Bay Tree B&B

Hillsborough, Co. Down
Bed & Breakfast

Come for wonderful food and plenty of advice on what to do from this unusual and very flexible County Down B&B


2 beds


2 rooms


Rooms sleep 2


You’re on the outskirts of culture-rich Hillsborough and breakfast is served in the dining room of the owners’ traditional 18th-century pink cottage. You stay in one of two New England-styled rooms in a separate stone cottage with a sitting room, real fire and kitchen. Fresh flowers and underfloor heating add to the warm feel.

Food is taken seriously and is delicious. Susan’s a passionate cook and Willie’s potato bread is a classic. Garden jams, fluffy pancake stacks with pistachio crumb and specials like poached egg on crushed pesto potatoes make breakfast worth getting up for.

Retreat to your homely cottage or the flower-filled gardens to relax. There’s plenty of space and lovely views over green County Down. If you don’t know the area then just ask Susan – she’ll happily get maps out and help plan trips.

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We think you'll love

  • The great breakfasts
  • Coming with friends and taking both rooms in the cottage
  • Sitting in the pretty gardens
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You should know

  • If you don’t book the whole cottage you share the kitchen and sitting room with a couple of other guests
  • There is a friendly miniature Schnauzer padding about Susan’s house.
  • Having a car is essential


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
Check out
By 11am
Booking restrictions
Self-catering only at Christmas and Easter.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property
Pubs/restaurants 5-minute drive.


Nightly price
from £110
2 Doubles
From £110


Having heard stories from Susan and Willie about everything there is to do in Hillsborough, I can't believe I haven't been there before! This is a historic and fascinating bit of Northern Ireland. With so much to see and do, this is a great place to call home for a few days, with Susan's really special breakfast creations setting you up for the day.

Kerry, Sawday's inspector

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The neighbourhood

The gardens burst with wisteria, clematis, azaleas and rhododendrons. Walk up and beyond to a lookout for five-county views over the Carlingford Hills and Mourne Mountains. Bay Tree is on a country road which leads to Georgian Hillsborough. Visit the newly-refurbished castle, now run by Historic Royal Palaces with its gardens, forest and fort; dine at Hara or the turf-fired Hillside Bar. Susan’s happy to drop guests into the village for the evening (a five-minute drive) or head to Belfast, a 20-minute taxi drive.

Local points of interest from Susan McCague

  • Set in the heart of the rolling Co Down countryside, BTB is only 5 minutes’ drive from the picturesque Georgian village of Hillsborough. This beautiful and unique village offers historic attractions such as The Castle, The Courthouse & Hillsborough Forest.
  • If you are in search of high quality cuisine, you will be spoilt for choice with a number of local restaurants listed in the Michelin Guide. Hillsborough also offers a variety of high end fashion and bridal boutiques.
  • If you fancy a stroll around the village, you will be able to spend a couple of happy hours pottering around the gift shops and stopping for a coffee, enjoying the ambience.
  • The bustling city of Belfast, located just 20 minutes away, is a must visit. The Titanic Exhibition, recently named the ‘World’s Leading Tourist Attraction’ at the 2016 World Travel Awards, is the jewel in the crown.
  • A short drive east will bring you to Newcastle, and the famous Co. Down coastline, where “The mountains of Mourne sweep down to the sea.”
  • Another area of interest is the stunning North Antrim Coastline, which is under two hours’ drive away and where The British Open is to be staged at Royal Portrush in 2019. While there, you must visit the world-renowned Giant’s Causeway.


Susan McCague

Susan and Willie aim for a stylish, home-from-home feel with this unusual B&B set-up. Former teacher Susan has her finger in many local pies and they joke that Willie – who designed and built the guest cottage – is like Fawlty Towers’ Manuel. They love talking about Hillsborough and try to give guests a very special experience; thoughtful extras like homemade cakes or high tea in the garden can be whipped up with a bit of notice.