Golfkeel Self Catering Cottages are ideal for the business and holiday traveller a like.
Dovedale Cottage NITB 5 Star. is located in Banbridge Co Down. The detached cottage is circa 1,800 square feet over two storeys are set in their own private grounds and gardens, with secure on-site parking for 6 cars.
Located one mile from the town of Banbridge at 15 Ballykeel Road, Ballykeel, Banbridge Co Down the tranquil and peaceful surroundings offer spectacular panoramic views of the rolling countryside. And the Mountains of Mourne, ensuring a stress-free, relaxing break where you can unwind, while still only twenty five minutes drive from the bustle of Belfast.
* Dovedale cottage won the Northern Ireland Tourist Board 25th Anniversary Award for Best Self Catering Cottages for 2002 & 2003 & 2006..
* Dovedale cottage won the Rural Tourism Award for 2004 from the Irish Farmers Journal & Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs for best run Self-Catering Holiday Category.
* Dovedale cottage won the Northern Ireland Tourist Board 27th Anniversary Award for Best Self Catering Cottages for 2004 & 2005
In 2000 under the guidance of owners Oonagh & John O'Neill, Golfkeel was sympathetically converted from barns dating back over 240 years. Lovingly restored, great attention was paid to retaining the original stonework and the end result is three cottages with exceptional character and old world charm, both featuring many period items.
All furniture and fittings were especially chosen and designed to give a relaxed country feeling, with both cottages boasting extremely comfortable family sized accommodation. The three double bedrooms in both Dovedale are all on suite and are further complimented by traditional features such as pine floors, wood burning stoves and private furnished gardens, complete with patio and barbecue areas.
Recent visitors from all around the world have experienced the charm Golfkeel has to offer, travelling from as far as North America, Australia, mainland Europe and the UK.
Dovedale Cottage is wheelchair friendly with Category 1 Status in the National Accessible Scheme for wheelchair users and others with mobility problems.
This central location is an excellent base for exploring Northern Ireland combined with all the modern conveniences needed to make a comfortable base off the main Dublin / Belfast road. For those who like to sit and relax a small Library of books is available to read and enjoy.Parking is also available for six cars and the gardens cover over one third of a acre so there is plenty of room for the kids to play in safety and a large patio is located at the side of the house for the BBQ
Oonagh and John extend a warm welcome to all their visitors and endeavour to make visitors stays as comfortable and stress free as possible.
We look forward to meeting with you soon.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 3 en suites|
|Nearest beach||Newcastle Co Down 30 km|
|Nearest Amenities||300 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Belfast International Airport & Belfast City Airp 60 km, Nearest railway: Portadown & Newry 26 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Fireplace, Internet access, DVD player, Staffed property|
|General||Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Telephone, Table tennis, Games room, Safe, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Furniture||Double Beds (3), Single Beds (6), Cots available (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair available|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available|
|Access||Secure parking, Wheelchair users|
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Please note that all beds in every bedroom can be made up as either two singles or as Superking Size to meet your total requirements.
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We expect Holiday Cottages to be looked after and all units left in a clean tidy state.
Recycling is also requested and several bins will be provided.
Dovedale Cottage is wheelchair friendly with Category 1 Status in the National Accessible Scheme for wheelchair users and others with mobility problems.
We've great holiday cottages located in Banbridge superbly located for activities for all the family - from Kilkeel to Strangford Lough. Northern Ireland's beauty is intertwined with tragic history, rich culture and the renowned friendliness of its people. The wild craggy mountains, splendid lakes and sweeping coastline make it an ideal playground for golfers, watersports enthusiasts, walkers, cyclists, hikers, rock climbers and sailors. There are the beautiful Mountains of Mourne plus the nature reserves of Strangford Lough. But there are lots of things to keep those after a dose of culture enthralled, too. From boisterous oyster festivals to authentic horse fairs, and from ancient castles to elegant country houses, this spectacular part of Ireland is packed with things to do.
1. Ulster Folk & Transport Museum Cultra, Holywood, Co.Down BT18 OEU. Tel +44 (0)28 9042 8428
One of the finest museums in Ireland. The Folk Museum illustrates the way of life and the traditions of the people of the north of Ireland. The Transport Museum displays Ireland's largest and most comprehensive transport collection, from horse-drawn carts to Irish built motor cars, and from the mighty steam locomotives that graced our railways to the history of ship and aircraft building.
2. Crawfordsburn Country Park Bridge Road South, Helen's Bay, BT19 1LD. Tel +44 (0) 28 9185 3621
The Park is situated on the southern shores of Belfast Lough. It is full of variety, featuring 3.5.km of coastline, often rugged and rocky, the two best beaches in the Belfast area, a deep wooded glen with an impressive waterfall at its head, a pond and wildflower meadows with excellent views over the Lough. The Park also includes Grey Point Fort, a coastal battery and gun emplacement dating from early this century and updated during World War 2.
3. Bangor Marina & Pickie Fun Park Bangor seafront
The 500 berth marina opened in 1995. Pickie Fun Park has mute-swan pedalos, train, kids mini pool and adventure playground. There are a number of good eateries close by so this adds up to an easy day out with the kids. As part of the coastal walk you can walk to Crawfordsburn Country Park (further if you wish) or round the other direction to Ballyholme and beyond! For a bit of history don't forget to visit the Town Hall (North Down Heritage Centre ) where an excellent display can be viewed for free.
4. Scrabo Hill Country Park 203A Scrabo Road, Newtownards, BT23 4SJ Tel: 028 91811491
Scrabo Country Park is centred upon the tower built on the summit of Scrabo Hill. It includes the woodlands of Killynether, the disused quarries where Scrabo stone was once quarried, a pond and a prehistoric hill fort with adjacent enclosures and hut-circles. Fantastic views of the surrounding countryside can be had from the top of the tower. Well worth the short climb.
5. Somme Heritage Centre Whitespots Country Park, 233 Bangor Road, Newtownards, BT23 7PH Tel: 028 91823202 The centre commemorates the involvement of the 36th (Ulster) and 16th (Irish) Divisions in the Battle of the Somme, the 10th (Irish) Division in Gallipoli, Salonika and Palestine and provides displays and information on the entire Irish contribution to the First World War. The centre promotes cross-community contact, mutual understanding, an appreciation of cultural diversity, and is a major visitor attraction.
6. Ark Open Farm 296 Bangor Road, Newtownards, BT23 7PH Tel: 028 91820445
The farm opened to the public on 14th August 1990 and since then it has grown in size and in popularity.
The main aim of the farm is the preservation of rare and endangered species of domestic animals. Set in forty acres of unspoiled countryside it is home to approximately two hundred animals of all kinds. Cattle, sheep, pigs, poultry, goats, donkeys, llamas, alpacas, ponies, all so tame and friendly.
7. Strangford Lough
Cut off by from the sea by the Ards Peninsula, except for a 1km wide strait at Portaferry, Strangford Lough is almost a lake. It is 25km long, about 6km wide and up to 45m deep. Large colonies of grey seal live here, especially at the southern tip of the peninsula. Birds abound on the shores and mudflats including Brent geese and eider ducks.
8. Castle Espie Centre 78 Ballydrain Road, Comber, BT23 6EA Tel: 028 9187 4146
A haven for fledgling ornithologists and for a large gathering of geese, ducks and swans. Many of the birds are so tame they will take food form your hand. The best time to visit is between May and June, when the grounds are overrun with goslings, ducklings and cygnets.
9. Nendrum Monastic Site Comber, Newtownards Tel: 028 9054 3037
The monastery comprises three concentric dry-stone walled enclosures with evidence for industrial work outside, including a tidal mill and landing places. The central enclosure has a church ruin with sundial, the remains of round tower and a graveyard. The middle enclosure contains remains of huts and workshops. The outer enclosure is only partly in state care and little is known about it.
10. Mount Stewart House & Gardens Portaferry Road, Newtownards, BT22 2AD Tel: 028 4278 8387
Mount Stewart is an 18th-century house and garden owned by the National Trust. Situated on the east shore of Strangford Lough, a few miles outside the town of Newtownards and near Greyabbey, it was the home of the Stewart family, Marquesses of Londonderry. The house and its contents reflect the history of the Stewarts, who played a leading role in British social and political life.
11. Exploris Aquarium The Rope Walk, Castle Street, Portaferry, BT22 1NZ Tel: 028 4272 8062
The Northern Ireland Aquarium was opened in 1987 to enable the public to view the amazingly diverse marine life that exists around these islands. The conservation village of Portaferry was the ideal location. It is sited on the shores of the Marine Nature reserve of Strangford Lough which contains nearly three quarters of all the marine species to be found in Northern Irish waters.
12. Greyabbey Greyabbey BT22 2NQ Tel: 028 9054 6552
These splendid ruins of a Cistercian Abbey church and conventional buildings are the finest example of Anglo-Norman ecclesiastical architecture in Northern Ireland. The Abbey is set in the beautiful landscaped parkland of 18th century Rosemount House.
13. Castle Ward Estate Strangford, Downpatrick, BT30 7LS Tel: 028 4488 1204
This mid-Georgian mansion is an architectural curiosity of its time, built in two distinct architectural styles, classical and Gothic. The Victorian laundry, playroom, cornmill and sawmill give the full flavour of how the estate worked. Castle Ward demesne covers 332ha (820 acres) of woodland, farmland and gardens, including 14ml of guided walks.
14. Kilcief Castle Strangford Tel: (028) 9023 5000
2.5 miles south of Strangford, Kilcief Castle guards the seawards mouth of the strait. This is the oldest tower house in the county, built in the 15th century by the adulterous bishop of Down. It has some elaborate details and is viewed as the prototype for other castles in the region.
15. Down Cathedral English Street, Downpatrick, BT30 6AB Tel: 028 4461 4922
Down Cathedral is a Cathedral of the Church of Ireland. It was built in 1183 as a Benedictine Monastry. In the graveyard we have the reputed grave of St. Patrick. Magnificent stain glass windows, box pews and beautiful organ case enhances this interesting building.
16. Down County Museum English Street, Downpatrick, BT30 6AB Tel: 028 4461 5218
This former gaol and military barracks where famous United Irishman Thomas Russel (The Man from God Knows Where) was hanged in 1803, now houses the St Patrick Heritage Centre, telling the story of Ireland's Patron Saint and the area's strong links to the founding of Christianity in Ireland.
17. Quoile Countryside Centre 5 Quay Road, Downpatrick, BT30 7JB Tel: 028 4461 5520
The Quoile Pondage National Nature Reserve is situated just outside Downpatrick on either side of the Quoile River. The Pondage was created in 1957 by the construction of a tidal barrier to prevent flooding in the Downpatrick area. Today there is a diversity of habitat and wildlife that make the Quoile a great location to visit.
18. Inch Abbey Downpatrick, BT30 6LZ Tel: 028 9054 3034
These extensive remains are of a Cistercian Abbey founded in 1180, by John de Courcy, who led the 1177 Anglo-Norman invasion of East Ulster. It is set in a beautiful location beside the River Quoile, with distant views towards de Courcy's Cathedral town of Downpatrick.
19. Downpatrick Railway Museum Market Street, Downpatrick, BT30 6LZ Tel: 028 44615779
The railway is Northern Ireland's only full size heritage railway. The railway was founded in 1985 with the intention of rebuilding the entire former Belfast and County Down Railway branch line to Ardglass. However, it soon became apparent that this was an unrealistic goal and instead the railway was or is being rebuilt to Inch Abbey and Ballydugan. It is a not-for-profit society as well as a registered charity and museum. Staffed entirely by volunteers, the railway has been painstakingly rebuilt from nothing.
20. Struell Wells Ardglass Road, Downpatrick, BT30 6RA
1 mile east of Downpatrick, behind the hospital, is the final pilgrimage site associated with St. Patrick. Since the middle ages, the waters from these have been popular cures for all ills, with one well specially set aside for eye ailments. The site's popularity was at its peak in the 17th century and the men's and women's bath houses date from this time
21. Giant's Ring
This earthwork, only 5 miles south of Belfast city centre and west of the A24 in Ballynahatty, is a huge prehistoric enclosure nearly 200m in diameter. It encloses nearly three hectares with the Druid's Altar, a dolmen from around 4000BC in the centre. Prehistoric rings were commonly believed to be the home of fairies and consequently treated with respect, but this one was commandeered in the 19th century as a racetrack. The 4m-high embankment was a natural grandstand and course barrier. It's an impressive and atmospheric place.
22. Rowallane Gardens Saintfield, Ballynahinch, BT24 7LH Tel: 028 9751 0131
Renowned for spectacular displays of rhododendrons and azaleas in the spring. Summer and autumn are excellent times to visit too. Rowallane House was inherited in 1903 by Hugh Armitage Moore, a distinguished gardener who spent 25 years developing the 21 hectare garden.
23. Legananny Dolmen
This is perhaps Ulster's most famous Stone Age monument and is found just west of Slieve Croob (532m). The tripod dolmen is less bulky than most and its elevated position gives it the impressive backdrop of the Mourne Mountains to the south. Legananny Dolmen is situated off the B7, 7 miles south of Dromara, signposted from Dromara and Castlewellan. There is no entrance free and visitors are welcome to visit all year round.
24. Bronte Homeland & Bronte Parsonage Museum
Details of the Bronte Homeland Drive and the Bronte Homeland Interpretive Centre can be found on the first web link. The second web link is for the Museum and the site has information about the lives and novels of the Brontë Family and the Brontë Parsonage Museum.
25. Mourne Heritage Trust 87 Central Promenade, Newcastle, BT33 0HH Tel: 028 4372 4059
For details on the Mournes drop in here or visit their website. The trust has books and brochures on the area, and maps of suggested walks. Guided walks of varying distances into the mountains leave from the centre at 10am at the weekend (ring to double check). Booking essential.
26. Donard Park Southern end of Newcastle town
Donard Park is a public park and is next to the Glen River, which forms the boundary along one side. The park is named after St. Donard, who also gives his name to Slieve Donard, the mountain which the park is at the foot of. The reason why we have included it here is that you will find it is the best place to ascend Slieve Donard itself.
27. Tollymore Forest Park Byransford Road, Newcastle, BT33 0HJ Tel: 028 4372 2428 Tollymore Mountain Centre Hot Rock
The 500-hectare park is almost 2 miles north-east of Newcastle. It has lengthy walks along the Shimna River and the northern Mournes. The visitor centre is in a 19th century church-like barn that has information on the flora, fauna and history of the park. Guided walks are available. Part of the park but with a separate entrance is the Tollymore Mountain Centre with courses on hill walking, rock climbing and canoeing. Hot Rock is a climbing wall also run by the Tollymore Mountain Centre.
28. Castlewellan Forest Park Main St, Castlewellan, BT31 9BU Tel: 028 4377 8664
Located in a dramatic setting of mountains and sea, this is one of the most oustanding tree and shrub collections in Europe. The garden is a mixture of informal and formal design with terraces, fountains, ornamental gates and flower borders. To walk around the forest park's mile-long lake, encountering some intriguing modern sculptures on the way, is to enjoy a great experience of eighteenth-century landscaping.
29. Mount Pleasant Horse Trekking Centre Bannonstown Road, Castlewellan, BT31 9BG Tel: 028 4377 8651
Ireland's leading Riding and Trekking centre in the heart of County Down. Situated within 2000 acres of breathtaking forestry encompassing Castlewellan, Tollymore and the Mountains of Mourne, there's no better way to get away from it all than take to the reigns at Mount Pleasant.
30. Mournes Coast Road
The coastal drive south along the A2 around the sweeping Mournes is the most memorable journey in Down. Annalong, Kilkeel, Rostrevor and Warrenpoint offer convenient stopping points, from which you can detour into the mountains. If you take the Head Road, following the signs for the Silent Valley half a mile north of Annalong, you go through the beautiful stone-wall countryside, past the Silent Valley and back to Kilkeel
31. Silent Valley NIWater WalkNI
Head Road, just east of Kilkeel, leads 4 miles to the beautiful Silent Valley where the Kilkeel River has been dammed to provide water for Belfast. The dry-stone Mourne Wall surrounds the valley and climbs over the summits of 15 of the nearby peaks. Two metres high and over 22 miles long, it was built between 1910 and 1922 and outlines the watershed of the springs that feed the two lakes.
32. Kilbroney Forest Park Kilbroney Park, Rostrevor Tel: 028 417 38134
Situated to the north east of Rostrevor and on the northern shores of Carlingford Lough. There are few parklands in existence which could surpass the beauty of Kilbroney Park. Here mountain, stream, sea-lough and valley conjure up a scenic wonderland. As a backdrop to Kilbroney Park stands the impressive 4,000 acre Rostrevor Forest rising sharply from 30m to 500m above sea level. There is a forest drive and then a footpath to the top of Slievemartin, or a strenuous trek up the steepest side of the mountain.
33. Burren Heritage Centre Warrenpoint
The Burren Heritage Centre is 2 miles west of Warrenpoint. It is housed in the converted National school built in 1839 and is situated in the picturesque Drumlin area above Carlingford Lough at the entrance to the famous Mountains of Mourne. The centre explains the court tombs and crannogs (artificial islands) of the area, along with a collection of embroidery, tolls and bits and pieces rescued from local churches. It has a craft shop and tearoom attached.
34. Newry Museum
Opened in 1986 the Newry and Mourne Museum aims to provide a dynamic and inclusive recreational and educational resource reflecting the rich cultural heritage of the local area. Entrance is free and the small museum contains a detailed history of the town and has some intriguing exhibits, including Admiral Nelson's cabin table from HMS Victory.
The beauty and variety of the Northern Ireland landscape, the compact distances and ever-changing vistas, and the mild climate, make this a wonderful place to explore on foot. And the good news is that Northern Ireland offers a wide range of walks all packed into a relatively small area. This website is your definitive guide to walking in Northern Ireland, giving up to date and accurate information on walks, for the serious rambler and for those who
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F.E. McWilliam Gallery and Studio
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Newry Canal Towpath
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Lough Neagh Discovery Centre
Lough Neagh Discovery Centre Nature lovers will be entranced by the Oxford Island Nature Reserve at Lough Neagh, the largest. lake in the British Isles. Here you can observe a bewildering variety of bird life, With such wonderful names as Great Crested Grebe. The award winning Lougb Neagh Discovery Centre enables the visitor through a series of entertaining audio visual shows, interactive games and exhibitions, not only to learn more about Oxford Island's natural resources, but to enjoy them in a spectacular setting on the water's edge.