Barnwell Farm Cottages sit at Ards Peninsula's very heart in a tranquil position nicely tucked away off a quiet country road. Just a mile from Strangford Lough wild bird sanctuary (perfect for twitchers), the cottages are close to the Irish Sea (two miles from the coast) so perfect for nature enthusiasts and beach lovers.
The location is surrounded by farmland and unspoilt countryside providing a peaceful and relaxing retreat away from the hustle and bustle of modern living.
The original farmstead was built over 200 years ago and after extensive refurbishment today provides seven self catering holiday cottages that each accommodate between three and seven guests. The cottages can also be rented together to accommodate larger parties of up to thirty four, making them an ideal venue for celebrating a special occasion (for example weddings) or a function/conference.
Cleverly designed to provide a true country experience, the cottages perfectly blend traditional materials, original character and modern conveniences to provide real homes-from-homes that have achieved Four Star Ratings. The proprietors are only too happy to help guests with personal arrangements in advance should there be any special requirements such as providing facilities to bring your dog (a kennel is available outside) or even horse.
There are numerous outdoor pursuits to enjoy in this beautiful area. If you are passionate about walking and cycling you will enjoy exploring the peaceful little country lanes that criss cross the Peninsula, and soaking up the stunning scenery scenery as you explore the countryside and coastline. There are also five different on-site farm trails which guests are welcome to explore, a bird and badger hide and a viewing platform where you can look over to the Isle of Man and Scotland on a clear day.
The cottages are located just one mile from Strangford Lough (one of Europe's most highly regarded bird sanctuaries). Both fresh water fishing and sea angling can be arranged locally and Ballygrangee Fishery (four miles away) is regularly stocked with Rainbow Trout (Fly fishing rods are available for hire).
The owners are able to offer stabling and grazing should you wish to bring your horse away to explore the stunning landscape which hosts a number of equestrian events. Golfers too will not be dissapointed with five eighteen hole courses to choose from within an eight mile radius.
Michael & Vi Calvert joined Independent Cottages in January 2009
With seven self catering holiday cottages to choose from there is bound to be a cottage at Barnwell Farm to suit most peoples needs.
Facilities include: A communal laundry facility is available for the shared use of guests); free Wi-Fi; games room with plenty of space to be used for functions (including facilities to suit all ages such as pool, table tennis and air hockey); each cottage has its own patio area with outdoor furniture and Gas BBQ; digital satellite television and video; CD/radio; mobile phones; microwaves and also dishwashers.
All of the cottages are equipped and furnished to a high standard of comfort and style and with the exception of one cottage (Whin Cottage), all have traditional wood burning stoves - providing a lovely cosy atmosphere on those more chilly nights.
Additional information: Washing machines and tumble dryers are located in the on-site laundry. There is one cottage that is suitable for people with limited mobility - please speak to the owner regarding Whin Cottage's facilities to check that it is suitable and meets your personal needs both inside and out. Pets can be accommodated in outside kennels (unfortuantely they are not allowed in the cottages). Grazing and livery are offered for horses. Flexible changeover day offered. Prices include: linen, towels, heating (inc logs for the fire) and electricity. A complimentary "Starter Pack" is provided in all cottages and should you require a laundry service, contact the owners to make arrangements.
Photos: The photos on the advert are taken from different cottages. Further pictures of each cottage are available on the owners own website.
Prices: listed for low, mid, high and peaks seasons on the advert are based on a cottage that sleeps 5.
Online availability and booking can be seen by clicking through to the owners website.
Star Rating: 4 Star
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