We are a family of 4 (kids aged 9 and 13). We stayed at The Briers on July 8th and were very well cared for. It was like staying with family (that you like!) First off, we had booked a family room, but the owner had space and thought we would be more comfortable in 2 separate rooms so we got 2 rooms for the price of one. Because of the "heat wave" in Ireland, we needed to do some laundry as we had not brought many clothes for warm weather. We asked if there was somewhere in town where we could do a load. The host said, "Don't worry, I'll do it for you." - WOW!
We asked the host for a recommendation for dinner. She gave several, but suggested a restaurant called "Vanilla" if we had a more experimental palate. This was of interest to us, so she called the restaurant and made us a reservation even securing the "Early Bird" price although we were past the Early Bird time slot. The dinner was FANTASTIC!! I think the best we had while in Ireland.
At 11 pm that night after, a brilliant dinner, we heard a rap on the door and it was a full basket of clean laundry, folded and ready to repack! The next morning we had a great breakfast. The Full Irish breakfast was the best we had while in Ireland.
Now, The Briers is not super-fancy luxury resort, but, in our opinion, they went above and beyond to make us feel comfortable and at home. The setting is about a 15 minute walk out of town, but our kids loved visiting the cows and sheep in the nearby fields and it was cool and quiet for sleeping. Views to the Mourn Mountains out the bedroom windows were lovely. Excellent value for the money.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled in the heart of South Down, our 18th Century Country House provides an excellent base at the foot of the Mourne Mountains whilst still being within easy reach of Newcastle and the many activities it has to offer. Just a 15 minute walk from the town, and less than an hour from the cities of Belfast, Newry and Lisburn, the Briers is in an ideal location for walkers, wedding guests and sight-seers alike. For the more adventurous, we offer a fantastic location to begin to explore the varied terrain around the area, with plenty of outdoor centres to help you on your way, whilst the luxurious seaweed baths and nearby seaside spas offer a less strenuous way to recharge your batteries. Combined with breath-taking views, spacious and comfortable rooms and ever-friendly service, it'll feel like a home from home in no time! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Briers Country Hotel
- Briers Country House Newcastle, Northern Ireland