About this listing
This unique first floor accommodation, built in 1868, still has its original wooden beams and staircase and was converted in 1985 into living space for the current owners. Set in 95 acres of farm and woodland,with designated short walks for our guests only.
The barn sleeps max. 5 people, but the downstairs twin bedroom is for adults and older children only, as it has a separate entrance.
This first floor converted barn (now part of Holistic Retreat Centre Embrace) is a self-catering unit which has retained its character, yet has 21st century comforts. The fully equipped kitchen also includes a dishwasher and microwave.
The large cosy living room has a wood-burning stove and the whole unit can be heated by oil-fired central heating, electricity or the stove.
Upstairs also contains a small single bedroom, which shares the en-suite bathroom (shower, toilet, basin) with the adjacent double bedroom.
Downstairs is a twin bedroom, and utility room with washing machine and drying facilities.
Our guests can sit in the garden shed & use our orchard garden with apple trees, gooseberries, raspberries .etc. Private parking, use of the Quiet Room for activities such as reading, writing, reflection.
Designated walks on 95acres, with views of the Mourne Mountains/Isle of Man, extensive local scenery. Strangford Lough, a recognised area of outstanding natural beauty is only a 5 minutes' drive and 3 National Trust properties from 10-35minutes' drive.
Local stores (1.3miles away) can provide everything for your daily needs.
Outskirts of Belfast only 20 minutes away and many smaller towns close by. City Airport 25 minutes and International Airport 45 minutes' drive away. Closest bus transport 1.3 miles.
The 2 bedrooms upstairs are connected, yet separate,but share the same en-suite, which contains a shower, toilet and wash hand basin.
Twin bedroom +Utility room with Washing Machine.
Guests will have access to private parking, designated walks on 95 acres of wood and farmland, quiet room.
Also available, preferably by prior arrangement to avoid disappointment, are Physiotherapy, Energy Medicine, Reiki, Massage, Yoga Therapy, Relaxation/Meditation sessions in on-site clinic. Prices on request.
Interaction with guests
We are living next door (in totally separate accommodation)and will be available to help with anything our guests require
We are in a rural location, yet only just over a mile away from Post Office, Award winning Bar/Restaurant Balloo House, Tearoom, Grocery Shops, Butcher, Hairdresser and more.
The night life of Belfast is varied and a 30 minutes' car drive will get you into the centre. 2 cinemas within a 20 mins. reach. The villages of Killyleagh, Ballygowan, Saintfield and Comber are all only a 10 minutes' drive.
Rowallane, a National Trust Property is in Saintfield. A public park (Delamont) with a wonderful play area is available for children 10 minutes' drive. Castle Espie (owned by the wetland Trust) is a fantastic place for young and old.A leisure centre with tennis courts is in Comber and the leisure centre in Newtownards is a 20 minutes' drive and has a swimming pool. Important Christian heritage (eg the grave of St Patrick etc.) is in Downpatrick (20 minutes) There are many other attraction close, for adults as well as children, but there are too many to mention them all.
Closest transport (bus) is just over a mile away.
Carhire recommended for general sightseeing.
Other things to note
Car hire is recommended. We are situated in a beautiful,peaceful, rural location (nearest public transport 1.3 miles), yet very close to many towns, villages etc.
Member of the Northern Irish Tourist Board
If possible keep organic materials separate for recycling
Guests are responsible for damage to property and inventory
Please pull all blinds when leaving the premises
Cancel up to 7 days before your trip and get a 50% refund plus service fees back.
As I only joined Airbnb late March 2016, I can't give you any information about my experiences with Airbnb yet. What I can tell you is that we will make your stay with us unique and enjoyable! We will leave you a small welcome pack with some items like coffee, tea, milk, biscuits and a few basic items for breakfast and tourist information about things to do in the area. Jim and I will be very happy to point out any interesting things to do and see on our own property (95 acres of wood and farmland) and in our area(URL HIDDEN)
After a life changing experience in the late autumn 2014 we started Holistic Retreat Centre Embrace on our 95 acres property in rural County Down, Northern Ireland, as we live in a place where you can retreat, relax and restore from the stresses of daily life.
Our own location will appeal to many.....from those who like beautiful scenery, walking, cycling, gardens (3 National Trust properties 10-40 minutes' drive), bird -watching, fishing, peace and quiet, to anyone who likes exploring the nearby villages, restaurants, christian heritage, leisure facilities and local tourist attractions.
Our orchard "garden" with apple trees and berries, is available exclusively for guests. Private parking. We are 25 minutes' drive from Belfast City (George Best)airport and 45 minutes from International airport.
We ourselves love travelling, but generally do not go back to somewhere we have been before, as we love exploring new things. We like getting a flavour of the culture and the people of the country we're in, so generally don't go to very touristy areas.
Life motto: Do not judge me by my successes. Judge me by how many times I fell down & got back up again. Nelson Mandela