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Luxury 5 Star Self Catering Accommodation In Historic Gate lodge with WI-FI.

Bedrooms 2
Space 2,000 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

2 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom Spacious Gate lodge With Stunning Rural Views


This is 5 star luxury self catering accommodation in a beautifully refurbished early victorian gatelodge.

Located midst the drumlins of scenic Co Down, it is ideally located to explore local country towns. Visit historic Dromore where invading Normans built a mound and there is the remains of a castle.

Five miles from the lodge, the A1 carriageway gives guests quick and easy access north to Belfast (30 minutes drive) and the Country Antrim coast, south to Dublin, west via the M1 motorway to Fermanagh lakelands. Drive west to the scenic Mourne mountains (40 minutes) via Slieve Croob and the viewpoint at the Windy Gap.

Golf, fishing, cycling, swimming, horse riding and cinema facilities within a short drive.

Many good local pubs and restaurants are located in nearby towns and by.

For those who like to shop we are close to Belfast, Sprucefield and the Outlet at Banbridge.

The rural location ensures a stress free and relaxing break.

The accommodation has two large double bedrooms with super king size or single beds. The main bedroom has an en suite shower room. The main bathroom has a bath and shower.

The modern, fully equipped kitchen and dining room provide a relaxing area for family dining or for a romantic meal "a deux"!

The large sitting room has comfortable sofas and a wood burning stove and TV/DVD and a selection of books and board games.

A fully equipped laundry room has an area to hang outdoor coats and shoes.

Luxury bed linen and towels are supplied. A folding bed and cot can be supplied at no extra cost. The accommodation is all on one level so suitable for wheelchairs and disabled access.

More Details

Esther Ervin
Member since: 2012
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
20 September, 2018

About Esther Ervin

This beautiful gatelodge is at the entrance to our Family Farm which was purchased in 1923. It was originally built as a Porters Lodge for the Gentleman's Residence which is Scion Hill. When my Grandfather purchased Scion Hill it was occupied by workers from the family Flax Mill. In 2010 we decided that it should be refurbished into Self Catering accomodation. The original part of the building is now a spacious Kitchen and Living Room while there is a luxurious new extension housing bedrooms, utility room, bathrooms and a hall. The property is very light and airy with high ceilings, large rooms and plenty of windows to enjoy the view.

Esther Ervin purchased this cottage in 1923

Why Esther Ervin chose Dromore

This is a unique property to stay in. It combines the original historic building with luxurious modern facilities.

For special guests there is a small welcome pack of locally produced food.

What makes this cottage unique

Relax in modern luxury while staying in a historic lodge built in 1840.

Watch the birds in the wooded garden, and dine outside when weather permits.

Guestbook comments from the owner

It was a pleasure to meet you and your charming family David.
May 2016
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage around the Dromore around the Banbridge

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Catering available
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 14:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • En suite bathroom - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , This bathroom is wheelchair friendly.
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , The full length bath allows for leisurely relaxation.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 2 Single Bed , Can have a king or twin beds. The bathroom is adjacent.
  • Bedrooms 1 and 2. Each bedroom has either super--king or twin beds with luxury mattresses. There are large fitted wardrobes, bedside cabinets and reading lights, a hairdryer in each room. Bedroom 1 has an en suite wet room.
  • Books ...
  • Games
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • 1 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • Miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • hunting
  • hunting small game
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • Rock Climbing
  • sailing
  • snorkelling
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Stay in an early Victorian gate lodge, but with professionally designed added amenities!


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(12 traveller reviews)

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Luxury 5 Star Self Catering Accommodation In Historic Gate lodge with WI-FI.
average rating of 5.0 based on 13 reviews


  • 5 of 5

Such a comfortable and relaxing place to stay. Great views of the surrounding countryside and when you want the city it’s only a 30 minute drive into Belfast.

  • Review Submitted: 25-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Robert. Please come again and enjoy our historical location with the advantages of modern conveniences.
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Idyllic country retreat

  • 5 of 5

The house is clean and well equipped with spacious modern bedrooms and kitchen and a cosy sitting room. Well away from noise but within easy reach, by car, of the nearby towns, such as Hillsborough, Downpatrick, Bambridge and more. Would love to come back.

  • Review Submitted: 13-Sep-2018
  • Date of Stay: August 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful cottage

  • 5 of 5

Amazing accommodation, they thought of everything, great location, would definitely book again. Thank you

  • Review Submitted: 18-Aug-2018
  • Date of Stay: August 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great Location; Great Cottage!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in this beautiful gatehouse in July 2018, when it was very hot, so the garden with shady areas, and the gorgeous, enormous, cool bedrooms were very welcome. The rest of the accommodation was also lovely; nicely decorated, clean and well equipped.

Esther, the owner who lives nearby, was kind and very helpul but inobtrusive, which I think is what most holiday makers want from a host.

The location of this cottage was ideal for us. It's 10 miles from Belfast and it was easy to access all the main roads to reach anywhere in Northern Ireland. We took our own car, and a car is essential as the location is very rural.

We stayed 10 days and enjoyed every minute. The scenery, tourist sites, and mostly the people, were fabulous, and we'll definitely return, both to Northern Ireland and this fantastic cottage.

  • Review Submitted: 09-Aug-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful peaceful property

  • 5 of 5

Host was helpful. Very quiet and peaceful property. Car is necessary. Not far from Belfast and Royal County Down.

Thoroughly enjoyed my stay.

  • Review Submitted: 24-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fabulous Country Setting

  • 5 of 5

During our 17 day tour of Ireland we stayed in 5 different homes. We voted this home as the nicest. All of the homes had something special about them. However, this home was Irish living in the purest sense. The home was immaculate! Nicely equipped kitchen, comfy beds and furniture. We especially liked the heavy curtains in the bedrooms that kept the room dark. We found that the sun was rising at around 4:45a and it brightened things up quite a bit. The curtains did their job well, since we had no intentions of rising at that hour. The Master bedroom was spacious. The king size bed was very comfortable. The best part was the cool walk-in shower in the master bath. You just have to see for yourself to know what I'm talking about. We liked the way the house was laid out. Kitchen, living room to the left of entry and bedrooms, baths to the right. Plenty of windows! Best of all for the city dwellers there is a field right next to the house that contains sheep and cows. Not a few but many. Country living at it's finest without all the work that farmers have to put in on a daily basis. All you have to do is enjoy the wonderful landscapes and the fresh air. If you are looking for a great escape from the big city hustle and bustle, this is your place. Don't think you'll be disappointed. Sorry, forgot to mention, make sure you get your groceries before heading in so you won't have to be bothered with it later. Then, you will have all you need for maximum enjoyment.


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  • Review Submitted: 28-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
George Best Belfast City Airport
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Thymes Square, Dromara. Boyles, Dromore
Nearest Ferry
20 Miles
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Nearest Train
12 Miles
Nearest Motorway
6 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
8 Miles
The Plough Inn
Nearest Beach
17 Miles
Car: recommended

Centrally located for the mourne mountains and co down coast, titanic center, Belfast, Dublin, fermanagh lake lands, giants causeway and the north antrim coast. Golf, fishing, cycling, swimming, horse riding and cinema facilities within a short drive. Many local pubs and restaurants close by. The historic Georgian village of Hillsborough is a 10 minute drive away as well as best kept village moira. For those who like to shop we are close to Belfast, lisburn, spruce field and the outlet ban bridge. The rural location ensures a stress free and relaxing break.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £5
Refundable Damage Deposit £100


Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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