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Lough Island Reavy Cottage

Kilcoo, County Down, County Down (Ref. 1011860)

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  • Sleeps 2

  • Bedrooms 1

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

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  • Sleeps 2

  • Bedrooms 1

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

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  • Mr Mcateer

    “A perfect stress free retreat.”

    I received a very warm welcome from Philomena and Joe to this stunning traditional Mourne cottage. They have done an amazing job retaining the outward character of this old stone property whilst creating a luxury 5 star + interior that surpasses anything I've ever stayed in before and has set the bar high for future bookings. A lot of thought has gone into re-creating this beautiful cottage for modern living and the quality of the finish and tasteful and modern furnishings is evident ...

    I received a very warm welcome from Philomena and Joe to this stunning traditional Mourne cottage. They have done an amazing job retaining the outward character of this old stone property whilst creating a luxury 5 star + interior that surpasses anything I've ever stayed in before and has set the bar high for future bookings. A lot of thought has gone into re-creating this beautiful cottage for modern living and the quality of the finish and tasteful and modern furnishings is evident throughout. The bed was so comfortable that I slept better than I have done in years - though all the hill walking and fresh mountain air helped too. I looked forward to the powerful shower after long walks that was like a massage at the end of the day. The cosy living room with the log burner and deep stone windows frames the stunning views of the panoramic Mourne Mountains beyond and the lake below. The cottage has been extremely well insulated and on the one night it was wild outside it was warm and snug indoors and lovely listening to the wind howling all around the cottage. The kitchen is well stocked and Philomena kindly left all I needed, tea, coffee, milk, butter eggs and much, much more to make me feel very welcome. Philomena very kindly put up a christmas tree and festive decorations. I had all I needed to be able to cook a full christmas dinner and it was lovely sitting at the breakfast bar at the window looking out over the amazing views. The wifi was great and stable. I had wanted to get away from it all - but not too far - and the cottage was perfect. Set up in the hills it is tranquil with only the sheep in the surrounding fields as neighbours. I walked the surrounding mountain roads with stunning views of the Kingdom of Mourne and her majestic mountains - and they really do 'sweep down to the sea'. Kilcoo village is nearby - where the locals claim that Saint Patrick was waked on his way to be buried in Downpatrick. Castlewellan, a small country market town, is nearby with ample traditional bars, restaurants and coffee shops. Castlewellan Castle is in a forest park overlooking a large lake and is well worth a visit. The walk around the lake is on the level but you can also take the more challenging routes up through the forest or around the beautiful formal Annesley gardens or get lost in the Peace Maze. Not far from Castlewellan is the Victorian seaside resort of Newcastle with its fantastic promeade and backdrop of Slieve Donard sweeping down. A real treat is afternoon tea in the stunning and magnificent Victorian Slieve Donard Hotel on the sea front. There are ample tea shops, icecream parlours and fastfood restaurants to suit all tastes - I particularly recommend Doc's fish and chips restaurant on the Main Street and for amazing home made quality food, Nikis Kitchen Cafe at the other end of the promenade, beside Donard carpark - and then walk it all off on a climb up Slieve Donard mountain. A must is the scenic drive - on the right on the road from Newcastle to Kilkeel - up the Head Road through the mountains looking down over towards the Irish Sea, the stone walls have to be seen to be believed and will leave you awed at the skill of the Mourne men. Stop off and go to the Silent Valley resevoir, high in the mountains, with many walks suitable for all levels. The scenic route takes you back round past Spelga Dam and through Hilltown to Kilcoo and boast some of the best scenery in Ireland. Well worth a visit is the Victorian village of Rostrevor the former Irish home of Elizabeth Bowes-Lyons, the Queen Mother, and childhood holiday home of HM the Queen, now the fabulous Fairy Glen and Kilbroney Park. The Church is a lovely, friendly restaurant and is great for food. The Old Schoolhouse teahouse is great for homemade treats. A must is An Chloch Mhór, (the big stone) a huge granite boulder perched 1000 feet on top of Rostrevor Forest Park which was thrown across Carlingford Bay from the Cooley Mountains by the grumpy giant, Fionn Mac Cumhaill. The views from the big stone are stunning and well worth the climb - there is however a carpark near the top of the mountain if you've had too much home-made apple pie in the Old School House! The Kingdom of Mourne and the Mourne Mountains are known as the 'Heartbreak Hills' for a very good reason. Once visited your heart will ache to get back. I certainly left my heart there. I came to Lough Island Reavy Cottage stressed and with my head filled with the day to day troubles of life. The warm welcome I received and tranquility of the cottage very quickly swept everything away. The fresh air and beauty of the gifts that Mother Nature generously bestowed on this part of South Down left me quickly recharged. I felt very much at home rather than on holiday and didn't want to leave. Thank you Philomena and Joe for everything and I am sure future guests will enjoy their stay as much as I did.

The property

Set on the outskirts of the village of Kilcoo in the heart of the Mournes, this detached cottage sits overlooking a beautiful lough after which it is named, Lough Island Reavy Cottage.

In a secluded spot with fields of cows as neighbours, this picturesque location, with stunning views and peaceful tranquillity is the perfect country getaway for couples wanting to enjoy a short stay in a designated area of outstanding natural beauty.

It is an ideal location for hill walkers, cyclists, golfers, photographers and anyone looking a romantic break.

In contrast to the exterior, inside the cottage has a modern and contemporary feel to it with open- plan living space containing all you need to enjoy a wonderful break.

With a neat modern kitchen space where you can cook up something on the induction hub, or leave something to bake in the electric oven.

A breakfast bar acts as your dining area, thoughtfully placed looking out of the window so you can enjoy pretty views of your surroundings as you prepare for an adventurous day ahead.

For those quiet evenings when you have spent all your energy walking around the rolling hills, you can look forward to cosying up on the sofa in front of the woodburning stove and the TV.

The neutral but fresh interior continues into the double bedroom, adding further style with pretty bedding, creating a lovely place to wind down.

Finally, the shower room is a delightful space, completely tiled and home to quality fittings, with a walk-in shower, basin and WC. To the outside you can enjoy views over Lough Island Reavy and the Mountains of Mourne beyond, sit outside and admire your surroundings for a perfect moment of peacefulness.

Drive over to the Mourne Mountains further south for more rugged landscapes and vistas, and explore the many outdoor activities the Mournes have to offer.

Castlewellan Forest Park where you can walk around the lake, explore the grounds within the park containing a Victorian Castle or visit The Peace Maze, one of the world’s largest permanent hedge mazes.

Just a short drive away is the seaside resort of Newcastle with its award winning promenade, cafes, restaurants and welcoming gastro pubs.

It is also home to the world famous Royal County Down Golf Course and Tollymore Forest Park, where Game of Thrones was filmed.

The town of Downpatrick lies north-east, and it is said to be the resting place of Saint Patrick, Ireland’s patron saint, with other historical attractions, Inch Abbey, Down County Museum and Saint Patrick’s Visitor Centre.

Lough Island Reavy Cottage is a welcoming cosy cottage for a perfect break in a great spot to explore this part of Northern Ireland.

Summary

  • All-ground-floor
  • One double room
  • Shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Open-plan living space with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with woodburning stove
  • Oil central heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, washing machine, Smart TV and WiFi
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for 2 cars
  • Lawned garden with patio, furniture, and barbecue
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop within 1.5 miles and pub within1.3 miles

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About the location

KILCOO, COUNTY DOWN

Castlewellan 4 miles; Newcastle 10 miles; Downpatrick 15 miles; Newry 18 miles

Kilcoo is a small village situated in a picturesque area of outstanding natural beauty in the heart of the Mournes. Not far from the Irish sea coast, this village is made up of a convenience store, two pubs which both serve food and a church. The city of Newry is a 25 minute drive from the cottage with much to see and do including shopping, sightseeing and a cinema to entertain. Explore the city of Belfast, home to the Titanic Centre which is an hour away, a place packed with culture and fascinating attractions.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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