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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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                                        Recent Reviews

                                        Simply The Best

                                        5 of 5
                                        My wife and I have just returned from spending a wonderful two weeks in Chances apartment. This was our third visit and it easily lived up to its five star rating. Everything about the apartment is top class and it is very well equipped from the furniture to the crockery and bedding. The beds are very comfortable and the place is spotlessly clean. As pensioners we very much appreciated the lift and parking outside the front door. Nicer people than Noel and Mary don’t exist, they are very friendly and bend over backwards to help you. I would have been happy to have never left the apartment as the views from the picture windows and the balcony are breathtaking. There are many types of birds and even a few seals which follow the tide in and out of the bay looking for fish. Dundrum has two pubs and two good restaurants as well as a general shop with a post office and filling station. About three miles away the seaside town of Newcastle is well worth a visit with its fine promenade and abundance of shops and cafes. For the energetic the Mountains of Mourne start abruptly at Newcastle and there are several forest parks within a few minutes drive. About forty minutes drive will take you to Belfast and the Titanic centre. John Quinn Arnside, Cumbria
                                        • Review Submitted: 24-Jul-2016
                                        • Date of Stay: Jul 2016

                                        Fantastic accommodation

                                        5 of 5
                                        The apartment is in a fantastic setting and the photos are very accurate. Property was spotless and Lisa did every thing she could to get us in to the property earlier. Would certainly recommend this to anyone interested in a peaceful and fascinating setting. I am not a bird watched but found myself with the binoculars checking out the grey herons, oystercatchers and the delightful seal who came to entertain most evenings about 9pm. The Seafood Bar was excellent, the Spar convenient (nice bread). The National Trust carpark at Murlough was great and a pretty setting that allowed a short walk to the beach or a walk in to Dundrum or Newcastle or a relaxing picnic in the carpark area. Tollymore Forest has always been a favourite of mine and it did not disappoint. All in all a great place to stay.
                                        • Review Submitted: 16-Jul-2016
                                        • Date of Stay: Jul 2016

                                        surprisingly large cottage

                                        5 of 5
                                        Surprisingly large cottage in a lovely setting. Well equipped and an impressive kitchen.
                                        • Review Submitted: 02-Jul-2016
                                        • Date of Stay: Jun 2016