About this listing
Wake to a view of the beautiful birch woods outside your window, and enjoy the peace and quiet. Birch Cottage is finished using natural, locally sourced materials and kept warm and comfy by the power of the sun. Here you are surrounded by birdsong, clean air, and wonderful views. Walk in the woods, feed the hens, and enjoy fresh produce from our gardens.
Some of the most stunning countryside in Northern Ireland is your doorstep.
Tourism NI 4 Star Rated, Green Tourism Gold rated.
Birch Cottage sits at the centre of Lackan Cottage Farm, a rural six acre organic smallholding in the heart of the South Down countryside, the home of Steve, Claire and Lyra Golemboski-Byrne. Here we grow our own vegetables, fruit and herbs, keep chickens for eggs, and generate all our own electricity. Our wish is to share the experience of that lifestyle with as many people as possible, and Birch Cottage self catering is an opportunity to do just that. Sleeps 2 – 1 Superking bed or 2 singles. Eco friendly finishes throughout. Heating and hot water is provided by solar panels which power the underfloor heating, supplemented by a cosy woodburner if necessary. The entire farm, including the cottage is off grid - powered entirely by renewable energy on site. We also have our own private woodland for fuel and newly planted willow plantations for basketry and sculpture. We are currently training one of our horses to work on the farm, and you can say hello to him, the other two, as well as our dog and cats and chickens. We run courses in various skills such as basket making and greenwoodworking, throughout the year. Guests may pick their own produce if they wish, just ask we'll let you know what is available.
Secure bike store. Drying room, washing machine, dryer.
**We are unable to accommodate children**
Things to do:
Walk around our gardens and woodland. On a clear night, go outside and look at the stars!
There are many walks starting from the end of our lane including through Lackan Bog ASSI (which we own a small part of), and which is home to many dragonflies species.
We are close to Tollymore and Castlewellan forest parks, Mourne Mountains and the sea. There are lots of maps and guides in the cottage for walking and cycling, and a large rack of many activities from pony trekking to mountain biking to local history such as the Bronte family trail. There are also bird, animal and plant identification books if you spot something interesting.
Tourist Board approved 4* accommodation. Green Tourism Gold rated.
Birch Cottage is your own space, and guests are welcome to walk in our private woodlands, explore the gardens, and meet our hens, dog, cats and horses.
Interaction with guests
Hosts Steve and Claire live on site and are always happy to help out and show you around.
Please do explore the woods, we'll show you where the walks are; and you are more than welcome to take a walk around the gardens.
Chopping boards are provided in the kitchen. Please do not cut on the worktops.
Please remove your shoes before going any further than the kitchen.
Please DO NOT move the furniture about, it scratches the floor.
Please check out on time - 11am latest, to allow us to prepare the cottage properly for other guests. In booking you accept the check in and check out times which are essential for us to ensure to maintain our high standards.
Cancel up to 7 days before your trip and get a 50% refund. Cancel within 7 days of your trip and the reservation is non-refundable.
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I love living on this wee small holding, working organically with nature, growing fruit and veg, plants for pollinators and other creatures, creating a haven for wildlife. I live here with my husband and daughter, dog, cats, horses and chickens.