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Wonderful, spacious, historic guest house in Beautiful seaside village
“This property is unique. It is centrally located, spacious, fascinating and truly beautifully appointed with every convenience. We stayed five nights August 2018, the purpose of our stay in Donaghadee being a sporting event in which we were involved. As such there was more than enough room for our team, families and supporters, not only in the four beautiful bedrooms - individually decorated with luxurious linens and amazing art and antiques - but also in the extremely generous communal kitchen, living and dining areas. Naima the housekeeper, who lives on site, is welcoming and friendly, always available to help as required. In addition to this home’s impressive and fascinating accommodation, its location in the heart of Donaghadee is a great advantage. It’s a pretty fishing village on the shores of Belfast Lough boasting several renowned eateries and quaint shops, including an old fashioned sweetie shop and ice cream parlour the Cabin. These are all within very easy walking distance. There is also an active community feel, notably the group of swimmers who « dunk » in the sea here every day of the year and who offer a warm welcome to visiting swimmers of all abilities, including those embarking on the North Channel crossing to Scotland (the starting point for which is Donaghadee). We were wowed by the glorious landscapes, villages and National Trust properties dotted across the Ards Peninsula. And Belfast is only 30 mins away. The Manor House is a perfect base for anyone wishing to explore this part of Northern Ireland. It is elegant luxury on a grand scale with a side of home comfort.”
Lovely Historical Home
This was a large and lovely home with extra large bedrooms and bathrooms. It included a delicious breakfast cooked and served by our host Naima. She was friendly and helpful. If you like antique furnishings, paintings and drawings and hanging out in the enormous kitchen then this is your place. You can walk to the pier, pubs and restaurants. The only downside is that many of the windows are stuck shut. The owners have not fully maintained the property. We opened one window in our room. The grounds also needed work (trimming and raking). Overall we were happy. We encountered a charming place full of life and light.
Fantastic! Didn’t want to go home!
This place is a real find. It is very similar to properties you would find in Ireland’s blue book at about half the price. Naima, the manager, made us feel very welcome. This was a treat for my friends 40th and what a treat it was! - for both of us. We live in Belfast and the Manor House is like stepping back in time. We traveled 15 miles and about 200 years. The decor is incredible. The entrance hall (see photo) is something else. We checked in.... we were taken aback by the beautiful rooms. We stayed in Copelands and Crommelin. We had a soak in our free standing baths, got ready at our vintage dressing tables and after dinner at pier 36 we relaxed in the back sitting room with the fire lit and our feet up the chimney. Breakfast was freshly cooked and delicious,
Great family mansion house that feels like home
Ive stayed here three times in a month and plan on staying many more times. The house feels like home, great character, comfortable and very spacious. The Lady who runs the mansion house is super helpful, nothing is too much trouble, always checking you have everything, choose your own breakfast and she is a great cook. Ive stayed in mansions, stately homes, premier inns etc and this is the most comfortable house i have ever stayed in. You can rent the whole house with all the bedrooms for £250 or simply stay one night for Less than the travelodge. I cannot recommend this place enough.
We rented the Manor House via Air B&B. A family of 5, we enjoyed all 4 of the huge bedrooms all with en suite bathrooms, 2 livings rooms a massive dining room and use of the spacious and very well appointed kitchen. The manager lives on site and was very welcoming and helpful, allowing us full run of the rest of the house. Full of character, super location and a chance to live like gentry for a few days. I really couldn't recommend it highly enough for rental or B&B.
Fantastic And Calm
We stayed for 7 nights will visiting family in North Down , Namia made our stay so welcoming and calm that we will definitely be back .Manor House is like playing a part in a period drama , fine charming Stately Home with the most comfortable beds and enormous bathrooms.The Town itself has 3 or 4 of the best eating places in the whole of County Down. We will return.......
Charming, spacious old manor estate home, full old world character. The number of bedrooms available for rent gives no indication of the palatial size of this house. You can while away a wonderful weekend here without ever stepping out the front door to the explore the seaside town. Our host, Lynn was extremely hospitable.
Amazing house, one of a kind. Total wow factor. The rooms are en-suite but there’s only one standing shower in the house and both mornings we stayed shower ran cold after the first few people used it. We had 3 kids under 3 in the house so no hot water was a real drag for the Mums and Dads. Everything else was wonderful.
Excellent comfortable place to stay.
We rented out the manor house as a group. Very enjoyable stay spacious accomadation continuous hot water which made a difference to us when we came back from the cold sea. Large kitchen. Beautiful furnishings in the house.
This was overwhelmingly one of the best airbnb experiences shared by my friends and I. Naima was the epitomy of hospitality and friendliness. She was the quintessential host and was exceptionally helpful and insightful. The house itself was ideally located and it was exactly as portrayed in the airbnb profile. It has great character with a wealth of history and heritage attached. In summation, an idealic break away that i would recommend to everyone. You could spend the weekend exploring the house alone without ever venturing outside its doors.
This was a perfect base for a short trip to Belfast for two families with children. Belfast is 30 minutes away and we went into the city on two days, returning in the evening to relax in the amazing house and dine locally where there are several options to suit all needs. We also wanted to spend time relaxing in the house and to enjoy the grand old surroundings. The home is really something - we felt we were living in history. It dates from the early 1600's. It was owned by the De La Cherois family since the early 1800's. This family were French Hugenot Protestants and the grandfather of the first owner came to Ireland with Prince William of Orange and distinguished himself in the Battle of the Boyne. So he and Billy were mates, we can assume. What would he have thought of the motley gang from down south, with ancestors who were dyed in the wool republicans, enjoying his home as we did? It did make us wonder as we admired all the old family portraits! We rented the whole house and had pretty complete access save a few attic rooms. It is a grand old house, very homely, well heated and with lovely bedrooms and old fashioned bathrooms. There are working fireplaces in a smaller sitting room the kids used and a grand salon upstairs that the adults used. The huge kitchen was lovely for leisurely breakfasts and evening snacks. We had dinner in some of several restaurants within walking distance of the house. The Harbour restaurant is particularly good - modern and cool with great sea views. Donaghadee also boast the oldest pub in Ireland - (decent food), a great Fish and Chip shop (Raineys) and a GREAT ice cream shop (Maud's) all within a couple minutes walk. Mauds closes at 7:30 so we were disappointed on two nights not to get in for an ice cream! We 'did' two days in the city - Day One was the Titanic - really worthwhile and voted best themed tourist attraction in the world in 2016. two-and-a-half hours sped by, we did not think the kids would last that long, but they did! Lunch in a cool restaurant in the city centre - the Cuban Revolution or something like that - with rocking music (maybe would be too rocking if you had a headache, loads of people were imbibing the rather nice looking cocktails and it looked like a good place for a party). Then we detoured back via Lisburn to do go karting to 'balance out' the earlier culture. A great big open track nestled in a valley at sunset on a nice day - very good fun. There is also an indoor go karting place in Bangor that has lots of other activities too including archery (Eddie Irvine Centre) which was completely booked out all weekend, so one can only assume it is good. Day Two we did the hop on hop off red bus tour - absolutely fascinating. WE had an AMAZING guide for the first half before we got off (Rachel - get he if you can! A comedienne as well as full of info - these guides lived through the 'troubles' and can present it in a humorous and real way). We saw Stormont, Queens, and drove the Falls Road, the Shankill, the Crumlin road, saw the ominous 'peace wall' and learned a lot about living through those times. Very fair and balanced history I felt. And the Muriels! Very interesting. At Queens we popped into the Ulster museum but didn't really have enough time there - all free and VERY kid -oriented. WE didn't have time to explore it but the kids were drawn right in and we had to drag them out. We DIDN'T do the Mourne drive which was right on our doorstep from Donaghadee, WE also didn't do the Giant's causeway or the W5 science museum in Belfast - not enough time - we'll just have to come back
This house is a fantastic find! It is huge and full of character inside, with 4 distinct and very comfortable en-suite bedrooms. The kitchen and living room are also very large, comfortable & well furnished, and proved perfect for an extended family get-together. There is off-street parking for two-plus cars and the house is located within walking distance of the pretty harbor and several welcoming restaurants. Naima, the house manager, was very welcoming and made us feel at ease from the moment we arrived. We have no hesitation with recommending this rental.
Really unusual opportunity to stay in an old Manor House, which is still clearly a family home. Huge bedrooms, each uniquely decorated and furnished in the style of the house. Well equipment kitchen with large kitchen table. Very grand dining room and drawing room with comfortable sitting areas. Naima, the house manager, went out of her way to make our stay enjoyable. Private location, close to amenities in a small village with harbour and lighthouse on the Ards peninsular, not far from Belfast. Great place to stay - many thanks.
History, comfort and hospitality; all rolled into one
The Manor House in Donaghadee is a special place because of its history, décor and location. It was a pleasure to stay here and we were given wonderful hospitality. Located in the midst of the town, it is within walking distance of all facilities and places of interest. Moreover, its very walls speak of the history of the town and its region.
A unique stay to say the least. This magnificent manor house was so expansive and the history of the place was fascinating. Our host has her own lodgings on the first floor, but we had the full run of the place, sharing the kitchen with her. The house has the feel of 'Downton Abbey', with even the bells for the upper rooms still in existence down below for the servants employed by the residents. Terrific stay!