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2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 4
Hillsborough, County Down, Northern Ireland

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D00lah
Birmingham, United Kingdom
1 review
“Wedding visit”
Reviewed May 2, 2016 for a stay in April 2016

The Gate Lodge is unique - a scenic rural location, with excellent facilities and tasteful décor. we loved the views, comfortable furniture, and the watercolours on the walls.
A good centre for visiting County Down, although it takes a while to drive anywhere.
We enjoyed visiting National Trust properties, and Strangford Lough. The highlight of our stay was a wedding in Hillsborough Castle - an amazing experience!

Date of stay: April 2016
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Liked best: The location
Liked least: lack of information on rubbish/ recycling collection day
Traveling group: Extended Family
Your age range 65+
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
May 2, 2016
Thank you Julia. We enjoy collecting watercolours of Irish scenery - some are quite old.
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dine60201...
Preston, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Homely, comfortable and relaxing hideaway.”
Reviewed January 10, 2016 for a stay in December 2015
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We were well looked after by the owner Esther, especially during a short power cut! The bedrooms had excellent storage and comfortable beds. The bathrooms were modern and clean and there was a very useful utility room. The lounge was cosy, especially with the log burner and had lovely countryside views. The location seemed a bit remote at first but once we discovered the shortest route to family it was fine, despite horrendous travelling conditions at times due to gales and flooding!!
Overall the best thing for us was being able to return to a quiet,comfortable cottage after busy days with the family. The only downside was the lack of kitchen utensils, oven trays and smaller pans.

Date of stay: December 2015
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Liked best: Homely comfort
Liked least: Lack of kitchen utensils
Traveling group: Extended Family
Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
Mar 27, 2016
We have taken note, and added to the assortment of kitchen gadgets and utensils. Glad you and your young family enjoyed your stay in historic Scion Hill Gatelodge.
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alhambra1...
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Perfect holiday rental”
Reviewed September 9, 2015 for a stay in June 2015

we'd a great break here for 10 days in the summer. House is very well laid out, tastefully furnished and very clean. The owners live down the way and are lovely (their grandaughter took our teenage girls to see the local sheepdog trial when we arrived). We found a warm welcome everywhere we went in ireland, and found this cottage close enough to the motorway network to let you day-trip to the north and west coast and easily down to Dublin. The house has wi-fi which was a godsend for the girls, since it is in a beautiful location, but quite remote. Not far to get to pertol station and 5 miles or so to reasonable size mini-mart, but no pubs/cafes in easy walking distance. Lovely place, lovely owners, hope to come back another time. Thanks.

Date of stay: June 2015
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Traveling group: Teenagers
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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ontario
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10 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“All you want from a vacation spot”
Reviewed August 26, 2015 for a stay in August 2015
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person found this review helpful

Our family was visiting Northern Ireland for a week and we needed a central place to live for the week. From the Gate Lodge we were able to travel to all our desired locations. After travelling on those narrow roads, the Gate Lodge was a very relaxing and quiet place to unwind, have a relaxing dinner, and look over the beautiful countryside. Our days started with relaxing breakfasts and our packing picnic lunches for the day.The interior of the Gate Lodge was even better than we expected. All rooms are larger than they appeared on the internet. It is clean, with all we needed. The laundry facilities are even housed in a separate room - not part of the kitchen. The kitchen has plenty of storage space. There are plenty of family board games and tourist information - including maps that Esther helped us with on our first evening there. We highly recommend the Gate Lodge.

Date of stay: August 2015
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Liked best: The location and the serenity
Traveling group: Teenagers
Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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AdamsFami...
Cumbria, United Kingdom
2 reviews
“A lovely gateway to recharge your batteries”
Reviewed August 14, 2015 for a stay in August 2015

This cottage is just the perfect gateway to relax and chill for a family, its so peaceful with beautiful scenery. The owner was very helpful on arrival and we have had a great holiday staying in a beautiful cottage. We have being able to chill of a night time and explore northern Ireland during the day, its about an hour and half to the Giants Causeway which was well worth the journey north, Newcastle was about 40 minutes South and the kids really enjoyed playing on the beach.

Date of stay: August 2015
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Liked best: The cottage being on its own
Liked least: Lack of kitchen untensils, trays & pans
Traveling group: Young Children
Your age range 25-34
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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OonaghBel...
Belfast
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
“Beautiful holiday home inside and out.”
Reviewed July 31, 2015 for a stay in July 2015

We stayed here for 7 nights with our 2 small children. From the moment we stepped in the door we felt instantly relaxed and at home. The exterior and interior are beautifully designed and decorated. Really nice quality bedding, beautiful soft furnishing and a very cosy sitting area with wood burning fire. Stunning views from all windows with a contemporary but country feel. Nice gardens and on a very quiet country road.

Date of stay: July 2015
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Traveling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Alan K
1 review
“very comfortable house”
Reviewed July 27, 2015 for a stay in July 2015

Outside it looks a lovely little cottage, inside it is a lovely spacious house. It is well-heated and very comfortable. We found it a great location for our visits to Newcastle, Dungannon and Belfast.

Date of stay: July 2015
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Liked best: the comfort
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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