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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.

Parking: There is space outside the cottage for 1 car.

Garden: Visitors have immediate access to the grounds of the estate which are especially tranquil when the property is closed.

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

Utilities: There is an ice box only at the cottage.

Tour: Castle Ward’s historic farmyard is the location of HBO's Game of Thrones® Winterfell. Guests staying at Potters Cottage are offered the opportunity to join one of our Winterfell Orientation Tours. This tour explains how Winterfell was created. The tours last approximately 20 minutes and run at 10:00 and 13:00 on a daily basis. To book a place, just pop along to the reception team at Castle Ward.

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
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Dogs allowed
Yes, 2
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  • Dogs welcome
  • Open fire / stove
  • Beach Nearby
  • Pub nearby
  • Coast nearby
  • Romantic
  • Single storey
  • Quirky
  • Garden Appeal
  • Remote location
  • Cot
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Television
  • Tumble dryer
  • Washing machine
  • Double bed
  • Microwave
  • Radio
  • Fridge


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


Comments from past visitors

  • Mrs L Western-Williams
    • January 2017
    • Surrey
    Could have stayed forever

    Just such a lovely area, William the caretaker was so helpful. Loved the cottage and the quiet, great time of year to visit and not all that far to visit other sights and National Trust properties. Wonderful site for dogs, such great walks on the estate. We had a wonderful time, could have stayed forever.

  • S Poole
    • September 2016
    • UK
    Beautiful house

    it is the most beautiful house in the most beautiful place. We are always given privacy and the most wonderful opportunity to feel at home.

  • Diane Staton
    • June 2016
    • West Yorkshire
    Had the grounds of Castle Ward to ourselves!

    Having all the grounds of Castle Ward to ourselves first and last thing particularly as we had hired cycles, made our holiday enjoyable.

  • Elaine Adams
    • March 2016
    • Co Antrim
    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.

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Prices include:

  • 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 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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