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The Potter's Cottage

Downpatrick, County Down

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This quaint, single-storey stone cottage is in the working farmyard near the Lough shore. There is no private garden but there is immediate access to the estate and the shore.

Getting to Northern Ireland couldn't be easier.

The cottage's layout

Ground floor
kitchen, sitting/dining room wood-burning stove, two bedrooms (1 double and 1 twin bedroom, both with en suite bathroom), bathroom with shower over bath and separate lavatory.
Visitor notes

Heating: gas central heating included.

Accessibility: The bedroom and bathroom are on the ground floor but the cottage may not be suitable for wheelchair users.

Please note: there is a working sheep pen behind the cottage. It is used for a maximum of 8 days a year for 2 hours a day. Also for 1 night a year the sheep will be kept in the pen. We do not know which days in the year this will be but if you are concerned we can contact the property for further information.

Cottage details
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Let starts
Saturday
Min stay
2
Dogs allowed
Yes, 2
Cottage ref
019001
Acorn rating What's this?
4
Features
  • Dogs welcome
  • Open fire / stove
  • Pub nearby
  • Coast nearby
  • Romantic
  • Single storey
  • Quirky
  • Remote location
Facilities
  • Cot
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Television
  • Tumble dryer
  • Washing machine
  • Double bed
  • Microwave
  • Radio
Accessibility

Nearby

Things to see and do nearby

Northern Ireland
Visitors on the rope bridge between the mainland cliffs and the island at Carrick-a-Rede, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland. © Rod Edwards

Northern Ireland offers some of the finest scenery in the British Isles. From the magnificent Causeway coast to the wooded Glens of Antrim, from the sheltered waters of Lough Erne to the romantic Mountains of Mourne, the region boasts mile after mile of verdant, unspoilt countryside, quiet roads and long sandy beaches. The National Trust in Northern Ireland protects 120 miles of coastline and 40 square miles of open country side from sections of the North Coast Path to Murlough National Nature Reserve, home to an array of attractive plants and birds. A selection of holiday cottages are available in the counties of Antrim, Down and Fermanagh. Stay at Crom Demesne and wander through this amazing array of open space and wildlife. Relax at the tranquil and beautiful Rose Cottage at Florence Court in Fermanagh or take in the stunning views of of the Mountains of Mourne from a holiday cottage on the shores of Dundrum Inner Bay. Close by you can visit a number of superb National Trust properties including the fascinating house and gardens of Mount Stewart and Castle Ward. Visit the wonderful Castle Coole in Enniskillen or enjoy the spectacular scenery from the Giant's Causeway, Northern Ireland's only World Heritage Site.

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place to visit
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Attractions
  • Seal spotting beside Strangford Lough
  • Strangford Lough Canoe Trail
  • Historic Downpatrick
  • Belfast city
  • Audley's Castle
  • Portaferry
  • Exploris Centre
Activities
  • Canoeing
  • Kayaking
  • Nature Trails
  • Walking
National Trust places to visit
Castle Ward
Castle Ward Interesting 18th-century mansion, famed for its mixture of architectural styles
Rowallane Garden
Rowallane Garden A true plantsman's garden in an informal style -- with trees, shrubs and plants from around the world
Mount Stewart House, Garden and Temple of the Winds
Mount Stewart House, Garden and Temple of the Winds Neo-classical house and celebrated gardens
Murlough National Nature Reserve
Murlough National Nature Reserve An extraordinarily beautiful dune landscape
The Crown Bar
The Crown Bar The most famous pub in Belfast
Divis and the Black Mountain
Divis and the Black Mountain

Visitor comments

Comments from past visitors

  • Douglas Shearer
    • May 2015
    • Co Durham
    Exceptional cottage

    Everything about the cottage was exceptional and I really hope that we will return again next year. Being on the Castle Ward Estate was magical with amazing walks around Temple Water, Strangford Lough and having access to the sunken formal gardens when the visitors have left.

  • Anonymous
    • May 2015
    • Unknown
    Made special by:

    1. The walks with the dogs within the grounds - so much variety - from primrose paths and bluebell woods to lime avenues and lough-side paths. Rising with the May dawn and watching a curlew less than 10 feet away sifting through the weed. The curlew rose and a small wet black head appeared parting the weeds - a young lithe otter undulating and weaving between the rocks - also looking for breakfast. It stayed to enchant for maybe 5 minutes. I returned to the cottage a very happy bunny and put on the porridge for our own breakfast. 2. We were 3 grandmas with some 15 grandchildren between us. How envious they were to learn of our stay at the setting for "Winterfell" from "Game of Thrones". Had very little contact with the estate staff but they all gave us warm smiles.

  • Anonymous
    • July 2014
    • UK
    The secret that makes it special

    It is difficult to put into words how tranquil the setting is once the visitors have gone home. I don't want to encourage others to visit or the secret that makes it special will be lost! The cottage was well presented and the flowers and prepared tea tray awaiting us on arrival were particularly welcome, many thanks to caretaker William.

  • Anonymous
    • June 2014
    • UK
    Kids loved having the freedom to roam safely

    An absolute treat! The cottage is beautiful. Comfortable and warm, with a very cosy fire. Kitchen is fully equipped. Bedrooms and bathrooms are spotless. Great location with plenty to do. Kids loved having the freedom to roam around safely and played endlessly in the adventure park. Staff, especially the caretaker, are outstanding. Would definitely recommend this cottage.

  • Robert Owens
    • May 2014
    • London
    The quietness before and after the public have left

    This was our fourth stay in this cottage we like it so much. My wife has mobility problems so being on one level is ideal. We love the rural location, the walks in the grounds and the quietness before and after the public has left when the only sound is that of the birds and wildlife. We hope to return.

  • Donna Hill
    • February 2014
    • County Antrim
    My special place

    Potters Cottage is a wonderful relaxing location, it is my special place that I treat myself to when ever I can, I always tend to book during the less busy times when the peace, tranquillity and beauty of Castle Ward and Strangford Lough can be fully appreciated. Have always found staff very friendly,helpfull and informative during every visit.

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  • VAT, Linen, heating and electricity (except where shown in the cottage details)
  • We cannot accept website bookings more than 15 months in advance. Please call 0344 335 1287 or email cottages@nationaltrust.org.uk to enquire about future bookings and reservations.
  • The National Trust reserves the right to move cottage prices up or down and to alter date breaks. We also reserve the right to charge supplements for cottages for specific dates covering special events, e.g. Rosetta Cottages on the Isle of Wight during Cowes week. We will notify you of any special event supplements at the time of booking.

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