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Northern Ireland > Ulster > Co. Down
Bed & Breakfast

Ballymote House - Bed & Breakfast in Co. Down

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Killough Road, Downpatrick, BT30 8BJ, Co. Down
Ulster, United Kingdom

James & Nicola Manningham-Buller www.ballymotehouse.com
+44 (0)28 4461 5500 (landline)
+44 (0)7831 661429(mobile)

Great charm and style on the doorstep of deserted beaches, historic monuments and rolling countryside. Nicola runs the B&B with real gusto

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You may feel you have entered a whirlwind: let yourself be swept up by this vibrant family. Nicola runs the place with gusto and seemingly boundless energy, poaching nectarines for breakfast one moment, conversing with great erudition the next, then out to feed the horses, energetic dogs in tow. They run an insurance business here, too. A genuine no-frills, intelligent and organised family. Neither grand nor lowly, Ballymote stands in an undisturbed pocket of historic monuments, deserted beaches and rolling countryside. A short drive or bike ride leads to the dolmens, castles, healing wells and 10th-century churches left by earlier inhabitants. One of the area's first unfortified houses, this place has wonderful charm, its graceful 1730s Georgian looks framed by a fine park laid out by 19th-century plantsman George Carter. The sight of mature ash and sycamore lifts any morning. The house has natural style, hugely comfortable, easy country-house bedrooms, and there's an odd Landseer glass sculpture of two polar bears. Killough village is near, walks in the Mourne Mountains are stupendous.

No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Credit cards
Credit or debit card payment accepted.
English spoken
Host speaks English, whether perfectly or not.
Wireless internet access available.
Pets welcome
Please let the owner know if you want to bring pets.
Public transport
Within 10 miles of a bus/train station.
Working farm
Or vineyard.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property.
Bikes available
On the premises to hire or borrow.
Vegetarian meals
Available on request.

Local points of interest from James & Nicola Manningham-Buller:

Local points of interest from
James & Nicola Manningham-Buller:

  • Our local secret is Ballynoe Stone Circle, a tucked away hidden gem, totally unspoilt and where time seems to stand still! Relish views of the coast with the Mountains of Mourne sweeping down to the sea. 99% of the time you will be the only one there!
  • Game of Thrones used masses of locations locally to shoot this cult series. Pick our brains so you can visit some of these places.
  • Tyrella beach really does have the Mountains of Mourne sweeping down to the sea as in Percy French's song. The beach itself is a fabulous strand with the sea very shallow and perfect for paddling and galloping along on a horse!
  • The Mourne Mountains are said to have inspired Belfast-born CS Lewis to create his magical land of Narnia. Discover it for yourself and trace the children's footsteps.
  • St Patrick's grave is at the cathedral in Downpatrick. The surrounding area, the Lecale,is known as St Patricks Country, as so many local places have strong connections with him.
  • One of the legendary singer, Van Morrison's most famous songs, Coney Island, was written about an area 10 mins form us. See what inspired him. The same place also had an Oscar winning short film, The Shore, shot there!
Points of interest

Guest feedback
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"Ballymote House exceeded expectations. Everything had been thought of, rooms lovely, hosts warm and welcoming and breakfast was brilliant. Home stewed fruit, eggs from their beautiful hens, home baked breads with home made preserves. we loved it, and the area is an undiscovered gem. Coastline and mountains. Our hosts recommended excellent restaurants nearby. "
August 2013
"Wonderful place to stay with fabulous yummy breakfast! The family and the dogs are charming, the bed comfy, I will definitely be back!"
June 2012
"Nicola and James are wonderful hosts, for whom nothing is too much trouble, be it any variety of eggs to accompany the outstanding, (locally sourced / home made) breakfast, booking a wonderful seafood restaurant for dinner, or the loan of an ordnance survey map for your day out. The house is full of character, and extremely tastefully decorated. The bed was super comfortable, and the room stocked with all you could need from toiletries to a great selection of magazines. The location of the house is perfect for wonderful days out exploring. All in all a wonderful place to stay, and one I would highly recommend."
September 2010

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  • 1 Double
  • , 1 Single
  • , 1 Twin/double
Price:(i) £45 to£90 per night

Prices go up during Golf Open 27-31 May 2015

Booking info:

Children under 2 & over 7 welcome. Pets by arrangement; horses included!


Dinner, 3 courses, £27.50 (min 6 people). Pubs & restaurants 2 miles.


Christmas & New Year.


Killough Road, Downpatrick, BT30 8BJ, Co. Down

B&B 1 Double room
Price: (i) £ 85 to £ 90 per night
B&B 1 Single room
Price: (i) £ 45 to £ 50 per night
B&B 1 Twin/double room
Private dressing room.
Price: (i) £ 85 to £ 90 per night
James & Nicola Manningham-Buller www.ballymotehouse.com
+44 (0)28 4461 5500 (landline)
+44 (0)7831 661429(mobile)

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