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21 reviews
The Jays - front of house
kitchen area of kitchen/diner
dining area leading to patio garden
patio in summer
double bedroom - downstairs which has ensuite shower room
bunk room - upstairs
single bedroom - upstairs
lounge (upstairs) with candles in fireplace for summer
another view of upstairs lounge
Family bathroom - upstairs.
Gate of Tollymore Forest Park
Across the road from us - Tollymore Forest Park
Tollymore Forest park - across the road from us
Tollymore Forest Park - new fenced-in childrens play park with picnic tables
Amongst the trees in Tollymore Forest park
By the river in Tollymore Forest Park
local area
one of many  picnic stops
Castlewellan castle and lake
Newcastle seafront promenade
upstairs lounge with fire (in winter)
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3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 5
Newcastle, County Down, Northern Ireland

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irishridd...
2 reviews
“A fantastic all round experience..couldn't be better”
Reviewed November 5, 2013 for a stay in November 2013

We arrived at this beautiful house late at night and upon arrival found the owner had left us with milk, butter, biscuits,fresh flowers, adequate tea and coffee and toffee apples for the kids as it was Halloween.
The house is in a fabulous location, right at the back gate of the beautiful Tollymore Forest Park and is overlooked by the Mountains Of Mourne. Within a 5 mile radius you have the coastal town of Newcastle as well as the beauty of the Mournes, Spelga Dam, Silent Valley and much, much more. If you are a walker or mountaineer you will be in your element here. You are also only a 20 mile drive from Belfast where there is so much to see and do.
The house itself has everything you could want. 3 bedrooms (1 en-suite), a lounge with TV, Freeview and a selection of DVDs and a fully equiped kitchen including all cooking utensils, iron, washing machine, dishwasher and much more.
Honestly, if you are planning a trip to beautiful Northern Ireland then this house is the place to stay. Don't be put off by any negativity you may have heard on the news over the years, this is a truly beautiful, welcoming and safe country (recently rated as the 2nd safest country in the World (UN Stats)) and this house just adds to the experience of a fantastic country.
Can't wait to return.....

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Liked best: Staying at this property just made our break complete
Liked least: Only negative was no internet but this wasn't a bad thing as having it would've meant my kids being constantly glued to their phones.
Traveling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
May 29, 2014
Thank you for your kind and enthusiastic review. We love the position of our house in the foothills of The Mournes where there is easy access to all the area has to offer, as well as proximity to our capital city.
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Shropshire
Reviewed July 2, 2013 for a stay in June 2013

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Liked best: The clean property in a wonderful location
Liked least: I can't think of anything we didn't like!
Traveling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Clitheroe, United Kingdom
Reviewed May 19, 2013 for a stay in May 2013

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Liked best: The Lounge
Liked least: Nothing
Traveling group: Other
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Bangor, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
Reviewed March 3, 2013 for a stay in February 2013

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Liked best: House quality
Liked least: Not applicable
Traveling group: Extended Family
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Drammen, Norway
Reviewed November 23, 2012 for a stay in November 2012

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Liked best: The bath
Liked least: nothing
Traveling group: Extended Family
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Mary36
North Antrim Coast Northern Ireland
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“Bank Holiday Weekend”
Reviewed May 23, 2012 for a stay in May 2012
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The Jays is a lovely modern cottage just opposite the exit gates of Tollymore Forest Park
it is in a quiet village and perfect for a long weekend break. The Jays is very clean tidy and easy to maintain with children. Judy is very helpful and accommodating and she has thought of everything that could be required for staying away from home.
Judy met us at the cottage and had already provided tea, coffee, milk butter and biscuits to start our weekend. It is only a short drive into Newcastle town and we were fortunate that the weather was dry and sunny!! Newcastle has lots of coffee shops and has a few pleasant restaurants, the children enjoyed The HOP a relatively new restaurant in town and the food was lovely and the restaurant very clean with excellent service. We would certainly stay at The Jays again, excellent accommodation. Thank you Judy you are doing a great job as host.
Mgt Ballantyne.

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Liked best: The location and the fact it was so clean and easy to maintain. Very relaxing.
Liked least: Nothing to dislike.
Traveling group: Family with Young Children
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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