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Rural off grid staycation hideaway

Entire cottage hosted by Claire
2 guests1 bedroom1 bed1 bathroom
Entire home
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**October update re. Covid - We are still able to take bookings** A quiet rural retreat, Birch Cottage is off grid and the perfect spot to escape from the world outside. Based on our self sufficient smallholding, you can wake to a view of the beautiful birch woods outside your window, and enjoy the peace and quiet. Walk in our private woodland and sit out by the fire.
A warm and cosy haven.
TNI 4 Star Rated, Green Tourism Gold and Green Key rated.

The space
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 keep two horses on site, which is also home to four cats and lots of chickens. We run courses in various skills such as basket making and greenwoodworking, throughout the year. We also grow plenty of fruit and vegetables, and will let visitors know what is available at the time of their visit.

There is:
Secure bike store. Drying room, washing machine, dryer.
Wifi
****We are unable to accommodate children or pets****
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, and the first Green Key approved business in Northern Ireland.

Places for sleeping

Bedroom 1
1 king bed

What this place offers

Kitchen
Wifi
Free parking on premises
Washing machine
Dryer
Patio or balcony
Garden
Indoor fireplace
Hair dryer
Refrigerator

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Where you’ll be

Ballyroney, United Kingdom

We're based in rural County Down, a short drive away from the Mourne Mountains, Dromara Hills, Slieve Croob, Castlewellan or Tollymore Forest Parks - scene of much of the filming for 'Game of Thrones', and also the beautiful Murlough Bay. Newcastle town and beach are also just 15 minutes drive away.

Hosted by Claire

Joined in June 2016
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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.
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 h…
During your stay
Hosts Steve and Claire live on site and are always happy to help out, though during the current crisis we ask that contact is by email only please.
Claire is a Superhost
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Things to know

House rules
Check-in: 17:00 - 20:00
Check out: 10:00
Self check-in with lockbox
Not suitable for children and infants
No smoking
No pets
No parties or events
Health & safety
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Carbon monoxide alarm
Smoke alarm
Security Deposit – if you damage the home, you may be charged up to £100
Cancellation policy

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