House | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 5
N I T B approved accommodation, The Jays is a modern townhouse in a courtyard setting in the picturesque village of Bryansford. Situated opposite Tollymore Forest Park, close to mountains, lakes, beaches and the seaside town of Newcastle, yet only 45 minutes drive from Belfast.
Our house is well-equipped and comfortably furnished to accommodate families wishing to enjoy the outdoors of the Mourne Mountains, but with all the amenities of a seaside town nearby.
Bed linen and towels are provided (except beach towels) and central heating and electric are included in the cost.
|Size||Sleeps up to 5, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Newcastle under 5 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Belfast George Best ( City) 64 km, Nearest railway: Newry 32 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||Log fire, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (1), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 5|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Further details indoors|
GROUND FLOOR - cloakroom area just inside the front door
- one Double bedroom with Ensuite comprising toilet, wash hand basin and shower;
- Kitchen and Dining area with ceramic hob and double ovens. etc.
- French doors to outside patio garden
FIRST FLOOR - Lounge with open fire in the winter and views of the park and hills across the road;
- Family bathroom with toilet, washhand basin and bath with shower attachment;
- One single bedroom;
- bunk bedroom to sleep two
|Further details outdoors|
There is easy parking in the courtyard at the front of the house and at the back a secure fenced patio garden .
We supply a welcome pack of tea, coffee, sugar, milk and butter with biscuits or scones. There is also enough of the following to at least start you off: - washing up liquid, pot scourer, dishwasher powder, clothes washing powder and conditioner, hand soap in kitchen and bathrooms and 2 toilet rolls per bathroom.
During Winter, we set the fire and leave a complimentary basket of logs.
We have recently fitted blackout blinds for all bedroom windows. These come complete with safety catches to prevent any pull cord accidents.
Also recently added is WiFi internet.
Our aim is to provide a home from home so you should find that the kitchen in particular will have some extras - baking equipment, electric food steamer and an electric slow cooker. The latter is great for ensuring that you can come straight in from a day's outing to find a home cooked meal ready to welcome you!
There are a couple of supermarkets in Newcastle - Tesco and Lidyl - and a very handy village shop / post office just across the road from us. Here you can buy all the essentials including more logs for the fire. The nearest public phone box is also across the road near the shop.
Plenty of good restaurants, bistros and pubs can be found in the local area. Details of these can be found in the information folder in the house, or from the Tourist Information Centre in Newcastle.
Throughout the house (apart from the stairs and landing) there is easy clean tile or wood flooring.
We have family and some visitors who suffer from asthma, so hope you will appreciate our reasons for ensuring that this is a non smoking and pet free house.
The County Down region
.We consider ourselves very fortunate to own a holiday house in Co Down. This county has so much to offer:
NATURAL SCENERY GALORE - from mountains to blue flag beaches and forest parks, fields and rivers and lakes all within easy distance of each other!
HISTORY - we are steeped in history - from St Patrick's trail and cathedrals and monastic sites to castles, dolmens, a windmill (Ballycopeland), museums and National Trust Properties.
ACTIVITIES - too many to list them all. Mountain sports, water sports, fishing etc, cycling, archery, golf/ putting, swan pedal boats, children's play parks, equestrian, rambling...
SHOPPING - we are close enough to Belfast and Newry to benefit from designer shops.
CULTURE - everything from pub nights and Irish music to oyster festivals art galleries and plays; also Belfast Waterfront Hall and Grand Opera house are only 20 miles away.
FOOD - as in most areas now food places range from Mitchelin starred restaurants (Holywood and Newry) to fast food places such as McDonalds and KFC. So something to suit all. Newcastle is lucky to enjoy a good choice of eateries.
GOLF - it has to be remembered that the Royal County Down Golf Club - within 3 miles of our house, is considered the best course in the world outside of USA.
To give you an idea of distances - the Giant's Causeway up north in Co Antrim is just over 2 hours drive away.
Newcastle, Northern Ireland
Newcastle, Castlewellan and the Mourne area generally lends itself to a host of outdoor activities for all ages, however, with such beautiful scenery to walk or drive through, it can also be a joy to relax in.
Percy French immortalised this area in his song - the Mountains of Mourne sweep down to the sea!
Tollymore Park across the road from us is highly recommended. Children can enjoy rolling down hills , climbing trees, jumping over stepping stones across rivers. There are many specimen trees in the arboretum.
The Exploris Aquarium in Portaferry is worth a trip for those interested in local sea life. An interactive tank with skates is fun.
Try not to get lost in the maze in Castlewellan Forest Park - I still need to be guided from the viewpoint!!.
If you want an interesting pony trek Mount Pleasant Horse Trekking Centre is on the outskirts of Castlewellan.
Teenagers may enjoy mountain boarding at Surfin Dirt not too far down the road from us, or the indoor climbing wall at Hotrock - part of the Tollymore National Outdoor centre - within walking distance of our house.
Life Adventure Centre in Castlewellan Forest Park - organises many activities - archery/ kayaking & more.
Newcastle public library must surely have the best view of any.
The very popular Mauds cafe offers great light meals with a view and Pooh Bear ice-cream.. The Cookie Jar has great home made broth and wheaten bread.
My list could go on and on. I have an information pack in the house with a sample of local activities / events / places to go. Visit Newcastle Tourist Information centre for lots more..
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5 Aug 2014
"Simply couldn't be better"
The Jays is by far the best self-catering accommodation we have ever stayed in. We've been 3 times now, and wouldn't hesitate to go back. The cleanliness is flawless, and everything is main… More
Thank you so much for your very lovely review. At The Jays we aim to provide clean, comfortable accommodation in an area of great natural beauty and are always pleased to welcome returning guests.
15 Jul 2014
"Excellent home from home"
Tracie Ray Jessica 14 Ben 12 Cerys 3 Callum 21 mths. We stayed here at The Jays for a week and we absolutely loved it. The house was immaculately clean and very spacious. It had everything a family ne… More
Thank you so much for your lovely comments. We do our best to provide a clean, comfortable house for family stays and are delighted you enjoyed your time at The Jays. We would be very happy to see you again.
23 May 2014
"Excellent base for the Mournes"
We stayed in The Jays for a week's walking holiday. The location is an excellent base for exploring the Mourne Mountains.The cottage met our needs perfectly. We need somewhere that is convenient … More
Thank you for your kind review - we are pleased you enjoyed your stay at The Jays. We do our best to provide comfort together with practicality. Thank you also for your suggestion - we are always happy to hear of ideas for improvement.
27 Jan 2014
"Highly recommend this holiday property..the owners think of everything"
I travelled alone from Canada for this trip and spent approx two weeks just prior to Christmas. I could not have made a better choice as to where to stay. Aside from the tremendous scenary that the Mo… More
Thank you so much for your kind words. We aim to provide a clean, comfortable house for stays away from home and are delighted you enjoyed your time there. Thanks also for the lovely gift of Maple syrup - we are all thoroughly enjoying this.
5 Nov 2013
"A fantastic all round experience..couldn't be better"
We arrived at this beautiful house late at night and upon arrival found the owner had left us with milk, butter, biscuits,fresh flowers, adequate tea and coffee and toffee apples for the kids as it wa… More
Thank you for your kind and enthusiastic review. We love the position of our house in the foothills of The Mournes where there is easy access to all the area has to offer, as well as proximity to our capital city.
2 Jul 2013
"Beautiful family home in a wonderful location"
We travelled to the Jays with a 4 year old, Mum and Grandparents. It exceeded our expectations! It can be difficult to find properties to suit 'extended family' groups. The Jays is excellent in this regard. The double room has an en-suite on the ground floor and the family bathroom is on the first floor with the other bedrooms and the living room. This meant we all had plenty of space and privacy as well as a spacious living room and kitchen for when we all wanted to be together.
The house itself is exceptionally clean and well appointed. The furnishings, crockery etc are both plentiful and of good quality.
The house is in a lovely location, it is quiet and the back garden, while small, was lovely to sit out in while the weather was good and for the little one to play in. The Tollymore Forest Park is literally across the road. We went there every day to play football, walk and explore the forest. We even saw a red squirrel!
Newcastle is a great town for family holidaysand is ony a couple of miles away, the beach is fun, cafes and amusements abound! We also took a day trip to the Giants Causeway, which is a 2 hour drive but well worth it!
All in all, we all loved 'The Jays' and hope to return.
19 May 2013
"A great place to stay"
My Mother Sister and stayed at the Jay's for four nights May 2013 and had a thoroughly enjoyable if too short a stay. the weather was poor so we had more time to enjoy this beautifully appionted home. The first floor lounge is a refreshing change from the norm being both comfortable and easy to keep cleen, being on the first floor gave a better view of the mourne mountains, the televison and DVD player worked well on those wet days. The Kitchen is well appointed with full instructions for all the apliances. We all agreed that would be happy to return to the Jays hopefully next year.
3 Mar 2013
"Excellent house :)"
Stayed for 3 nights and was amazing. Was a very clean and tidy house and the location was perfect. I would recommend this house to anyone and we will be staying again.
23 Nov 2012
"Home from Home!"
Me, my husband, my parents and our 2 year old stayed at the Jays for 3 nights. Lovely house which was spacious, clean & cosy. Fresh flowers, wood for the fire, toys & all the small things were there which Judy thought of:) Great location. Close to Newcastle town, Tolleymore pk & other sight seeing places. Judy has folders for everything with alot of information which was handy. Would stay again if I was ever in the Co.Down area, great house :)
23 May 2012
"Bank Holiday Weekend"
The Jays is a lovely modern cottage just opposite the exit gates of Tollymore Forest Parkit is in a quiet village and perfect for a long weekend break. The Jays is very clean tidy and easy to maintain… More
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