About This Listing
Old fashioned, rustic Irish cottage and gardens, featuring all the traditional elements you expect --like a wood stove, wildflowers, donkeys, ducks and chickens -- as well as many modern luxuries you will love - like underfloor heating and a hot tub!
Behold Tullyquilly Cottage, where you'll enjoy nature, animals and the splendour of a lost way of life. You'll never find another like it, and you'll never forget your time here. The heart of this rural smallholding is a renovated, traditional stone cottage, built in 1758 and located in south County Down, roughly between Belfast and Dublin. Situated in the foothills of the Mourne Mountains and only twenty minutes from the Irish Sea, the farm sits on a 2 acre site which is given over to an exotic arboretum, orchard, native woodland and an organic vegetable garden, including polytunnel. The host lives in an eco-studio located 100 yards from the main house. Though the property is fairly rustic, all amenities are here: excellent heat, running water, wifi etc., to say nothing of the Johnny-on-the-spot host and his charming daughter, never mind the salt-of-the-earth farmer neighbors who will stop in on horse or tractor for a cuppa (or the hens who are always up for a treat or a fuss!). AirBnB accommodation is in the main cottage, which has a sleeping loft for two adults and a few children (king bed plus futon) and more sleeping space below the loft on a hide-a-bed and sofa. Bringing an even bigger crowd? Ask about use of the Country Cottage - pictures attached. You will also find a fully stocked country kitchen with an aga and a generous-sized dining table. For heat, there is a wood stove, and underfloor heating throughout. The bathroom is new, clean, pine-paneled and features a shower, toilet, radiator and a sink window that looks across a field with sheep and cows grazing. For your musical enjoyment you will find a tuned upright piano and vintage twelve- and six-string guitars, a banjo, mandolin, violin, cello, mountain dulcimer and xylophone. For the children, a wide range of toys is available, including an enormous set of vintage Fisher Price Little People. We have attached pictures of a few of our sets but many more await you. Taking advantage of the enormous main room in the cottage, it is possible to create an entire Little People civilisation. This is our favourite rainy day activity.
A word on the bed and bedding. You will be sleeping on a recently purchased, high-end, medium-firm, pocket spring mattress that is combined with a 75mm 'pillow top' layer of gently supportive memory foam. This is serious mattress for sleeping and many people have commented on its superlative comfort. Bedding is all cotton plus down pillows and down duvets. We clean the cottage thoroughly prior to the arrival of new guests, but we never use chemical air fresheners. Fresh cut flowers are much more our style.
Outside, enjoy the hot tub and help yourself to garden produce year-round, plus fresh eggs from the hens. Jump on the trampoline! Play ping pong! Try the tree swings. Pick some flowers or aromatic herbs at your leisure and bring them in to the kitchen to add your own finishing touches to this charming home. Watch out for Vixen, our friendly resident fox. You might see her early in the morning when she makes her rounds. Our donkeys are gentle, miniature, sweet and affectionate. They love children and you can pet or feed them without any worries. Bring along a bit of bread, an apple or carrot -- these are their favourite healthy treats.
This is a comfy/cozy cottage out of a storybook surrounded by the quintessential child's dream of a Secret Garden. Enjoy delicious, healthy meals based around ingredients grown in the numberless permaculture vegetable, salad and herb beds, or in the forty-foot polytunnel. In season, have a campfire under the stars; a complete cook-out can easily be organized. As an added bonus, you will find bicycles en site for your use and even two open Canadian canoes.
This address requires some effort to reach (40 mins by car from Belfast; 80 minutes from Dublin, a bit longer by bike or train/bus), but thus far no one has been disappointed. Be sure to bring in some groceries, as the nearest shop or restaurant is two miles away. We keep stocked all your basic cooking ingredients like flour, spices, oil, etc, and usually there is plenty of garden produce for salads and sides. You can save a lot of money by cooking in and eating from the garden.
Sitting far from the road, Tullyquilly Cottage possesses a rare, old-world charm in an idyllic setting that is heart-breakingly beautiful. Everyone who comes here immediately falls in love with the place and is sad to leave.
Spring and Summer 2015 are now open for bookings. Wonderful fruits and veggies coming out of garden soon, help yourself.
The cottage and the farm -- everything. Hot tub too if you're happy to source your own wood (easily done locally), filling the tub, heating the stove and etc. It's a year-round outdoor activity, extremely pleasant and rare, and nothing like stepping into a plastic container of hot chemicals in an airport hotel "leisure center". In the kitchen, we stock all essential staples so just bring in some fresh groceries and you'll be ready to cook or bake anything. We also believe in drinking only the best coffee, so if you're into good coffee, expect to find a coffee grinder, freshly roasted beans and various brewing systems to suit your tastes.
Interaction with Guests
It really depends on my work situation. Sometimes a lot, sometimes not so much. If you want your privacy you will have it. If you want to hang out, I'll try to be available.
It's open countryside: rural, secluded, rustic and beautiful: horses on across the little creek; dairy cows across the western hedge. Sheep out back. And a donkey just for us. This is the real thing.
You would normally need a car or some other sort of wheels; otherwise it's possible to arrange a pick-up at the train or bus, depending on the day and time. A taxi is also easily organised.
Other Things to Note
Hot tub is wood-fired and the guest must source wood for heating. This is not difficult but requires some planning ahead. This is a rustic cedar tub that you heat with a submerged stove. To heat for a weekend might require twenty-five pounds worth of firewood, or scavenge from nearby fields.
Write something in the guest book. Play the piano. Try out the dulcimer, probably the easiest serious string instrument to play, but no less beautiful. No cleaning fee at this place so please pitch in and leave it as tidy as you find it. Pick berries. Pick a few apples. Harvest some lettuce or carrots. Make a little fire and curl up with a book. Collect eggs each day for breakfast or lunch but when you do, don't forget to feed the hens!
Our stay at Tullyquilly Cottage was marked by a simply perfect combination of rural retreat and warm welcome from the host, Danny, and his daughter Ruby Mae. We had to tear ourselves away from the cottage as there was so much to do there, from cooking on the solid Stanley range to experimenting with the musical instruments in the main room. Sitting out in the hot tub whilst the rain pattered on our shoulders was delightful. Each day we were privileged to enjoy vegetables and herbs cultivated in the garden and to eat beautiful fresh eggs. The cottage is in an excellent location a short drive away from the Mournes and the sea. I plan to go back before long. Thank you Danny and Ruby Mae!
Danny was wonderfully welcoming. We felt at home immediately at Tullyquilly. It exceeded all expectations and really is a very special place. From feeding the birds and donkeys through to trampolining and wandering through the beautiful gardens, we all had a fantastic time. I haven't found anywhere else quite like it. A unique little hideaway.
Danny and his daughter Ruby Mae couldn't have been anymore welcoming as hosts. On arrival we were greeted by them both and given the grand tour of their incredibly picturesque organic farm. If like us you are looking for somewhere to escape & recharge you couldn't pick a better place in Tullyquilly Cottage. There is more to do than just recharge though, simple pleasures such as feeding and hanging out with the donkeys, rounding up the chickens and even feeding them if you wish, scenic walks, talking with the friendly locals in Rathfriland (it seems everyone knowns Danny), collecting the hens eggs, playing board games (there are lots) or one of the many musical instruments in the cottage (piano, banjo, guitar, trumpet, violin and cello). In short there is quite a lot to see and do that is just a short drive from Tullyquilly but our advice would be just stay put and soak it all up. By far our best Airbnb experience to date. Danny and Ruby Mae have set the bar high.
Daniel's cottage is a true rural treat! Our group of four adults spent a perfectly tranquil and fun long weekend here, feeding the chickens, playing the instruments and soaking in the fabulous hot tub. The cottage packs in tons of 18th century charm but has all of the modern conveniences you would want. The bed upstairs is very comfortable and by all accounts the sofa bed was too. The sweet country setting is only made sweeter by the flock of busy chickens stirring about in the greenery. We hope to return soon! Thank you Daniel for giving us such a warm welcome and the perfect setting for some great memories!
Danny was very quick to respond and thorough in his communication. We enjoyed our relaxing break at Tullyquilly very much. I can imagine how beautiful the grounds are in summer, but even in winter we enjoyed relaxing in the cottage, playing with the toys, playing on the swing and evenings in the hot tub.
We couldnt have asked for a better time. Danny was the most wonderful host and made us feel so welcome....plus a nice little surprise of a bottle of wine for my birthday stay was just so sweet.
The house was gorgeous, the surrounding scenery was breathtaking and the vibe all round was perfect..couldnt have asked for a better two day break...we lounged beside the fire, cooked on his wonderful range, drove up through the Mourne Mountains and then onto the cost for a long walk with the dogs...spent the mornings feeding the chickens and talking with them before a morning dip in the hottub...i'd go back in a (email hidden)anks daniel for such a wonderful stay!