This is our second short stay in Flora Cottage, and is unlikely to be our last. The cottage is the perfect location to act as a base to visit all the wonderful places on the Ards Peninsula and across the Strangford Ferry. As it turns out, with a storm ('the mini beast from the East') raging outside for most of out long weekend visit, it also showed that Flora Cottage was also the perfect location to chill and watch the waves crash on the cottage's own private beach and across the bay - from the comfort of the warm and cosy open plan living space, or from the sheltered decking. Peaceful and tranquil, yet only a few miles from Portaferry. As I say, unlikely to be our last visit.
t was such a great pleasure and a privilege to spend time in Flora Cottage and we enjoyed it immensely. The scenery, wildlife and changing colours of sea and sky were so entrancing that we were reluctant to leave the sheltered deck with its comfortable furniture to go anywhere else! To be so near the sea and yet in the luxury of the cottage is pretty unique and an experience to be cherished. Flora Cottage offers a variety of experiences with fabulous fresh food, restaurants and beaches within easy reach. It affords a high standard of luxury in a natural setting, is full of natural light and enticing views and is a pure haven for relaxation and contented living. I was with my mum who is elderly and with mobility issues and the cottage was well suited to her needs. It would also suit families with children with the rock pools and coves near the house calling out to be explored. It is a gem and won’t disappoint!
A high class and comfortable property in a quiet and delightful setting. A perfect spot for relaxing, with many interesting local places to visit
We had a wonderful fortnight here - even some warm sunny weather as a bonus. The cottage is outstandingly comfortable and the views change with the light and the tides. We enjoyed excellent bird-watching from the decking and loved exploring the rock pools when the tide went out. The silence was such a treat for us city-dwellers and it was bliss to relax and appreciate the beauty of the surroundings, observe the wildlife and generally recharge our batteries. We didn't want to leave.
I booked Flora Cottage for a much needed weekend away for my Mum & me. From the moment we arrived it was like stepping into a relaxing bubble of peace & quiet. The cottage was warm & inviting and the milk in the fridge and bread on the worktop were added welcoming touches.
I had to drive along a few narrow, country roads to get there, but the directions were very clear and we easily found Flora. It also meant that there was little or no passing traffic so all we could hear as we sat in the sunshine on the deck drinking tea and reading our books - or dozing - was the sound of the sea on the pebbles. Bliss! And to top it all we had wall to wall sunshine.
I couldn't recommend Flora Cottage highly enough. Karen (the owner) was quick to answer emails and the housekeeper helpful when I texted about something. We both slept well in very comfortable beds. It has a spacious, open plan living area and being able to light the open fire at night was another added bonus.
Definitely keep this place in mind for future weekend breaks. :-)
What can I say, the location is fantastic, with views from all rooms over Millin Bay. In addition, direct access off the lounge patio decking area onto the beach and rock pools.
The cottage is very spacious, clean, well equipped and has good wifi. Also good information book regarding places to visit locally.
The website details gave a good overview of what to expect which prepared us for the fact a car is essential and no local pubs are within walking distance, though Portaferry with supermarkets, pubs, restaurants and takeaways is only 10mins by car.
Flora cottage was an excellent base to explore Northern Ireland from and a joy to return to at night to drink a glass of wine while enjoying the stunning bay views.
I would strongly recommend Flora cottage and we have every intention of returning soon.
We stayed at Flora Cottage for a weekend - The web site looks fabulous but you have to experience staying in the cottage - it is magical - even if it is raining. Everything for your stay has be thought through. Perfection in every detail.
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