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Minnie's Cottage, Killeavy

(Ref. 982853)

Newry, Northern Ireland, County Armagh Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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27 Customer Reviews

  • "Amazing I’ll be staying here again."

    Perfect holiday cottage.

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Feb 2024

  • "We stayed at Minnie’s Cottage for Christmas as it was a perfect location between family homes."

    Waking up in the dark on Christmas morning and spotting Killeavy Castle illuminated through the window was like something out of a fairytale. The cottage was super cosy and warm, spotless. The hosts had thought of everything to make our stay magical and our son was delighted to see all the Christmas decorations. We will definitely return!

    Reviewed by Sara5.0Dec 2023

  • "Sorry for the late feedback, it is certainly not reflective of how much I enjoyed my stay."

    First of all the hosts make you feel very comfortable, a very thoughtful gift pack of essentials in place when you arrive. Also enough contact to be of assistance but certainly not encroaching on our stay. A lovely location, nice walks close by and a very welcoming village. I would have no issue to highly recommend a stay and will be back myself.

    Reviewed by Owen5.0Dec 2023

  • "We do a lot of self catering."

    So often, things aren't as described but here everything is as pictured & everything works. First impression - immaculately clean, second impression is of a very high quality renovation producing a marvellous holiday environment. The location is rural, you'll need a car. It's possible to walk into Meigh for pub, shop & pharmacy, but the lanes are narrow & you need to step right out of the way - carry a torch if in the evening. If back in this area we would definitely return. Thanks to John & Joan for courtesy & kindness, available if needed, communicative but not intrusive. And thanks for the welcome pack - not everyone does this.

    Reviewed by Terry5.0Sep 2023

  • "The property was excellent clean and comfortable with everything you needed ..."

    The property was excellent clean and comfortable with everything you needed couldn't ask for any more would highly recommend the cottage set in a beautiful place in ireland Thanks Derek and freda

    Reviewed by Derek5.0Jun 2023

  • "We had a 13 night holiday in May and were delighted with the standard of everything about Minnie's cottage, the lovely location and the welcome received by the owners."

    There is so much to do and see in this area to suit all tastes and we would like to return.

    Reviewed by Nigel5.0May 2023

  • "We returned to Minnie's Cottage after our stay last year as we cannot praise it enough in all aspects."

    Communication being important was spot on. Situated in beautiful countryside all around. The cottage being fully equipped.

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Apr 2023

  • "We had a lovely time at the cottage, the place was very clean and comfortable and the owners were extremely helpful."

    We would come back again

    Reviewed by Charis5.0Dec 2022

  • "We had a lovely time at Minnie's cottage."

    Clean and comfortable, super comfy beds. Owners friendly and helpful. Good location, lovely views. Can recommend.

    Reviewed by Margaret5.0Oct 2022

  • "Minnie's Cottage is a beautiful place to stay, very clean and comfortable with all facilities you could ever need."

    It is also situated in a lovely location, and not too far away from the nearest shop, or town. Lots of sites to explore in the local vicinity. Would highly recommend this property if you are looking for a home from home, to relax and enjoy yourself.

    Reviewed by Orla5.0Sep 2022

  • "Beautiful property."

    Perfect location. Great facilities including garden. Lovely touch welcoming us with milk, bread and a few other essentials. Will definitely stay again and recommend.

    Reviewed by Lauren5.0Jun 2022

  • "A wonderful week in Minnies Cottage situated at the foot of Sleive Gullion by the village of Meigh in South Armagh."

    Perfect for my son and I visiting family and friends in this beautiful countryside. The cottage has every amenity in a completely modernised interior and owners John and Joan live nearby and couldn't be more helpful.

    Reviewed by Derek5.0Jun 2022

  • "We would like to thank John and Joan for their hospitality."

    A food starter pack was left for us and they gave us a drinks voucher for the Flagstaff Restaurant for being their first customers of the year. We are four sisters in our late 60s who previously visited Minnie’s Cottage in the early 1960’s with our parents. The cottage had neither electricity or running water. To visit the cottage following its full renovation was memorable to us and one we will never forget. As children we also played and visited Miss Bell’s castle now known as Killeavy Castle. Joan and John contacted the Boyle owners and arranged for us a visit to view the new renovated Castle. Again a most memorable time for us. We would highly recommend a stay at Minnie’s cottage set in the beautiful grounds of Killeavy Estate.

    Reviewed by Margaret5.0May 2022

  • "This stay surpassed all our expectations Friendly caring and helpful owners Very ideally situated."

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Apr 2022

  • "My wife and I stayed at Minnie's cottage over Christmas and New Year 2021/22, We got there on a dark cold evening after a 12 hour journey and we were delighted that the owners had a fully decorated christmas tree set up and a stove fire with logs and coal provided ready to go, along with a supplies starter pack in the fridge, really appreciated."

    The cottage has been totally refurbished recently and has a modern kitchen with every utensil and appliance a family would need. 2 large bedrooms with an ensuite and a family bathroom. There is parking for 2 cars comfortably and gated entrances to keep small children from wandering. The cottage is first class with a location to match with lots of country walks and history on your door step, Within close walking distance are Killeavey Old Churches, St Monnina's Well, Slieve Gullion Forest Park and numerous neolithic tombs and monuments. The views from the cottage are fantastic with the majestic Slieve Gullion mountain directly behind you and Camlough Lake & Mountain to the north east, Cooley Mountains to the south east with the Mountains of Mourne off in the far east distance. The owners are nearby if needed but never intrusive. All in all I cannot reccomend it highly enough. Thanks to John & Family. Regards Fergal & Nicola Reavey

    Reviewed by Fergal4.7Dec 2021

  • "Absolutely fabulous time at Minnie's Cottage."

    Brilliant position for exploring South Armagh and the stunning Mourne coast and Mountains. The Cottage was very comfortable, and suited 4 adults very well. John and Joan had left us a really thoughtful welcome pack, and they were very helpful in telling us about the local area, and the history of the cottage. Would definitely recommend this wee gem.

    Reviewed by Alison5.0Aug 2021

  • "Fantastic cottage, hosts and surroundings."

    Beautiful, newly renovated and very well equipped. We stayed quite a while and it was too short.

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Jul 2021

  • "Great cottage,very well equipped very good location,Host were really friendly ..."

    Great cottage,very well equipped very good location,Host were really friendly and very accommodating,would definitely return and recommend this cottage to others

    Reviewed by A5.0Jun 2021

  • "The cottage was delightful and met our needs very well."

    We also received a warm welcome from John and Joan, for whom nothing was too much trouble. The beautiful countryside around this area was a revelation to us and we hope to visit Minnie's cottage again in the not too distant future.

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Sep 2020

  • "Lovely cottage in a great location."

    We, a family of 4 (2 adults, 2 teenagers) spent 2/52 at Minnie's cottage in August 2020, the cottage itself was really comfortable, clean and warm. The owners live next door and were on hand for any help / advice with either the cottage / local area. Lovely walks from the doorstep though the nearby forest park, and over Slieve Gullion which gives you fantastic views of the area. Cottage is in a quiet rural location, however good local shops, including a Eurospar which had a great range of locally produced ready meals were only about 3 miles away. Further afield big supermarkets and good shopping in Newry - less than 15minutes away. We had a really nice meal in the local pub (Johnny Murphy's) which is a really pleasant mile or so walk from the cottage. With regards the location, it's fantastic - mountain biking, and coastal / mountain walks a short drive away - the ones around Carlingford Lough were stunning. Belfast about an hour away, where I'd recommend a city tour, the Crumlin Road Gaol, the Titanic Museum, and a walk around Stormont Park. The Giants Causeway and the North Antrim coast are a bit further away, approx an hour and a half but we did both easily in a single day. We didn't cross the border to explore the Republic of Ireland (didn't need to, had so much to do anyway) but had we wanted to then Dublin is achievable as a day trip - either by road or rail from Newry. In summary, fantastic cottage in a great location - would recommend.

    Reviewed by Alistair5.0Aug 2020

  • "Absolutely amazing place, if anything, the photos and listing did an injustice to the beauty and character of the house."

    The house is prestine clean with a great quality modern finish and attention to detail. The host family were lovely, genuine and available on the phone if we had any questions. The area is stunning and the mountainous backdrop is like a picture. Great value for money, maybe one of the best in my experience.

    Reviewed by Suzanne5.0Aug 2020

  • "Most amazing place ive stayed, I visit Ireland regularly around Newry Mourne and ..."

    Most amazing place ive stayed, I visit Ireland regularly around Newry Mourne and in the passed I was so remote it was just to far from anything, this property has best of both worlds it’s rural, peaceful exceptional views of the mountains, castle, great walks and also close enough to go to town for anything you needed, very cosy, clean, with amazing hosts John & Joan I will defiantly be going back to this property, thank you again for an amazing property, has everything you would need and more, much bigger and better than the pictures also

    Reviewed by Andrea5.0Feb 2020

  • "The beautiful quaint “Minnie’s cottage”, situated in the scenic ring of Gullion is not only comfortable and warm but is also equipped to the highest of standards."

    The hosts were exceptional from start to end; easy to contact, hospitable in nature and kind and respectful in their gestures. They provided us with lots of little added extras to make our festive stay very memorable. We would highly recommend this listing..

    Reviewed by Noreen5.0Dec 2019

  • "We received a warm welcome with a quick run through of the facilities in the house."

    It was apparently an old single storey cottage extended, seamlessly, this year, so everything was new and up to date. It was very comfortable and spotlessly clean. The garden is comfortable for sitting and eating outside The owners live close by and were available if necessary, which is always reassuring.

    Reviewed by Judith5.0Sep 2019

  • "John and his family very nice and helpful."

    Always answered my phone calls. Leaving some coffee tea and food items was a nice touch thank you

    Reviewed by Allyson4.7Aug 2019

  • "Perfect cottage, John has obviously put a lot of thought into providing everything needed for his guests, everything provided was to a very high standard, the ‘welcome pack ‘ of tea coffee milk, bread and even cake was a thoughtful touch."

    Lovely location for walks and close enough to the village for shopping. Would definitely return.

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Aug 2019

  • "Gorgeous cottage, lovely friendly and thoughtful owners who live next door."

    Recently refurbished with everything new and to a very high standard. Stunning views. Comfortable beds. Everything you could think of is provided. Highly recommend this cottage and will be returning. Brilliant location. There is nothing negative about this cottage at all.

    Reviewed by Lucy5.0Jul 2019

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  • All ground floor
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double with Jack-and-Jill en-suite shower room, 1 x twin with Jack-and-Jill en-suite shower room
  • Jack-and-Jill shower room with shower, basin and WC, shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Living/dining room with woodburning stove and sofa bed
  • Central heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, dishwasher, washing machine, 2 x Smart TV, WiFi
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for fire/stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for two cars
  • Enclosed garden at rear with patio furniture
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Sorry, no pets allowed
  • Shop 3.1 miles, pub 1.4 miles
  • No stag/hen parties.

The property

Minnie's Cottage, Killeavy is the original back gate lodge to the grounds of Killeavy Castle, a charming retreat backed by 350 acres of mixed farm and woodland, near the city of Newry.

With views towards the castle in the distance and a superb interior in which to unwind after a day filled with adventure, this humble dwelling is perfect for families and groups of friends.

You are enveloped by the natural beauty on the Ring of Gullion, which straddles the Northern Ireland border with the Republic of Ireland, the ideal location for a rejuvenating holiday.

Feel welcomed into the property into a bright hallway, with two armchairs in which you can relax with a book and a glass of wine at the end of a long day.

Choose to spend your leisure time in the well-appointed living room, where you can relax in front of the fire on a cold winter’s night and chat about your plans for your trip.

Summer evenings will welcome a cool breeze through the French doors as you get the family together for dinner, and there is also a Smart TV for you to catch up on your favourite shows.

The wood-effect kitchen presents a fine selection of fittings integrated with modern appliances, allowing you to cook up tasty meals for all to enjoy.

An extra guest can make use of the sofa bed in the lounge if they wish, while the master and twin bedrooms rest just off the corridor, adjoined by a Jack-and-Jill shower suite.

Well-presented to a quality standard, they each have ample storage space and matching bedside tables with lamps, the double also having its own wall-mounted TV.

Lastly, the second shower room allows you plenty of time to get ready each morning before you venture out to explore the local area, while the garden to the rear, accessed via the French doors, offers a lovely spot to relax with a drink.

Head to the city for a day out at one of Newry’s major shopping centres, followed by an evening at one of many pubs, bars or restaurants.

Brush up on your history by visiting Bagenal’s Castle, admire the attractive canal buildings showcasing their original features down by the quays and discover the glorious views from the grounds of St Patrick’s Church.

The Ring of Gullion offers numerous routes and trails ranging in length and difficulty for walkers, cyclists and lovers of the outdoors, while anglers and equestrian enthusiasts are also well-catered for.

Climb to the summit of Slieve Gullion and uncover an abundance of wildlife at Hawthorn Forest Nature Reserve.

Travel to the city of Belfast to sample some of its finest attractions and find many National Trust properties in the area, including Castle Ward, which overlooks the waters of Strangford Lough in County Down.

A splendid retreat in peaceful countryside.

About the location


Newcastle 21.1 miles; Belfast 38.5 miles

This Northern Ireland city is bustling with life and vibrancy, known as the ‘Gateway to the North’, it sits tight among the natural beauty of the towering Mourne Mountains and the Ring of Gullion AONB. It is a well-established shopper’s haven, with shopping centres such as The Quays and The Buttercrane, housing all the major stores and fine eateries you could ask for, while many independent stores offer a variety of unique souvenirs. Bagenal’s Castle boasts an interesting history comprising a 16th-century fortified tower and a 19th-century warehouse, now home to the Tourist Office and a museum, which are well worth a visit. Once you have explored the city centre to your hearts content, enjoy a scenic drive along the Mourne Coastal Route to find a sweeping range of grand peaks intertwined with many walking and cycling trails, one of the most beautiful corners of Northern Ireland. For Game of Thrones fans, Westeros comes to life in this part of the country, where the White Walkers once marched through the Haunted Forest or as the locals know it, Tollymore Forest Park shadowed by The Mournes. Further afield is the thriving city of Belfast with a number of attractions to discover, such as its Botanic Gardens, its hilltop castle, the grand City Hall building and St. George’s 19th-century Market, as well as the fascinating Titanic museum showcasing hands-on displays and interactive galleries. You are also just a stone’s throw away from the magical landscapes of Ireland’s Ancient East, home to a series of festivals, historic sites and mesmerising landscapes framed by the River Shannon and the Irish Sea. Find your escape in this fabulous city, for an experience you won’t forget in a hurry.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas