The living space is bright and airyRelax in the super king size bed
Birch Cottage - unique cosy off grid retreat
Birch Cottage - unique cosy off grid retreat

Entire home/flat

2 guests

1 bedroom

1 bed

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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.

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 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.

There is:
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.

Guest access

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.

Business travel
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The space
Accommodates: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Check In: 4PM - 7PM
Check Out: 11AM
Room type: Entire home/flat


Extra people: No Charge
Cleaning Fee: 15
Security Deposit: 100
Weekly Discount: 5%
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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 king bed

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Not safe or suitable for children (0-12 years)
Check in time is 4PM - 7PM

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.

Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector
First aid kit
Safety card
Fire extinguisher

1 night minimum stay

62 Reviews

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Anne User Profile
July 2017
This is a sympathetic and authentically renovated small cottage. Some beautiful features but, principally, the tranquility, the calm, the silence and the stunning views across to the Mourne mountains make this a really beautiful hideaway
Claire User Profile
Response from Claire:
Thanks a million Anne, glad you enjoyed your stay and rest of you trip goes well. Hope we'll be welcoming you back again :-)
July 2017

Tanya User Profile
July 2017
Claire and Steve are great hosts, we needed assistance late at night and as they live only next door the problem was fixed immediately and they couldn't do enough for us. The cottage is equipped with everything you would need, it is clean and homely. The forest trail is a lovely walk, the surroundings are picturesque and quiet... ideal for a relaxing getaway!
Claire User Profile
Response from Claire:
Thanks Tanya, glad you enjoyed your stay, hope we'll see you back soon :-)
July 2017

Maarten User Profile
July 2017
Lovely little cottage with a very nice view. The garden & little forrest around the house are beautiful, as is the way of living of Claire & Steve. We immensely enjoyed our stay in this peaceful green oase. The cottage is beautifully restored and has all the facilities you need to have a relaxing stay.
Claire User Profile
Response from Claire:
Aw, thanks Maarten, lovely to meet you both and you're welcome back anytime :-)
July 2017

Angela User Profile
July 2017
Can't recommend this place enough. Claire and Steve excellent hosts, and made us feel so welcome. The area is stunning and the little cottage itself perfection. Great for a relaxed stay!
Claire User Profile
Response from Claire:
Thanks a mill Angela! Hope we'll see you again soon :-D
July 2017

Thomas User Profile
July 2017
When you are looking for a place, away from the stressful life, just to enjoy nature and lovlely people, then this is the spot you need to visit. Off grid and off stress is what you get at Claire's beautyful cottage.

Emma User Profile
July 2017
Claire and Steve are wonderful hosts, very friendly, approachable and happy to answer any questions. Claire met us when we arrived and showed us around the beautiful cottage and showed us how to work things, like the wood burner and water temperature gauge and told us about their home, farm and surrounding woodland. Steve was also very friendly in telling us about growing their own food, water collection and his newest building project. We couldn't ask for better hosts. The cottage is beautiful, so very cosy and clean and the location is outstanding, with wonderful views over the Mourne mountains and close to tourist attractions and Castlewellan where you can eat out, go for a drink in one of the pubs and stock up on supplies. We are only sorry our stay was short, Birch cottage is such a relaxing beautiful place to stay and we can't wait to visit again!
Claire User Profile
Response from Claire:
Aw, thanks Emma,that's very kind, so glad you enjoyed your stay. Lovely to meet you guys and look forward to welcoming you back :-D
July 2017

Daisy User Profile
July 2017
A must-stay for Ireland and the world! Beautiful cottage, very modern. You can cook food in a cute kitchen. There are beautiful mountains, horses and gardens just at your front door. The hosts were very kind!
Claire User Profile
Response from Claire:
Thanks a million Daisy! Glad you liked it! Hope your onward journey went well and we'll see you back for your anniversary :-D
July 2017

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Northern Ireland, United KingdomJoined in June 2016
Claire User Profile

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.

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