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Ballymote Country House

84 Killough Road, Downpatrick BT30 8BJ Northern Ireland
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitised in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
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Updated 25/05/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Updated 25/05/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


#3 of 10 B&Bs / Inns in Downpatrick

"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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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Horseback riding
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
Special diet menus
Board games / puzzles
Outdoor furniture
Shared lounge / TV area
Ironing service
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Room features
Soundproof rooms
Seating area
Coffee / tea maker
Extra long beds
Bath / shower
Clothes rack
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Des G wrote a review Aug 2021
Enniskillen, United Kingdom124 contributions68 helpful votes
We stayed one night with Nicola and James in their wonderful home. We were treated to superb food, interesting conversations and genuine warmth. Our room was lovely, furnished with period furniture and probably the most comfortable bed ever! This B&B is a gem and the owners have created a unique charm and eccentricity which is to be commended.
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Date of stay: August 2021
Response from Nicola Manningham-Buller, Owner at Ballymote Country House
Responded 4 weeks ago
Thank you so much for such a lovely review! So glad you enjoyed it! Nicola
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belfastmariag wrote a review Jun 2021
Newtownabbey, United Kingdom2 contributions
We had such an amazing time at ballymote house this weekend- we were down to visit family- we had such a warm welcome from Nichola- what can we say about breakfast it was hands down the best breakfast ever from the home made musli to the cooked breakfast it was beautiful- would highly recommend staying here as you won’t be disappointed
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Date of stay: May 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
Response from Nicola Manningham-Buller, Owner at Ballymote Country House
Responded 16 Jun 2021
What a lovely review, thank you for taking the time to do it and I am really pleased that you enjoyed breakfast! I really feel that a special breakfast set you up for the whole day! Nicola
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Richard L wrote a review Jun 2019
London, United Kingdom18 contributions
We stayed at Ballymote Country House, a gorgeous place where James and Nicola Manningham Buller and their adult children live, with just a couple of rooms available for B&B. It really felt more like being honoured guests of the family than strangers just paying for our rooms. We had tea in the drawing room and a superb breakfast each morning in the big dining room. James was hugely helpful in terms of advice on walks and restaurants in the vicinity, with ready-prepared marked up copies of the ordinance survey maps to guide us to the local hostelries. Our room was beautifully decorated and full of lots of books and ornaments. And a big bathroom with a really full length bathAll in all, a memorable and delightful stay and we would certainly hope to return as and when we are back in the area to see more of the surrounding countryside.
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Date of stay: June 2019
Response from Nicola M, Owner at Ballymote Country House
Responded 7 Jul 2019
Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely review! We really enjoyed sharing Ballymote with you and I’m so glad that you had a lovely stay. The bath is really quite incredible isn’t it! Many thanks again Nicola
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Maggie B wrote a review Apr 2019
8 contributions
The best experience ever Nicola & James are fabulous hosts and welcomed us into their family home we have spent five amazing days and learnt so much about Ireland, could write a book on this fantastic place, James breakfast just superb couldn’t have had better and Nicola your variety of homemade fruit compote and yogurts yummy, your family and animals made our holiday so special. As Arnie said “ We will be back “
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Date of stay: April 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Response from Nicola M, Owner at Ballymote Country House
Responded 6 May 2019
Thank you so much for such a lovely review and we really enjoyed having you to stay and sharing Ballymote with you! So glad you loved it here as much as we do James and Nicola
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SharonRiddles wrote a review Oct 2018
Strabane, United Kingdom2 contributions
Ballymote house provided us with a relaxing home to stay in as a family for our Son’s wedding. Our hosts were friendly, helpful and considerate to our needs and made us feel at home at all times. Nothing was too much trouble and the breakfast were outstanding,full of homemade delights. The house is full of old period charm and lots of history and James and Nicola were very happy to fill us in on the family history. We were treated to warm and inviting log fires, tea in the drawing room and warm comfortable bedrooms. We can not recommend this house and family highly enough. Sharon R
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Date of stay: October 2018Trip type: Travelled with family
Response from Nicola M, Owner at Ballymote Country House
Responded 20 Oct 2018
Thank you for your lovely review we really enjoyed having you all to stay and I’m just so sorry I wasn’t able to fix the weather for your sons wedding day!
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US$146 - US$155 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
United KingdomNorthern IrelandCounty DownDownpatrick
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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 (3.0 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 (3.0 miles) and Struell Wells (1.5 miles).