Downshire Cottage: Cosy home in Holywood Centre


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4 guests, 3 bedrooms, 4 beds, 1 bathroom
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Downshire Cottage is a charming red bricked terrace house located in the heart of Holywood. It was originally built as a labour's cottage for people working at Belfast Docks, however it has been extended, modernised and equipped to accommodate today's tourist/visitors, whist retaining its original features and sense of charm in a cosy cottage atmosphere. The Cottage's main advantage is its fantastic location, just off Holywood High Street. It takes only 1-2 minutes to walk into the town centre.

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Downshire Cottage provides comfortable, affordable accommodation in quiet residential street in the heart of Holywood. There is no designated parking space, however guests can park their cars on the residential street and it is also a great option for those travelling on foot as it has doorstep convenience to the vibrant town centre of Holywood. This attractive, bustling town boasts numerous boutiques, art galleries, gift shops, plenty of hairdressers and beauty salons for pampering and special occasions, and a fabulous selection of award-winning bars and restaurants, all within a 2 minute walk from Downshire Cottage.
As well as the close proximity to the amenities the town centre has to offer, the cottage is a 5-10 minute stroll from the scenic coastal path and playpark at Seapark, and guests are ideally placed to explore the rest of North Down, Belfast and beyond, as access to transport, both bus and rail, is a 2 minute walk from the cottage.
Ideal for tourists, visitors, business employees requiring short to long term stays.
Great accommodation for people with local connections visiting family and friends or attending functions such as weddings.
A superb option for those enjoying an action-packed break with plenty of activities nearby such as golf, horse-riding, sailing, paddle-boarding, yoga, swimming, Pilates, walking and sightseeing.
The cottage is a short stroll to the scenic coastal path, where guests can walk from Holywood to Bangor, Groomsport, Donaghadee and beyond, or in the opposite direction towards Belfast.
Holywood town centre is full of award-winning restaurants, cafes, stylish boutique and gift shops and other tourist attractions. There are children’s playparks – Jonny the Jig in the town centre, swings and slides in the pretty woodland of Ballymenoch Park, great views over Holywood, & Belfast Lough from Redburn Country Park, and a large playpark by the sea at Seapark.
The cottage is ideal for commuting to Belfast, North Down or as a base from which to explore the rest of the province due to transport links - road, rail, sea and air.
The cottage is located close to some of Northern Ireland’s most famous tourist attractions, such as Titanic Quarter, The Game of Thrones Tour, W5 Interactive Discovery Centre, The Crumlin Road Gaol, The Ulster Folk and Transport Museum, the SSE Arena, and many more. For those who want to travel further afield, why not visit the famous Giants Causeway, or take a tour of the Bushmills Distillery. Guests can also join the Belfast hop on/hop off bus tour and explore Belfast including Queens University, Stormont, and the murals decorating the Peace Wall. The cottage is full of literature and suggestions to help you plan your stay and enjoy some of the sights and experiences Holywood, Belfast and the surrounding area have to offer, ensuring your visit is truly memorable.
It is close to the Hastings Culloden Hotel and the Crawfordsburn Inn. The Park Avenue Hotel, the Premiere Inn in Bangor, and all the major Belfast Hotels are only a short taxi ride away, making it an ideal place to stay if attending functions nearby. The
Downshire Cottage provides luxury self-catering accommodation for up to 5 people (however please note one bed is in a loft room – more details provided).
In the cottage there is a double room, a twin room and a single loft room, shared bathroom, living / dining room, well equipped kitchen and outdoor sunny BBQ area.
Towels and bed linen are provided.
Well behaved pets are welcome. Guests are asked to keep pets off soft furnishings.
Please note for groups of family / friends staying together, Downshire Cottage is right next door to Willow Cottage!

Living room / dining area
Comfortable living room with 3 seater and 2 seater couches. TV, WIFI, traditional real flame gas fire.
Dining area with table, console table, bookcase with books for guests, and under stair storage.
Local art adorns the walls and guests are sure to recognise some of the local scenes featured on our walls during their stay!

Fully equipped kitchen with fridge, freezer, washing machine, dishwasher and tumble dryer. The cooker is a range with electric oven and gas hob.

Bedrooms / Bathroom
One twin bedroom (2 single beds) and a double bedroom on the first floor.
The cottage has a large bathroom with separate bath and walk-in shower.

Loft Room
Single bed loft room accessed by fixed stair ladder. Used at guest's own risk and not recommended for young children under any circumstances. Access to this room has a safety gate. This room can be safely used by adults and is loved by sensible, responsible teenagers, at their own risk – but please note the caution sign displayed in the house and look at our photographs of the fixed ladder and entrance to the room, if you plan to use it during your stay.

There’s a sunny south facing rear yard with table and chairs and BBQ, ideal for the summer months.

All our houses are in close proximity to each other; however it may be handy to know that for groups of family / friends staying together, Downshire Cottage is right next door to Willow Cottage!

What this place offers

Washing machine
Indoor fireplace
Hair dryer
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Where you’ll be

Holywood, Co. Down, United Kingdom

Located in the heart of bustling Holywood, with all transport, cafes, bars, restaurants, boutiques and the beautiful coastal path only a short stroll away.Downshire Cottage provides comfortable, affordable accommodation in quiet residential street in the heart of Holywood.

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We have been providing guests with comfortable, stylish self-catering accommodation in Holywood for over a decade. All our properties have been certified and / or graded by the Northern Ireland Tourist Board and we aim to provide guests with affordable accommodation which is of a very high standard. All of our houses are located within easy walking distance of Holywood town centre, the stunning coastal path, and a short bus / train / taxi ride from Belfast, Bangor, the George Best City and International airports and ferry terminals. Our style is traditional, with a modern, eclectic twist. We are focused on promoting the local area, and guests will love the stylish décor and local artwork in all our homes. We’ve covered the walls of our houses with local art, which showcases the local area, landmarks and Northern Irish culture – in art which is innovative, thought provoking, historic, humorous and quite simply great to look at. Guests will soon find themselves familiar with many of the landmarks featured on our walls – perhaps they may even give travellers a few ideas about how to plan their trip! We think we have our kitchens equipped with every utensil / piece of equipment a visitor could wish for – but if there’s an item we’ve missed, guests just need to let us know and we will have it delivered. Our houses have dishwashers and washer / tumble dryers to make your stay as relaxing and “work-free” as possible. Linen and towels are provided in all our homes, and items like ironing boards, hairdryers, washer / tumble dryers all come as standard. Cots and highchairs are available on request. All houses have Wi-Fi some have DVD players / XBOX / book library and games selection for the entertainment of guests and children. We also provide information on local restaurants, amenities, entertainment and services in the area, with contact numbers to make your stay as easy possible. Our houses all have plenty of full length mirrors for people getting ready for special events such as weddings and family celebrations, and our mattresses and linen are hotel quality to ensure that you get a comfortable nights sleep and are ready to explore our lovely surroundings feeling refreshed and relaxed. We have guests visiting all year round, and guarantee that you will be very comfortable whatever the season. Some houses have larger outdoor space than others, but all have access to a private BBQ area, which is particularly nice in the warm, sunny, summer months. At Christmas time we love to get the decorations out, and all guests benefit from a welcome pack on arrival throughout the year, so that they can get the kettle on as soon as they have checked in. If you are travelling with e.g. another family, or are part of a large group, many of our houses are located near to each other, so guests sometimes spread their bookings between 2 or more houses. If you want to know which houses are close to one another for large group bookings, just give us a call and we will be happy to advise you. We love animals and are pet friendly. We know that beloved pets are part of the family and that travelling without them is frequently not an option. We do have rules regarding pets staying in our homes, but they are reasonable, and guest’s dogs are very welcome and are often left a little welcome pack of their own! If you have any queries at all – you may want to book a restaurant, taxi, hairdresser or plan a trip - do please email or phone and we will endeavour to help whenever we can. There’s so much to do in the immediate and surrounding areas, with some very famous sights and landmarks only a drive away. We recommend numerous attractions in the literature in our cottages, but there’s always lots of seasonal events going on that you may be interested in, or perhaps you want to e.g. plan a daytrip further afield. Whatever it is, please do get in touch. We want you to come back and hope that you will have a memorable stay in our self-catering accommodation, and grow to love Holywood as much as we do.
We have been providing guests with comfortable, stylish self-catering accommodation in Holywood for over a decade. All our properties have been certified and / or graded by the Nor…

During your stay

We live locally and are on hand to meet guests if required. However usually we deliberately give our guests space to enjoy their stay in peace. We are happy to be contacted at any time by phone, message or email and would be delighted to help our guests with planning any aspect of their stay - just give us a shout! Keys are left for guests in a secure key safe. A code to access keys will be given once the property is booked.

Guest information regarding everything you need to know about the cottage eg WIFI code / heating instructions / contact numbers for assistance are displayed in the cottage.
We live locally and are on hand to meet guests if required. However usually we deliberately give our guests space to enjoy their stay in peace. We are happy to be contacted at any…
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