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The Potter's Cottage

Downpatrick, County Down

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This quaint, single storey stone cottage is situated on the on the shores of scenic Strangford Lough and the beautiful Castle Ward estate, just a short hop from Belfast. The cottage offers cosy accommodation including an open fire in the living room. It is located in the historic working farm yard on the demesne which together with the clock tower featured as Winterfell in the HBO Game of Thrones, now moving into its seventh series.

Although the cottage doesn’t have a private garden, the grounds of the demesne open to 8pm during high season offering walking, cycling and horse-riding trails which sit alongside the stunning landscaped demesne area of Temple Water. There is plenty of space to relax and enjoy this special waterside location, a fine example of a traditional Irish Farm yard. As well as the grounds, the house itself is a fascinating mixture of Classical and Gothic architectural styles and houses an extensive collection of treasures.

Further afield, why not visit the fascinating Murlough Nature Reserve, a 6000 year old sand dune system, on the edge of Dundrum Bay and the Mourne Mountains which is a haven for birds, butterflies and wild flowers. You can explore this site using the network of paths and boardwalks.

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
Let starts
Min stay
Dogs allowed
Yes, 2
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  • Dogs welcome
  • Open fire / stove
  • Pub nearby
  • Coast nearby
  • Romantic
  • Single storey
  • Quirky
  • Remote location
  • Cot
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Television
  • Tumble dryer
  • Washing machine
  • Double bed
  • Microwave
  • Radio


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, campsites and bunkhouses 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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  • Seal spotting beside Strangford Lough
  • Strangford Lough Canoe Trail
  • Historic Downpatrick
  • Belfast city
  • Audley's Castle
  • Portaferry
  • Exploris Centre
  • 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

  • Adams
    • March 2016
    • ...
    Charming cottage

    The charm of the cottage, the gorgeous walks and the close availability of a great restaurant in Strangford - the Cuan made our stay enjoyable.

  • Tony Stevens
    • October 2015
    • ....
    Fabulous setting

    You allowed us to stay in Potters Cottage with our dogs. We and they enjoyed it immensely. The setting is fabulous. Your staff were all brilliant and helpful. We had a slight problem with the central heating boiler not working, but your team (Andy) sorted it out and a repair man arrived and fixed it very efficiently.

  • Perry
    • October 2015
    • .....
    Tasteful furninshings

    We loved the attention to detail, and the tasteful furnishings in the cottage. The situation on the edge of the Lough was amazing.

  • Alan Freeland
    • July 2015
    • ----
    Made enjoyable....

    Access to grounds and the nearby shore of Strangford Lough. Friendly, helpful staff. We have stayed at the Potters Cottage every year for about 12 years. In the past few years the number of visitors has risen considerbly, especially as a result of the use of the cottage and surrounding buildings as a film location for Game of Thrones. This creates a potential conflict of interests between occupants of the cottage and visitors, taking photos, staring in windows, parking inconsiderately etc. Staff were helpful in trying to solve this situation, but firmer and more visible directions on where to park are needed. The National Trust Cottages information is outdated and perhaps rather misleading in suggesting that the only likely disturbance might be sheep spending a night in pens behind the cottage!

  • 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.

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