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

Bedrooms 1
Space 807 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking



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. Foxglove Cottage extends to the rear of Rose Cottage. It is a modern barn-like cottage with a fabulous open plan kitchen, living and dining room with wonderful views on to a large, private garden.

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 and pretty garden to the side and rear with views of the Abbey.

Foxglove Cottage has 3 bedrooms - 2 double and 1 single and one bathroom. The cottage has a large double height open plan living, kitchen and dining area with French doors leading onto a delightful large garden.

Rose Cottage and Foxglove Cottage can be rented together giving a sizeable space which will accommodate up to 8 guests.

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 cottages are equally suited to a romantic getaway or family holiday.

We have additional rental properties in Dundrum, a stunning 1st floor apartment with mountain and bay views, listing 86767; and a small but characterful 2 bedroom villa in St Paul de Vence, French Riviera, with stunning village views and a shared pool, listing 486700.

I am a World Host Accredited Service Provider with a commitment to customer service excellence.

Our cottages are registered and approved by the Northern Ireland Tourist Board.

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Janet Hamilton
Member since: 2003
Speaks English, We can communicate in writing in most languages
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Calendar last updated:
19 January, 2018

About Janet Hamilton

The cottages are owned by my husband and I. We have 2 children aged 12 and 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 am also actively involved in the Greyabbey Community Association. Our other rental properties are: 'Bayview' Dundrum, listing no. 86767, 'Jasmin Villa', St Paul de Vence, South of France, listing no. 486700. 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 Greyabbey

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! In recent years we purchased and renovated Lilac Tree and have just added Foxglove Cottage to our list of rentals.

What makes this cottage unique

The cottages all have their own unique character and charm cottages with all modern conveniences. They enjoy 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 Lekker and Hoops are excellent. You can also enjoy excellent food at Alchemy, Tuk Tuk and the Wildfowler restaurant and bar. A close drive away you have Harrisons coffee shop and garden centre which has a large terrace overlooking Strangford Lough. Its 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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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Greyabbey in Ards

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 807 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Max. adults: 3
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • * Please note that this is a one bedroom cottage. The bathroom is only accessed through the bedroom. The sofa bed accommodates 1 adult or 2 children
  • * The cottage is not suitable for parties. We ask that noise be kept down after 11pm in the evening (especially in the kitchen).
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 ...
  • 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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Rose Cottage, Greyabbey, Strangford Lough, Co.Down, N.Ireland
average rating of 4.9210525 based on 38 reviews

Perfect in every way

  • 5 of 5

Stayed here for my wedding recently and it couldn't of been more perfect so cosy and homely was so relaxed getting ready there and it made for a great back drop for our pictures absolutely loved every bit of it!!

  • Review Submitted: 06-Dec-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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The charming Rose Cottage

  • 5 of 5

The property has been styled beautifully with the period look sympathetically maintained. All through the little touches which have been added are very sweet and well thought out. Firing provided, wine, coffee, t bags and much more. Very comfy bed. Loved it. Would highly recommend it.

  • Review Submitted: 28-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Quaint, homey, comfortable. Great location and wonderful host

  • 5 of 5

This is the 2nd property of Janet's that we've stayed in. Consistently wonderful. Janet communicates clearly and frequently and has added all those wonderful extras that make you feel comfortable. Location was perfect including the restaurants and butchers. Hope to visit again

  • Review Submitted: 19-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I’m so pleased that I got to meet you and your daughter on this occasion Kelly! It was such a pleasure having you as our guests and I hope we have the opportunity to welcome you back to one of our properties again some day.
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Lovely Quirky Cottage

  • 5 of 5

We had lovely stay at Rose Cottage. The cottage is quirky with lots of interesting objects in every room. It is well place for touring around County Down and the beautiful Strangford Lough area and visiting Belfast.

  • Review Submitted: 27-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your feedback Michelle and glad you appreciated the cottage and its decor. We enjoy collecting bits and pieces from the local antique and vintage shops which we hope adds to the ambiance for our guests.
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Gorgeous cottage!

  • 5 of 5

Our first impressions were what a gorgeous place! We were staying there after our wedding and the chocolates and prosecco were such a lovely gesture!! The decoration was gorgeous and unique! Just a small niggle was that there was no coffee in date and no soap in the bathroom however this did not negatively impact on our stay! Would recommend to anyone!!

  • Review Submitted: 18-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your feedback Jennifer. Apologies about the coffee - I do keep a regular check on the pantry supplies so I’m sorry it wasn’t topped up on this occasion for your stay. We always have a supply of shower gel/shampoo which is in the cupboard below the sink and perhaps got overlooked. We enjoyed having you as our guests.
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Beautiful country cottage in a gorgeous location! Will most certainly visit again!

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I stayed in Rose cottage for 4 nights while attending a friends wedding in Grey Abbey.

We loved the cottage from the moment we walked through the door, it so quaint and has a really nice home away from home feeling. Its far from the 'clinical' experience of luxury hotels in the best way - cosy!

The owner was a delightful lady who was very accommodating but left us in peace, she lived nearby and offered to wash our clothes as she was in the process of purchasing a new washing machine.

The log fire going and a nice drink in Rose Cottage is a holiday experiencing we wont forget.

Grey Abbey is a beautiful little village and seems to be on the up, there was a nice pub restaurant and a few more being built while we were there. Great antique shops and market nearby. Although it is fairly remote it is also only a 40 minute drive to Belfast and a 10 minute drive to a small town with a Tesco and other things you need..

We also visited Mount Stewart while we were there, a national trust Manor and gardens - highly recommend this as a day out and of course the Grey Abbey ruins.

David and Rochelle

  • Review Submitted: 15-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your fabulous feedback David. It was a pleasure to meet you and Rochelle. I’m so delighted that you liked the cottage and appreciated the village and all that is has to offer. Mount Stewart is a personal favourite of ours and I agree - not to be missed!
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Nearest Airport
18 Miles
Belfast City Airport, Belfast International 37
Nearest Barpub
0.2 Miles
Wildfowler Inn, Greyabbey
Nearest Ferry
12 Miles
Nearest Golf
9 Miles
Kirkistown Castle Golf Club, Cloughey
Nearest Train
23 Miles
Belfast Central
Nearest Motorway
16 Miles
Belfast, Knocknagoney
Nearest Beach
0.5 Miles
Greyabbey 1/4 mile or Ballywalter 3 miles
Car: necessary

'Rose Cottage' "Lilac Tree Cottage' and “Foxglove Cottage” are located on the edge of the historic village of Greyabbey on the eastern shores of Strangford Lough on the Ards Peninsula. A small, historic village famous for its Cistercian Abbey which dates back to 1193 and is set in a beautiful parkland with an abbey church, recreated medieval 'physic' (herb) garden and visitor centre. The village has many historic buildings and is popular for its antique, vintage, coffee shops and restaurants.

Strangford Lough, a beautiful marine nature reserve, is a designated area of 'outstanding natural beauty' perfect for taking to the water or enjoying scenic walks. There are opportunities for horse riding, birdwatching, walking and sailing all within a few miles of the village.

There are a number of very special National Trust properties nearby including Mount Stewart and Castleward. These historic properties with their stunning gardens are well worth a visit and throughout the year stage special events including jazz concerts and vintage fairs.

Less than 5 minutes drive is the village of Ballywalter which has a stunning beach to enjoy. You can also drive along Belfast Lough to the picturesque town of Donaghadee with its lovely harbour, lighthouse, coffee shops and seafood restaurants.

In less than 30 minutes drive you can enjoy the hustle and bustle of Belfast with its recently opened 'Titanic Centre', Cathedral Quarter, array of historic buildings and a multitude of shops and restaurants in Victoria Square.

The famous Mourne mountains and the seaside town of Newcastle are 45 minutes drive. Northern Ireland's only aquarium 'Exploris' is in Portaferry which is a 20 minute drive away. From here you can take the ferry across the lough by car or as foot passengers and spend some time at the beautiful village of Strangford with its numerous restaurants, bars and craft shops.

Castle Espie a bird sanctuary run by the Wildlife and Wetlands Trust is within easy reach for a days outing. The Ulster Flying club at Newtownards Airport (7 miles) offers pleasure flights down the lough.