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Pretty Cottages in Historic Village, Close to Beach and Attractions - Rose Cottage, Greyabbey, Strangford Lough, Co.Down, N.Ireland

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Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

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Rose Cottage, Greyabbey, Strangford Lough, Co.Down, N.Ireland

Rose Cottage is deceptively spacious with a large living room with an open fire, one large bedroom with ensuite bathroom, spacious kitchen with dining area and a sunny courtyard perfect for alfresco dining. There is a sofa bed in the living room which is suitable for one adult or two children (Please note that the bathroom can only be accessed through the bedroom). The cottage has a lot of character and charm and was featured in a number of home interior magazines including "25 Beautiful Homes", "Ireland Homes and Interiors" and "House Beautiful".

The cottage was recently renovated and has all modern conveniences to ensure you have a relaxing and comfortable stay. Bed linen, towels and tea towels are provided. We also keep a supply of essentials such as tea, coffee, sugar, cling film, aluminium foil, soap etc.

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About the property

Quaint Cottages Greyabbey

Rose Cottage and Lilac Tree Cottage are pretty, traditional Irish cottages which date back to 1860. They are located on a street of stone cottages on the edge of the small historic village of Greyabbey with its Cistercian abbey dating back to 1160. The abbey is set in beautiful parkland and is just across the way from the cottage, the perfect spot for walks and picnics. Greyabbey has a number of historic buildings and a selection of antique and vintage shops, restaurants and coffee shops.

The cottages have been recently renovated and are furnished with a mixture of vintage and contemporary pieces yet maintain rustic charm with all modern home comforts.

Rose Cottage is deceptively spacious with a large living room, master bedroom with ensuite bathroom, large kitchen with dining area and a sunny courtyard perfect for alfresco dining.

Lilac Tree Cottage is quaint and cosy with a sizeable living room, seperate kitchen, 2 bedrooms, bathroom with overhead shower, large decked area and pretty garden with views of the Abbey.

Rose Cottage has been featured in "25 Beautiful Homes" and "Ireland Homes & Interiors" Magazines.

The cottages are within easy walking distance of the abbey, local park, boutique shops and restaurants and just a short drive to the beautiful beach and harbour of Ballywalter. Major supermarkets and amenities at Newtownards are just 10 minutes drive away. All major attractions of Strangford Lough are on your doorstep including the pretty villages of Portaferry and Strangford, the historic town of Downpatrick and stunning National Trust properties and gardens at Mount Stewart and Castleward. All the major attractions of Northern Ireland are accessible including Belfast just 30 minutes drive away, the Mourne Mountains 50 minutes drive and the North Coast with the Giants Causeway 1.5 hours drive. It is a superb location for a family holiday as you have a wealth of options to chose from - a fabulous long sandy beach, play parks, aquarium, petting farms, play cafes, adventure playgrounds, canoeing, windsurfing and quad biking to name but a few! The cottage is equally suited to a romantic getaway or family holiday.

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Janet Hamilton
Member since: 2003
Speaks English, We can communicate in writing in most languages
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18 February, 2017

About Janet Hamilton

Rose Cottage is owned by my husband and I. We have 2 children aged 7and 9 years. My husband is an artist and I am self-employed. I manage this cottage and our other rental properties in Dundrum, Ireland and the South of France. I also work freelance as a management consultant within the voluntary sector. Our other rental properties are: 'Bayview' Dundrum, listing no. 86767, 'Jasmin Villa', St Paul de Vence, South of France, listing no. 486700 and 'Mimosa Villa', St Paul de Vence, South of France 18909. We pride ourselves in offering a 'home from home' experience for our guests by ensuring our properties are comfortable, stylish and well equipped.

Janet Hamilton purchased this cottage in 2013

Why Janet Hamilton chose Northern Ireland

Simply, it was love at first sight! We couldn't believe how spacious the cottage was and loved the original features. We knew it would give us great pleasure to renovate it and bring it up to modern standards while maintaining its charm. We hope we have succeeded!

What makes this cottage unique

Rose cottage is a lovely characterful cottage with a lot of charm and yet all modern conveniences. It enjoys a peaceful location right at the edge of the village which has lovely antique shops great for a potter and a peruse. The coffee shops 'The Hoops' and 'No.14' are both excellent as is the Wildfowler Inn and Restaurant which has won a number of awards. A close drive away you have Harrisons coffee shop and garden centre which has a large terrace overlooking Strangford Lough. It's location is stunning and the perfect spot to enjoy a coffee or a meal. Eden Pottery just outside of Millisle, 10 minutes drive, has great coffee and homemade fare to enjoy. You can also pick and paint pottery if you fancy. You are also a short drive to Ballywalter, a lovely beach perfect for walks, rock pooling and making sandcastles of course! We also love the fact that the wonderful National Trust properties of Mount Stewart and Castleward are on the doorstep. The gardens and lake at Mount Stewart are particularly special. Any number of outdoor activities are available including canoeing, horse riding, windsurfing and sailing. Despite its peaceful village location you are easily accessible to all the main tourist attractions of Northern Ireland. We believe it is the perfect location for a romantic or family holiday!

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Exceptional! 5/5 -
(22 traveller reviews)


Lovely cottage in great location

  • 5 of 5

The cottage has all that is required for a relaxing stay in Greyabbey, clean, tidy with all mod cons included. The village is well situated for exploring the Ards peninsula, Strangford Lough and south Down. There are plenty of excellent pubs and restaurants in the area, including in the village itself and there are many places to visit close by of both historical and natural heritage interest.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Excellent accommodation fabulous warm welcome

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful cottage well equipped and ideally placed for so many attractions, had a wonderful holiday

  • Review Submitted: Oct 15, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Charming, Quaint, Clean, and Comfortable

  • 5 of 5

Rose Cottage met and exceeded my expectations! I I would highly recommend this little cottage if you are looking for authentic Irish! Janet was the perfect hostess and made us feel so welcome.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 7, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Loverly cottage, very well equipped

  • 5 of 5

Rose Cottage is a lovely cottage, that is very well equipped. Very stylish indeed. The kitchen in particular is very spacious and has a warm feel. Janet made us feel very welcome.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful property with lovely features and warm welcoming feel.

  • 5 of 5

Had a lovely stay in County Down. We enjoyed grey abbey itself a lot and explored the whole area. We would recommend Castle Ward and Mount Stewart.

The place itself was lovely and we relaxed thoroughly. We found everything we needed within the cottage and we enjoyed the décor and ambiance.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Great feedback Jon. It was lovely to meet you. We do love Castleward and Mount Stewart ourselves - it's fantastic having them on our doorstep to enjoy! Glad you liked the cottage and enjoyed your stay.
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A Rose In Bloom

  • 5 of 5

This charming and delightful cottage captivates the imagination and creativity of the owners Janet and Ken. The cottage displayed lovely artefacts and each room had its own personality.

On arrival the lights and heating were switched on and a welcome basket of lovely savouries and wine were appreciated.

The cottage is clean, comfortable and well equipped. Logs were in the fire basket but were not needed. There are two barn doors and it was lovely listening to the world passing by and birds singing. We enjoyed a cuppa out in the secluded patio area displaying plants and lighting.

We met Janet who is a charming hostess and knows how to spoil her guests.

The cottage exudes tranquility at its best and we enjoyed our stay so much and have rebooked. The village and surrounding area are a magnet for touring and a "get away from it all" break.

Thank you Janet and Ken for the lovely memories.

Raymond and Ann

  • Review Submitted: May 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are very touched by your kind and thoughtful comments Ann. We're so pleased that you appreciated the cottage and the surrounding area. It was such a pleasure meeting you and having you as our guests!
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Greyabbey, United Kingdom

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 75 m²
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • village
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Ensuite bathroom with shower cubicle, wc
  • Please note that the bathroom can only be accessed through the bedroom
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Master Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Cot , ensuite bathroom
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Garden ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing

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