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Carol Cottage

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Kilkeel, County Down Show on map


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  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Games Room
  • Broadband / WiFi

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16 Customer Reviews

  • "Lovely well maintained cottage in a beautiful location."

    Everything in the cottage works exactly as it should. Perfect for a quiet break.

    Thanks so much David Property Owner

    Reviewed by David5.0Sep 2023

  • "It was a beautiful cottage, incredibly comfortable and had everything we needed for our stay."

    We struggled to find it a bit as it was getting dark and we approached from a different direction to the instructions so perhaps some additional instructions would be good? Or a sign for Carol Cottage at the end of the approach road? The cottage is beautiful, the views are stunning, we loved it there

    Reviewed by Clare4.7Sep 2023

  • "A lovely property, well maintained and in a beautiful location, with lots to see and do."

    This is our second stay here and that in itself gives an indication as to how we rate this property. Would highly recommend.

    Glad you enjoyed your second stay Gerard Property Owner

    Reviewed by Gerard5.0Aug 2023

  • "Carol Cottage is a hidden gem."

    A lovely home from home in a beautiful part of the world. A short journey and you're in the Mourne mountains. Close to Kilkeel with its amenities to stock up on groceries there is literally something to do every day with reach. If you're looking for a base to go a bit further either up to Belfast or down to Dublin then this is the place to stay. The donkey's in the neighbouring field and local duck on the lane make it a special place. Highly recommended, you won't be disappointed.

    Reviewed by Andrea5.0Jul 2023

  • "The hing on the bedroom window was broke and the handle on the livening window"

    Thank you for bringing this to our attention, we would kindly request that guests notify us of any such issues DURING their stay so that we can resolve them at the time. On inspection, one of the window handles in the living room can indeed be detached but it does not detract from the functioning mechanism. However, it will be replaced immediately. Both bedroom windows have been checked and are working as they should be and as described in the instruction manual: a quarter turn of the handle only opens the upper part of the window. A half turn of the handle opens up the window as if opening a door and is intended as a fire escape (as per Building Control Regulation requirements). Property Owner

    Reviewed by Denver4.4Jul 2023

  • "Lovely little cottage with wonderful views."

    Comfortably decorated. Very clean. Great rural feel (esp with the neighbours ducks and geese!), even though town is only 5min drive away and has an asda, eurospar, takeaways etc. Would definitely recommend. My kids loved it!

    Great to hear, glad the kids had a good time! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Rob5.0Jul 2023

  • "Very nice and cozy cottage."

    Beautiful views and quiet and peaceful location. We were very happy that we could take our dog with us as the cottage is pet friendly. There are many modern facilities in cottage and we had everything we needed. I would recommend this place and hope we will be back next year

    Thank you for the review, so glad you enjoyed your stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Elena4.4Jun 2023

  • "Carol Cottage was absolutely delightful, the view from the sun room was lovely - the Mournes and the sea."

    My three-year old granddaughter loved playing on her scooter in the courtyard, and the older ones made good use of the games room. The ducks in the lane (owned by the cottage next door), the sheep across the road and the donkeys in the field behind the cottage were a bonus! I would recommend Carol Cottage to anyone looking for a peaceful escape for a few days, or longer, the cottage had everything we could possibly need and was more than comfortable.

    Thanks you for the kind review, so glad you enjoyed your stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Helen5.0May 2023

  • "Carol cottage is set in a beautiful location, with stunning views of the mountains and Carlingford lough."

    The cottage was clean, comfortable and a genuine home from home, with everything you could ever need - and more! The maps and local information proved very helpful in our choice of destinations.

    Thank you for the kind feedback, glad you had an enjoyable stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Barry5.0Apr 2023

  • "A wonderful week in Carol Cottage , accommodation and location perfect for our purposes."

    Very comfortable, I would definitely make a repeat booking.

    Reviewed by Helen4.4Oct 2022

  • "We spent a wonderful week at Carol Cottage, which we thoroughly enjoyed."

    The cottage is very well equipped, comfortable, and clean. The beds are comfortable, there is great fibre internet and smart TV in the lounge, and the sunroom and patio really make the place perfect for relaxing in. And there was even a small food / water bowl for the dog in the kitchen. The heating works very well as there were a few cool nights. There was a great communication with the owners of the cottage, and the instructions to the cottage were easy to follow and comprehensible. The location is amazing with great views of Carlingford Lough and Slieve Foye. We were delighted by our neighbours - a flock of sheep, 3 donkeys, and some chatty ducks. There are fantastic walking and hiking paths, and we can also recommend local honey from the neighbouring cottage, as well as the chocolate factory just minutes drive away. The only tiny suggestion we would make for down the road improvements would be to replace the small fridge with a dishwasher (since there is a nice, big fridge in the kitchen already) and as far as cosmetic changes, perhaps a new mat for the bath.

    Thanks so much for the kind review, so glad you enjoyed your stay. We are going to seriously look at the plumbing feasibility of installing a dishwasher in place of the small fridge (if it's possible we hope to get this done later this year). We will also replace the bath mat, thanks for letting us know about that. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Magdalena5.0Jul 2022

  • "Excellent holiday accommodation and particularly the location which was ..."

    Excellent holiday accommodation and particularly the location which was beautiful, tranquil and yet close to necessary amenities

    Reviewed by Martin5.0Jul 2022

  • "Lovely cottage in such a tranquil and relaxing setting."

    Was very comfortable and having the conservatory as well as the games room to hang out in meant everybody got the space they needed. The hammock and sun loungers were a nice touch too. Lounge was comfortable and TV and broadband was excellent. We all loved watching the ducks go about their business and the kids loved playing with the friendly cats and patting the donkeys. Kitchen was fine, if a little short of worktop space and we kind of missed having a dishwasher to chuck dishes into but that's a minor complaint. Beds were very comfortable, had some great sleeps!

    Reviewed by Colin4.7Jul 2022

  • "The only suggestion we would make would be that the fitted small fridge in the kitchen might be replaced with a dishwasher as there is also a good sized free standing fridge freezer already."

    Othjerwise the cottage was well equipped, the neighbours (and ducks) were very friendly and the location was excellent.

    Reviewed by Richard4.7May 2022

  • "A paradise in the country."

    Very clean and fabulous cottage with amazing scenary. Owner is extremely welcoming and warm, can't wait to go back. This place is my new haven. Thank you Robert.

    Reviewed by Geraldine5.0May 2022

  • "For us as a couple, the peaceful location on a narrow lane off a minor road was ideal."

    We often used the little conservatory with its views down to Carlingford Lough and, in the other direction, to some lower hills of the Mournes. The cottage was well-equipped and furnished.

    Thank you for your kind review, glad you enjoyed your stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by John5.0May 2022

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  • Northern Ireland Tourist Board approved accommodation
  • Single-storey
  • 1x Twin and 1 x King size double
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC.Kitchen/diner
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove (please bring your own kindling and wood)
  • Conservatory and games room
  • Double sofa bed available for flexible sleeping arrangements
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer, Smart TV, WiFi
  • Oil fired central heating, electric power
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent Off-road parking for 2 cars
  • Front walled garden with large lawn area - ideal for badminton and ball games, rear patio with seating with fantastic views out to the sea and mountains
  • Outbuilding with games room, table tennis and mini pool table
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome - must be supervised at all times in the garden
  • Note: Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 3.4 miles, pub 4.2 miles

The property

Boasting exceptional views overlooking Carlingford Lough and surrounded by the Mountains of Mourne and ancient lands, Carol Cottage is a fantastic pet-friendly dwelling for couples or a family of four (or more if utilising the onsite sofa bed) and their canine companion(s) who are seeking an adventure to the Emerald Isle. Park-up in a designated space for two cars, just opposite the front door, before unloading your bags and taking in your breath-taking surroundings. Step into the traditional country-style kitchen/diner, featuring a handy washer/dryer, here you can whip up delicious meals for your loved ones, ready to enjoy at the dining table over a bottle of wine. After dinner, why not soak up the last of the day’s sunshine out on the private patio with your favourite tipple or wander across to the lawn area or games room within the traditional Mourne stone walled garden where you can look out over the stunning views towards Carlingford Lough. As the evening cools, retreat to the sitting room, where you can kick-back and relax on the plush sofas as your favourite show plays out on the Smart TV and your pooch takes up their favourite spot in front of the crackling woodburning stove. Wash away the day with a relaxing soak in the bath or freshen up with a shower, before catching your rest in one of two well-presented bedrooms.The first offering a king size double and the second a pair of single beds. In the morning, wake-up with a steaming cup of coffee in the cosy sun lounge where you can enjoy the magnificent views in their entirety. Walkers will have found their haven at Carol Cottage, with beautiful mountain hikes available right on your doorstep, previously voted the ‘Best Walking Destination’ in the Northern Ireland’s WalkNI’s awards.

On your doorstep you can expect granite tours, incomparable views and smuggling history, as well as the nearby Kilbroney Park which boasts one of Europes best down hill mountain bike courses.

For your local amenities, take the short drive into Kilkeel, where you will find a good selection of pubs, restaurants and cafes, as well as well-stocked convenience stores and supermarkets. Those looking to test out their swing can do so at the excellent Kilkeel Golf Club, or if that isn’t your thing, why not enjoy a leisurely stroll along Kilkeel’s picturesque harbour (one of Great Britain’s largest working fishing harbours), make a stop at the Seascope NI Lobster Hatchery and Marine Research Centre, or relax, unwind or workout at Kilkeel’s leisure centre equipped with state of the art gym, steam room, sauna and jacuzzi? For a day the beach, head to nearby Cranfield where you can bathe or take to the waters on your kayak, paddleboard or canoe, overlooked by the Magnificent Mountains of Mourne sweeping down to the sea, or pay a visit to the resident Cranfield Alpacas. Greencastle rests nearby and is home to a remarkable 13th-century castle, a must-see for any history buffs.

Alternatively take a day trip via the short ferry ride across to Carlingford in the South of Ireland (Irish Republic). Slightly further afield you will find the bustling city of Newry, where you can enjoy the delights of Newry and Mourne Museum, and array of shops and department stores, as well as the superb National Trust Derrymore House.

Or if you are a “Game of Thrones” fan, you will find Carol Cottage conveniently located for trips many of the series’ filming locations such as Banbridge and Tollymore Country Park. All this and more awaits with a stay at Carol Cottage.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £250.

About the location


Newcastle 13 miles; Newry 18 miles; Belfast 50 miles

Kilkeel, a well-stocked harbour town, sits as the main fishing port on the Down coast and is one of Ireland's major fishing fleets. Hosting its 14th century church and laying just south of the glorious Mourne Mountains, this is one of Northern Ireland's finest holiday spots. The town itself boasts a pretty marina and a wealth of friendly spots to shop, eat and drink. For a worthy day trip, a short drive up the coast will take you to popular Newcastle, a charming coastal resort with seaside entertainment and much to see and do. A journey inland leads you towards the city of Newry which promises a memorable visit with much to keep you occupied including sightseeing and shopping. A lengthier drive away is Northern Ireland's capital, Belfast, a place packed with culture and fascinating attractions.

Please note: From March 2023 the property will have 3 bedrooms and sleep 6.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas