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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
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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 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

  • 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.

  • Rachel Fry
    • August 2013
    • England
    Wonderful backdrop for wedding

    Potters cottage was very close to our wedding marquee site down by the lough shore, it was an ideal location to stay and gave a wonderful backdrop for some of the wedding photographs. Lovely cottage, in a lovely location.

  • Janet Bailie
    • July 2013
    • Northern Ireland
    Castleward is just wonderful

    Keep up the good work, and congratulate yourselves on work well done so far. We have been going to Castleward every year for over 20 years to visit and find it improves year on year. The bicycle trail and the marked walking trails are particularly welcome. It would be worth thinking about a little tree pollarding here and there to maximize the views of Strangford lough. I particularly liked the wooden viewing platform at the highest point of the site, which isn't marked at all on the brochure, but is new in the last couple of years. You could do a straight path up to this from the horse car park for those less able to hike the whole site. Weather depending this could offer a view of the Mournes. The brochure for the trails could be improved. I would like a plain paper line version printed in map format with contour lines, like a mini os map, done in a format that the local site could print up themselves. Location fabulous, Castleward is just wonderful, being in the centre of the farmyard was fun, the cottage was lovely, very homely, and the kitchen really well equipped for a holiday let.

  • Anonymous
    Very pleasant holiday

    Very pleasant holiday. We were more than pleased with everything and had a lovely time, lot's to see and do, great weather.

  • Anonymous
    Beautiful place.

    Excellent all round. Staff extremely helpful - beautiful place.

  • Helen Mead
    Would like to visit again.

    May we thank you for your kind attention throughout our stay - we have thoroughly enjoyed the Potter's Cottage and would like to visit again.

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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 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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