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We love this cottage! Perfect size for 4-6 people with 3 bedrooms upstairs, a cozy living area with a TV, and a wonderful 4-season porch (where we enjoyed coffee every morning reminiscing about the past day’s activities and planning out the next). The Old Essmore Cottage is nicely appointed with all the comforts, including two very nice bathrooms, one with a shower and one with a large tub that served our group of four well when getting ready for the day.
Gerard & Maureen were so gracious & helpful. They greeted us when we arrived and providing breads, jam, cake & a bottle of Prosecco to help my wife & I celebrate our 35th wedding anniversary. They showed us how everything worked so we’d feel comfortable right from the start. Gerard even provided driving direction options for some of our side trips.
The cottage is perfectly located on the Carlingford Lough Waterway between Omeath and Carlingford Village, across the street from the waterfront, and at the entrance to The Greenway (about a 4 mile walking/biking trail along the water that goes into Carlingford village). We used the cottage as our home base, going on several day trips to see sites like Trim Castle, Hill of Tara, Newgrange, and so much more. We also took some extended side trips spending a night in Belfast, two nights in Galway and ending our trip the last two nights in Dublin. We even took the NI Railway train out of Newry (12 minute taxi from cottage) to Belfast and back again the following day. We also golfed at Greenore Golf Club just a short 15 minute drive away. So for us and our itinerary the cottage is in a great location with easy access to both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Hopefully Brexit won’t screw that up. Uhg.
All in all we had a fabulous vacation and to a large degree because of the Old Essmore Cottage. It was the perfect place to relax and enjoy the peaceful country seaside surroundings of Carlingford, a small village with tons of history, friendly locals, and plenty of Guinness. A nice respite from the big cities we visited and the tours we took. When we return to Ireland I’m sure we’ll book it again. As experienced vacation renters we believe the Old Essmore Cottage is one of the best values for the money we’ve seen. You can’t go wrong booking this cottage!
Thanks Gerard & Maureen for sharing your slice of heaven with us.
Although, unable to travel myself due to health issues, my kith and kin had a wonderful time! They were treated kindly, the place itself was lovely, and helpful hints, especially Malahide Castle, were very welcomed! Would happily book here again.