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Tyrella House B&B
Ranked #8 of 10 Downpatrick B&B and Inns
Reviewed 21 January 2011

Stayed one night.
Most enjoyable company at dinner in a lovely Georgian dining room (with another couple who were staying) and a congenial host.
Lovely house/home let down somewhat by decor [bedroom], dust and cobwebs..and extremely dirty windows. Not so much shabby chic as shabby shabby.
Bathroom had ivy/ creeper growing through window and evidence of lots of silicone around shower etc.
Would have no real complaints if staying as a house guest, but paying for the experience leaves room for improvement. Eg.
Used soap still in the shower from previous guests.
Yoghurts out of date@ breakfast

Generally the place seems to be lacking TLC and attention to detail.


Lovely private beach close by and lots of outdoor equestrian space.......ideal.

Wanted to like Tyrella House more than we actually did and with a little effort it could be a destinaton in its own right, but as it is, I wouldnt recommend .

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 August 2010

My wife and I stayed for one week at Tyrella House. Our first real vacation since I retired Sept '09. My work colleagues very kindly gave us a "Hidden Ireland" voucher. David (owner of Tyrella)made us feel at home from the moment we arrived. Do not leave this quaint house without sampling David's superb, tasty and inventive dinners! This is a quaint house and full of interesting curiosties which we loved. True it can be cold inside if the weather is such but come prepared and enjoy. The private beach adjacent to the property must be visited, walked and enjoyed. The birdlife abounds here . Thank you again David .. we do hope to return1

  • Stayed: May 2010, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank GRIFFOTO
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Reviewed 5 April 2010

Warned about the cold by a recent TripAdvisor review, we arrived at Tyrella House with thermal underwear and cashmere sweaters. Not much good. A few plug-in heaters and two logs flickering weakly at one end of a vast fireplace made almost no impact on this glacial Georgian house. A well cooked dinner served in an icy dining room failed to lift our spirits. Nothing for it but to dive into bed - thank goodness for the electric blanket - and hatch a plan to cut our visit short.

But in the morning, with the sun shining, both the house and its owner David Corbett began to exert their charm. So we stayed a second night and enjoyed Tyrella more - taking time to admire its elegant proportions instead of sighing at its cotton wool window insulation and piles of ancient, faded magazines. We walked on the beach, took the car ferry from Strangford over to Portaferry, bought wine from James Nicholson in Crossgar (one of the most exciting wine shops in Ireland) and had a terrifically tasty lunch in tiny Picnic in Killyleagh.

So, a lovely weekend in the end. We'd almost forgotten that the houses of Hidden Ireland (of which Tyrella is a member) are never less than interesting - and worthy of support.

  • Stayed: April 2010, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank RestlessDubliner
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Reviewed 1 April 2010

We had a wonderful weekend at Tyrella House, David couldn't have been a more charming host and the food and atmosphere was really great. Dinner by candlelight in the stunning dining room was delicious and very atmospheric and was only spoiled by the fact that the room was freezing cold. There doesn't appear to be any central heating in the house and the rooms were "heated" by small electric heaters. There was an open fire in the sitting room in the evenings but we could still see our breath! I would highly recommend visiting Tyrella in the summer but any other time of year plenty of woolly sweaters would certainly be required. Thankfully there was an electric blanket on the very comfortable bed. The house and its situation couldn't be more fabulous but our precious romantic weekend away was spoilt by the all pervading cold. Such a shame.

  • Stayed: March 2010, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank melville62
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Reviewed 14 June 2009

We found Tyrella House by chance, but how fortunate we were! We spent a weekend in this gracious house, situated beside the sea against the backdrop of the great sweep of the Mourne Mountains. Everything at Tyrella comes together to create an exceptional experience - the beauty of the house and grounds, the individual character of each of the lovely rooms, the wonderful meals served in the elegant dining-room - all made even better by David Corbett's warm welcome and friendly interest in his guests. For a horseman, or just for someone who likes the outdoor life, Tyrella has much to offer - but it's also just the place to relax with a book and the prospect of a delicious dinner.

  • Stayed: May 2009, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 11 November 2008

We spent three nights of wonderful gourmet dinners in this historic house setting. Host David Corbett, gourmet chef, gentleman farmer, horse trainer and longtime polo player just can’t do enough for you. Lots of small touches as an evening fire, spring water and fruit basket in our room. Make sure you locate all of the hidden doors and passageways, as well as identify the three major constructions that now comprise Tyrella House. We loved all of the estate pets!

  • Stayed: September 2008, travelled with family
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1  Thank MarylandGordino
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Reviewed 21 June 2008

My wife chose Tyrella House as the first stop on our trip through Ireland, and our only regret is that we had only a single night to spare. Due to a misdirecting Google search, we looked for it in the wrong town and ended up arriving very late (10:30 PM). David Corbett was extremely accommodating and showed us to our beautifully appointed suite.

We were greeted in the morning with a lovely sunny day and enjoyed an in-room cup of tea before breakfast. On our arrival in the dining room, breakfast was made to order with tea, fresh juice, and wheaten bread. David makes a potato pancake as well, which is a feature unique to Northern Ireland.

Tyrella house features lovely grounds and a great deal of horse related activities. You can go for a canter on the nearby beach, or indulge in a polo lesson, or a more relaxed walking trek in the nearby countryside.

As my wife and I are horse people, we were particularly sad that our trip schedule only allowed a night here. We will definitely return, and highly recommend the comfort and hospitality we found.

  • Stayed: June 2008, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank scdemandred
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Address: Downpatrick, Northern Ireland
Region: United Kingdom > Northern Ireland > County Down > Downpatrick
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Ranked #8 of 10 B&Bs / Inns in Downpatrick
Number of rooms: 28
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Tyrella House B&B Downpatrick, Northern Ireland

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