Spinkwee Cottage is a luxurious retreat which began life during the Gothic revival period of the 1800’s. The building was originally part of a corn mill built by Robert, the 3rd Earl of Roden and was part of the Tollymore Park estate. Now it has been sympathetically restored to a high standard of comfort for our many new and returning guests.
Being formerly part of Tollymore Park, the cottage location is unique and peaceful. There is direct access to the many forest and river walks, and splendid views over the pasturelands of the Shimna River valley and the famous Mourne Mountains. Little wonder then, that the location has been officially designated an ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’.
Spinkwee Cottage has been so named because of the river of that name in the Park. It is to be found at the Meeting of the Waters, and it joins the Shimna River at that point.
The cottage is ideally situated for rambling, painting, bird-watching, touring or even just relaxing with one of the many books, games or DVD’s supplied for your use.
All this is only one and a half miles from the Royal County Down Golf course, extensive chic waterfront promenade, beach and busy town.
Spinkwee Cottage has a large open-plan living room with a feature wall exposing the 19th century stonework. The original pitch pine beam is re-used as a fire surround in the comfortable seating area. This has views through the French door of Slieve Donard, the highest mountain in Ireland. If you tire of the view then you can catch up with the news on Sky Freeview TV.
The kitchen is fully equipped with a dishwasher, washing machine, tumble dryer, solar hob cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer and coffee maker.
For your convenience there is a double bedroom with en-suite shower room on the ground floor.
Upstairs there is a spacious twin bedroom with en-suite bathroom. From your room you can look over the meadows of the river valley or relax and watch TV.
Outside, there is a patio area with garden furniture for alfresco dining.
There are no steps from the car parking area to the front door of the cottage.
Maximum two guests in Spinkwee Cottage
Sky Freeview TV.
Gated Parking for one car.
Sorry, non-smokers only.
SORRY NO CHILDREN!
Minimum 2 night rental.
**********Special five star offer**********
For 5 night (or more) rentals, we offer one afternoon tea
for two. So sit back, relax and enjoy being served by your hosts.
In the 1700’s Viscount Limerick first began large scale tree planting in Tollymore Park He was also a very keen florist and horticulturist and was responsible for beginning the collection of rare trees and shrubs in the arboretum.
An advert placed in the Belfast News-Letter on 26th April 1785 for ‘lodgings’ at Tollymore Park states that ‘the air is remarkably wholesome’ and ‘the herbage on which the goats feed makes it much frequented by ladies and gentlemen for the recovery of lost health’. ( Visitors came from far and wide to drink the goat’s milk!)
The 1924 guide book for tourists to Tullymore Park (as it was then spelt) reports, “Visitors will find it to their pleasure and enjoyment to spend a few hours in wandering through the fine old woods, following the course of the Shimnah River,(as it was then spelt) or leaning lazily against one of the many picturesque bridges listening to the music of cascade and waterfall. The late Professor Tyndall, on returning one day from a ramble through Tullymore Park, stated that the view of the mountain scenery fronting you while walking down the carriage drive leading from the entrance gate was the finest he had ever seen in any place with the exception of one in the Alps”!
The picturesque seaside town of Newcastle is a photographer’s and artist’s dream due to it’s stunning natural setting. It is built around Dundrum Bay with the backdrop of the Mournes sweeping down to the sea as immortalized in Percy French’s poem, Where The Mountains of Mourne Sweep Down to the Sea.
The recently constructed award winning promenade is integral to the main shopping street, which has many interesting shops and fine dining restaurants.