Oak Park is an important Georgian country residence of primarily late 18th/early 19th century construction retaining much of its original form and character. Set in mature parkland overlooking Lough Swilly and the historic fording point of Farsetmore, scene of Shane O'Neill's defeat by Hugh O'Donnell in 1567, Oak Park is believed to be located on the c. 1,000 acre 'Carranagilly' lands awarded to Sir John Vaughan at the Plantation of Ulster. The property had been acquired by John Wray, an 'English gentleman' by 1619 when a fortified two-story stone structure standing 'in a good place for the King's service' was in existence. Part of this early structure may have been incorporated into the present structure when it was enlarged c.1800. In the 19th century Oak Park was home to William Wray Esq., a High Sheriff for Donegal. It was also the last home of social activist Norah Lyle-Smith, an important figure in the Suffragette movement and close associate of the Pankhursts.
Located on Golf Course Road, within a short walk of Letterkenny Golf Club, Oak Park offers an interesting opportunity for restoration enthusiasts. Standing on a private 3.05 Ha (7.56 Acres) site, Oak Park House is approached through stone pillars and wrought iron gates, via a tree lined avenue from Golf Course Road, leading to the house with an enclosed courtyard and private gardens. The return extension of the main house is believed to be part of the original house inhabited by John Wray, which was enlarged to give a detached, five bedroom, three reception room, two storey over basement country home with canted projection to the centre of the south elevation and single storey open veranda. The property includes a walled garden, accessed via a pathway from the side of the house, however, it is currently overgrown, though the stone walls remain substantially intact. There is a second entrance from the road, which is disused and overgrown.
- Period property, c. 1700's with many original features.
- Ideal restoration / reclamation project.
- Sliding sash windows.