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!
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!
Our experience at Tullyquilly cottage is one we won't forget. This is the perfect spot for a secluded weekend away. The cottage has everything you need and is kept warm an cosy by the fire. The highlight of our weekend was probably relaxing in the outdoor hot tub on a cold winter night, there's nowhere else you can experience this! Thanks again Danny for your hospitality, we hope to return soon.
I stayed at the charming cottage for a week in December with my partner. It was a perfectly remote and quiet getaway. The countryside was shockingly green even at that time of year. We spent most of our days by the fire. The town in a scenic half hour walk away where you can get essentials. We arrived by bus and taxi from Belfast and had no problem being there without a car.
The cottage was more spacious than I expected. The shower is deliciously hot with great water pressure. The kitchen has everything you need to make a great meal. We ate eggs from the chickens most mornings.
Danny was a warm and generous host. He called me up in the US before I departed and made sure a fire was going in time for our arrival. He left clear instructions on ever part of the house, including rich historical details on the origins of everything from the stove to the cottage beams. He drove us to the bus when we left, which made for an easy departure.
It was a rich experience all around. We' hope to come back and see the place in other seasons as well. Thanks so much, Danny!
We had a lovely time staying at Danny's cottage. Coming from Dublin we wanted a quiet and relaxing time and that's exactly what we got. Danny was very generous with anything he could offer - there was more then enough kitchen utensils, food, fire fuel etc. We really enjoyed the chickens, playing music and there's so much to see around Rathfriland - the coast, mountains, forests. Very much worth the visit and we hope to be back sometime.
We had a really lovely family weekend at Tullyquilly cottage. It is located in a truly beautiful location and Daniel has thought of everything & created I think the perfect place to come and spend time with family/loved ones (or even blissful time on your own!) Our kids aged 6, 4 & 2 all absolutely loved it - feeding the chickens & donkeys, checking for eggs, playing with all of the wonderful toys that Daniel kindly left out for us, & of course the trampoline! We cooked over a campfire, played ping pong & all absolutely LOVED the hot tub!! Daniel is a fantastic host - he sent us all the info about the cottage & farm before we arrived, including things to watch out for with small children which I found extremely helpful. We loved Tullyquilly so much that we didn't leave the grounds the whole weekend - and we're already talking about when we can next go back!
We loved this place. The best part was running out to the chicken coop to grab up the morning eggs…. and everything else just like that. Danny is warm, friendly, and incredibly generous… and truly does make the place unforgettable. I've been home 48 hours, and miss the cottage already.