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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
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
22 April, 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 in Dromore in 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 ...
  • 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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Luxury 5 Star Self Catering Accommodation In Historic Gate lodge with WI-FI.
average rating of 5.0 based on 7 reviews

Newly renovated country home

  • 5 of 5

The home exceeded our expectations. Would highly recommend, but make sure to rent a car.

  • Review Submitted: 09-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We take pride in creating a perfect environment for our guests. Thank you Jim.
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Wonderful stay and wonderful host.

  • 5 of 5

Esther's property is nestled in scenic Irish countryside atop a hill. Both she and the property were wonderful. We greatly enjoyed our stay, and I would highly recommend it to others.

  • Review Submitted: 13-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Clean and comfortable

  • 5 of 5

The gate house was wonderful! The views of the countryside were beautiful! The master bed was very comfortable. If we hadn't had previous plans to head further north we would have stayed longer.

  • Review Submitted: 03-Jun-2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you . We have a wonderful product to offer, and we strive to give our guests a comfortable, enjoyable stay.
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A most peaceful haven

  • 5 of 5

Scions Gate Lodge is a unique and artistic home near Dromore in County Down. It is located in the pastoral countryside and does take about 15 minutes to drive to from the highway. But the scenic drive is well worth those minutes. The facility for all of us proved just right. We had 3 adults and 2 young people. Esther lives near by and is a most conscientious friend if one has questions etc. We would love to return to this haven

  • Review Submitted: 25-May-2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Happy couple

  • 5 of 5

Hi, would like to share with you how lovely this place really is. It has the most breathtaking views,sitting in the little window box you feel miles away.The cottage is second to none it has every you need a lovely little log burning stove.walk in shower,it's really spacious,beds very comfortable.to be honest it's home from home.We have stayed in lots of cottages and none as good as this one.the owner and family are all very helpful really nice people.we are rebooking for our next break. it's only 3 miles from the main dual carriage way leading to all major towns and city's .one word,! Fantastic.

  • Review Submitted: 02-Apr-2013
  • Date of Stay: March 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cosy nest in county Down

  • 5 of 5

In a small rural area, we enjoyed a family break with our 10Y old twins.

The house is very comfortable, spot clean with large bedrooms, soft linen and all amenities available, assorted with magnificent views on the hilly horizon. We agree on all the other comments and highly recommend a stay at Scion Hill Gate Lodge as a nice gateway to visit Belfast and its Titanic museum, Mount Stewart garden, Tollymore forest and many other Northern Irish jewels.

  • Review Submitted: 06-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Abritel, 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
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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