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Shepherds' Retreat

(Ref. 948615)

Gortin, County Tyrone Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


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

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30 Customer Reviews

  • "Really enjoyed our short break inthe Shepard's Retreat, couldn't fault the house or the facilities."

    If traveling on my own I would have struggled to find the house as Google Maps left us literally on a narrow road in an extremely remote area. The address should be correct as we found three different post codes for the same address. Disappointed that the owners didn't contact me to see if we found the house okay. We had no contact details for them in advance of travelling. Information was in the house on our arrival. Considering how remote the house is, the owners contact details should be on the confirmation booking. Definitely enjoyed the break, but wouldn't be booking anything so remote in the future.

    Hello Evelyn Thank you for your feedback, we are glad you enjoyed your stay. As the cottage is quite remote, we do try our best to provide as much information on the confirmation booking email. It has coordinates and some old school directions to help find the cottage. The contact information should have been included in your email and we will speak with Sykes to understand what information is given when booking and make changes where needed. Thank you again for taking the time to leave feedback and we hope to welcome you back again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Evelyn4.7Dec 2023

  • "Beautiful comfy cottage, with great open fire, well supplied with logs."

    Very remote, and in the winter when we stayed this was a bit limiting. If you want to really escape from the hurly burly this is the place for you.

    Hello Linda Thank you for your feedback, we are glad you enjoyed your stay and kept warm by the fire. We hope to welcome you back soon. Maybe a visit in the summer, so you can experience the cottage in a different season. Both so beautiful to experience. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Linda5.0Dec 2023

  • "It has been the most amazing experience ever."

    The cottage is situated just in the middle of the most amazing place on this planet. Congratulations to the owners for the idea of turning into a lovely cottage to allow others enjoy these breathtaking views. Magic and more magic A few days is not enough to heal the soul from the city, busy life, trafić but it is a good begining.

    Hello Anna Thank you for such complementary feedback, we are glad you enjoyed your stay. It’s a great place to switch off and rejuvenate. We hope to welcome you back soon. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Anna5.0Nov 2023

  • "It was an amazing get away for us and the dogs."

    The fenced area is of perfect size to let them run free and play. The location is very remote, which is what we were looking for to de-stress from the hectic city life. The cosy house provides everything you would find in your own household. Would highly recommend if one wants to get away from it all :)

    Hello Rebecca Thank you for your feedback, we are glad you enjoyed your stay. It’s a great area for dogs and walking. We hope to welcome you and the dogs back soon. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Rebecca5.0Sep 2023

  • "A fantastic place very remote"

    Hello Leigh Thank you for your feedback, we are glad you enjoyed your stay and hope to welcome you back soon. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Leigh5.0Jun 2023

  • "Returning visitors."

    It was very nice to come back to Shepherd’s Retreat. We loved our stay last time and this time too. It’s an amazing place to relax and explore the woodlands area. Our dogs have an amazing time and many walks.

    Hello Matthew Thank you for your feedback, we are grateful you choose to return. It’s such a great location and we are glad the dogs had an amazing time. Hopefully you will return again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Matthew4.7Jun 2023

  • "The cottage was lovely and everything we needed was there and if you like walking and complete silence away from the biz then this is the place for you it's complete tranquility."

    A great place for gathering your thoughts as there is no phone signals or WiFi to bother.

    Hello James Thank you for your feedback, we are glad you enjoyed your stay and hope to welcome you back soon. Property Owner

    Reviewed by James4.7May 2023

  • "The cottage is in a beautiful place, no neighbours."

    The scenery is beautiful, we enjoyed the birds ,and wildlife . Walking from the cottage is lovely ,along the river etc . Our downside is definitely the lack of broadband or mobile signal . We had to drive around a mile to get a signal . Maybe a payphone in the cottage would be good , enabling people to make a call to keep in touch with family in emergency...

    Hello Karen Thank you for your feedback. Due to the location of the cottage, mobile phone signals can be a little tricky to get. We’ve found that guests get a reception on the drive. Sometimes guests have found it a blessing that’s there’s no internet and difficult signal as it’s a great place to switch off. We’re glad you enjoyed your stay, the surroundings are amazing. We hope to welcome you back someday soon. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Karen3.4May 2023

  • "Another enjoyable stay."

    Definitely would recommend. The setting is stunning.

    Reviewed by Clare5.0Sep 2022

  • "Fantastic cottage, clean and well equipped."

    Very restful, amazing views, time flew. Great getaway.

    Reviewed by Yvonne4.7Jul 2022

  • "Lovely property ,really clean everything you could possibly need it is a very ..."

    Lovely property ,really clean everything you could possibly need it is a very peaceful setting the only downside you can't get an Internet connection although we were made aware of this I thought we could send a SMS but we couldn't however we really enjoyed it and we're very well rested

    Reviewed by Linda5.0Jul 2022

  • "Fantastic holiday we stayed for 5 days."

    We loved the house. It had everything except Internet and mobile network which was great Beautiful scenery and quiet. We will go back again and We will recommend to my family and friends

    Reviewed by Orla5.0Dec 2021

  • "This cottage was just everything But the roads leading there were very bad very ..."

    This cottage was just everything But the roads leading there were very bad very narrow and broken at sides also pot holes everywhere needed my wellies to open the gat someone kept closing the gat at night and it was very weird as there was no wind or anyone who lived near had a good time but dogs were scared of the dark

    Reviewed by David5.0Nov 2021

  • "It is a completely unique location and an amazingly lovely spot."

    The cottage is well thought out with everything needed being in place. Absolutely brilliant for anyone with dogs with even covers provided. I highly recommend this cottage to anyone who just wants to get away from it all.

    Reviewed by Christopher5.0Nov 2021

  • "Very quiet location."

    Lovely secure garden for the greyhounds to play and everything you need for a holiday. Definitely recommend

    Reviewed by Clare5.0Sep 2021

  • "Beautiful location bungalow well maintained met owner and was very friendly bringing more logs for fire."

    Highly recommend this place. Certainly consider staying here again

    Reviewed by Gwen5.0Aug 2021

  • "Great cottage, clean and comfy, no phone signal which we found as a positve, but loads to do in the area"

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Jun 2021

  • "Super little cottage in a gorgeous location."

    There's so much stuff to do in the area that we've already booked to go back.

    Reviewed by David5.0May 2021

  • "No all very good, absolutely clean lovely cottage in a beautiful setting."

    Reviewed by David5.0Nov 2020

  • "Shepherds Retreat is an exceptional cottage."

    Very remote with no mobile phone signal it suits anyone looking to take a break from everyday pressure. We have stayed here three times and we love it.

    Reviewed by Anthony5.0Sep 2020

  • "The location and quality of the accommodation"

    Reviewed by Stuart5.0Jul 2020

  • "As there is no mobile signal, it would have been better if there was a telephone in the property for emergencies."

    Reviewed by Jacqueline4.1Mar 2020

  • "There were only two good things about this cottage."

    The view and the heating. The rest was unacceptably bad.We booked this cottage after confirming by phone with Sykes from the owner that there was a gate on the property . No gate until we complained and was fitted Friday, did not fit so was adjusted Friday evening, too late for our holiday. They admitted trouble with contract cleaners and when we arrived late, dishwasher still full of previous week’s crockery, house very dirty. Cooker should be condemned. Pots and oven trays and toaster replaced Monday night, dispute over rest of cottage which I had spent time on cleaning so we could even sleep and eat there. I was unsure if sheets and pillowcases had been changed as smelt sweaty. Curtains off poles. Shabby furnishings. Shower drain no cover. Pans rusty and kettle so full of limescale that we stopped using it by end of week. Chopping board a health hazard. I am sure that they have done some very necessary work on this place in view of my many complaints but booker beware. This was the worst cottage we have ever stayed in over the years and I found Sykes to be slow with action taken, which wasn’t much. What isn’t mentioned in the information is that you are advised to use bottled water due to the high magnesium levels. However they did supply some bottles. Have not submitted a review until now as my husband taken I’ll on return from holiday.

    Reviewed by Sheila1.3Sep 2019

  • "Really nice cottage with fantastic views across the hills and mountains."

    It had everything we needed and theowners were always helpful and attentive when we needed them. Would highly recommend and hope to go back ourselves one day

    Reviewed by Gary4.7Jul 2019

  • "If you want peace and quiet, a lovely view and a wide range of walking locations at your door or within a 15 minute drive then this is a great cottage."

    If you are looking for night life, easy access to main roads and towns with a good variety of shops then don't choose this cottage. We loved it.

    Reviewed by Anthony5.0May 2019

  • "Lovely quiet setting, no internet so the kids went feral and also remembered that it is just lovely to sit and read a book sometimes whilst watching lambs running about in the fields."

    The main attractions are a drive away but only an hour or so and it is not like the roads are busy. Nothing not to like about this place and would be a great spot to go walking from in the Sperrins if we had stayed longer. Will definately be back

    Reviewed by Chris5.0Apr 2019

  • "After staying in a house with a lot of soul this house felt a little bit chilly."

    Both literally and figuratively. The heating took a long time to work, but in the end is was nice and warm. Wood and matches were provided same as for the rest of the necessary supplies. However, you could see that the house wasn't rented out for a while. Comfort wise the beds were of ok quality, but not extremely comfy. No cellphone reception in the house and hardly outside. So it would have been nice if WI-Fi was provided. For the rest, everything met our expectations. The views were outstanding.

    Reviewed by Dena4.1Mar 2019

  • "Fabulous location which is ideal for walkers with stunning countryside and idyllic landscapes."

    Perfect for anyone seeking solitude, to escape the madding crowd.

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Oct 2018

  • "Lovely cottage very peaceful beautiful scenery nice to have an open fire which made it very cosy central for touring the superfine with some interesting towns excellent for walking the dogs ."

    Reviewed by William4.4Sep 2018

  • "Absolutely beautiful cottage and surrounding clean and tidy."

    One thing I would suggest is bring a good insect repellent as got bitten a lot . Had a wonderful stay.

    Reviewed by Ray5.0Jun 2018

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  • All ground floor
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with bath, shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Utility
  • Sitting room with dining area and open fire
  • Conservatory.
  • Oil central heating with open fire
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, washing machine, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, DVD, CD/radio, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for fire inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • 2 x travel cot and 2 x highchair on request
  • Ample off road parking
  • Gravelled garden with furniture
  • Three well-behaved pets welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 11 miles
  • Note: Dogs to be kept on leads when outside the property.

The property

Gortin 10.9 miles.

Shepherds' Retreat is a spacious detached bungalow, situated within a large private forestry plantation on a sheep farm.

The open views and countryside are a breath of fresh air, wrapped around the property for a peaceful atmosphere.

Families can make the most of the scenery and relax amongst the neatly arranged interior.

Enter to the back of the property, and a utility room leads over to a well-equipped kitchen, a cosy and delightful place to prepare those home-cooked meals.

Just off from this, a dining room lies to the side, with wooden seating and a view that looks out to the warm and inviting garden area.

Moving through to the hallway, a classically finished bathroom holds both a bath and shower, carrying a serene feel from start to finish.

Next you will come to a double bedroom, layered with a lovely print, and wall art for an added touch.

A twin bedroom is elevated by a splash of colour, charming furniture, and completed with flowery curtains.

Towards the front of the cottage, a luxury sitting room boasts two blue couches, and is uplifted by an open fire.

This sweeps over to a conservatory, providing extra space to embrace quiet time, drawing in the beautiful views from outside.

Step outside and you will be welcomed by hillside views, trees and open sky.

Sit back and admire the landscape, or take a stroll in the surrounding countryside as guests are welcome to access walks across the surrounding sheep farm.

Situated in the Sperrins, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty there are walks and cycle rides to enjoy.

The nearby Davagh Forest offers mountain bike routes and trails to entertain everyone, or visit the famous Beaghmore Stone Circle which dates back to the Bronze Age.

Further afield, the towns of Plumbridge, Omagh and Cookstown are within driving distance and waiting to be explored.

A delightful retreat in a calm, refreshing location.

About the location


Plumbridge 3.9 miles; Omagh 10.6miles; Cookstown 23.6 miles; Draperstown 22 miles.

Gortin is a delightful village with friendly locals situated in a picturesque area of County Tyrone in Northern Ireland. Although small it does have everything you need including three pubs, restaurants and a few shops for all your essentials. Situated in The Sperrins, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty the surrounding area offers stunning walking and cycle paths. The mountainous valleys of the Sperrins are home to rivers, streams, lakes and wonderful glens all waiting to be explored and offer a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. The nearby Gortin Glen Forest is a great location for mountain bike lovers from easier to harder grades as well as offering walking routes. Why not enjoy a trip through Irish history at the Ulster American Folk Park? A short drive away takes you to Plumbridge a historical village in the west of Northern Ireland, split by the beautiful Glenelly River. Plumbridge is a crossroad town containing five roads to separate locations in and around the area. From Gortin the towns of Omagh, Cookstown and Draperstown are all accessible. Gortin is an excellent base for touring this scenic area.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas