About this listing
Fabulous SHOREFRONT (uninterrupted panoramic views) property on the beach of Carlingford Lough - officially listed as a European 'Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty' (quote: "Each AONB has been designated for special attention by reason of their high qualities. These include their flora, fauna, historical and cultural associations as well as scenic views. AONB landscapes range from rugged coastline to water meadows to gentle downland and upland moors."). Plus, home to the ancient epic legend of Cuchulainn and the Brown Bull of Cooley! Look it up!
Fancy a month in Ireland, getting to know your heritage, trace your ancestors, some fantastic shopping, meeting the locals, or just traveling around the most beautiful country in the world? This is the holiday destination for you!
An hour from Dublin and Belfast and mid-way between the two, on the east coast, this GEM of a property is a 2-bed, 2-storey house, built in 1727, this nearly-300 year old home has been recently gutted and totally renovated, fully restored with many original features and furnished to make you feel right at home.
Walk out your front door to stunning views of the Mountains of Mourne, have your morning cup of tea listening to the waves and plan your day hiking, pleasure-crafting, taking in the local medieval sights, taking the ferry from your front door to across the lough to Warrenpoint for an afternoon of wining and dining, shopping in Ireland's premier shopping district (6 miles/a world away) or simply strolling to the shop for the paper and to take some air along the shorefront among the most breath-taking views of the best landscape in Ireland. This location cannot be beaten.
The house is the first stone house to ever have been built in the village. No 1 Strand Road is one of four houses built in 1727 that comprise 'The Coastguards'; famous buildings scattered along the coastlines of Ireland built to guard seafarers and house generations of landed English gentry (and later Irish rebels)! This house is steeped in history and, in the hands of its current owner, has been lovingly restored to its former glory as a cosy dwelling with an open-fire at the hearth and original pane glass sash windows and shutters looking out over the sea - at night-time, boats reflecting their lights in the water pass silently along the lough.
When you enter the house, an open plan 50-foot view meets you at the front door. There is a huge kitchen, with all mod cons, and a warm wooden welcoming vaulted ceiling, dining table that seats 6-8, ceiling to floor windows overlooking a 50-foot back garden with trees and a small patio area for al fresco dining, and a down feather plush red couch with a heavy set 4x4ft coffee table and chairs. The living room is carpeted with a leather sofa and chairs and coffee table. The fireplace hearth was specially hand-made by a local artisan to fit the larger than normal fireplace.
This house has been lovingly restored. The bathroom downstairs has an electrically heated (instant hot water) two-person bath, and upstairs there are two double bedrooms; a smaller bedroom to the rear, with a wrought-iron double bed and fitted wardrobe and cupboards, overlooking the garden and Cooley mountain range and the master bedroom, the width of the house to the front, with two large sash windows overlooking the sea, an original cast iron (recently dipped and painted) fireplace, sanded and stained floorboards and an en suite with bath and and shower.
Public transport runs every hour from Dublin airport to Newry (10 mins taxi ride away) and from Belfast Bus Station.
This is the perfect retreat for anyone wanting to soak up the natural beauty of the best of Ireland's scenery, engage in water sports, seek out medieval Ireland, or anyone wanting to have a fantastic base an hour from the two main airports at Dublin and Belfast, or for exploring this magical island, or just wanting to hide away to finish a novel or other pursuit, with just the landscape and the locals in the pubs for company.
This limited-time opportunity would happily be a spectacular home to a group of 1 - 4 adults (two double beds), with additional options for children (fold-out beds on request).
If this sounds like the perfect place for your two-week, 1-month, 3-month (or longer) holiday, email me with your requirements. I'm flexible and I am keen to make you happy, so any requests, just ask.
You can get more info about me on suzanne (website hidden). Email info is on my contact page there.
Looking forward to hearing from you,
Please be respectful and leave the property as you found it. Smoking is permitted but please air the place before you leave. And ENJOY yourself!! You're on holiday!!!
About the Host, Suzanne
I've been letting out my spare room (and my own room when I'm away) for a couple of years now and it's always been very successful for both parties.
This is a great apartment and you will love it.
I'm veggie, don't smoke, have a very sweet cat and care deeply that you will enjoy your stay here. If you're happy, I'm (website hidden); my family is in the bed and breakfast business back in Ireland; I know how to present a lovely, clean room and I rely on this income to support my business, so having good feedback is important to me. After staying here, please feel free to leave comments on my airbnb page for other future guests! :)