About this listing
Helen's Tower perched high above the rolling hills of Co Down, is an enchanting three storey stone tower nestled deep in the woods of the Clandeboye Estate.
Standing on top of the world with panoramic views of the surrounding landscape, one can see as far as distant Scottish shores from the top of Helen's Tower. Helen's Tower has 1 double bedroom, shower room, separate wc, kitchen, living room, reading room and rooftop terrace.
Visitors to the area can enjoy walking routes, known locally as Clandeboye Way (Helen's Bay to Whitespots Country Park). Other places of interest include Ava Gallery, Ireland Off Road Experience, Andrew Jackson Cottage and US Rangers and Clandeboye Estate.
1 double bedroom
Narrow stone staircase
Electric storage heating
Iron and ironing board
Travel cot, on request
Roof terrace & reading room
Helen's Tower perched high above the rolling hills of Co Down, is an enchanting three storey stone tower nestled deep in the woods of the Clandeboye Estate. Standing on top of the world with panoramic views of the surrounding landscape, one can see as far as distant Scottish shores from the top of Helen's Tower.
Built in 1848 by Frederick Lord Dufferin, 5th Baron of Dufferin and Ava in honour of his mother Helen Selina Blackwood, Helen's Tower has since been immortalized by Tennyson in the poem of the same name. Designed by architect William Burn and constructed in (phone number hidden) as a famine relief project, Helen's Tower helped relieve unemployment at this time.
The tower has taken on an unforeseen poignancy, as an almost exact replica of it, the Ulster Tower, was built at Thiepval in 1921 to honour the men of the 36th (Ulster) Division who fell at the Battle of the Somme. Clandeboye Estate was used for army training during the First World War, and the 36th (Ulster) Division trained beside Helen's Tower before leaving for France.
A Game Keepers Tower, the interiors and fittings of this building were unique to this period. An octagonal room on the third floor with its paneling throughout with poems engraved on metal plates are set into the walls.
Helen's Tower is equipped with 1 double bedroom, shower room, separate bathroom, kitchen, living room, dining room and rooftop reading room.
Visitors to the area can enjoy walking routes, known locally as Cladeboye Way (Helen's Bay to Whitespots Country Park). Other places of interest include Ava Gallery, Ireland Off Road Experience, Andrew Jackson Cottage and US Rangers and Clandeboye Estate.
Two well known poems by Tennyson and Browning about Helen's Tower
HELENS TOWER by ALFRED TENNYSON
HELEN'S TOWER, here I stand,
Dominant over sea and land.
Son's love built me, and I hold
Mother's love in letter'd gold.Love is in and out of time,
I am mortal stone and lime.
Would my granite girth were strong
As either love, to last as long
I should wear my crown entire
To and thro' the Doomsday fire,
And be found of angel eyes
In earth's recurring Paradise.
HELENS TOWER by ROBERT BROWNING
Who hears of Helens Tower,
may dream perchance
How the Greek Beauty from the Scaean Gate
Gazed on old friends unanimous in hate,
Death-doomd because of her fair countenance.
Hearts would leap otherwise, at thy advance,
Lady, to whom this Tower is consecrate!
Like hers, thy face once made all eyes elate,
Yet, unlike hers, was blessd by every glance.
The Tower of Hate is outworn, far and strange:
A transitory shame of long ago,
It dies into the sand from which it sprang;
But thine, Loves rock-built Tower, shall fear no change:
Gods self laid stable earths foundations so,
When all the morning-stars together sang.
You will need to contact your Local House Manager 5 days before arrival to arrange time to meet. Contact details will be emailed to you. Latest arrival is 9pm.
Interaction with Guests
The local House Manager will meet and greet you on arrival. At this time they can answer any questions you have about what is happening in the local area during the time of your stay. Latest arrival is 9pm.
It would be preferable to have a car otherwise it will be difficult to get to shops etc as the lodge is situated within the Clandeboye Estate. About 5 mins drive to the town of Bangor.
Other Things to Note
Our buildings were made to the standards of earlier times – and sometimes without the intention that they should be lived in. Consequently you may encounter features that reflect their particular character but that deserve due care and attention, particularly by the young, elderly, less mobile or visually impaired. Examples of these are steps worn with age, uneven surfaces, low ceilings and beams, unexpected drops or changes in level, and by modern standards low or absent lighting. In all cases we have sought to make a sensible compromise between due regard for safety and the careful retention of the fabric of each building, which makes it an interesting place to stay. We ask you to appreciate and use the building with this understanding, and recommend you read the information in the Guest Book in the property.
We ask that you leave the property in a clean and tidy condition upon departure. All equipment, utensils etc must be left clean and the property must be left clean and tidy at the end of the hire period.
All breakages and damage must be reported to the House Manager immediately so that they can be rectified. All breakages and damage are the legal responsibility of the Hirer and the cost of repair or replacement must be paid.
The most incredible place and experience. Standing on the roof top, the sun beating down, looking out over the incredible country-side, towns and cities is an unforgettable memory. Every room inside the tower has its own character. Our only trouble was trying to decide which room to light the open fire and sit for the night... the amazing Poetry room, or the incredibly comfy lounge? Every room is unique, and don't be fooled by the age, the Tower is complete with all the amenities for having an amazing time (including a full kitchen). There's no TV or WiFi, but you won't need them, there's good 3G access to get the directions you need, but bring the board games, a good book, and some walking shoes, and enjoy a wonderful experience!
I loved staying at Helen's Tower! It is such a unique and beautiful place. The bedroom was comfortable, the kitchen was fully stocked and the views from the top were spectacular. It got a bit chilly inside, but that just made sitting by the fireplace even better.
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About the Host, Irish Landmark
Irish Landmark is a non-profit organisation that finds interesting and unusual properties that are in need of conservation, and we give them new life. Since 1992, we’ve been turning historic buildings into truly special self-catering holiday accommodation. Our properties range from lighthouses and schoolhouses, to castles and gate lodges.
As an educational charity, our primary aim is to conserve and sustain iconic buildings. That’s why Irish Landmark properties are living buildings, not museum settings. Irish Landmark always respects the history and architectural integrity of the structures we conserve, but we also ensure they have all the contemporary comforts you want in a holiday home.