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Ballymote Country House

84 Killough Road, Downpatrick BT30 8BJ Northern Ireland
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"A Hidden treasure....a real find" Irish Times

Not just 'a country house' this is our family home. We are delighted to extend its warmth to all our visitors from Ireland and around the world.

Ballymote delights in continuing the best of that renowned country house tradition, informal and apparently effortless hospitality. We understand just how valuable our guests' free time is with today's hectic way of life.

That's why, from the moment you arrive, we make sure the outside world feels a world away. Ballymote is as restful, or as relaxingly active, as you want it to be. Your only decision will be how you want to enjoy yourself next!

"No where nicer than Ballymote...... Resplendent, elegantly faded charm, blissful beds and great cooking from Nicola are the Ballymote signatures". 100 Best Places to Stay in Ireland Bridgestone Guide.

We pride ourselves on our breakfasts; apart from the de rigeur Ulster fry (ours has sausages made by a local butcher to our family recipe and 8 or so other things on the platter) we offer homemade jams, (3 or 4 different types), local honey, fruit from the garden and masses of other delicious things. It will set you up for a day of exploring!

One of the many extraordinary things about County Down is the extraordinary amount it offers for visitors to do! But never forget that while at Ballymote, simply doing nothing is as good a way to pass your time as any!

We are in the heart of St. Patrick's country; it is an ideal base for exploring one of the most historically and culturally rich parts of Ireland, with wonderful gardens, challenging world renowned links golf courses, spectacular mountains, deserted coastline and unspoilt countryside for walking and horse riding.

Come and experience it ... relax, enjoy, above all make yourself at home!

Ballymote..... Enthusiastically dedicated to your relaxation.

James and Nicola Manningham-Buller

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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Hiking
Horseback riding
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
Wifi
Special diet menus
Fishing
Board games / puzzles
Outdoor furniture
Shared lounge / TV area
Ironing service
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Soundproof rooms
Bathrobes
Fireplace
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Coffee / tea maker
Extra long beds
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Clothes rack
Iron
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Non-smoking rooms
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4.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Charming
Romantic
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Claire wrote a review Nov 2023
Magherafelt, United Kingdom9 contributions2 helpful votes
A very warm welcome by the owners. Very comfy bedroom and the very large breakfast was delicious with plenty of bread. Great location for visiting attractions in Co Down and very easy to find as on main road.
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Date of stay: October 2023
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Anne B wrote a review Oct 2023
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Ballymote Country House is full of historical charm and the perfect choice for a relaxing weekend break surrounded by the idyllic countryside of Downpatrick. We stayed in the Curtis suite. The super king size bed was so unbelievably comfortable. James and Nicola were perfect hosts. The breakfast amazing with lots of delicious options. We would highly recommend a stay here!
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Date of stay: September 2023
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Responded 9 Oct 2023
What is the kind review, thank you very much. Nicola
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Marissa E wrote a review Sept 2023
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We had a lovely stay at Ballymote. The rooms were clean, bright and full of character. The bed has to be one of the most comfiest, we’ve ever slept in. The house is beautiful and charming, the hosts are welcoming, full of knowledge, the breakfast was delightful. Our stay from start to finish was perfect. We will be back
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Date of stay: September 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Nicola Manningham-Buller, Owner at Ballymote Country House
Responded 6 Sept 2023
We are so glad you enjoyed your stay at Ballymote and many thanks for taking the time to leave a review Nicola
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bonnersabroad wrote a review Aug 2023
Belfast, United Kingdom14 contributions11 helpful votes
Beautiful house, great hospitality, very comfortable stay, and some very interesting local history. Ballymote Country House is the perfect base for touring South Down and the Strangford area. Would recommend to everyone!
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Date of stay: August 2023
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Response from Nicola Manningham-Buller, Owner at Ballymote Country House
Responded 31 Aug 2023
Thank you so much for taking the time to review us, and I’m so glad you enjoyed your stay. Have to admit, we might be slightly biased, but we agree Ballymote is the perfect base for exploring South Down and Strangford!
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Kathy D wrote a review Aug 2023
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This was our first experience of this sort of B&B but if this the norm then we would happily do it again. We stayed for 9 nights - longer than we originally planned but were at the mercy of dog friendly availability on the ferries (the dog being one of the reasons why we chose Ballymote). We would have loved however to stay even longer. The house was lovely and full of interesting pictures and information about the house and the owners family. The grounds were large with plenty of space for our dog to run around in and play with the resident terriers. Had a lot of laughs with James the owner who always had a story to tell and he also arranged extremely good breakfasts - healthy stuff which my wife took a huge liking to - and also a great fry-up which I myself partook of...every day! A lot of the food was home made or locally produced and there was always a freshly made loaf of bread every morning. A great base for exploring the local countryside and attractions. All in all, a very enjoyable stay.
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Date of stay: August 2023
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Response from Nicola Manningham-Buller, Owner at Ballymote Country House
Responded 23 Aug 2023
Thank you very much for such a lovely review! We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay at a “B&B” and James enjoyed all the chat! Nicola
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Lorna M wrote a review Jul 2023
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Strongly recommend this accommodation. Unique experience in a beautiful country setting. The hospitality and warm welcome were very much appreciated. The home cooked breakfasts, freshly made bread and preserves were exceptional. We relaxed immediately and loved all aspects of the place. Our host was generous with his time and we engaged in lively and interesting conversations. We will recommending Ballymote Country House to all our friends and family.
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Date of stay: June 2023
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Response from Nicola Manningham-Buller, Owner at Ballymote Country House
Responded 8 Aug 2023
Gosh, what a lovely review! We really enjoy sharing Ballymote with all our guests as it is such a special place with an amazing atmosphere. I also enjoyed our conversations. Thanks James
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Anne M wrote a review Apr 2023
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My ten year old daughter and I are just home from the most welcoming two nights stay in Ballymote Country House. We were made to feel like part of the family. Our room and bathroom were perfectly clean, the towels and robes, so soft and fluffy. The bath water was piping hot and there was an interesting and eclectic selection of books to hand for relaxation. We met the owners' three terriers and they got time to befriend our own dog outside together in the garden. This is a quietly elegant home, perfectly located and shared with us by a remarkably down-to-earth family.
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Date of stay: April 2023
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Response from Nicola Manningham-Buller, Owner at Ballymote Country House
Responded 8 Aug 2023
So glad you all enjoyed Ballymote, including your dog! Our dogs enjoy guests as much as we do! Thank you very much for taking the time to review us, yours, James
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Zana B wrote a review Mar 2023
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Thank you for welcoming in such a friendly manner. The setting, facilities and food were of a very high standard and we felt spoiled! The bed was absolutely wonderful and the breakfast was full of locally sourced delicious food. There were plenty of thoughtful touches such as tea and biscuits on arrival, assistance with restaurant booking and freshly baked bread with breakfast. An amazing stay- we will be recommending to others.
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Date of stay: March 2023
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Responded 28 Mar 2023
Thank you for such a lovely review, it means so much to us that the guests enjoy Ballymote as much as we do! Thank you, Nicola
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Brian H wrote a review Oct 2022
Ballymote House has a wonderful charming atmosphere which is simply down to the hosts, James and Nicola, the way they treated us as guests and the comfort that we experienced not least a big comfortable bed and soft pillows and an appetising breakfast. It is their family home and when you go there, you have a sense of being one of the long lost family. We also thoroughly enjoyed the great conversations with James and Nicola. Even the wonderful family dogs conveyed the sense of welcoming and warmth.
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Date of stay: October 2022
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Response from Nicola Manningham-Buller, Owner at Ballymote Country House
Responded 31 Oct 2022
What a lovely review thank you so much! I really enjoy sharing Ballymote with all of our guests as we are so lucky to live here.
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Julian Hume wrote a review Sept 2022
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Fantastic location, a really lovely house, and a super friendly host. Great breakfast too. Would recommend it to anyone wanting to see a bit more of an off-the-beaten-track part of Northern Ireland. XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
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Date of stay: September 2022
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Response from Nicola Manningham-Buller, Owner at Ballymote Country House
Responded 1 Nov 2022
Thank you for your kind words and yes we are really a hidden gem of an area, masses to explore and discover! Nicola
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BALLYMOTE COUNTRY HOUSE - Updated 2024 Prices (Downpatrick)

Frequently Asked Questions about Ballymote Country House
Which popular attractions are close to Ballymote Country House?
Nearby attractions include Down County Museum (2.3 miles), The Saint Patrick Centre (2.2 miles), and Inch Abbey (2.9 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Ballymote Country House?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and free parking.
Which room amenities are available at Ballymote Country House?
Top room amenities include extra long beds, a fireplace, and a seating area.
What food & drink options are available at Ballymote Country House?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Ballymote Country House?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Ballymote Country House?
Conveniently located restaurants include Aldos, Murphy's Bar and Restaurant, and Daily Grind.
Are pets allowed at Ballymote Country House?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Are there any historical sites close to Ballymote Country House?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Inch Abbey (2.9 miles) and Struell Wells (1.6 miles).