est un concentré des séductions, parfois âpres, de la République irlandaise_. C'est sur cette terre d'exception que Paul Chatenoud s'est installe. De sa maison, on découvre un paysage fascinant au-dessus du village d'Ardara, réputé pour ses tweeds... et ses pubs. Il a séduit m&me les Irlandais, qu'on n'étonne pourtant pas facilement.
Jean-Marie Haeffele Directeur de la rédactionDimanche 4 Avril 1999 (France)
COUPS DE COEUR:
The Green Gate est un cottage pas tout a fait comme les autres, dans cette très belle région, romanesque et sauvage.
Jacqueline RidouMai, 1999 (Paris)
P&O, European Ferries (Welcome Aboard)
"The most unique and beautiful B&B accommodation. You don't need to be on honeymoon to stay there. Just as well, or I would have missed the treat of a lifetime. Because not only has he designed and built the bed, installed a bidet, but he has also positioned the windows to be exactly at eye level when lying in bed or relaxing in the bath! Everything about this haven is well planned, so that the visitor can benefit from the luxury of the surrounding countryside and sense of peace. You cannot afford to miss the experience.
Sharon GillespieJune 1999 (London)
"Where ever your heart is, you feet will follow"
(Donegal County Tourism choose the Green Gate to illustrate the promotion of County Donegal)
Donegal County TourismFriday August 13th 1999( Dublin)
DERRY PEOPLE DONEGAL NEWS
"The Green Gate in Ardara is like heaven on earth." In a world where time is money, a Donegal based Frenchman took almost six years to pursue his fascinating dream of converting an old cottage and outbuilding to one of the most idyllic B&Bs in the country.
Harry WalshFriday August 13th 1999 (Ireland)
THE IRISH TIMES
If you are looking for a beautiful landscape that hasn't changed in centuries, then look no further than Donegal. Imagine a traditional cottage with views over the Atlantic and a host who is a charming Frenchman!
Joan ScalesSaturday August 21st 1999 (Dublin)
Take That Break! Donegal County Tourism choose the Green Gate to illustrate the promotion of County Donegal
Donegal County TourismTuesday August 31St1999(Dublin)
"... cet adorable petit cottage entre Loughros Point et l'ile d'Aranmore. Convivial son cottage offre une vue idyllique sur l'Atlantique.
This wonderful little cottage between Loughros Point and Aranmore Island. Convivial his cottage offers an idyllic view over the Atlantic.
Erin Doherty4th October 1999(Paris)
THE SUNDAY TRIBUNE
Paul Chatenoud has made Ardara is home and has made his home a most unusual and interesting B&B. He owned a famous music book-shop on the Ile St Louis in Paris and evidence of his past life lines the shelves around the house.
Deirdre McQuillan31st October 1999 (Dublin)
THE GRIANEN THEATRE
An Grianan Theatre chose the Green Gate to illustrate the programme of the opening season.
Letterkenny (Co. Donegal)12th Nov 1999 (Ireland)
IRISH SUNDAY PEOPLE
As locals will tell you this is a stop-off like no others. There is no wonder he takes in visitors from across the globe because with the hospitality and location combined - and, she keep this to yourselves - this is one of the nation's secret treasures. And one of the real jewels is waking up refreshed with a soul-settling panoramic view from your bedroom stretching from Loughros Bay to Aranmore Island. If you want to sample a night in one of the most amazing rooms you have ever been in - "The Green Gate"...
Jason Johnson5th December 1999 (Dublin)
Now Paul Chatenoud runs a B&B in Donegal… …..There are not many Bed and Breakfast establishments in Ireland where shelves are lined with the complete works of Sigmund Freud and Marcel Proust. County Donegal has the best, the wildest scenery in Ireland.
`From our own Correspondent'
BBC 4 and BBC World ServiceSaturday11th December 1999
11:30 a.m. (London)
The French TV `France 2' chose `The Green Gate' as the location for a film about yarn and wool in Donegal Film Director Thierry Druine
`C'est au programme'Broadcasted on Friday 17th December 1999 (Paris)
"The Green Gate: - Harmonia entre a acçâo do Homem e da Natureza" (Man and nature in harmony)
(Entrepreneurs' Club)No. 26 Nov. 99 Lisboa (Portugal)
GEORGINA CAMPBELL'S GUIDES
Paul Chatenoud's amazing little B&B is a one-off. This little place is magic -just be glad you found it because it may well be `The most beautiful place in Ireland'
IRELAND'S FINEST PLACES TO EAT DRINK & STAYJanuary 2000 (Dublin)
"Tranquilidad, trato familiar y paisajes de gran belleza son las armas turisticas que utiliza Paul Chatenoud."
(Paul Chatenoud offers peace and quiet, family hospitality, and landscapes of great beauty.)
Laura RequejoEnero2000 January 2000 (Spainair Inflight Magazine - Spain)
"The Green Gate has four bedrooms arranged in two outbuildings. They are warm and comfortable, with bathrooms attached. It is possible to lie in bed and look at the sea. Way out there across the waves is New York.
LONDON ~ PARIS~ FRANKFURT- NEW YORKSaturday 15th January 2000, (London)
LE GUIDE DU ROUTARD
Endroit exceptionnel et très convivial, d'où l'on a une vue incroyable sur la région jusqu'à l'Océan. Les chambres spacieuses et decorées avec goût, rivalisent d'originalité. L'une d'elles, surnommée "la chambre nuptiale"est particulièrement recommandée. En effet, du lit la vue est somptueuse. On peut prendre le petit déjeuner à toute heure.
An exceptional and very convivial place, from where you have an incredible view over the ocean. The bedrooms, which are spacious and decorated with taste, rival each other in originality. One of them, called "the bridal bedroom" is particularly recommended (from the bed the view is sumptuous). Breakfast any time.
Dominique GacoinJanuary 2000 (Paris)
GUIDES BLEUS EVASION
Delicieux cottage tenu par un ancien libraire parisien fou de musique et qui sait fair partager cette passion et son amour pour sa région d'adoption.
Delightful cottage run by a music-loving former Parisian bookshop owner, who knows' how to share this passion and his love for his adopted area.
Annie CrouzetFebruary 2000 (Paris)
ZOOM SUR PAUL CHATENOUD, AUBERGISTE EN IRLANDE
....Paul Chatenoud gère aujourd'hui l'un des bed and breakfast les plus originaux du pays....
....Paul Chatenoud today runs one of the most original bed and breakfasts in the country....
(Excerpt from Financial Times)
Marco Schütz2nd February 2000 (Paris)
The Green Gate: If you are looking for an alternative to country houses and village hotels, Frenchman Paul Chatenoud's remote cottage overlooking Ardara, the Atlantic, and spectacular Donegal scenery is one of the most beautiful little guest houses in Ireland.
Geoff HillFebruary 2000 (USA)
"The Green Gate" is located in the most idyllic place in the world, the most north westerly point in Europe There must be few better vantage points from which to take in the magnificent and everchanging Donegal Landscape than occupied by "The Green Gate".
Christopher SherrySpring 2000 (Belfast)
"Discover Donegal 2000"
used the photograph of The Green Gate on the front page of its publication.
Donegal's Premier Tourist PublicationSpring 2000 (Ireland)
The only difference between "The Green Gate" and heaven is that you don't have to die to enjoy the former.
Geoff Hill (Travel Editor)Thursday March 23, 2000 (Belfast)
IRELAND ON SUNDAY
Paul Chatenoud, a Frenchman who has become more Irish than the Irish, in some ways, lives on top of a hilly wilderness which offers a wonderful view of the surrounding countryside and the beautiful Loughros Beg Bay. He converted the outhouses into four en suite units and called the place An Geata Glas (The Green Gate).
Tom Mooney (Editor-in-Chief)April 9, 2000 (Dublin)
The beauty of Donegal knows no limits and the cliff face at the Slieve League mountains is as spectacular and unique a sight as you will ever encounter. Paul Chatenoud runs The Green Gate all on his own, so if ever you want to get away from it all - and I mean well away - then give him a shout.
Eddie Coffey Editor-in-ChiefApril 7, 2000 (Ireland)
Potrebujete vypnout. Uplne. Pronajmete si tede pokoj v The Green Gate.
(We find you an old tradtitional cottage "The Green Gate".)
Helena-Katerina Fialova (Editor-in-Chief)Duben 2000, April 2000 (Prague, Czech Republic)
THE MUNSTER EXPRESS
If you ever fancy something totally different then why not check out a French owned B & B in the hills of Donegal, and immerse yourself in rural Ireland with a continental flavour.
Kieran Walsh( Editor-in-Chief )Friday 19th May 2000 (Ireland)
"An Geata Glas" is the only B & B recommended in the area.
Brendan LehaneMay 2000 (London)
CHARMING SMALL HOTEL GUIDES
This little place, a tiny farmhouse with stone outbuildings, is bursting with charm. Paul Chatenoud has created what must be the most beautiful small B & B in Ireland.
Jenny ReesJune 2000 (London)
THE IRISH BED AND BREAKFAST BOOK
Unique cottage off the beaten path. Delightful French host who charms the guests with a wonderful ambience.
Frank SullivanJune 2000 (USA)
One of Ardara's greatest treasures is The Green Gate guest house, which marries rustic Irish charm with the vestiges of the former life and attitude of its French owner, the fascinating Paul Chatenoud.
Lesley WalshJune 2000 (Belfast)
LE QUOTIDIEN DU MEDECIN
Une figure désormais local très appréciée, vous offre le B & B dans son ravissant cottage de Green Gate.
(Paul Chatenoud, a character now very Irish and much appreciated, welcomes you to his lovely cottage, "The Green Gate".)
Martine FreneuilJeudi 22 Juin 2000 (Paris)
Radio France "Appel d'Air" : le Donegal. Invité: Paul Chatenoud
Paul Chatenoud: Il y a quelque chose d'un ordre magique, spirituel, qui est indéfinissable mais que je ressens moi-même et c'est une des raisons pour lesquelles je me sens chez moi. Le Donegal en Gaélique ça veut dire "le fort des étrangers" - et c'est ce que je leur dis: en tant qu'étranger je suis ici chez moi.
Marie Hélène Fraïssé: Et il s'est senti tellement chez lui, Paul Chatenoud, qu'il a décidé de rester dans le Donegal, il y a de ça plus de 15 ans. Et c'est ainsi que le charme de l'Irlande a opéré sur lui, comme il l'avait fait en son temps sur d'autres écrivains, on a le souvenir de Bernard Clavel, Michel Déon, Hervé Jaouen qui a d'ailleurs écrit de belles chroniques sur le Donegal. Alors le Donegal quand on le découvre on a l'impression que c'est une quintessence d'Irlande.
Marie Hélène Fraissé: Paul Chatenoud, on peut séjourner chez lui et je peux vous dire que c'est vraiment un grand moment du voyagé en Irlande - il a un petit Bed & Breakfast, parce qu'il faut survivre quand on aime l'Irlande, il faut pouvoir se financer; alors c'est un B & B qui est a Ardara, ça s'appelle "The Green Gate", et vous pouvez le contacter, Paul Chatenoud, au 353-75-41546.
Il est 20h 30 sur France Culture.
Paul Chatenoud: There is something magic, spiritual, which is indefinable, but that I feel myself And it is one of the reasons I feel at home here - Donegal in Gaelic means "the fort of the foreigners" - and it is what I tell them: as a foreigner, I feel at home.
Marie Hélène Fraissé: And he feels so much at home, Paul Chatenoud, that he decided to stay in Donegal 15 years ago. And thus the charm of Ireland operated on him as it did at the time of other writers - we remember Bernard Clavel, Michel Deon, Hervé Jaouen - who wrote beautiful stories about Donegal. So, Donegal, when we discover it, seems to be the quintessence of Ireland. (- ) You can stay at Paul Chatenoud's, and I can tell you that it is truly the highlight of a visit to Ireland - he has a small Bed & Breakfast, because to survive when one loves Ireland, one must be able to make a living. So , the B & B is in Ardara, and it is called "The Green Gate"; you can contact Paul Chatenoud on +353-74-95-41546.
It's 8.30pm on France Culture.
Marie Hélène FraïsséFriday June 30th 2000
7.30pm - 8.30pm
Venu sur un coup de coeur, Paul Chatenoud, un Parisien devenu fou d'Irlande au point d'avoir tout sacrifié pour s'installer dans ce coin de Donegal où l'on sait encore accueillir l'étranger comme un ami. Dans son cottage, sur les hauteurs d'Ardara, il reçoit ses hôtes à la manière locale, autour d'une table, près d'une vaste bibliothèque et d'un feu de tourbe. Il peut être difficile d'abandonner ce lieu chaleureux pour s'élancer en direction de Glengesh Pass.
The Green Gate est un cottage à l'Irlandaise, en plusieurs petits bâtiments autonomes. Le panorama s'étend jusqu'à la plage blanche du fjord de Loughros Mor Bay. La table d'hôte sert un petit déjeuner plantureux, agrémenté de merveilleuses confitures locales - Paul Chatenoud vous reçoit et vous raconte l'histoire de ce coin préservé du temps et de ses outrages. Arriving here due to a "coup de coeur", Paul Chatenoud is a Parisian who became so enamoured of Ireland that he sacrificed everything to settle down in Donegal, where people still know how to welcome a foreigner as a friend. In his cottage, on the heights above Ardara, he welcomes his guests in the local way, around a table, near an extensive private library and a turf fire. It could be difficult to leave this warm place. "The Green Gate " is a traditional Irish cottage with several outbuildings. The panorama stretches as far as Loughros Bay. The breakfast is very rich, with wonderful home-made jams. Paul Chatenoud welcomes you and will tell you the story of this area, untouched by the ravages of time.
Alain Dister20th July 2000 (Paris)
Aer Arann chose "The Green Gate" to promote Donegal Airport in its inflight magazine.
HOMES AND ANTIQUES
Paul Chatenoud has created one of the most enchanting B & Bs I've ever stayed at. Spartan but snug, the now-restored thatched and slate-roofed dwellings totally capture the spirit of the place. The scent of the turf fire stirs memories.
Anne Gregg (Travel Editor)August 2000 (London)
Nell'Irlanda selvaggia, un tradizionale cottage per un b&b molto speciale, probabilmente il migliore dell'isola.
In wild Ireland, a traditional cottage for a very special Bed and Breakfast, probably the best in Ireland.
Rosalba GragliaAgosto 2000 (Italy)
BBC Radio Ulster
John O'Neill: This place is not at all like many other B & Bs. What you have taken here was an old Irish style farm; it is no longer a farm but you have given it a completely new lease of life. You kept everything very simple and yet obviously in an artistic spirit.
Interview with Paul Chatenoud
by John O'NeillFriday 4th August 2000
18.30h - 19.00h
Dimanche matin : tout le monde est à la messe, ou presque. L'immense plage est déserte. Dans l'aprèsmidi, je rends visite à Paul Chatenoud, naguère libraire parisien, qui dorlote les clients de son Bed and Breakfast, aménagé dans son cottage qui surplombe la vallée. Cyrille m'avait parlé de Paul, en qui j'avais reconnu le personnage central d'une émission radio de la BBC que j'avais écoutée il y a quelques mois, et qui m'avait tellement plu que j'en avais tiré un texte à usage pédagogique. C'est bien lui, pas de doute. Il me reçoit avec hospitalité, et me dit son attachement à cette terre du Donegal.
Guy ColombatVoyage en Irlande (France)
LOS ANGELES TIMES
We were lucky to find a stone cottage at The Green Gate, a B&B perched on a hill above Ardara. The windows are positioned so that guests reclining in bed or the bathtub can gaze out Loughos More Bay and, beyond that, the Atlantic Ocean.
Mike Mc IntyreSunday August 20, 2000 (USA)
"The Green Gate" is a beautifully situated hilltop B & B with a thatched roof cottage and an exceptional
view towards the open Atlantic. The property is nothing short of breathtaking.
Mark Meagher2000 (USA)
We have fallen in love ourselves, with both "The Green Gate" and Donegal. The school bench overlooking
the ocean is still there for all of us, who dream about life but need time to learn how to live it.
Mats Wigardt (Editor in Chief)Oct/Nov/Dec 2000 (Sweden)
THE IRISH POST
Swapping Paris for Ardara "The Green Gate" has been hailed as "the most beautiful B & B in Ireland" and has received glowing reviews in the Los Angeles Times and Elle magazine.
John CrowleySaturday, October 21st, 2000 (London)
THE MAIL ON SUNDAY
We enter the warm, peat-and-Gauloises-scented calm of his whitewashed cottage. Copper pots and brass lamps gleam. An old griddle hangs from the chimney breast. Lines from my favourite Irish poem, Padraic Colum's Old Woman of the Road, come to mind. `O for a little house, a house of my own, out of the wind's and the rain's way.
Anne GreggSunday, October 29th, 2000 (London)
The charm and the cosmopolitan salon that comes together by the peat fire is something unique. The world meets at this particular doorstep. America, France, Ireland, Germany and England were all represented over our first Franco-Irish fry-up, and an Italian and his mistress checked in as the Americans checked out. Most had come to Donegal because they'd heard of Chatenoud, but there are plenty of other reasons for being here.
Andrew EamesMonday, October 30th, 2000 (London)
Ardara is the sort of place you go to unwind, reflect, plan, think about a new career, get engaged, salvage your marriage, restore your health, enjoy the craic - it doesn't matter, it's the sort of place you go to `get away from it all'. Paul Chatenoud's B & B, The Green Gate, is the capital of that `sort of place'. A unique individual running a unique B & B in a unique part of the country. "I'll be back."
(Editor-in-chief)Saturday, 4th November 2000 (Ireland)
.........Au sommet de la colline, panorama à couper le souffle et trois petits cottages perdus sur la lande. Chambres sous le chaume, baignoires sous les lambris, lumières tamisées, feu de tourbe: mélange d'austère simplicité et de bonne humeur.
…….From the top of the hill, the panorama is breathtaking and three little cottages are lost in the land. Bedrooms under thatched roofs, bath under wooden ceilings, softened lights, turf fire - a mixture of simplicity and good humour.
Christine LegrandJanuary 2001 (France)
Simply one of the most idyllic places to stay in Ireland but `The Green Gate' offers more than just spectacular views of Donegal - you will find Corsican lampshades, a library complete with the works of Freud and Proust, hand-painted records of French opera, and breakfasts, with home-made jams served in his own kitchen at any time of the day. You may end up staying a week.
Ian T. McClureJanuary 2001 (USA)
SPECIAL PLACE TO STAY IN IRELAND
…….Paul bought a cottage just outside the tweed town of Ardara, converting the thatched cowsheds into comfortable, stylish guestrooms; delicate touches include lampshades made from mother-of-pearl shells that his teenage son Edouard dived for off Corsica. His amazing life story unfolded during a lamb chop supper cooked over a turf fire as French opera music played in the background. The book remains unpublished but Irish B&B is richer for it. Go with an open mind.
Alastair SawdayFebruary 2001
HÔTELS ET MAISONS D'HÔTES DE CHARME EN IRLANDE
....La chambre nuptiale a, depuis le lit et la baignoire, une vue panoramique étonnante... .Au bout du terre-plain, installé au bureau d'écolier ou accoudé à la "table qui pousse", vous aurez du mal à quitter cette communion qui se crée avec la nature.
....From the bed or the bathtub, the honeymoon en-suite has an amazing panoramic view ... At the end of the garden, whether on the school bench or at the "growing table ", you will find it difficult to leave this feeling of communion with nature.
Marie GastautFebruary 2001 (Paris)
100 BEST PLACES TO STAY IN IRELAND 2001 BRIDGESTONE
If you seek an ascetic aesthetic, the steep climb up to the Green Gate may give your soul some space to breathe and your consciousness a chance to recover from the stresses of city life. The combination of tactile nature (you are hunkered up beside the hill, with panoramic views opening up away to the sea) and the ruddy elementalism of the cottage is just right - if you have an eye for a precise aesthetic, then it's here. In summer, breakfast is taken at the stone table in the garden, with Christopher the tame robin dancing attendance on the seat beside you, and a high morning moon gazing down from a cerulean sky. Bliss.
John McKennaApril 2001 (Cork)
"The Green Gate", avec ses murs blanchis à la chaux, ses toits de chaume et d'ardoise, c'est sûrement le bed and breakfast le plus formidable qui soit, avec ses trois chambres toutes simples et sa suite nuptiale! Ici le temps ne compte plus, au petit déjeuner (irlandais, donc copieux) les discussions autour de l'âtre peuvent durer des heures.
"The Green Gate" with its whitewashed walls, thatched and slated roofs, is for sure the most fantastic B&B you could find, with its three very simple bedrooms plus the honeymoon ensuite! Here time has no meaning - at breakfast (Irish, that means plenty) taken around the open fire, the chat could last for hours.
Caroline de Hugo13 April 2001 (Paris)
Hidden Gems (...) but perhaps the most enchanting things about this area are the idyllic cottages of "The Green Gate", and their charming French owner Paul Chatenoud (...)
Anne SmithMay/June 2001 (Dublin)
Un B&B d'alta classe nel Donegal
(...) Tale B&B ha un'immagine magica, ben posizionata all'intemo della regione del l'Ardara, dove l'oceano si infrange sulla scogliera (...)
(...) This B&B is a magical place, well situated near Ardara, where the ocean breaks on the rocky coast (...)
Lamberto RuffiniDomenica 13 Maggio 2001 (Varese) (Italy)
GAZETTA DI PARMA
DONEGAL, S OGLIA DELL' INFINITO
Un Bed & Breakfast molto ricercato, the ogni guida racconta come il più affascinante e originale d'Irlanda. Fuori ha l'aria di una tipica casa dalla semplicità "Irish". Dentro è accogliente, di rustica eleganza. E già ti senti altrove, accolto in un Olimpo. Martedi 29 Maggio 2001
DONEGAL, THRESHOLD OF THE INFINITE A much sought-after Bed and Breakfast, one that all the guidebooks describe as the most seductive and original in Ireland. From the outside it looks like a typical and simple Irish cottage. Inside it is welcoming, with rustic elegance. You feel you are somewhere else, received into Olympus.
Silvia UgolottiTuesday 29th May 2001 (ITALY)
THE IRISH TIMES
Soon we saw a sign for "The Green Gate" and then another and then the gate which was green. Into a boreen under masses of fuchsia and up into light and a car park. Peter, James. and John probably felt the same on Mount Tabor. Early evening sun was doing what it does best in Donegal and was painting mist and light over water and rock. Magical is trite, but you get the idea.
Tom FinniganThursday 5th July 2001 (IRELAND)
A TOUCH OF FRANCE IN DONEGAL (...) This enchanting B & B captivates visitors with an extraordinary mixture of culture, charm and Countryside.
Eleisha Elvy(July) Winter 2001 (Austratlia)
ELLE INDIRIZZI SEGRETI
Luoghi davvero speciali scoperti da "ELLE" in giro per il mondo
In un' incantevole contrada irlandese, il Donegal, tuffata nell' Atlantico, angolo nordoccidentale dell' isola, c'è un B & B unico: "The Green Gate".
ELLE SECRET ADDRESS
Places actually specially discovered by ELLE around the world
In an enchanting area in the north west corner of Ireland, there is a special B & B: "The Green Gate"
Elisabetta Muritti (Deputy Editor)July 2001 (ITALY)
IRLANDE: UN COTTAGE DE RÊVE ENTRE LANDE ET OCÉAN
(...) On peut arrêter de rêver. Ce cottage à l'irlandaise au nom de "Green Gate" n'est pas imaginaire. Il est l'oeuvre de Paul Chatenoud, un Français amoureux d'Irlande, de littérature et de musique...
IRELAND: A DREAM COTTAGE BETWEEN LAND AND OCEAN
(... ) You can stop dreaming. This cottage called "The Green Gate" is not in your imagination - it is the work of Paul Chatenoud, a Frenchman who loves Ireland, literature and music.
Pierrick Eberhard (Rédacteur en Chef)Vendredi 6 Juillet 2001, Lyon (France)
LA DEPECHE DU MIDI
Le Donegal est l'une des régions des plus sauvages - et des plus belles - de la planète. Créateur de la première librairie musicale à Paris, Paul Chatenoud s'y est installé il y a six ans. Avec une vue imprenable sur un Atlantique fougueux. Dans son cottage, "The Green Gate", cet esthète propose quatre chambres dans une ambiance lyrique.
Donegal is one of the wildest and most beautiful areas of the planet. After creating the first bookshop about music in Paris, Paul Chatenoud settled down here with an incredible view over the Atlantic. In his cottage "The Green Gate", this aesthete offers you fou r bedrooms... in a lyrical ambience.
Jean-Marc Le ScouarnecVendredi 6 Juillet 2001, Toulouse (France)
UN BED & BREAKFAST ALLA FINE DEL MONDO
(...) Paul Chatenoud ha creato il B&B più insolito e affascinante d'Irlanda. (...) A rendere unico "The Green Gate" è l'atmosfera che Paul ha saputo creare.
A BED & BREAKFAST AT THE END OF THE WORLD
(...) Paul Chatenoud has created the most unusual and fascinating B&B in Ireland. (...) what makes "The Green Gate" unique is the atmosphere that Paul knows how to create.
Silvana RizziJuly 2001 Milano (ITALY)
VISITORS JOURNAL 2001
FRENCH FLAIR IN ARDARA A visit to Ardara is not complete without a visit to "the Green Gate". Here rustic charm fuses with the vestiges of the former life and attitude of its French owner, Paul Chatenoud.
Bill Penton (Managing Editor)Summer 2001 (Belfast)
Tout le plaisir d'aller dans le Donegal, c'est parce qu'on est vraiment dans l'Irlande authentique où il y a très peu de touristes. Donc si on va dans le Donegal, il faut d'abord aller chez Paul Chatenoud, parce que on vous parlera Français, et puis vous serez magnifiquement reçu. All of the pleasure of going to Donegal lies in the fact that it truly is the authentic Ireland where there are very few tourists. So if you go to Donegal, you must go first to Paul Chatenoud 's, firstly because French is spoken and then because you will receiv e a magnificent welcome.
Interview with Paul Chatenoud by Arnaud MonnierDimanche 12 Août 2001 11h - 13h(PARIS)
THE SUNDAY TIMES
THE GREATEST LITTLE B&B IN IRELAND The Green Gate is not just a bed for the night. It is simply one of the things you must do in Ireland, like kissing the Blarney Stone, or climbing Croagh Patrick. And, of course, what makes it so special is Paul Chatenoud himself, with his books and his classical music recordings, a one-man band who makes the beds and serves huge Irish fry-ups in his own cosy kitchen between witty and wonderful bouts of storytelling.
Brian JackmanAugust 26, 2001 (LONDON)
IRELAND'S GREATEST B&B Dublin might be Ireland's capital, but Donegal is "the guardian of its soul", says Brian Jackman in The Sunday Times. Although this is Ireland's "wild west", there are "oases of comfort". The Green Gate, outside Ardara, is Ireland's "greatest B&B".
Caroline Law (Deputy Editor)Saturday 8th September 2001 (LONDON)
IRLANDE : AU VERT DANS UN COTTAGE Dans cette délicieuse maison campée sur une falaise verdoyante, il a aménagé quatre chambres d'hôte avec vue imprenable sur l'Atlantique. In this gorgeous house, stuck on the side of a hill, he restored four bedrooms with a view over the Atlantic.
Muriel PicardSeptembre 2001 (PARIS)
Geoff Hill (writer) interviewed by Margaret Henderson:
M. H.: What was your most underrated destination?
G.H.: I'm not telling! (after a bit of persuasion) Oh, alright then, it's a little guesthouse in Ardara, Donegal, called "The Green Gate" . It's run by a French writer called Paul Chatenoud and it's the best kept secret in Southern Ireland, a great place to visit and only an hour and a half from Belfast.
M. H.: Quelle est votre destination la plus sous-estimée?
G.H.: Je ne vous dirai pas! (Après un peu de persuasion) Bon d'accord - c'est une petite guesthouse près d'Ardara dans le Donegal, appelée "The Green Gate "; elle est tenue par un écrivain Français, Paul Chatenoud, et c'est le secret le mieux gardé de la République d'Irlande. C'est un endroit formidable juste à une heure et demie de Belfast.
Margaret Henderson (Editor)Summer 2001Belfast
LA VOIX DU NORD
(...) ce cottage, dont il a fait un des plus beaux Bed & Breakfast d'Irlande (...) This cottage, which he has made into one of the most beautiful B&Bs in Ireland...
Hubert Feret13 Septembre 2001 Lille (FRANCE)
HARPERS & QUEEN
Take in the panoramic views of the coast, either walking, riding or cycling; savour breakfast at "The Green Gate", an enchanting B&B run by a charming Franco-Irishman.
Catherine FairweatherOctober 2001
(...)"The Green Gate", un des B&B les plus originaux d'Irlande. Rarement un homme et un lieu ont eu, a ce point, destin lié L'homme, c'est Paul Chatenoud, "l'hôte", au sens absolu du terme. Ce lieu il l'a construit, et façonné à son image et aujourd'hui il l'habite et l'anime à son goût. (...)
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(...) "The Green Gate ", one of the most original B&Bs in Ireland. Rarely have a man and a place had a intimate - the man is Paul Chatenoud, "the host", in the absolute sense of the word. He built and shaped the place and today he lives here and his spirit breathes through his work.
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Jean-Pierre Langellier (rédacteur en chef adjoint)Jeudi 11 Octobre 2001, Paris
The Traveller's Guide BRIDGESTONE
The Green Gate represents the true spirit of Donegal, and is a vital discovery. Certainly, breakfast in the garden on a fine summer morning eating Filligan's jams on your toast is hard to beat. Off-beat and off-centre, and thanks for that.
John and Sally McKennaAutumn 2001, Cork (Ireland)
It's been much too long since we've been to The Green Gate. Paul Chatenoud is the Frenchman who runs the best little guesthouse in Ireland on the hills above the sea at Ardara.
Geoff Hill (Travel Editor)Thursday, November 1, 2001(BELFAST)
Condé Nast Traveller
If you want to go on a romantic holiday in Ireland, somewhere where you can find peace on a deserted beach, drive round, stay in a stylish hotel or B&B, and see no-one else, I would choose one county and it would be Donegal, which has the most stunning coastline and is often overlooked by British tourists. For a very comfortable B&B, try the four-room Green Gate at Ardara.
Nick TrendDecember 2001 (LONDON)
THE IRISH TIMES
A wonderful place to stay is Paul Chatenoud's B&B - "The Green Gate" - at the end of a boreen on the hills above Ardara, west Donegal. Paul Chatenoud once ran a bookshop in Paris, so this has been a complete career change for him creating a place to stay that's the ultimate in laid-back holiday loving. It's the most beautiful place anywhere in Ireland.
Hugh OramSaturday 8th December 2001 (Dublin)
Falaises vertigineuses, cotes déchiquetées, plages de sable fin, landes désertiques, le Donegal est une des régions les plus sauvages au nord-ouest de l'Irlande. C'est là que Paul Chatenoud a décidé de s'installer il y a une dizaine d'années pour y restaurer une ferme et en faire un des Bed & Breakfast les plus célèbres du pays, The Green Gate. (Plus 9 pages of color photography)
Vertiginous cliffs, a rugged coast, white sandy beaches, deserted land - Donegal is one of the wildest areas of the North West of Ireland. It is there that Paul Chatenoud, a Frenchman, adopted by the Irish, decided to settle down 10 years ago, restoring an old farmhouse and running one of the most famous bed and breakfasts in Ireland: "The Green Gate ".
Françoise Duhamel (Rédactrice en Chef)Déc- Janvier 2002 (PARIS)
THE DAILY TELEGRAPH MAGAZINE
Napoleon never came to Ireland. There's 101 songs about it, all full of regret. Paul Chatenoud did. He came and, in his own quirky fashion, he conquered. (...) If you are after solitude, rambling, or fine chat with your trousers rolled up at the fire, then Chatenoud is your man.
Napoléon n'est jamais venu en irlande. (Il y a 101 chansons irlandaises à son sujet, toutes pleines de regret.) Paul Chatenoud, si. Il vint. Et avec son inimitable humour, à sa façon, it conquit. Si vous recherchez la solitude, les ballades dans les collines ou une subtile discussion avec les pantalons retroussés devant un feu de tourbe, alors Paul Chatenoud est votre homme.
John Brown05 January 2002 (LONDON)
(...) Sample these delights at your peril, though one night in this Epicurean sanctuary could easily become many.
Michael O'ByrneJanuary 2002 (USA)
(...) "The Green Gate", one of Donegal's most famous B&Bs, is famed for offering food for body and soul, blended together during lingering breakfasts in the peat-fired kitchen. "The Green Gate ", un des plus célèbres B&B du Donegal, réputé pour offrir une nourriture pour le corps et pour l'esprit, pendant les longs breakfasts devant le feu de tourbe.
Catherine McGinn(IRISH AIRLINE) February 2002
THE IRISH TIMES MAGAZINE
(...) At the end of a lane winding up the hills above Ardara, with views along the rugged coastline, Paul Chatenoud now runs one of Ireland's most acclaimed B&Bs.
Emma TurnbullSaturday February 23, 2002 (DUBLIN)
DARINGLY DIFFERENT - DONEGAL'S HIDDEN TREASURE If you're in the mood for some rustic magic, then you simply must visit Paul Chatenoud at his delightful B&B, "The Green Gate" (...) A legend in his own lifetime, this charming raconteur is known the world over, with visitors vying to share a little piece of his `garden of Eden'.
Diane Wray (editor)March 2002, Belfast
TRIPS OUT OF DUBLIN - COUNTY DONEGAL "The Green Gate" at Ardvally, near Ardara, has a flamboyant French owner, stupendous views and 15 types of home-made jam and marmalade to try at breakfast.
Michael O'HanlonMarch 2002 (LONDON)
(...) one of the very best B&Bs in Donegal is "The Green Gate" which is run by a Frenchman, Paul Chatenoud, who gave up running a music bookshop on the Île St. Louis in Paris to come to Ireland. He took over this derelict cottage at the end of a boreen in the hills above Ardara and turned it into a really magnificent B&B, with five rooms for guests. The cooking is superb, including Paul's breakfasts, and not for nothing Do many international guests call it "the greatest little B&B in Ireland".
Hugh OramSpring 2002 (DUBLIN)
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The Green Gate Ardara, Co. Donegal ($36)
The simple life is perfect at "The Green Gate" in Donegal. Its French owner, Paul Chatenoud, arrived in 1990 to
write a book. He never left. Now Chatenoud runs the Irish auberge with thatched roof cottage, in a dramatically
Liz WalshApril 2002 (NEW YORK)
IL VIAGGIO PER CONOSCERE LA LETTERATURA
(...) Per rendere la vacanza indimenticabile, si può soggiornare a 'The Green Gate' (00 353 7495 41546), un B&B nell' Ardar a, dove Paul Chatenoud ha transferito la sua libreria musicale Parigina e accoglie gli ospiti con calore e conversazioni colte. (€30).
A LITERARY JOURNEY (...) If you want unforgettable holidays, you can stay at `The Green Gate' (00 353 7495 41546), a B&B near Ardara, which Paul Chatenoud has filled with books from his Parisian music bookshop, and where he welcomes his visitors with warmth and cultivated conversation. (€30).
Susanna Lavazza (editor)Marzo 2002, Milano (Italy)
"The Green Gate" has had praise and compliments from all over the world by journalists and reporters. It is located on the hilltop with a winding road up to it and has a fantastic view of the sea. Paul Chatenoud converted an old cottage into a wonderfully restored B&B residence.
Rose Paget7 March 2002, Dublin
"The Green Gate", run by convivial Frenchman Paul Chatenoud, this fabulous rustic B&B consists of three traditional cottages with all modern conveniences, and has great all-day breakfasts, an extensive library and sweeping views down to the bay.
Steve FallonApril 2002, Victoria (AUSTRALIA)
It was to be a weekend of revelations. My husband and I have been visiting the county for years but never have we encountered such a hidden gem. Billed as Ireland's greatest B&B, "The Green Gate" in Donegal is a `little piece of Eden'.
Diane Wray (Editor in Chief)Spring 2002, Belfast
"Every so often we all need to take time out from our daily routine. A weekend at "The Green Gate" can rejuvenate and invigorate far more than any amount of vitamin C. If you can live without glamour, you can get a rare treat to rural Ireland staying at "The Green Gate". Paul Chatenoud is part of what makes "The Green Gate" so special.
Andrea GissdalMay 2002, Belfast
There is something powerfully elemental to be savored in "The Green Gate".
John & Sally McKenna100 Best Places to Stay Spring 2002, Cork
Some of the most spectacular views of Donegal imaginable, and your head as near to heaven you are likely to want it to be this side of the grave, is what you get when you stay in "the Green Gate". This B&B is unlike anything you will ever have experienced anywhere in the world.
Alice Sheridan (Editor in Chief)Stena Line Summer 2002, Dublin
QUALITY IS THE ANSWER
The Fleet Inn in Killybegs and "The Green Gate" B&B in Ardara have been included in the new `2002 Bridgestone 100 Best Restaurants in Ireland'. An entry in the guide is seen as a major plus for the restaurants and accommodation providers listed.
Liam HylandMay 22nd 2002, Dublin
THE SUNDAY TIMES
What makes Donegal's B&Bs and hotels memorable, apart from their gorgeous locations, is the informal hospitality. Nowhere is this better exemplified than at "The Green Gate", Paul Chatenoud's eccentric B&B on top of a hill outside Ardara (...)
Sean NewsomMay 26th 2002, London
BRIDGESTONE GUIDE HITS DONEGAL
"The Green Gate" in Ardara is included in the Bridgestone 100 Best Places To Stay in Ireland, which has just been launched in the Cooley Peninsula, Co. Louth (...)
Connie DuffyMay 30th 2002 (IRELAND)
Uno dei bed and breakfast più originali dell'isola. Un cottage rustico e molto accogliente su una collina ventosa e molto romantica. One of the most original B&Bs in Ireland. A rustic cottage - very welcoming on a windy and very romantic hill.
Ornella d'Alessio11 April 2002 Milano (ITALY)
Frenchman Paul Chatenoud, renowned for putting the small Donegal town of Ardara on the map by attracting visitors from America, China and Italy among others, to his hilltop B&B overlooking the Atlantic. Omnipotent he isn't, but if the guestbook is to be believed, he has done his fair share of saving souls and even marriages, in what he romantically refers to as his "little piece of Eden"
Catherine McGinnSummer 2002
The Green Gate, a hilltop guesthouse located at Ardvally, a couple of miles from Ardara, which attracts visitors from all over the world.
Harry WalshFriday June 14, 2002 (IRELAND)
THE SUNDAY TIMES
THE WORLD'S MOST SECLUDED DESTINATION Sean Newsom finds 30 trips that are far from the crowds but close to holiday perfection. Donegal is best explored by basing yourself at The Green Gate, which sits at the top of its own hill outside Ardara.
Sean NewsomJune 23, 2002 (LONDON)
THE IRISH TATLER
Paul Chatenoud opened The Green Gate, a haven for travelling poets, weekenders and dreamers everywhere.
Ciara Elliott (Deputy Editor)July 2002 (DUBLIN)
PAUL CHATENOUD: SYMPHONIE IRLANDAISE. Tombé amoureux d'une chaumière du Donegal, "far west" irlandais sauvage et isolé, ce mélomane excentrique a reconverti son havre en un "bed and breakfast" magique.
Pierrick Eberhard (Rédacteur en Chef)Mercredi 14 Août, 2002 (LYON)
WILLIAM JEFFERSON CLINTON
Dear Paul, (...) It sounds like Saul had a wonderful time at The Green Gate, and I am sorry I was unable to visit there when I was in Belfast in 2000 (...) As you know, Ireland has always held a special place in my heart, and I look forward to returning. (...)
August 7, 2002 (NEW YORK)
THE DAILY TELEGRAPH
It took him several years to convert the old buildings, fixing them up from scratch and filling them with objets and petits trucs collected from hither and yon. The Green Gate, full of classical music on French discs and in French books, with Paul's venerable Citroen DS lounging like a beached shark in the driveway, adds a pungent soupçon of garlic to the very Irish stew of village life, humorous talk, belting traditional music and breathtaking scenery.
Christopher SomervilleSaturday August 24, 2002 (LONDON)
Sweet Home County Donegal These days, Ireland seems like the place to be. Gorgeous shots of green hillsides were flashed across ours screens when Sir Paul McCartney married model Heather Mills in one of its fabulous castles. If it's picture-perfect beauty you're after, visit the Green Gate in County Donegal. The charming auberge is owned by Paul Chatenoud, a Frenchman who came to the Irish countryside to write a book. Instead he bought a cottage and transformed it into the perfect spot for a romantic getaway.
Niki Muller-Gass (Style Editor)September 2002 (CANADA)
In a traditional cottage, Paul Chatenoud charms visitors into a sense of what life must have been like in Donegal a century ago.
Amy CorzineAugust 2002 (LONDON)
Cel mai bun B&B (bed and breakfast) din Irlanda, "The Green Gate "...Este un colt de paradis, uluitor prin simplitate, originalitate si bun gust. Daca bogatija s-ar masura in numarul do iepuri care topaie gradina, prin fata usii si in jurul mesei - doar Bill Gates si-ar perm ite sa stea aici.
To see life with different eyes all you have to do is take a ride to Ireland, to the Irish B&B, The Green Gate, a real corner of paradise, a unique combination of simplicity, originality and good taste. If wealth is measured by the number of rabbits running in the yard, only Bill Gates could afford to check in.
Roxana Voloseniuc (Editor-in-Chief)Septembre 2002 (Bucarest, ROMANIA)
Sunset on this height above Ardara, facing directly into the western sea with islands and mountains to the north and south, is an experience couples remember forever. That's why they've come back; so much of the Green Gate operation is return business that Paul Chatenoud's confidence in the quality and loyalty of his guests is completely justified. The things that make Paul Chatenoud and the Green Gate different are obviously to do with being French, being philosophical, being serenely settled in his ways. The little stream cascading beyond the lawn, the sitting-room thick with books, all offer that over-riding invitation - be open to what happens at The Green Gate.
Mary LelandSaturday, 14th September 2002 (IRELAND)
Une des maisons d'hôtes les plus cotées au monde! It faut dire que l'homme est fort attachant et que son cottage est des plus adorables, terriblement authentique, situé dans un environnement à couper le souffle. Le propriétaire, Paul Chatenoud, est un Français qui nous accueille avec une rare sympathie.
One of the most highly sought-after guesthouses in the world. We have to say that the man is very attractive and that his cottage is one of the most lovable. Extremely authentic, it is situated in a breathtaking spot. The owner, Paul Chatenoud, is a Frenchman who welcomes us with a rare empathy.
Catherine TaralonSeptembre/Octobre 2002 (PARIS)
Green Gate polozony okolo 265km na polnocny zachod od stolicy oferuje wspanialy widok na ocean, dobre jedzenie i swiety spokoj. Z wlascicielem mozna wybrac sie na ryby, porozmawiac o filozofii lub posluchac Chopina.
"The Green Gate" is situated 265km north west of Dublin and offers you a superb view over the ocean, good cooking and holy peace ... you can go fishing, talk philosophy with the owner or listen to Chopin.
Marzena Wilkanowicz-Devoud (Editor-in-Chief)September 2002 (Varsovie, POLAND)
(...) perdu entre les collines d'Ardara, le cottage de Paul Chatenoud est une halte au charme authentique sur les chemins accidentés du Donegal, avec ses chambres rustiques et accueillantes, confortablement blotties sous le toit de chaume.
(...) lost in the hills of Ardara, Paul Chatenoud's cottage is a stop-over with authentic charm on the winding lanes of Donegal, with its rustic charm and welcoming bedrooms, snuggled down beneath a thatched roof.
Catherine TaralonNovember 2002 (BRUXELLES)
PROVIDENCE SUNDAY JOURNAL
IN DONEGAL, COUNTRY LODGING WITH SCENERY AND A SMILE, FRENCH PHILOSOPHER WELCOMES THE WORLD TO HIS DOOR
An impish French philosopher is providing adventurous travelers the ultimate Irish lodging experience in the coastal mountains of southwest County Donegal (...) The Multitude of places which can be experienced within an hour's drive creates an impression that Chatenoud is at the centre of a magical world.
Brian KinalSunday, 24th November 2002, (RHODE ISLAND, USA)
De lerse cottage van Paul Chatenoud ligt verloren tussen de heuvels van Ardara. Een halte met authentieke charme op de kronkelige wegen van Donegal. De uit Frankrijk afkomstige eigenaar richtte enkele eenvoudige en gezellige gastenkamers in, die zich comfortabel onder het rieten dak nestelen.
Marc BroussardNovember 2002 (NETHERLANDS)
GEORGINA CAMPBELL'S - JAMESON GUIDE
If the morning is fine, he may serve breakfast in the garden while he regales you with stories of famous people who have fallen in love with `The Green Gate'. Paul Chatenoud's amazing little B&B is a one-off. This little place is magic - just be glad you found it because it may well be "the most beautiful place in Ireland".
Georgina CampbellJanuary 2003, Dublin
OUR TOP 10 MOST ROMANTIC HOTELS IN THE WORLD
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5. Al Maha Desert Resort, Dubai
6. Olonana Camp, Kenya
7. The Green Gate, Donegal, Ireland. The Green Gate is an unexpected joy in the wilds of Donegal. It seems you've landed in paradise. In the evening there's nowhere better to be than at Green Gate, in the still and quiet with stars overhead, the Atlantic below.
8. Blue Haven, Tobago
9. Mena House Hotel, Cairo
10. Charlotte Inn, Martha's Vineyard
Jo FoleyFebruary/March 2003 (LONDON)
EYEWITNESS TRAVEL GUIDES
This highly original bed and breakfast can be found at the end of a steep, winding lane. The accommodation is spread over three cottages and the place is run in unique style by Paul Chatenoud.
Kathryn LaneJanuary 2003 (LONDON)
A night at this B&B has to be one of the best experiences in Ireland. Perched high atop a coastal mountain, Atlantic winds sing you to sleep and the ocean waits outside your window come morning.
Jason MitchellJanuary 2003 (LONDON)
NORTHERN ROMANCE: Our favorite places for romantic stayovers
If romance is about heading for the hills, the Donegal is surely your only man. The Green Gate is a gorgeous (and heavily booked) B&B that's owned by Parisian music buff Paul Chatenoud, with four bedrooms and bathrooms ensuite.The house is clamped onto the side of a mountain, and the great sweep of Donegal is spread below. The beauty of the situation rapidly works its magic.
Vanessa Harris (Editor)February 2003 (DUBLIN)
MA MAISON EN IRLANDE Un adorable B&B tenu par Paul Chatenoud que le très sérieux Times de Londres a qualifié de "most entertaining host in Donegal".
Lise Ravary (Rédactrice en Chef)Mai 2003, Montreal (QUEBEC)
THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE HOME
"The Green Gate" - boasting spectacular views of the rugged coastline as well as a hearty Irish welcome from aFrenchman, this is a taste of the good life. The plethora of testimonies is endless.
Alanna Gallagher (Editor-in-Chief )May 2003 (DUBLIN)
"The Green Gate" is one of the most unlikely cult addresses in the country. Maybe Paul Chatenoud knows what people want is not trouser presses and power showers, but some place in which they can take a deep breath, allow themselves to be overpowered by the natural beauty of the landscape, and retreat into themselves, into their soul. Whatever, he finds himself a cult figure with a cult address. Magic, mystical, wild, "The Green Gate" also offers the largest selection of breakfast conserves in Ireland.
John and Sally McKennaMay 2003 (100 BEST PLACESTO STAY IN IRELAND)
MAGNIFIQUE DONEGAL: Irish château - The Green Gate owned by `visionary' Paul Chatenoud
By keeping the best of what the place has to offer naturally and adding one or two ingredients of his own, Paul has crafted something special, a little refuge with a subtle but distinct flavour of originality. Of course, it helps if from any point in your garden you can behold a broad sweep of west Donegal, sea and all.
Fergal HallahanSaturday, May 3, 2003 (BELFAST)
Ça fait belle lurette que ses clients ont appris à grimper en première le sentier, bordé des fuchsias géants. Ils ne s'étonnent plus de l'eau ambrée, qui coule au robinet. Tourbée que c'en est un régal. Ils aiment "Green Gate", Paul, le feu dans la cheminée, les petits-déjeuners qui s'éternisent devant les œufs-bacon et les quinze (quinze!) confitures et marmelades faites par la voisine.
It is a long time since they first drove in first gear up the lane, surrounded by giant fuchsia. They are no longer amazed by the brown, tea-colored water which runs from the tap. Softened by the turf, it is a royal treat. They love "The Green Gate ", Paul, the turf fire, the endless breakfasts with eggs, bacon and fifteen jams and marmalades home-made by Paul's neighbor.
Colette DavidDimanche 4 Mai 2003 (FRANCE)
My own favorite places to stay in Ireland are Ardara in Upper lands and "The Green Gate" near Ardara in Co. Donegal.
Geoff Hill (Travel Editor)Thursday May 15th 2003 (BELFAST)
Among entries for this area in the twelfth Bridgestone 100 Best Places to Stay 2003 and 100 Best Restaurants 2003 are Castlemurray House Hotel, St John's Point, Coxtown House, Ballintra and "The Green Gate", Ardara. The Guide is compiled by the McKennas, who are among the most influential food critics in the country.
Liam Hyland (Editor)15th May 2003 (IRELAND)
THE IRISH TIMES MAGAZINE
It hurts to share with readers my favourite place to stay in Donegal. Frenchman Paul Chatenoud's "The Green Gate", a short walk from Ardara, is a little spartan for some, but paradise for others. (...)
Conor Goodman (Travel Editor)Saturday 24th May 2003 (Dublin)
This highly original bed and breakfast can be found at the end of a steep, winding lane. The accommodation is spread over three cottages and the place is run in unique style by Paul Chatenoud.
Geoff HillJanuary 2003 (LONDON)
DONEGAL: L'IRLANDE SECRÈTE
"The Green Gate" - posé sur une petite colline face à l'Atlantique, est un cottage où souffle l'esprit facétieux de Beatrix Potter. (...)
Paul Chatenoud aime recevoir ses hôtes comme des amis qui ne seraient pas encore rencontrés.
Fabrice GaignaultJuin 2003 (PARIS)
HARPERS & QUEEN
LUXE FOR LESS
Fast becoming one of the most popular B&B’s in Ireland, "The Green Gate" in county Donegal is owned by Frenchman Paul Chatenoud, who offers enthusiastic hospitality and a warm welcome to droves of international visitors. Enjoying captivating views overlooking the coastal town of Ardara, and flanked by dramatic sea cliffs and a long stretch of beach, this simple cottage has a unique charm, with unusual furnishings, whitewashed walls, a cosmopolitan salon and converted outhouses. Don't miss the hearty breakfasts.
Catherine FairweatherJuly 2003 (LONDON)
THE OTHER VIEW
It is here in this sleepy village where I have found sanctum, a place of reflection and creativity, sheltered by the timeless hills and verdant meadows of bluebells and dandelions. The most unique Bed and Breakfast in the whole of Ireland.
Charming, basic and quirky - "The Green Gate" is perfect in its simplicity.
Cameron MitchellSummer 2003 (BELFAST)
ROMANTIC IRISH GETAWAY
When Frenchman Paul Chatenoud came to County Donegal in Ireland in 1984 to write a book on philosophy he did not dream of staying. But his love of the county was so strong, he bought a rundown cottage in Ardara and transformed it into a quaint B&B. On a hilltop overlooking the sea, "The Green Gate" is the ideal place-for a romantic getaway. Three bedrooms look out over the hydrangeas and rabbits to the sea, and Paul's hospitality is a lovely cross between Irish and French that makes you feel at home straightaway.
Alison Craig-LeylandJuly/August 2003 (AUSTRALIA)
P&O European Ferries
The Green Gate: Where the West is Rest
Sharon Gillespie(Welcome Aboard) June 2003 (LONDON)
Paul Chatenoud fell in love with the landscape (...) "The Green Gate" has maintained its original appearance in spite of refurbishments.
Leonóra Mórk (Deputy Editor)(HUNGARY) July 2003
THE SUNDAY TIMES
GREAT RURAL SHORT BREAKS DONEGAL, IRELAND
Stay at The Green Gate, Paul Chatenoud's eccentric B&B on top of a hill outside Ardara (...)
Amanda HydeJuly 2003 (London)
A Paul, qui a compris tellement de choses. Pas mal pour un mouton noir... C'est comme ça, c’est chez Paul.
FOOD & TRAVEL
Run by a Frenchman, "The Green Gate" comes recommended as one of the best places to stay in Ireland, with excellent breakfasts (15 home-made jams and marmalades...)
Lizzie FairrieJuly/August 2003 (LONDON)
LE JOURNAL DU DIMANCHE VERSION FEMINA
LES PLUS BELLES CHAMBRES D'HÔTES D'EUROPE
Irlande: Chez Paul dans le Donegal
Perdu dans le nord de l'Irlande, parmi les falaises vertigineuses et les landes vertes du Donegal, l'endroit ravit la presse mondiale. L’âme du lieu, Paul Chatenoud, ex-libraire parisien, a eu une vie assez remplie pour passionner son auditoire, près d'une vaste bibliothèque, devant un feu de tourbe (...)
THE MOST BEAUTIFUL B&B IN EUROPE
Ireland: At Paul's, in Donegal Lost in North West Ireland, near the high cliffs and the green land of Donegal, this B&B is praised by the world's newspapers. The soul of the place, the owner Paul Chatenoud, a former bookseller in Paris, has had enough lives to enthral his audience beside a vast library, in front of a turf fire (...)
Aliette de CrozetDimanche 6 Juillet 2003 (PARIS)
Also published at the same time, 6th July 2003, in 51 newspapers in France
An authentic crofter's cottage run as a B&B by amiable Frenchman Paul Chatenoud - apart from the charm of its charismatic owner, come for the stunning views of the Ardara peninsula.
Photographs by Don McCullin: "the greatest British photographer of the 20th century" ("The Independent")
Catherine Fairweather (Travel Editor)August 2003 (LONDON)
VERSION FEMINA, LE JOURNAL DU DIMANCHE
LE DONEGAL SAUVAGE ET ACCUEILLANT
The Green Gate: Un cottage de rêve dont le propriétaire est Français.
(Also published at the same time in 51 newspapers in France)
Catherine Caubère3 Août 2003 (PARIS)
The Belfast Telegraph
DONEGAL WITH A TOUCH OF PARIS
With warmth not usually associated with Parisians, Paul Chatenoud has a subversive sense of humor and oodles of Gaellic charm. The smell of turf smoke, the brown bog water in which you bathe the soft wool of the blankets, the hypnotic view of the sea ... The Green Gate lulls you back to nature. And you can't put a price on that.
Una BradleySaturday 23 August 2003 (BELFAST)
HOUSE and GARDEN
CLOSE TO HOME: COUNTY DONEGAL IN IRELAND
Explore Donegal's wild peninsulas by staying at "The Green Gate".
Pamela Goodman (Travel Editor)September 2003 (LONDON)
INTERVIEW WITH PAUL CHATENOUD
Jean-Pierre Pernaut: C'est l'histoire d'un Français tombé fou amoureux de l'Irlande. Certains accourent du bout du monde pour passer quelques jours dans ce B&B idyllique et spartiate.
Jean-Pierre Pernaut: This is a story about a Frenchman who fell madly in love with Ireland. People come from the other side of the planet to spend a few days in this idyllic and simple B&B.
Jean-Pierre Perrnaut (Presenter)19 Août 2003 (PARIS)
THE INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY
The Green Gate is entirely the product of the unique mind of Paul, who created the quirkiest and most hospitable B&B in Ireland. ACCESS FOR ALL? Fear not, the Green Gate is not multistorey.
Geoff HillSunday 28th September 2003
Harpers & Queen
THE 150 GREATEST ESCAPES IN THE WORLD High above the Ardara Peninsula in Donegal, flanked by lawns dripping in fuchsia blossom. Amiable French owner Paul Chatenoud cooks breakfast (choice of 15 home-made jams). Suit anyone searching for the authentic Ireland.
Catherine Fairweather (Travel Editor)November 2003(London)
The bewitching Green Gate is a taste of the Ireland of old in its almost Spartan simplicity. It is a place where you can let your soul breathe.
John and Sally McKenna100 Best Places to Stay 2004 (Ireland)
CAMERA CON VISTA
L'alto tasso di romanticismo per due.Qui c'è uno di bed & breakfast più originali dell'isola, una construzione d'altri tempi, immersa nel verde: è il Green Gate di Ardara dell'eccentrico filosofo Paul Chatenoud, scappato lì da Parigi. E fuori? Le onde dell'oceano.
ROOM WITH A VIEW
The height of romanticism for two. Here is one of the most original bed & breakfasts in Ireland, with old-time buildings in the midst of green fields. It is eccentric philosopher and Paris escapee Paul Chatenoud's Green Gate in Ardara. And outside? The ocean waves.
Ornella d'AlessioFebruary 2004 Milano (Italy)
Paul Chatenoud has set up a small but decidedly beautifully formed B&B, “The Green Gate”, just one mile outside the village of Ardara.
Ken Bennett (Travel Editor)19 March 2004 (Lake District, U.K.)
ONE OF IRELAND’S TOP TEN ATTRACTIONS
Donegal’s Green Gate one of Ireland’s best B&Bs
This traditional cottage was bought by the proprietor as a writer’s retreat. He’s now made it a home away from home for himself and all those lucky enough to spend a night atop a hill on the edge of the Atlantic.
Jason MitchellMarch 2004 (London)
AN GEATA GLAS (THE GREEN GATE):
Ce B&B jouit d’une vue magnifique sur la baie de Loughros Mor et l’océan. Paul Chatenoud, qui a quitté la France il y a une vingtaine d’années, reçoit ses hôtes avec chaleur mais discrétion et sait les conseiller. Autour du cottage, trois maisonnettes blanches au toit de chaume abritent chacune une chambre rustique avec sdb. De 60€ à 80€ la double. Petit déjeuner servi à toute heure.
An Geata Glas (The Green Gate)
This B&B has a magnificent view over Loughros Point Bay and the ocean - Paul Chatenoud who left France 20 years ago welcomes his guests with warmth but discretion, and knows how to advise them. Around the cottage there are three thatched white houses, with rustic bedrooms ensuite. From €60 to €80 for two, including breakfast at any time.
Laurent GontierApril 2004 (Paris)
GET AWAY FROM IT ALL
The Green Gate is a quirky bed and breakfast hidden away in the hills of Co. Donegal. A simple white washed cottage run by Parisian Paul Chatenoud, guests stay in the charming converted out buildings. A more accommodating host would be hard to find and your stay is guaranteed to be relaxing.
Jennifer StevensJune 2004 (Dublin)
BOSTON IRISH REPORTER
Don’t miss spending a night at The Green Gate, a most extraordinary B&B on a hilltop in Ardara.
Judy EnrightJuly 2004 (Boston USA)
On a hill with marvellous views, Paul Chatenoud has created a photogenic idyll.
Ralph BraunSpring 2004, Germany
Listed in Elle magazine as being among the world’s favourite romantic retreats, Paul Chatenoud has worked hard to put “The Green Gate” on the international map as one of the country’s top tourism attractions.
Harry WalshFriday 23rd July 2004 (Ireland)
Paul Chatenoud entertained a thousand or more visitors to that part of this country. Many, many people from all over the world wanted to go native with him - it is a place of brilliant mornings, sunsets to rival the tropics for splendour if not for warmth; the warmth came from the company which at any one time could include IT specialists, bankers, editors, neurologists and pathologists, scholars of all disciplines, honeymooners and family parties.
Mary LelandAugust 1st 2004 (Ireland)
DONEGAL ON SUNDAY
One of the country’s best known bed and breakfast establishments.
Connie Duffy8th August 2004 (Ireland)
BOSTON IRISH REPORTER
Paul Chatenoud owns a little bit of heaven in Ardara, Co. Donegal, with the most glorious sunsets unfurling over the distant Loughros More Bay.
The design is masterful. Morning light from a skylight spills across the bathroom. It is all part of the rustic and captivating charm of this place.
If you have a sense of humour and a desire to sample a little bit of Paradise and have some fun, then do call Paul in Ireland.
Judy EnrightOctober 2004 (Boston, USA)
ELLE FINDS 10 OF THE BEST WINTER ESCAPES
THE GREEN GATE, CO. DONEGAL, IRELAND.
Run by eccentric French owner, Paul Chatenoud, this little white cottage on a hill is spartan but quaint, with outhouses converted into simple
rooms. Visit for dramatic views of the rugged donegal coastline, hearty breakfasts, bracing walks on the beach and creamy Guinness in the nearby
Susan Ward Davies (Travel Editor)November 2004 (LONDON)
Un cottage blanchi à la chaux, perché sur une colline face à l’océan - chambres rustiques et confortables, sous un toit de chaume. L’idéal pour arpenter landes et plages désertes.
A white cottage on the hill, facing the ocean, rustic and comfortable bedrooms under a thatched roof.
Ideal for walking in the hills or on deserted beaches.
Bénédicte Epinay (Rédactrice en Chef)Vendredi 12 Novembre 2004 (Paris)
TOUCHING THE WILD
IRELAND – THE FINAL FRONTIER
Dublin may be the capital of Ireland, but Donegal is the guardian of the soul. One of the reasons I have come to Donegal was to track down a Frenchman who is said to run the greatest little B&B in Ireland. Paul Chatenoud studied philosophy at the Sorbonne and owned a music bookshop on the Ile-St-Louis in Paris. The Green Gate is laid-back and eccentric in the best possible way. IT is not just a bed for the night. It is simply one of the things you must do in Ireland.
Brian JackmanColeman Publisher (UK)
WAY TO GO
We found ourselves in Ardara, and after asking a local man for directions and getting four different answers, we finally rode up the steep, winding lane to The Green Gate, the little guesthouse run by Frenchman Paul Chatenoud.
Geoff HillBelfast 2005
The Green Gate is almost indescribable in its otherworldly serenity. Paul Chatenoud’s paradise on a hill has repeatedly been called the best B&B
and one of the world’s most idyllic honeymoon spots.
His garden teems with tame wild rabbits, and his inspired transformation of a farmhouse ruin has given the world one of its most perfect points of
Alexand ra Cooley
(Supported by Harvard University)April 2005 Cambridge MA (USA)
ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST
A Frenchman who exchanges a rooftop apartment in Paris overlooking Notre Dame for a clutch of roofless Donegal cottages has to be a tad unconventional, and he is – coming out to greet me like Danton in an Aran cardi, hair flying in the wind. He is also charming, cultured, entertaining and enterprising, having created one of the most enchanting B&Bs I’ve ever stayed at.
Anne GreggQuicksilver May 2005 (London)
“Cate and I knew Ardara well, of course since we’d been there several times to stay at The Green Gate, the best little bed and breakfast in the world, run by Paul Chatenoud up a little winding lane.
Geoff HillThursday 10th March 2005
FALLING IN LOVE WITH ARDARA
The Green Gate nestles idyllically between rugged mountains and rugged coastline. We arrived at a bluff looking Loughross More Bay.
Elle magazine included The Green Gate in its 10 best winter escapes. The Sunday Times calls it the greatest little B&B in Ireland.
Suzanne Robicheau9th June 2005
IN DONEGAL, ROB PENN GOES NORTH ON HIS WAY SOUTH
“Yes, the light is like a spell,’ said Paul Chatenoud, a Frenchman who came to Ireland and got stuck. Standing outside his farmhouse B&B, he added: ‘Mind you don’t get bewitched by it.’ The Green Gate, simple rooms in a stunning location.
Rob PennJuly 2005
INTERVIEW WITH KHARA PRINGLE
N.W. -what is your ideal way to spend the weekend?
“I love to go away, my favourite place being the Green Gate in Ardara, Donegal. It has views that rival any exotic location, and a wonderful romantic
charm mixed with a rustic outlook.”
Khara Pringle (Twice Won the Most Stylish Photographer of the Year)October 2005 (Belfast)
THE BEST PLACE TO RING IN THE NEW YEAR IN STYLE
The Green Gate: a renovated farmer’s cottage of breathtaking beauty.
Gemma O’DohertySaturday 26 November 2005
THE IRISH TIMES
THE GREAT ESCAPE
For those planning to get away for a few days over Christmas or New Year – the Green Gate, a big breakfast in a welcoming B&B.
Paul O’DohertySaturday 10th December 2005
IT MAY WELL BE YOUR SPIRIT’S NEW HOME
Amazing place to stay and fantastic host in Paul Chatenoud…is in our top five. The Green Gate, shows above all just how mesmeric this simple collection of low, whitewashed, ancient old stone cottages can be. Looking down to the sea, you will feel like a romantic hero or heroine. Mr. Chatenoud looks after you with Gallic sincerity and a wistfulness that is totally engaging, and he is a man in tune with that “terrible and disturbing” beauty.
John & Sally McKennaJanuary 2006
The Greengate has been showered with superlatives by travel gurus the world over, but Paul Chatenoud’s trio of immaculately restored farm ruins hopping with rabbits retains the same sublime beauty and tranquillity that has caused many honeymooners to shun the sandy beaches of the Caribbean for Ireland’s rustic charm.
Christopher SchonbergerJanuary 2006
(Cambridge M.A., USA)
THE BEST OF THE BEST
Paul Chatenoud’s amazing B&B is a one-off. The most beautiful place anywhere in Ireland. Come with open mind.
Georgina CampbellJanuary 2006
Seemingly too good to be true, this idyllic hilltop B&B is spread out over several restored thatched cottages and has sweeping views down to the bay, and fearless rabbits lolloping around.
Claudie BeechMarch 2006
On vous a déniché peut-être le seul B&B dans un cottage traditionnel- Le vue sur la région est incroyable- Les quatre chambres avec salle de bains, spacieuses et décorées avec goût, rivalisent d’originalité et de quiétude.
Kristell MenezMarch 2006
Frenchman Paul Chatenoud’s remote cottage B&B overlooking the Atlantic, and spectacular Donegal scenery; it is one of Ireland’s most beautiful little guesthouses.
Robert FischerMarch 2006
Trois petites chaumières donnent sur un paysage magnifique. Accueil chaleureux à la bonne franquette.
Christine LegrandApril 2006
Paul Chatenoud reçoit ses hôtes avec chaleur mais discrétion et sait les conseiller.
Petit déjeuner à toute heure.
Laurent GontierApril 2006
Tradycyjna chata z widokiem na ocean ; czarujacy gospodarz jest Francuzem
Translation: Traditional cottage with ocean views and a charming Frenchman for a host
Joanna ZaborowskaWarsowa 2006
This romantic little place is magic. Paul Chatenoud will regale you with stories of famous people who have fallen in love with the Green Gate. Don’t expect luxury here, and leave the Mercedes at home.
Georgina Campbell May 2006
Efficiently run by its French owner, Paul Chatenoud, this is one of the best B&Bs around. The beautiful landscape adds to its fantastic reputation.
Frenchman Paul Chatenoud’s idyllic Green Gate B&B in Co. Donegal is situated on a cliff top with a view that would send Hollywood producers into a spin. Here a selection of beautiful cottages combine privacy with style and breakfast is served at any time!
Alana Doogan (Aer Lingus inflight magazine)April/May 2006
The simple cottages felt a million mile from anywhere. The tatched craft cottage has been divided into 3 cosy en-suite rooms and a store out-building has become the honeymoon suit with view to the bed out sea.
Eyewitness Travel GuideJuly 2006
Paul Chatenoud is determined to give back to the Irish the magic that they have given him and to convey it to the world which visits him here, so that he doesn’t have to travel anymore.
Amy CorzineJuly 2006
THE IRISH PEOPLE
Must -Stay B&B: Idyllic Green Gate
The Green Gate is listed in hundreds Tourist guides as one the must-stay location on the planet.
The location, the outstanding breakfast and Paul's company make it one of the best in the world
Simon Byrne17 Sept. 2006
If a return to nature is what you long for, this is the place for it. The perfect antidote for perpetually pampered people.
Georgina Campbell August 2006
Se si esigono tutti i servizi di un hotel cinque stelle, non e la destinazione giusta. Ma se si cerca un'accoglienza informale in un ambiente confortevole di romantica bellezza, una biblioteca superfornita e piacevoli conversazioni davanti al caminetto, The Green Gate e l'indirizzo da non perdere.
If you want all the service of a five star hotel, that is not the right place. But if you are looking for an informal welcome in comfortable ambiance of romantic beauty, an important library and a nice conversation in front of an open fire, The Green Gate is an address not to be lost.
Marco MaroniNovember 2006
(Milano - Italy)
Green Gate B&B is a lovely, relaxed place just out of town, a good spot to escape to with your significant other.
Who knew a converted barn could be so romantic? Paul Chatenoud, for one. Twenty-two years ago, the native Parisian came to Donegal to finish writting a book on philosophy. He stayed and opened a B&B. The Green Gate is a thatched cottage on the sea side bluff.
Budget Travel OnlineDecember 13, 2006
The Guide 2007
Backed by rugged mountains and gazing out serenely across Loughros More Bay to the Atlantic Ocean, it's a far cry from the Parisian bookshop he once ran, but this romantic little place is magic
Georgina CampbellJanuary 2007
Off the Beaten Path In Ireland's County Donegal
The four rooms have wood beamed ceillings, pillowy beds, and thick conforters. Guests begin the day with two dozen different types of homemade jam and marmelade, including Seville orange and wild blueberry.
Jonah LehrerJanuary 2007
His bookish leanings and many travels are revealed by his fireside when he tells the journey of a city intellectual into deepest Donegal. The compact cottage is big enough for Paul, his few treasures, his many friends and his all-ears guests- as well as an incredible homemade preserves. A million miles from the American way of life..
Ann CookeFebruary 2007
This B&B run by a Frenchman is pretty stunning. These cosy rooms have beams, warm rugs and the odd French antique - creating a simple style. Breakfast here is special with lots of different homemade preserves.
Sarah Whitfield KingMarch 25, 2007
Frenchman Paul Chatenoud's remote cottage B&B overlooking the Atlantic, and spectacular Donegal scenery; it is one of Ireland's most beautiful little guesthouses.
Robert FisherMarch 2007
If you are interested in a trully unusual lodging, with stunning views of green hills and ocean, this just may be your kind of place. Meeting Paul, who is full of stories and tips on the best kept secrets of Donegal, is half of the reason to come here. The other half of the reason is to sleep in a real live cottage and to appreciate the spare but artistic design of the rooms and property.
Elisabeth AlbertsonApril 2007
Der ort ist magish. Der ehenalige Buchhandler hat the Green Gate selbs renoviert und vier einfache, gemutliche Gastezimmer eingerichtet. Das Fruhstuck serviert er am liebsten im Garten hoch uber dem Meer.
(This place is magic. The former bookshop owner has renovated the Green Gate himself and created four simple but cosy rooms. He likes to serve breakfast in the garden high above the sea)
Swenja KoppMay 2007
The simple life
The most romantic honeymoon venue do not have to be the most expensive or exotic. Discover the wild romance of Donegal in the refuge of the Green Gate. Run with love by Frenchman Paul Chatenoud, with mountains on one side and flanked by the coastline on the other, this little thatched gem a few miles outside Ardara is picture perfection.
Claire TaaffeSummer 2007
SinéMercredi 13 Juin 2007
SPECIAL LUNE DE MIEL
Voie de Seduction
Au sommet d'une colline du Donegal Green Gate, un vrai cottage de conte. Ce bed and breakfast cache une suite nuptiale avec vue sur la mer de son bain
Anne-Marie Cattelain-Le DûJuin-Juillet-Aout 2007
Weekend Away - Flying visit to Donegal
The Green Gate is a renovated farmer's cottage, run by a Parisian who sold his bookshop to set up home here. Rooms are simple and confortable, views over the Atlantic spectacular and the atmosphere of the place like nowhere else.
Gavin McOwanSaturday 23 June 2007
Le Canard Enchaîné
Il est encore un petit territoire vert émeraude qui résiste à la mainmise de l'empereur Sarko Ier sur l'Europe. Il se trouve au confins d'une terre celtique: au nord ouest de l'Irlande dans le Donegal, il s'agit du Bed & Breakfast de charme "The Green Gate".
Cliquez ici pour decouvrir l'article completMercredi 27 Juin 2007
The Irish Times
There is still a small, emerald green piece of land that is resisting the grip of Emperor Sarko I on Europe... Click here for full article
Lara MarloweFriday, July 13, 2007
Charm in abundance and an other-worldly mystical appeal
There is a charming retreat: about a seven-minute drive out of town and up a winding lane is a haven of a B&B run by a Frenchman named Paul Chatenoud.
Harriet O'BrienSaturday, July 14, 2007
BBC - Saturday Magazine
Interview with Paul Chatenoud
(...) Paul is actually the owner of the Green Gate in Ardara, which has been over the years, constantly been on polls and top ten and top fifty and top most romantic hideway places in Ireland and further afield as well - so why this success? What make a good B&B? (...)
Click here for full interview
John ToalSaturday, July 14, 2007
All the best places to eat, shop and stay in Ireland
There is something profoundly holistic about staying here that can't be found anywhere else.
John & Sally McKennaJuly, 2007
Conde Nast Traveller
The rustic rooms are spotless and cozy, with thoughtful touches, for traditional Irish hospitality, this is your place
News editorSeptember, 2007