Our Summer 2015 adventure continues! We ventured to the mountains for two nights in the absolutely beautiful Dan White's Cottage.
The self-catering cottage, once a shepherd's residence, is nestled in the foothills of the Mournes. The compact yet spacious accomodation sleeps five, with two separate bedrooms, a bathroom and kitchen/living area. I'd guess that it's recently been refurbished, as the living quarters are spotless and finished to high standards. You may be in the middle of nowhere with only sheep for neighbours, but the surroundings are luxurious. The cottage has a four star rating, and we adored it. We didn't want to leave! In fact I phoned my parents the first night to try to persuade them to come up to stay in the other room for the second night, I was so impressed with the place.
Finding the cottage is easy, even given it's almost off-road location. Follow the road from Newcastle to Warrenpoint, and along the way, before Rostrevor you'll see a sign for Kilfeaghan Lane to the right. It's a very narrow lane way, only wide enough for one car, but keep climbing and you'll eventually see little signs pointing you to Dan White's. You'll honestly think a few times 'is this the right road?' as it's so rural, but keep going. Our little, old model Clio made it there, so your car can too!
There Eamonn or Yvonne will meet you to give you the keys and answer any questions you may have. The cottage has a little peat burning fire, which will be lit for your arrival. You really don't need much with you- the kitchen is fully stocked with all the plates, cups, cutlery and basically anything you could think of needing to use. You've also a dishwasher and washing machine with powder there to use if you need to on longer stays.
There was also a welcome hamper and milk in the fridge, so if you are arriving after a long journey you can have a cuppa and some soda bread before unpacking.
There are tvs in each room with Freeview, and pretty good wifi. I could stream Sky News live onto my iPhone, but because we were near the border I couldn't watch BBC iplayer on my ipad. You will find all the BBC channels on the tvs though.
The bathroom has little toiletry kits for you, so you won't need shampoo or conditioner with you. The shower is easy to use (I always get flustered trying to work other people's showers!) and the water pressure is great.
As you'd imagine it's very quiet at night, but be prepared for some 'baaaas' in the morning from neighbouring fields! We noticed this on the first morning, but by the second we didn't hear them at all.
We had an absolutely wonderful stay at Dan White's, and I would recommend it to anyone, tourists or locals for a getaway from it all break. The surroundings are simply stunning and the cottage interior is equally beautiful.
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Stay was complimentary for review purposes. Thank you, Eamonn and Yvonne!