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Minnie's Cottage, Killeavy

Newry, Northern Ireland, County Armagh (Ref. 982853)



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  • Icon/Feature/Off-road parking Off road parking
  • Icon/Feature/Ground floor bedroom Ground floor bedroom
  • Icon/Feature/Open fire Open fire
  • Icon/Feature/Garden or Patio Garden / Patio
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Cot available
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Highchair available
  • Icon/Feature/Washing machine Washing machine
  • Icon/Feature/Dishwasher Dishwasher
  • Icon/Feature/WiFi Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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12 Customer Reviews

  • "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 AlisonAug 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 RichardJul 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 AJun 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 AndrewSep 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 AlistairAug 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 SuzanneAug 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 AndreaFeb 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 NoreenDec 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 JudithSep 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 AllysonAug 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 AndrewAug 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 LucyJul 2019

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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.


  • 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.

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
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