Built as a School house in 1804, this delightful white walled cottage, with private south facing garden is the perfect retreat for two people. Full of character, with thick walls and cottage door, it is tastefully modernised with wood burning stove, central heating and WiFi to meet all your needs.It is within 5 minutes walk of Strangford lough, sandy beaches and St Patricks Way including the seals at Cloghy Rocks and the Killard Nature Reserve. Located within the historic hamlet of Kilclief, with its Tower House Castle(open July and August)and local Church the Cottage is 3 miles from the pretty conservation village of Strangford with its excellent hostelries and eating, renowned local butcher,crafts and the famous ferry service connecting to Portaferry and The Ards Peninsula.
The nearby National Trust property of Castleward, with its new multi-purpose trails, offers extensive opportunities for walking,cycling and canoeing; bicycles and canoes plus instruction are available for hire within the estate from Clearsky Outdoor Adventure.There is also an extensive and varied range of events throughout the year including the Easter Fair (5&6th April 2015),Craft Village with renowned local craftspeople including demonstrations using wood,clay, glass and jewellery (April-September), historic Cream Teas, Craft Fairs (August and November 2015), Pumpkinfest (24&25th October 2015) as well as historic house tours (mid March to 31 October 2015) and a host of other themed events. www.nationaltrust/castleward
The St. Patrick's Centre and Museum in nearby Downpatrick as well as its famous Cathedral are must sees on the St Patrick's Trail while the Mourne Mountains and Down coast within a 40 minute drive spoil the visitor with choice for further walks, eating, events and just the chance to be!
All of this is perfect to build a stay around in this most peaceful and historic corner of Ireland. Special weekend offers available with fuel for stove and welcome pack of local breads.