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Make a holiday rental home or self catering cottage in County Down, Northern Ireland your home away from home

County Down is home to areas of real natural beauty, perfect for anyone wishing to explore the great outdoors on foot, by bicycle or on horseback. There are also a fascinating range of towns to explore, including the southernmost part of Belfast. Mountainous regions and areas of historical and cultural significance make this a popular destination for holidays to Northern Ireland.

Things to do in County Down, Northern Ireland

County Down is one of the most beautiful areas in the Northern Ireland. Its size allows anyone to enjoy its splendor with majestic mountains and areas of outdoor beauty with wide varieties of waterfowl and various species of birds. From the highest peaks of the Mountains of Mourne to the beautiful environment of the National Arboretum, there is a bit of everything for all nature enthusiasts. Walking, cycling, horseback riding, and fishing are very popular from County Down cottaegs. Equally enjoyable are the many gardens within County Down. Mount Stewart House has pristine gardens of several styles and varied plants and trees. Equally visited gardens include Saintfield, which is well known for its many azaleas and rhododendrons.

Equal attention to the beautiful coastal areas in County Downs is recognized in places like its golden beaches and natural harbors. History and beautiful outdoor areas provide the perfect environment in this seaside and inland oasis. Guest houses and County Down self catering cottages are the ideal way to discover such areas.

When traversing through this northern area of Ireland you can find examples of beautiful textiles when shopping for Irish linen, as well as finding many County Down artisans specializing in handcrafts that range from glassworks and confectionaries to jewelry and slate crafts.

Places to stay in County Down, Northern Ireland

Finding the most celebrated areas of history are the best manner, in which, to truly understand the significance of Northern Ireland’s County Down. One of the most well known areas is the burial site of Saint Patrick at Down Cathedral. Drumore High Cross is a legendary place in County Down. Symbolized by a Celtic cross, ruins include the old town stocks where past residents were locked publicly. Other medieval structures include areas of Newry, considered the first protestant church, dating back to the late 1570’s. Newry is also home to a canal which is architecturally significant, because it used the same methods of construction as the ancient Romans. Castle Ward is surrounded by beautiful woodlands and a fine example of Georgian architecture, as well Killyleagh which was used by its inhabitants for over 800 years.

A comprehensive history of the area is found in the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum, providing a good introduction to the areas heritage. County Down is also particularly fascinating for its many unique species of sea life which are showcased within its open sea aquarium.

Weather in County Down, Northern Ireland

Temperatures in County Down are largely influenced by warm surface waters on the ocean, giving the area mild temperatures. A few days of snow occur per year.

Flights to County Down, Northern Ireland

Belfast City Airport (BHD) is located within County Down, making self catering County Down cottages wonderfully accessible from the rest of the UK and Europe. A hire car is strongly recommended to all visitors to County Down, especially those wishing to explore the Mountains of Mourne of the many golf courses that adorn the countryside.

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                                          Compact and Cozy!

                                          5 of 5
                                          Hi I stayed for 3 nights at La Petite and although I didn't meet the owner in person, I found the accommodation to be in excellent condition with everything one could want for a short stay provided - it was quiet, comfortable & cozy and the wheaten bread, butter & jam was a perfect after our 2 hour drive on Sunday evening! I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to Newcastle & I would highly recommend this property to anyone thinking of visiting this area. If I visit this area again I will definately come back here if it's available or not booked.
                                          • Review Submitted: 17-Aug-2016
                                          • Date of Stay: Aug 2016

                                          Absolutely stunning apartment, with amazing views.

                                          5 of 5
                                          The apartment was stunning. It had a beautiful view and was very well stocked. It was a joy to wake up in the morning to the view over Dundrum bay. It was incredibly spacious with the added advantage of an ensuite. There is a second double room which again is very pretty and spacious, with a third single room with plenty of room for a younger child. I truly couldn't have asked for a nicer place to stay in and we will be returning. All communications with Janet were brilliant, she was very friendly and helpful. There's so much to see in and around Dundrum including the Mourne mountains which are the main backdrop to the view from the apartment. The Dundrum Inn is a friendly local pub serving the best Guiness which is a must. Just up the street from the apartment is the local fish and and chip shop which serve the best food. We found that a serving was sufficient for 2 as they were large! All food is cooked to order so be prepared to wait, however they're definitely worth the wait. A few yards from this is the local shop stocking a wide range of foods, fresh coffee, ice cream and housing an ATM. Newcastle is a short drive which has a wider range of shops and supermarket. We stayed for 2 weeks but truly could've stayed for another 2 as there is so much to do and see around the area, alongside further a field up the Causeway coastal route and the North. I recommend you take the time to drive around Ireland and uncover it's beauty and if you're a Game of Thrones fan then there's lots of filming locations to visit.
                                          • Review Submitted: 07-Aug-2016
                                          • Date of Stay: Jul 2016

                                          A glimpse of heaven

                                          5 of 5
                                          We were warmly welcomed by Noel and Mary,the owners who showed us around this immaculate and well appointed appartment. We were given both their phone numbers in case a problem should arise, (we only needed to use this once when hot water ran out and it was sorted almost immediately) We have stayed in appartments all over the world,some 5 star, but this has definitely been the best yet both for location and facilities. Our young grandchildren loved rambling through the ruins of Dundrum castle, and an exciting visit to the Butterfly farm at Seaford. Meals out were in Mourne seafood bar and the Bucks Head both within walking distance and both very good. On days spent in nearby Newcastle,lunch in the Olive bazaar and dinner in Vanilla restaurant was enjoyed by all. We would hope to return to this lovely appartment and would not hesitate to recommend it.
                                          • Review Submitted: 07-Aug-2016
                                          • Date of Stay: Jul 2016