Enjoy a restful stay, on the banks of the historic Boyne river near Drogheda, Newgrange and the Battle of the Boyne site. The fully restored Lock House is just outside Drogheda and 30 mins from Dublin Airport. Warm welcomes, magical setting!
We're not quite sure when the Lock House was first built but the canal lock opposite was constructed in 1778, only 88 years after the Battle of the Boyne, and there would have been a lock-keeper's cottage on the site since then. Our best guess is that the current building, whose main walls are 2ft(60cm) thick, dates back to about 1900. It's been fully renovated but retains a charming, quirky character which guests seem to enjoy. Current inhabitants are owners Sophie and Mike, their four year old son Shane and affectionate Golden Retriever Billie. Walking and cycling access to the house is enhanced by the near completion of the Boyne Greenway walk/cycle way, which connects Drogheda to the Battle of the Boyne Visitor Centre and will go on to connect to the Bru an Boinne Interpretative Centre at Newgrange. Please feel free to message us if you have any questions.
I had a lovely peaceful 4 nights stay at the Lock-Keepers Cottage. The room was warm and cosy. I was working in Dundalk and my only complaints are
1: that it was REALLY HARD to get out of bed in the morning because the bed was so super-comfortable!
2: That I didn't have any time to explore the canal and the surroundings.
Many thanks for your hospitality
Hi, This accomodation was exactly as described. For me the location was perfect with the tow path outside the door the proximity to Dundalk and the proximity to Newgrange. (Bring a bike, leave the car) however the big selling feature was the friendliness of the family, in particular , Mike , who went out of his way to make the stay enjoyable, and got up every morning to make breakfast. this wasnt expected.
I would like thank Mike and his family very much for this moment. He did everything possible to feel myself like in my home. It was very pleasant. Your house is really lovely and the place very peaceful. Thank you also for the very nice breakfast. I hope I would come again and have more time for chatting.
Mike and Sophie really went the extra mile to sort out an extra little bed in our room for our little boy. We had a great and very comfortable night sleep after our flights from Malta and our drive down from Belfast. We are so grateful to Sophie for waiting up for us to arrive. We unfortunately did not get to meet Mike as we left just before he returned from work the next morning although his communication through airbnb was brilliant and his directions were very easy to follow once we managed to get wifi. The linen on the bed had a lovely fresh smell and was really warm and comforting through the chilly and snowy night. We came down in the morning to a table of lovely breads and pastries, a choice of three or more cereals and coffee mugs ready for a hot cup of coffee to freshen us up. The house is perfectly situated just off the highway not to far from Dublin with a beautiful canal just across the road where my son and i had a fresh little morning walk in the icy snowflakes.
I had a wonderful few days in the lock keepers cottage! Mike was a great host and I enjoyed his hospitality . Thanks Mike, Sophie, and shane for a welcoming atmosphere and all the snacks!
We were greeted on our arrival by the family Retriever, which made us feel realy welcome!! Mike,Sophie and son Shane made us welcome by the fire with a cup of coffee and biscuits. They have a lovely home and we had a double room with with a private shower room. They directed us to the Three Corkscrews for dinner, where we had an excellent meal.
We had to catch an early ferry and Mike laid out a superb spread and fresh coffee for us before we left.
This was excellent value for money accomodation in a lovely spot, with generous hosts close to the Historic Battle of Boyne site and a few minutes away from Newgrange Meaglithic site.
It was a delight to see Sophie, Mike, Shane and Billie again! This time their lovely home was full of Christmas cheer. Such a lovely atmosphere! I highly recommend their home to anyone who wishes to stay in that area of Ireland. I was lucky enough to win the Newgrange Winter Solstice lottery, and so booked right away to stay again with this warm, welcoming family. Happy New Year to you all! (-:
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I am very fortunate to be living, with my wife Sophie, young son Shane and Billie the Golden Retriever, in a beautiful riverside setting at Oldbridge, just outside Drogheda, on the site of the Battle of the Boyne. I work as a support person for people with learning disabilities and teach mindfulness meditation for stress reduction and other benefits. I enjoy music, sports, meeting people and sitting quietly doing nothing.