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20 Mountstewart Rd, Newtownards, Northern Ireland   |  
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Ranked #2 of 4 Newtownards B&B and Inns
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“heaven on earth”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2013

you are always guarenteed a warm welcome from hosts margaret and ron.
we had beech cottage which is joined to th main house.it has everythiong you could want for a comfortable stay. i was with my partner and two friends who are both disabled.
the layout was perfect with everything on ground floor wheelchair accessable and our own retreat upstairs. i would have no problems reccomending this to anyone who have members of their group with mobility issues

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2012

Four of us had a warm welcome from Margaret and were given comfortable rooms. Breakfast was splendid and freshly cooked to order. It all felt very homely and we were treated to a tour of Ronnie's fabulous collection of old restored tractors and cars. An added bonus was watching the red squirrels playing in the garden. Thanks very much to you both and if we in the area again we will be back and will certainly be recommending you to other travellers to the Ards area.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2012

Wonderful warm Irish welcome from Margaret and Ronnie and a really great house in a wonderful setting very near the shores of Strangford Lough. Comfortable en suite room for my son and myself with character beds which were very good. Great breakfasts! Served in a dining room with a host of interesting features (the sideboard is truly amazing!). Self catering option also available and set quietly in a courtyard beside the main house. If you have even a passing interest in mechanical engineering and agricultural machinery Ronnie's knowledge and experience is quite incredible! The house can be powered by an ancient but very effective generator in the event of a power cut! If he offers to show you his collection don't hesitate to say yes! You will be in for a real treat from a true enthusiast with a mine of information and knowledge. Visit to Mount Stewart just down the road also very well worthwhile - stunning NT house and gardens.

Room Tip: All rooms are just great! Beautifully furnished and well equipped. We stayed in Primrose which is a...
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Lubbock, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2012

Our host Margaret made us dinner reservations at a pub near by and that was helpful due to our late arrival. Margaret treats everyone as part of the family and you feel truly a part of the family. The food was good and the rooms were nice.

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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2012

Thank goodness, Margaret had the cottage available since I had injured myself on arrival in Ireland and was having to use a wheelchair. The cottage has a kitchen, living room and two bedrooms, one on the ground floor. Margaret had already made us a dinner reservation in the nearby town. The B&B was charming and the grounds were in full flower. So comfortable I wish we had been staying more then one night.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Merrick, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2011

It is no exageration to describe the Deerings home as the best B&B ever! As a prior person wrote, Margaret treats everone as royalty. I found her through Frommer's Guide and I can't say enough about her.
We were so looking forward to staying there but shortly before we left home she wrote how sorry she was but her family had booked them on a Mediterranian cruise. She helped us find another place but then at the last minute their date was changed and she asked if we still wanted to come. Of course we answered yes.
Their home is an absolute gem! Beautiful antiques and family photos abound.
Her breakfast was absolutely fantastic! Served with every possible detail showing the love she has for what she does.
If you travel to Northern Ireland, don't miss the Ards Peninsula and a stay with Margaret Deering. It will be a highlight of your trip!

Room Tip: You don't need a tip! Every room is perfect!
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Detroit, Michigan, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2011

Just a great B&B. Margaret was a great host, and just a lovely home and B&B

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Ballycastle House

Address: 20 Mountstewart Rd, Newtownards, Northern Ireland
Location: United Kingdom > Northern Ireland > County Down > Newtownards
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in Newtownards
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 3
Also Known As:
Ballycastle House Newtownards, Northern Ireland

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