My partner and I had the most amazing relaxing weekend in North Down a few weeks ago, we wanted to get away from the hustle and bustle in Edinburgh, and to top it off, we felt spoilt in a family run cottage, in the heart of the peaceful countryside.
Whitethorn cottages was easy to find using the directions on their website, just minutes away from Newtownards and Bangor centre, and only 15 minutes drive from Belfast. We were pleasantly surprised to know we were staying in a modern, but very stylish and homely two story cottage.
On our late arrival we were met by the lovely William and Joanne, who were more than helpful from the booking stage, to our departure. Although on hand, the owners were not invasive. Their personal touch, made our weekend stress-free, especially to get a lift into town to sample the night life. The next morning we were so delighted to find fresh fruit, milk, bread and jam, which helped to kick- start our day. For an evening with a difference we had exclusive use to their library, games room and pool table.
The cottage was clean, modern and everything you expect from a 5* hotel, but with all the extras: of countryside views, your own cooker, dish washer, leather sofa, open hearth fire, double glazing, ensuite, Jacuzzi and your own private garden.
I would definitely recommend Whitethorn cottages, and although there was just the two of us, each cottage is suitable for at least 4 adults, and a fantastic spot for a family getaway!