Holywood Hill Country Cottages
Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
Holywood Hill Country Cottages are new holiday cottages in the heart of the North Down tranquil countryside, yet only ten minutes drive from Belfast, Titanic Quarter, City Airport, Bangor, Newtownards, Dundonald and Holywood, a great location to explore Northern Ireland. The cottages, set in 8 acres of private grounds with an extensive area for secure parking, have recently achieved a 4* rating from the Northern Ireland Tourist Board and have everything you need for individuals, couples or families to enjoy a wonderful holiday.
There are two cottages available, named after the townlands in the Holywood Hills. Ballydavey cottage, on the ground floor has two large bedrooms and sleeps 4. Ballycultra Cottage, on the first floor, also has two large bedrooms and sleeps 3 - this cottage has the attraction of a beautiful balcony to relax and enjoy the uninterrupted views over Belfast Lough. Both cottages are fitted out to a very high standard with electric central heating and solar panels, and come complete with free WIFI, dishwasher, microwave, fridge, cooker with glass hob, large television, DVD player, bed linen, towels and a welcome pack. There is also a fully equipped laundry room with washing machine, tumble dryer and ironing facilities. A large outdoor grass area, outdoor chess, BBQ facilities and Ballymenach forest walks across the road will ensure you experience the relaxation of countryside living.
We warmly welcome families, walkers, cyclists and golfers, as the beautiful Ulster Way and many golf courses, including the famous Rory McIlroy's local club, are only a few minutes drive away. Visitors are always impressed with the variety of unique shops, restaurants, wine bars and cafes' in Holywood as it is an excellent location for exploring Belfast, North Down and beyond.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Sea Park Recreation Grounds or Crawfordsburn Count 6 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||3 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Belfast City George Best Airport, Belfast, BT3 9JH 8 km, Nearest railway: Holywood Train Station, Marine Parade, Holywood, B 4.5 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
The County Down region
The town of Holywood is a welcoming gateway to North Down, located just off the main Belfast to Bangor carriageway. Holywood has won the NI Amenity Council Best Kept town awards many times, and in 2013 once again, won the coveted Best Kept Medium Town Award. Visitors will be impressed by the variety of unique and specialist shops and cluster of historical and welcoming pubs. These are complemented by award-winning restaurants, cafes, delicatessens and wine bars. Home to our famous professional golfer Rory McIlroy who in 2007, became the youngest player ever to earn his card on the European Tour and winner of the 2011 US Open and 2012 PGA Championship.
Holywood is also famous for its maypole at the crossroads in the centre of town. Its origin is uncertain, but according to local folklore it dates from 1700, when a Dutch ship is said to have run aground on the shore nearby, and the crew erected the broken mast to show their appreciation of the assistance offered to them by the townsfolk. The maypole is still used for dancing at the annual May Day fair when the town comes alive with market stalls, entertainment and traditional dances by local children around the Maypole.
During its annual Jazz and Blues Festival in June, a colourful New Orleans style band parades along High Street playing the jazz classic "When the Saints Go Marching In". This is highly appropriate as Holywood's foundations were laid by Saint Laiseran who founded an Abbey in the woods in AD620. His Celtic Abbey was later destroyed by Norman invaders and replaced by Holywood Priory built about 1190. There is a Norman motte in the town which may have been constructed on an earlier burial mound and Holywood Library is also housed in an impressive and imposing building of historic interest which was completely refurbished in 1992.
The "Johnny the Jig" bronze statue can be seen outside the children's playground in the centre of the town. Created by the eminent Holywood sculptress Rosamund Praegar in the 1950's, it commemorates a boy killed on the roads and preaches the sanctity of children's lives.
Several wooded parks surround Holywood and offer spectacular panoramic views of the City of Belfast and across the Lough to Carrickfergus. Seapark in particular comprises bowling greens, soccer pitches, tennis courts and a putting green. Landscaped areas and a children's playground area good starting point for the North Down Coastal Path, which runs 16 miles to Portavogie.
Sporting facilities include Holywood Yacht Club and two Golf Clubs, while the Queen's Hall acts as a venue for concerts and community events.
Finally, the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum, illustrating the way of life and traditions of the people of Ulster is close by, at Cultra.
Northern Ireland is a country of beauty and variety; and no part of it combines so much of each in so neat and compact an area as the heart of Down. The world knows that 'the Mountains o' Mourne sweep down to the sea' - at Newcastle. The sea itself invades the land, forming the great bird sanctuary and yachting paradise of Strangford Lough. St Patrick sailed into the lough in A.D. 432 and eventually died - at Downpatrick.
The Ards Peninsula with it's rolling drumlins and protected coves forms a shelter for the waters of Strangford Lough.
Patrick Bronte, whose three daughters became great novelists, inspired them by tales of his youth in the Bann Valley. The quiet river valley from Banbridge to Rathfriland is nowadays called The Bronte Country.
Here is a concentration of delights for which you would motor many miles in other places - firm, clean beaches; shoals of sea fish and rivers full of game and coarse fish; championship-standard golf; two superb forest parks; two cathedrals; castles and gardens: boating. bird-watching, walking and pony trekking
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20 Aug 2014
"Unbelievably excellent accommodation"
We are a family of 5, 3 children 4 and under and the lengths went to by Wendy & David to make sure we had everything we needed was wonderful. Providing a cot for our youngest and a bed rail for our mi… More
Whooow! I don't know what to say to such lovely comments. Glad the little ones were happy with everything too - always a bonus! Thanks for sharing the memories of your holiday and we look forward to seeing you all again. David and Wendy
7 Aug 2014
"Totally perfect in every way!"
We recently had an extended stay in this fabulous property. It is comfortably furnished and spotlessly clean with everything you could need for your stay. The welcome pack is a lovely touch and includ… More
To be honest your family staying at the cottages, bringing such appreciation for the countryside and wildlife, really made us value the beautiful surroundings once more. Thanks for a lovely review, and we'll continue to keep in touch. Wendy
2 Aug 2014
"Stunning place to stay"
We stayed for a long weekend, fabulous place to stay. Stunning location and the accommodation is 5 stars. We arrived to beautiful welcome basket of goodies and a warm welcome from David. Wendy was ver… More
Thanks a million for your 5* review. Delighted you enjoyed your stay at Holywood Hill. David and Wendy
20 Jul 2014
"Wonderful location convenient to Belfast & quite rural setting"
The Holywood Hill Cottages are well furnished and extremely comfortable. The games room/laundry was a bonus - we just didn't get a chance to play the Wii! We found it really convenient for Belf… More
Thanks for a lovely review - glad you and your young family enjoyed a holiday in Ballydavey Cottage. Yes, although we are a countryside location there is so much close by for families to visit and enjoy. David and Wendy
16 Jun 2014
We stayed here for 2 nights and we loved it. The cottage was spotless and had everything we could ask for including fresh milk, butter, bread and freshly laid eggs from the hens outside. The beds we… More
'Perfect' - What a compliment! Thanks a million for your review and glad you enjoyed your short stay at Holywood Hill. Wendy and David
26 May 2014
"Just great place to stay in Northern Ireland"
We recently stayed at the Cottages and they are extremely good,well maintained and with every amenity you would need. Quite close to Belfast and with the shops and restaurants of Holywood nearbyExcell… More
Thanks for your kind comments --- we're glad you found us too, as it was lovely having you stay at Holywood Hill. Kind regards. Wendy
15 May 2014
"Excellent cottages and lovely hosts"
I stayed in the Ballycultra cottage with my wife and 3 yr old for 3 nights. The cottage was immaculate and tastefully decorated. Everything was nicely taken care of. The hosts Wendy and David were ext… More
Thanks for taking the time to review the cottages. Your comments are a great insight into the personal service we provide at the cottages. Best wishes. Wendy
30 Apr 2014
"Fantastic Accommodation in a Beautiful Location"
We stayed just before Easter with our 2 children aged 6 and 11 months and these apartments are totally new and spotless. The owners, Wendy and David, made us feel very welcome and went out of their wa… More
Thanks a million for taking the time to give such a detailed review of your holiday at our cottages. Really glad the kids had such fun in the open countryside. Thanks again for the kind words. Wendy
22 Apr 2014
"Lovely cottage, beautiful views, great hosts"
Wendy and David are the perfect hosts - friendly and helpful but unobtrusive. The cottages are clean, well equipped with quality fixtures and fittings. Lovely views, peaceful surroundings.… More
Many thanks for taking the time to be our very first reviewer of our new cottages and for such lovely comments. Delighted that you enjoyed your stay at Holywood Hill. Best Wishes. Wendy
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