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Mary Larkin's Cottage

(Ref. 980017)

Rostrevor near Newry, County Down Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


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

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37 Customer Reviews

  • "Amazing views."

    Quiet and remote, great for romantic weekend. Place needs some maintenance though. Shower head is falling of, water drain in bathroom sink and shower easily blocks. There is mould in the bathroom - ventilation doesn't work. Place needs deep cleaning. Bathroom 2/5., the rest of the cottage 5/5.

    Reviewed by Piotr3.1Feb 2024

  • "The accomodation was charming, rustic, and in a beautiful location surrounded by the Mourne mountains and sheep pastures."

    The host was very nice and met us upon arrival to guide us up the road to the accomodation as the road is narrow and had been washed out due to recent rains. Renters should be aware that rental cars can make it up to the property, but it is slow going and can be a challenging, rough ride especially in the dark. The woodstove was great and helped warm the accomodation while adding to the cozy atmosphere, but make sure to bring your own wood as none is provided. Also be aware that the tap water on location is not advised to drink, but the host provided a water jug for drinking purposes.

    Reviewed by Kenneth3.1Dec 2023

  • "Enjoyable stay and was impressed by the scenery, the road too the property was a bit rural but worth the effort ."

    The cottage was well laid out but the doorstep had a deep bevel in it concealed by a coconut mat which was a hazard that could be easily rectified.Overall wee enjoyed every minute of our stay and would go back in a heartbeat.

    Reviewed by Martha3.8Sep 2023

  • "Overall, we did enjoy our stay, and while the cottage is well equipped and in a stunning location, on balance we will not be returning."

    The positives were the extremely comfortable bed, plentiful hot water, well equipped kitchen, including a very welcome airfryer. The welcome pack consisted of about 150ml of milk, a packet of chocolate biscuits, and a fruit loaf. The location is great for recharging your batteries, in beautiful peaceful surroundings. The people of Rostrevor and Warrenpoint were all so friendly and helpful, we really enjoyed meeting them. The cottage was also immaculately clean. However, the condition of the access route, particularly for the last quarter of a mile renders it not for the fainthearted. The lack of phone signal, and the lack of safe drinking water should all be mentioned when booking. There was a large plastic drum of water, but we could not be confident of drinking it as we did not know how long it was there. Having texted both numbers to arrange key collection, between Thursday evening and Friday morning, without reply, I then phoned on Friday lunchtime to be advised of the arrangements. We arrived about 7. No fuel starter pack, there were two logs, but no means of starting a fire. Outside light was not working. It was a windy evening, we used the bath mat to block the large gap under the front door through which a fairly cold draught was coming. Other issues were less major: sweeping brush handle kept falling off, toilet seat was not properly fixed, the bathroom mirror was over the toilet, with the shaving light being over the sink on the opposite wall, the handle was missing on bathroom cupboard, chips on cup and glass; the washing machine was not available to us, it appeared to be in a locked shed behind the other cottage; the front steps are very uneven and quite slippy. I did text and WhatsApp these issues to the landlord at the end of our stay in the hope the they would be addressed for future holiday makers, but disappointingly we did not receive a reply to either message.

    Reviewed by Caroline3.1Sep 2023

  • "A lovely peaceful location with views out in every direction."

    Ideal location to explore the Mourne Mountains with the Mourne Park wood walk highly recommended. The local ferry across the loch to Ireland is a short drive away. If you want peace and quiet less for the farm animals this is the place for you. One thing to note the final part of the lane to the property is off road non tarmac which may be issue for some. One suggestion is for the property to be signed posted from the main road.

    Reviewed by Antony3.8Jun 2023

  • "A beautiful little cottage in the heart of the Mournes, a truly ‘get away from it all’ location."

    The cottage had everything we needed for our stay with well equipped kitchen and a big comfy bed. Lots of hot water available and good range of outdoor seating from which to enjoy the view. WiFi connectivity wasn’t great but that didn’t bother us, as a matter of fact it was a bonus for those couple of days! We were able to reconnect again once we reached the main road so it wasn’t a problem. We would definitely rebook.

    Thank you for choosing to stay with us. We are glad you enjoyed your break Property Owner

    Reviewed by Martin5.0Jun 2023

  • "This lovely quaint cottage is a great place to to go to get away from hustle and bustle and reunite with nature."

    Reviewed by Cameron5.0Jun 2023

  • "The cottage in general was okay but did not find it very comfortable to relax in, luckily we were out most of the time so it was not a big issue."

    We had major problems with the water, on several occasions we had none, hot or cold, if we had been aware of this problem we could have planned taking showers better. The pans in the oven were not clean, and I did not think it was up to me to clean them, as a result we ate out most of the time and only used the microwave.

    Dear Therese. We can only apologise for the problem with the water. It is not something we have ever experienced before and turned out to be as a result of the warm weather some cattle on the mountain were drinking large amounts of water further up the line. Whilst they were drnking the pressure to the cottage dropped. This lasted maybe 20min to 30 mins at at time. When the cattle had finished grazing that particular part of the mountain the farmer moved them on and the probkem is resoved. I agree you should not be expected to clean dirty equipment and can again only apologise. The cleaner obviously missed these ( which again is unusual) and we would have been happy to have sorted you put with clean pans etc. had we been advised. I am sorry you didn't enjoy your stay. We aim to resolve issues as soon as possible and will try and carry out better checks in future. Thank you for your feedback Property Owner

    Reviewed by Therese2.8May 2023

  • "Lovely cosy cottage."

    As stated this cottage is very remote the road is long and twisty. But views from the house are beautiful. .

    Reviewed by Jane3.8Apr 2023

  • "Lovely stay."

    Bedroom very comfortable and the views amazing. So happy we could share with our dogs. Only negative was bathroom was very cold.

    Reviewed by Zoe4.4Sep 2022

  • "It’s very far up with no."

    Connection for your mobile also freezer does need defrosted as when arrived it had not been defrosted.a basin. Would have been handy to defrost it but other wise good

    Reviewed by Joseph4.7Sep 2022

  • "We had a lovely stay at Mary Larkin's Cottage."

    We had beautiful weather which is always a bonus in Ireland. We breakfasted outside our cottage every morning taking in the wonderful sights and sounds around us. The cottage had everything we needed for the two of us. The kitchen and living area was ideal for our needs. The bedroom with extra large bed and ensuite was perfect. We explored the mountains behind our cottage every evening. The drive up to the cottage with its quirky twists and turns just added to the sense of adventure. Mary Larkin's cottage is close to all amenities. We visited Warren's Point, Rostrevor and Cranfield beach a few kilometres away. The ferry from Greencastle to Carlingford is close by. We visited Newcastle and the Ring of Gullion. One week wasn't long enough to see all this area has to offer. I would highly recommend Mary Larkin's Cottage for a break from all the stress of life.

    Reviewed by Margaret5.0Aug 2022

  • "Lovely wee cottage in super setting,amazing views."

    Welcoming interior,very cosy.Small touches such as milk in fridge,tea,coffee, croissants,rolls. Very good internet but worth knowing no mobile signal until a drive down lane app. 1.5 km,which is rough in places but not a problem. Would recommend and thank you

    Thank you for choosing our cottage. I am glad you enjoyed your stay Property Owner

    Reviewed by Geoffrey4.4May 2022

  • "The lane up to the cottage is long, very rough and difficult to negotiate."

    The cottage is so small that comfort is compromised. The main television is so high on the wall and in such a small roo it strains your neck. Wifi/internet was only working for a day and a half out of seven. The bathroom: shaving light is on a wall with no mirror, the mirror being on the facing wall and around the corner of the shower cubicle making shaving very difficult. The wash hand basin is a corner one but there is insufficient space to stand face on to it. The surface around the basin is too wide making it a an over stretch when cleaning your teeth. The 2 steps to the front door are crumbling and the mats placed over them create a slip hazard. Being advertised as a dog friendly cottage it should also contain a warning about the sheep and other livestock in the surrounding fields. On a positive note the bedroom is a good size with a large comfortable bed and the views from the cottage are beautiful.

    We are sorry you did not find our cottage to your liking. We will investigate your issues and see if we can improve but as im sure you will appreciate all your reccomendations are not possible. Where the cottage is situated you will always get animals in surrounding area. Indeed this is a plus for most visitors. We had a problem with the internet during your visit which was a problem with the Satelite company and beyond our control. We were advised that Russia had knocked the service off for a period. It is now working perfectly again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Stephen2.2May 2022

  • "A cosy cottage, very clean and brightly decorated in a peaceful setting."

    Amazing views looking over Carlingford Lough. Well situated - plenty to visit and do.

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Aug 2021

  • "Perfect location and one of the cleanest ever cottages!"

    This cleaner is amazing

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Jun 2021

  • "The cottages were once shepherds huts, so quite remotely situated, but surrounded by the beautiful Mountains of Mourne."

    Our single bedroomed cottage was well kitted out, large comfortable bed, plenty of hot water and all the comforts of home. Cosy log burner in the living room was most welcome, as the nights were unseasonably cold that week. Sky tv and wifi for any wet days but access to the mountain was nearby and many people come here to hillwalk. Beautiful views of Carlingford Lough from the cottage and the area is teeming with wildlife - watched an Irish Hare suckle her leveret just outside. Spotted linnets, blackcaps and a red tailed kite; birds not overly plentiful in our area of Co.Antrim. Not forgetting Nellie, the resident donkey, who loves her carrots. Very relaxing trip, and both Father Ted and Homer the dogs enjoyed it too. Hopefully, we'll be back.

    Reviewed by Carole5.0Apr 2021

  • "Road to cottage was in dire need of upgrade."

    Lack of good kitchen equipment. Shower door did not close properly. No bbq or decent outside space. The adjacent cottage had the better outside space.

    Reviewed by David2.5Sep 2020

  • "Lovely cottage."

    Very peaceful. Nice views. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by Andy5.0Aug 2020

  • "This is an excellent place to stay."

    Views are spectacular and you will enjoy peace and tranquility.

    Reviewed by Lisa5.0Jul 2020

  • "We got the keys On time, the floor was slightly sticky from cleaning products when we entered."

    We began by running water which was cloudy/brown in the kitchen. Looked at the toilet and the water was flushing up brown. Shower also the same. Lane way to the property needs urgent attention. Shower toilet could do with a bigger extractor fan as once showered the bathroom was soaking wet from walls to floor for the next 24 hours. The shower door didn’t close properly which led to the water leaking onto the floor. The beds in the room where 2 single beds pushed together which meant when sleeping you could feel the join. Beds could do with upgrading as they where hard. Out the back area was messy from wood ETC. Pictures of the property weren’t overly accurate as outside was messy ETC.

    Thank you for staying at Mary Larkin's Cottage and providing feedback on your stay. We're sorry to hear your stay was not as expected. We understand that you had arrived at the property 30 minutes earlier than check-in which would of allowed the cleaning of the property to be finished. Due to the properties location, discolouring may occur however the water is tested and safe. There is also a 5 litre water dispenser in the property filled with fresh drinking water should customer prefer. Condensation can occur in the bathroom if it is not ventilated during use, the extractor fan was tested and working, as well as the bathroom window being able to open. We are unaware of any issue with the shower door, and will ensure this is rectified. The beds you refer to are a super king size zip and link bed, not two singles which are just over a year old, we apologise if they did not suit your comfort. Any queries please don't hesitate to contact Sykes Cottages. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Adam2.2Jul 2020

  • "Lovely location, very surreal would love to live there."

    Road on approach to the cottage had breath taking views

    Reviewed by Thomas5.0Dec 2019

  • "Such a beautiful cottage in a stunning setting, would highly recommend, had such a lovely holiday, beautiful part of Northern Ireland."

    Reviewed by Aine5.0Oct 2019

  • "This cottage is super and we will recommend it to our friends and family"

    Reviewed by Hilary5.0Oct 2019

  • "The cottage is located in the hills with breathtaking views of the ocean."

    It is a very quite location and calm and serene. We enjoyed being surrounded by flock of sheep and seeing cows everyday.

    Reviewed by David4.4Aug 2019

  • "This cottage is in a beautiful location, spectacular views and so quiet and peaceful."

    We found the local community very welcoming and friendly. The is so may interesting sights to see both locally and within easy travel distance that it is an ideal holiday location for both coast and countryside lovers as well as those who like to visit ancient castles and grand country houses. We have already booked a return visit.

    Reviewed by Martin4.7Jun 2019

  • "Loved the quiet location of the cottage, we would love to visit again sometime, ..."

    Loved the quiet location of the cottage, we would love to visit again sometime, but something needs to be done about the track leading up to the cottage x

    Reviewed by Kathleen5.0May 2019

  • "The only thing is if the lane was filled in it’s full of pot holes and stones kept hitting my car, but everything else was brilliant."

    It’s the perfect place to unwind and relax,

    Reviewed by Jordan5.0Apr 2019

  • "We had a fabulous holiday."

    The view from the cottage was tremendous.The accommodation was great, everything you needed and a wonderful log burning stove, very comfortable and felt "very Irish", just what we were looking for. The location meant we could travel easily in Northern Ireland and the Republic. Park and ride from Newry enabled us to have wonderful days both in Belfast and Dublin. Travelled to Glens of Antrim and used the Carlingford Lough ferry, a great day out. Would highly recommend this accomodation, thanks to Eamon and Yvonne.

    Reviewed by Mary5.0Mar 2019

  • "The cottage can get a little damp at times triggering my asthma."

    I did have to take my inhaler a lot but can understand that it's a stone building. The speed of the WiFi was quite slow but we can understand because of the location the speed might not be good. We still had a brilliant time and would highly recommend anyone wanting a romantic break to stay here. The cottage was lovely and the views outstanding.

    Reviewed by Elaine4.4Jan 2019

  • "Stunning views over Cranfield bay."

    Well worth th long bumpy drive up the mountain to the cottage

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Dec 2018

  • "The single lane leading up to the cottage is 2 miles high (measured), with the last few hundred yards in rough stones."

    The lower 1.5 miles is made up of a number of occupied dwellings so traffic can be plentiful at times. I drive a 4x4 so negotiation for me was not a problem on the rough areas and through the stream, a standard car might find the experience challenging. The view is fantastic from the property but mobile signal was non-existant inside the premises.

    Reviewed by Jonathan4.7Sep 2018

  • "The cottage itself was lovely,and the hosts, but we were dissapointed in the lack of wifi at the cottage, and the 2mile single track road with lots of tiny twists and turns and a very rough track for the last part really spoiled it for us, as it was 3am when we arrived off the ferry we couldn't find any signs for the cottage and thinking we had taken a wrong turn somewhere we tried to reverse and hit a boulder wall damaging our car."

    I think maybe more signage halfway down the road would help, we were also looking for signs for Mary Larkins cottage, but when we did get a sign it said Dan White's!

    Reviewed by Jennifer4.4Jul 2018

  • "This was my first dealing with Sykes and will certainly not be my last."

    In a world were customer service is often seen as a chore, the staff at Sykes were superb from start to finish. Everything was very professional and polished. Very impressed. The property owner Yvonne was superb as well, making us feel very welcome, leaving all sorts of goodies for us on arrival and acting as a one woman tourist board for the region. Fantastic loved the trip.

    Reviewed by Damian5.0Jun 2018

  • "Fantastic cottage up a single track road in the hills, with fantastic views (On a clear day) to the sea, you can see the castle and lighthouse."

    Cottage done to a very high standard, and due to the weather being lovely, could sit out in the evening. Ideal for access to the hills for walking, my one and only negative would be the last section of road is very rough, so would not want to take a sports car up, there is a small narrow bridge near the end that takes you over the small river, if you have a 4x4 you could use the Ford and drive over the river, (very little water in it when we were there).

    Reviewed by Shirley4.7May 2018

  • "Having looked for a dog friendly cottage and been very disappointed with the outdated ugly furniture most seem to have that we really wouldn't want to sit on we were delighted to find this lovely cottage decorated and furnished very tastefully."

    The owners are lovely and very helpful. The views are OUTSTANDING, we loved it.

    Reviewed by Alison4.7May 2018

  • "Fantastic location, wonderful cottage, great neighbours."

    The local ferry across to Ireland is a must.

    Reviewed by Barbara5.0May 2018

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  • All ground floor
  • One super king-size double bedroom (zip/link, can be twin on request) with en-suite shower, basin and WC
  • Open-plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with woodburning stove
  • Oil central heating, woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, washing machine, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, WiFi
  • Fuel, power and starter pack inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair on request
  • Ample off road parking
  • Gravel with furniture, patio with BBQ
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 5.5 miles.

The property

Mary Larkin's Cottage is a tastefully finished, charming cottage overlooking the idyllic Carlingford Lough near the Northern Irish village of Rostrevor.

A short drive away you will find the beautiful Cranfield Beach.

There are also a number of golf courses close by.

With the most wonderful views and some of Northern Ireland's most popular attractions at your front door, this is the perfect bolt hole for a romantic couple seeking a well-deserved break.

The cottages are nestled in the heart of the Mourne Mountains which is a designated area of outstanding natural beauty.

The mountains are accessed directly from the cottages - no need to drive anywhere so suitable for walkers.

Kilbroney Park in Rostrevor has one of the best cycle tracks in Europe and has recently been upgraded.

The cottage is also within 10 miles of Game Of Thrones locations.

There are a number of areas suitable for both sea and land fishing.

We are situated within 6 miles of two different harbour towns - Kilkeel and Warrenpoint.

There is a car ferry across Carlingford Lough which can be accessed 3 miles from the cottages.

The Car ferry takes you across the lough to the Republic Of Ireland and the Cooley Mountain Area.

1 hour drive from both Dublin and Belfast airport.

Note: Property can be booked with Ref. 980018, together they sleep six people.

Kilfeaghan Cottages

Rostrevor 5.5 miles. Two similarly decorated, detached ground floor cottages enjoying picture-postcard views of Carlingford Lough and the surrounding mountains - five and a half miles from the beautiful Northern Irish village of Rostrevor. Placed in an idyllic location and with some fabulous opportunities within easy reach, these cottages can be your homely stay all-year-round with friends, family or couples. Both properties benefit from wonderfully finished open-plan living areas, combining charming traditional features with stylish modern touches - both are dominated by stunning stone fireplaces housing enticing woodburning stoves. Pat White's and Mary Larkin's Cottages both host super king-size bedrooms which also offer luxury en-suite facilities, whilst Pat White's also contains a king-size bedroom for extra guests. Fully embrace this uniquely scenic location by taking a seat on the outdoor furniture and soaking it all up, perhaps treat you and your loved ones to a barbecue under the sun. Rostrevor nearby is encompassed by wondrous views whilst offering a modest range of amenities to make the most of. Slightly further afield is the city of Newry, laced with fine architecture and offering high-quality facilities and activities to keep you busy. For a fun day by the sea, Newcastle sits just under 20 miles away, this traditional coastal resort promises a memorable visit. Two characterful cottages to be enjoyed by family, friends and couples alike at any time of year.

About the location


Newry 8.5 miles; Newcastle 19 miles; Dundalk 22 miles

This beautiful village rests on the banks of Carlingford Lough and at the foot of the Slieve Martin in County Down, Northern Ireland. Rostrevor benefits from a selection of places to shop, eat and drink as well as a fascinating history which is dotted throughout the village. Lovers of the outdoors can trek the Rostrevor Forest. The village is known for its annual Fiddler's Green Festival held every July. Some of Northern Ireland's popular destinations come nearby, the stunning city of Newry is just over eight miles away and promises a fabulous day out with its architecture, canal and much else to see and do. Alternatively, Newcastle is a charming seaside resort should you seek a day at the beach. Cross over the border into County Louth in the Republic of Ireland and come across the town of Dundalk, certainly worth the 22-mile trip.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas