Donegal Cottage nestled in the foothills of Muckish Mountain

About the Song House Ireland

Candy Verney

The Song House is the vision of Candy Verney. Candy is a choir director who for the last 20 years has been building communities through song, facilitating thousands to find their voice. When the opportunity of a lifetime came her way, Candy acquired the house. She has since converted it into a comfortable, sustainable and beautiful retreat centre with productive organic gardens.

Candy runs a local choir from the Song House called ‘Cór an Chroí’ which is Irish meaning ‘Choir of the Heart’. Candy conducts another choir called ‘The Pan European Choir’ consisting of members from Ireland, Northern Ireland, England and Germany. Click here to learn about a Community Choir Leadership Training Course that Candy runs from the Song House here in Donegal.

Click Here for a video where you can see ‘Cór an Chroí’ performing ‘Nead Na Lachan’ (The Ducks Nest) At St Ann’s Church in Gortahork.

We Can Help You

Are you attracted to come, but don’t know where to start? We can help you. Whether it is visiting ancient sites, singing in historic churches, or walking over the mountains to Glenveagh National Park, we can sort the details and hold your hand, so that you and your group have a trip of a lifetime.


This Donegal cottage was originally restored and named The Poets’ House, and was a centre of literary activity for over 20 years. Regular visitors included the legendary Seamus Heaney.

The area is steeped in living myth and tradition, history and archaeology. If you love traditional culture and music, you will find plenty of it in the pubs and halls around.


The Song House lies in the heart of the Donegal Gaeltacht – an area where Irish is commonly spoken. Sandwiched between wild and expansive Atlantic sandy beaches on one side, and the Derryveagh mountain range on the other, with superb views of Muckish mountain to the east. Enjoy a good hike? From the summit of Errigal or Muckish mountains you will be rewarded with a panorama of the whole of northwest Ireland.

Every day, something of staggering beauty can take your breath away: wind blown patterns in the sand, unusual cloud formations, an unexpected cluster of wild orchids along a lane, or the lark’s song high above the bogland.


The house sleeps 12 -14, all bedrooms looking out onto Muckish, with additional accommodation for 8 in a B&B only 5 minutes walk away. Click here to download and view our room plan.

• 4 twin bedrooms + spare bed
• 5-bed family room
• Well-equipped, cosy kitchen/dining room with open fire
• Large workshop room approx. 30 sq metres
• Parking for 4 – 6 vehicles, with further places nearby.
• Large organic garden, planted with many herbs, shrubs and fruit bushes, which are available for guests.
• Fire pit, overlooking the mountain

What we Offer

The Song House is the perfect place to stay and explore the rugged wilderness of authentic Ireland. Whether you need the house just for accommodation, to hire for a retreat or workshop, or for one of our singing holidays or cultural breaks.

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