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Briers Country House
Ranked #6 of 16 Hotels in Newcastle
Certificate of Excellence
northern ireland
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10 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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“great place, lovely people”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2013

my daughter and her boyfriend stayed here and had a wonderful time, the scenery and location is just amazing. They said it was so relaxing, they had a great breakfast and they booked a taxi from the hotel to take them in and out of Newcastle, which has lots of places to eat out.
To top it all, their hosts put hotwater bottles in their bed! That is definitely a first for any hotels that I have ever stayed in! - in fact I am planning a nice, relaxing weekend there myself!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2013

As has been pointed out in other reviews this should not be listed as a hotel! It is a B&B and people should not be mislead. It should be re-classified. It is comfortable and friendly but if you want an evening meal with alcohol it is a 25 minute walk to Newcastle, Restaurant gets a terrible rating cos their ain't one that serves an evening meal

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Bangor, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2013

If you want a few days in Newcastle -make your base here.Best accommodation we've had--very comfortable rooms and exceptional breakfast-full selection. Suzan and Brian great hosts and make your stay complete. Well laid out gardens an added bonus--THANK YOU BOTH.

Room Tip: All rooms quiet --ours looked out on garden and mountains in background-beautiful
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Bangor, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2013

Just returned from an absolutely delightful weekend at Briers. Our room was spacious, clean, well presented and boasted a beautiful view of the Mournes to wake up to! Extremely friendly and relaxed environment, and breakfast was plentiful and delicious with lots of choice and variety. Within close range of Newcastle town, Castlewellan and Silent Valley. Suzan was extremely friendly and helpful offering us lots of ideas for places to go and things to see. All in all, a great stay!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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northern ireland
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33 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2013

Stayed here for one night as a couple. Room was large, clean & well decorated. Views of the Mournes beautiful. Bathroom was lovely with a good sized corner bath - only issue was the shower hose attachment leaked everywhere. Breakfast was plentiful, although not to my personal taste.
This is a good base for exploring the local sights & the owners are very helpful.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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34 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2013

We loved staying a The Briers Country House. It provided great value accommodation, huge breakfast (cereal, yoghurt, fruit, juice, toast, THEN a fry or other cooked options) with a large pot of tea/coffee each, sparkling bathrooms and bedding, close-up views of the Mournes, and proximity to Newcastle, all on a budget.

I especially appreciated the full-size shower gel, shampoo and conditioner in the bathroom.

The owner could not have been more friendly or welcoming, recommending several places to eat, offering to book a table, and suggestions on directions, parking and onward travel arrangements.

Local taxis will come out from the town, a 15 minute walk.

There is a roomy, secure parking area at the rear of the property, which reassured us that our vehicle was safe overnight.

Room Tip: Ask for a room with a view of the Mournes.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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2 Thank senseilp
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Toronto, Canada
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7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 22, 2013

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.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Briers Country House

Property: Briers Country House
Address: 39 Middle Tollymore Road, Newcastle BT33 0JJ, Northern Ireland
Location: United Kingdom > Northern Ireland > County Down > Newcastle
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Romantic Hotel in Newcastle
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Briers Country House 3*
Number of rooms: 7
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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