A rural retreat

Unwind and escape to another world of woodlands, mountains and peace here at Birch Cottage. A unique, cosy, romantic, rural self catering holiday cottage to rent in the Mournes, Co.Down. Leave the grid behind.

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Birch Cottage is situated on our organic smallholding in the unique County Down landscape of drumlin and bog, overlooking woodland, bog and heather to one side, and the Mourne Mountains on the other. A quiet haven that invites guests to engage more deeply with the landscape and our heritage – by taking a small stake in its conservation. Our guests tell us that being able to literally walk a few yards into the private woodland is something that they value very highly.

Small but beautifully made to be a natural, healthy environment that celebrates the beautiful surroundings of woodland and the Mourne mountains, we’ve created a cosy, personal space that has the highest environmental credentials but which doesn’t compromise visitor comfort.

Everything has been handcrafted using local timbers and reclaimed materials to create a truly unique visitor experience. We are careful to minimise the environmental impact of the cottage, and to ensure that we use only materials and products that have been ethically produced and sourced.

Powered entirely by solar and wind power, with a wood burning stove and solar hot water to provide underfloor heating and hot tap water, we are proudly  carbon neutral. Comfortable, cosy and quirky, guests often don’t want to leave. We are perfectly located for Mountain Bike trails in Tollymore Forest Park, Castlewellan and Rostrevor, as well as the Life Centre in Castlwellan, and Climbing Centre in Tollymore. 

“The beauty of the cottage and the amazing surroundings are such a joy, and I can safely say that opening the curtains on the first morning to see the forest all frozen and quiet in its splendour will remain with me for a long time.” Tara & Ellis, 2016 

“Thank you for providing such a wonderful cozy retreat. It was just what we needed – all the creature comforts in a peaceful and joyful place. Wonderful!”Joan & Tina, 2017

“Thanks for creating such a special place and sharing it for others to enjoy. We had a wonderful stay – relaxing, peaceful and inspiring. We especially loved the view of the mournes and the forest, the extras like lovely toiletries and the fresh coffee and the guitar.”Heidi & Matt, 2017

“What a lovely, refreshing, relaxing place. We have experienced probably the hottest weather this year and it couldn’t have been anywhere better. The horses were a joy to watch and cuddle and the fruit and veg patch was a godsend.”Joan & Dave

Discover another world

Birch woodlands, beautiful mountains and horses on the doorstep. What more could you want in a holiday cottage to rent?

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Birch Cottage sits in the middle of our off grid smallholding next to the woods

birch cottage unique self catering cottage is hand crafted for your comfort and health

Hand crafted comfort

A unique space, made with care from natural materials with all the comforts you’d expect.

birch cottage unique self catering cottage has amazing views of the mountains and woodland

Great views

Mountains to one side, a forest to the other. You will always have a wonderful view.

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Birch Cottage unique self catering holiday cottage to rent in the Mournes County Down