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Delightful cosy home, a short walk from beach promenade cafes and mountains.



Updated: 19-Oct-2016
'Ballyholmes', a detached house in Newcastle, Co. Down, Ireland - Quiet Location, 5 Minutes From Beach And Town Center Amenities With Easy Access To Mourne Mountains

Our detached bungalow is very welcoming and comfortable. It sleeps 6, in 3 bedrooms, 2 doubles and a twin, double glazed with OFCH. The large airy dining kitchen and sun room opens out onto an enclosed private garden with sun trap patio and BBQ area. There is a bathroom with shower, toilet and basin, and an additional toilet and basin. The sitting room has a cosy wood burning stove with a view of the mountains and Slieve Donard. Both rooms have TV/DVD and high speed Wifi is available throughout the house. There is a garage, containing washing machine, for easy storage of bikes golf clubs etc. and off road parking. A large porch/boot room provides additional storage for boots, coats and pushchairs! This bright clean property is located on a quiet road less that 5 minutes walk from the town's main street and promenade and the many cafes and bars. Royal County Down Golf Course is only a 5 minute stroll. Newcastle is an ideal location for walkers, cyclists, golfers and outdoor enthusiasts. Tollymore and Castlewellan forest parks are close by as well as Tollymore Mountain Centre with an indoor climbing wall There are two MTB courses close by in Castlewellan and Rostrevor forest parks. 1 hour to Belfast and 2 to Dublin.

  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom, 1 Separate Toilet
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Wheelchair access
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

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About the Owner

David and Helen, who own this property, both work in education. Born locally, David has an extensive knowledge of walking, canoeing, cycling and sailing in the Mournes and further afield. He would be happy to advise those interested in outdoor pursuits and has close links with key outdoor centers and qualified instructors in the area.

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7 Reviews

based on 7 holidaymaker reviews


Comfortable clean house in quiet area

  • 5 of 5

A really nice house close to shops and beach and playgrounds. Very clean with a back garden closed suitable for small children. Photos don't do the house justice. The owner made us very welcome and was very helpful. My stay was short but I'll come back here if I can and recommend it my family and friends

  • Review Submitted: Jun 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Great break

  • 5 of 5

Great property with lovely family feel to it. Very clean and well equipped with welcome basket and information about the area. Sun room is great with lovely gardens. So close to town and beach. Would definitely recommend.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Excellent accommodation

  • 5 of 5

Great property, well furnished with everything you'd need for your stay. Welcome pack and information on local sight seeing and other points of interest really useful. Ideal location, close to town centre and beach. Will definitely use again and more than happy to recommend! (Pictures don't do the property justice)

  • Review Submitted: Aug 24, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Exceeds expectations!

  • 5 of 5

We booked for five days and could happily have stayed longer. The property was spotlessly clean and really well equipped. The welcome pack was really thoughtful and much appreciated and David was very helpful and could not have been more flexible. The photos do not do the property justice and I would thoroughly recommend it.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 9, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Excellent holiday house

  • 5 of 5

This house was perfect for a family break in Newcastle. Very clean, comfortable and well equipped. We spent our time in the big kitchen and sun lounge at the rear. Peaceful location a few minutes walk from the shops and promenade of Newcastle. We had fantastic weather and made the most of the Mourne Mountains, Murlough beach and Tollymore Forest Park. We visit Newcastle regularly, so will definitely be back.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 24, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Adorable little house

  • 5 of 5

This little bungalow is lovely. Slept 6 adults with plenty of room for everyone and luggage, spotlessly clean, towels supplied, and all appliances (dishwasher, iron) in good working order. Shame about the weather - we would've loved to have a BBQ in the garden. Owner was really helpful, prompt with returning deposit and happy to answer questions when we had a last-minute packing panic. The photos don't do it justice. It's a sweet little house and we all had a great time there. Location is really good for walking into town/seaside promenade as well but you'd need a car to see the Tollymore Park. 5 stars well-deserved.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 1, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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From the Owner

We have 3 children and love the area because of the easy access to the mountains and beach for running, walking and just chilling out with the kids. We often use the property, and rarely have to use the car, as even walking up Donard is easily done from the house. The other advantage is that in the evening the house is only a short walk back from the many lovely restaurants and bars in the town. The house is also a short walk from the superb links golf course 'Royal County Down'.

Activity and Interests

Special interest holidays:

Owner qualified mountain walking leader and available for guided walks on request. Owner also has contacts for sailing, kayaking, climbing and mountain biking.


Newcastle beach is 5 minutes walk. Murlough nature reserve with beautiful walks through the sand dunes and beach 3 miles.


Belfast 1 hour (Belfast City Airport); Belfast International Airport 1.5 hours; Dublin airport 2 hours.


Property in Newcastle town. 4 miles to Dundrum town and Norman Castle and the Murlough National Trust Nature reserve. Approx 15 miles from Downpatrick and Saul, St Patrick's grave and monument. Only a further 5 miles to beautiful Strangford village, Strangford Lough, Castle Espie and the beautiful National Trust property, Castle Ward. Strangford Lough and Dundrum bay are particularly popular with birdwatchers as many species of birds over winter here.

Further Details:

All main facilities close by, Tescos 3 mins by car. Many pubs cafes and restaurants to suit all budgets within walking distance


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Autumn 2016
28 Aug 2016 - 20 Dec 2016
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Christmas 2016
21 Dec 2016 - 7 Jan 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Spring 2017
8 Jan 2017 - 8 Apr 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Easter 2017
9 Apr 2017 - 23 Apr 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Towels and linen provided. Free BT infinity wifi and TV.

Changeover Day: Usually Saturday but can be changed if requested.
Normally Saturday but flexible.

Notes on prices:
A 30% deposit is required to confirm the booking.
The remaining balance must be paid 8 weeks before rental commences, with an additional refundable £200 damage deposit. This will be returned within 14 days of departure. Pay by cheque or paypal.
CANCELLATION POLICY: Deposit and balance will be re-paid in full if the house can be re-booked.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Updated: 19-Oct-2016
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From the Owner

Everyone who stays here comments on how comfortable and relaxing it is. The house has good outdoor space in the private garden for BBQs on sunny days, and cosy in the winter with the wood burning stove. It is truly a home from home with a well equipped kitchen, books, guides and games.

Property Type

  • bungalow


  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Garage ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...


  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...


  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Television ...


  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...

Location Type

  • beach
  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • resort


  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • forests
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis

Floor Area

  • 1250 sq. ft.


  • Toilet 1 - Toilet
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 1; Electric shower; toilet; basin in vanity unit; small bath. Additional toilet and basin.


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
  • Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 King size double bed with wardrobe and drawers; Bedroom 2 Double bed and drawers; Bedroom 3 twin beds wardrobe and shelves.


  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...


  • Self-catering


  • Outside: Private secure sunny grassed garden (approx 15m x 12m), suitable for small children. Sunny patio with garden furniture and gas BBQ. Small garden to front of property and off road parking for 2 cars. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and bed linen included - duvets on beds. Other: Large entrance porch for coats, hats, boots, outdoor clothing and push chairs.

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