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“Excellent base for the Mournes”
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21 reviews
The Jays - front of house
kitchen area of kitchen/diner
dining area leading to patio garden
patio in summer
double bedroom - downstairs which has ensuite shower room
bunk room - upstairs
single bedroom - upstairs
lounge (upstairs) with candles in fireplace for summer
another view of upstairs lounge
Family bathroom - upstairs.
Gate of Tollymore Forest Park
Across the road from us - Tollymore Forest Park
Tollymore Forest park - across the road from us
Tollymore Forest Park - new fenced-in childrens play park with picnic tables
Amongst the trees in Tollymore Forest park
By the river in Tollymore Forest Park
local area
one of many  picnic stops
Castlewellan castle and lake
Newcastle seafront promenade
upstairs lounge with fire (in winter)
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Holiday Rental House -
3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 5
Newcastle, County Down, Northern Ireland

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Excellent - based on 21 reviews
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m1maj
Cambridge, United Kingdom
1 review
“Excellent base for the Mournes”
Reviewed 23 May 2014 for a stay in May 2014

We stayed in The Jays for a week's walking holiday. The location is an excellent base for exploring the Mourne Mountains.

The cottage met our needs perfectly. We need somewhere that is convenient and comfortable without being so luxurious that we daren't bring walking boots inside. Parking was right outside the front door, and there was hanging space for outdoor clothes. The heating and the plumbing, and all of the appliances, worked without fuss, enabling us to make the best use of our time to be out in the hills.

The only room for improvement we might have wished for would be to have a second small television in the kitchen, particularly so that we could catch weather forecasts while preparing food, but having WiFi internet access largely made up for this minor inconvenience.

This is definitely one of the better cottages we have visited over the years.

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Liked best: The convenient location
Liked least: Kitchen and lounge areas being on different floors
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
29 May 2014
Thank you for your kind review - we are pleased you enjoyed your stay at The Jays. We do our best to provide comfort together with practicality. Thank you also for your suggestion - we are always happy to hear of ideas for improvement.
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Geoff F
Toronto, Canada
1 review
“Highly recommend this holiday property..the owners think of everything”
Reviewed 27 January 2014 for a stay in December 2013

I travelled alone from Canada for this trip and spent approx two weeks just prior to Christmas. I could not have made a better choice as to where to stay. Aside from the tremendous scenary that the Mournes and coastline have to offer even in off season, amenities were close and plentiful. Some of the time was spent making day trips to visit friends and family and this location was ideally suited.
Upon arrival, after a long journey, I found the house was exacty as advertised. It was very clean, well furnished with everything required for a home from home. There was milk, tea, coffee supplied, a fire was made with starter wood to spare-Judy put up a Christmas tree for me!.
I have no hesitation in highly recommending a stay here-thanks Judy for helping to make my trip so enjoyable.

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Liked best: The spellbinding surroundings, the hospitlaity of the owners and people who live there
Liked least: Having to leave
Travelling group: Solo Traveller
Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
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Management Response
31 Jan 2014
Thank you so much for your kind words. We aim to provide a clean, comfortable house for stays away from home and are delighted you enjoyed your time there. Thanks also for the lovely gift of Maple syrup - we are all thoroughly enjoying this.
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irishridd...
2 reviews
“A fantastic all round experience..couldn't be better”
Reviewed 5 November 2013 for a stay in November 2013

We arrived at this beautiful house late at night and upon arrival found the owner had left us with milk, butter, biscuits,fresh flowers, adequate tea and coffee and toffee apples for the kids as it was Halloween.
The house is in a fabulous location, right at the back gate of the beautiful Tollymore Forest Park and is overlooked by the Mountains Of Mourne. Within a 5 mile radius you have the coastal town of Newcastle as well as the beauty of the Mournes, Spelga Dam, Silent Valley and much, much more. If you are a walker or mountaineer you will be in your element here. You are also only a 20 mile drive from Belfast where there is so much to see and do.
The house itself has everything you could want. 3 bedrooms (1 en-suite), a lounge with TV, Freeview and a selection of DVDs and a fully equiped kitchen including all cooking utensils, iron, washing machine, dishwasher and much more.
Honestly, if you are planning a trip to beautiful Northern Ireland then this house is the place to stay. Don't be put off by any negativity you may have heard on the news over the years, this is a truly beautiful, welcoming and safe country (recently rated as the 2nd safest country in the World (UN Stats)) and this house just adds to the experience of a fantastic country.
Can't wait to return.....

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Liked best: Staying at this property just made our break complete
Liked least: Only negative was no internet but this wasn't a bad thing as having it would've meant my kids being constantly glued to their phones.
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
29 May 2014
Thank you for your kind and enthusiastic review. We love the position of our house in the foothills of The Mournes where there is easy access to all the area has to offer, as well as proximity to our capital city.
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Shropshire
Reviewed 2 July 2013 for a stay in June 2013

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Liked best: The clean property in a wonderful location
Liked least: I can't think of anything we didn't like!
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
People with disabilities Older travelers
Families with young children
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Clitheroe, United Kingdom
Reviewed 19 May 2013 for a stay in May 2013

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Liked best: The Lounge
Liked least: Nothing
Travelling group: Other
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
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Bangor, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
Reviewed 3 March 2013 for a stay in February 2013

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Liked best: House quality
Liked least: Not applicable
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway People with disabilities
Older travelers Families with young children
  • Was the property as advertised?
  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
  • Did the property offer wi-fi/internet access?
  • Was your security deposit returned on time?
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveller and not of TripAdvisor LLC nor of its partners.
Drammen, Norway
Reviewed 23 November 2012 for a stay in November 2012

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Liked best: The bath
Liked least: nothing
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
  • Was the property as advertised?
  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveller and not of TripAdvisor LLC nor of its partners.
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