My wife, 4 month old son Abe, and I stayed here for a night on our way through Downpatrick as part of a month loop through Ireland. We had never stayed in a B&B in our lives (we usually camp or stay in hostels), so we weren't sure what to expect. If all B&Bs are like the River Mill and all hosts this wonderful, we may never stay in another type of place ever again.
Theresa and Aidan were great hosts. They made us feel very welcome when we got there (and doted on the baby) and happily talked to us throughout our stay (later on, we stayed at a few B&Bs that, while very nice to stay in, were a little more business and a little less social). My wife was offered fresh strawberries from the garden. The room was very large and very nice with a private door out to the driveway where the car was parked. The bed was comfortable and large as well (good for us with the baby, and needs to be fed during the night). The building and immediate area were also very pleasant to look at and wander around.
And of course, there is the breakfast part of B&B. Breakfast was delicious and large. I couldn't eat it all, although everything was great!
All of this just a few miles south of Downpatrick (maybe a ten minute drive, if you drive slow like I do).
Some things to check out while you're at the B&B:
- the photo book of when the mill was being fixed up and remodeled.
- there is a stream running through the garden with a cow pen on the other side of the fence, for those that like gardens, streams, or cows (I happen to like all three)
- the large pastures just a two minute walk down the road.
- as previously mentioned by others, don't miss the 20 minute short film "The Shore". Very well done (obviously, as it won an Oscar) and entertaining. - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2201259/
The only minor issue we had was in actually finding the B&B, largely because we didn't check the "location" section of their website (whoops) the day before. If you are taking the Killough Road south out of Downpatrick as we did, wait and make the left turn onto Grange Road, then the right onto Ballyclander Rd.
Can't thank everyone enough, definitely one of the best places we stayed our whole trip!
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Oh what a fantastic review. Thank you so much for taking the time to do this review it is so kind of you and has great detailed helpful information. It was a pleasure to have you to stay and baby Abe was an utter delight. Your welcome back anytime and we are delighted that you enjoyed visiting Downpatrick, Co Down.
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