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“Arizona to Bettystown” 5 of 5 bubbles
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The Cottages
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Tucson, Arizona
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“Arizona to Bettystown”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 29, 2013

I had a work trip to London and my wife and I wanted to combine that with our first trip to Ireland. We are delighted that we chose Liz and Roger's Cottages for our stay. They are immaculate and charming as described. For visitors from the US, or anywhere, who are interested in exploring Ireland while relaxing on a beautiful beach, this is a flat out amazing location. We essentially alternated days, exploring either Dublin or the incredible history of the Boyne Valley with just chilling at the beach cottages. The Boyne valley, from the Hills of Tara, Trim Castle, to the Battle of the Boyne and of course the highlight of it all, Bru Na Boinne at Newgrange more than lived up to its reputation for us and we learned a lot about the history of Ireland. While we had a rental car, it was much easier to follow Liz's suggestion and hop on the Matthews line coach service for our excursions into Dublin, which we did twice. Could not be easier. The coach line runs spot on time and drops you off near the spike in Dublin so you can do whatever you want from there and not have to drive. Trip takes 40 minutes or so.

The cottages are in, what for us desert rats from the states, is a remarkable natural setting, the Co. Meath beach from Laytown to Drogheda. It is wide (seriously wide, 200 m or so at low tide) and flat and nearly empty most of the time. A highlight was watching both the trotting horses with their carts and what appeared to be thorough bred horses train on the beach as we walked. We enjoyed a walk everyday to the rocks on the south bank of the Boyne River mouth, a round trip of 4 1/2 miles approximately, which was nothing short of a delightful sensory experience everyday, even with a little a drizzle, which we desert rats enjoyed.

We stayed for 6 nights, 3 nights in Rose Cottage and 3 in Little Orchard cottage. And a cottage is an apt description only in the charm of the thatched roof and the shape of the cottages. They are modern and comfortable to a high standard in every sense: beds, kitchen and yes, even the ubiquitous and reliable wifi, which I was not able to avoid using, but on the other hand, getting a little work done enabled us to be there. The gardens are beautiful and impressively green and varied. A delight to enjoy.

We truly enjoyed a side trip to Skerries for some Dublin Bay sweet prawns at Stoop Your head and the delicious meals available at the Relish, a short walk up the beach. Both were recommended by Liz.

Liz is warm, cheerful, friendly and very helpful. She delivered a personal greeting, birthday card and a cabbage rose in a vase to our door on my wife's birthday. Nice touch!

We can highly recommend the Sea Cottages to anyone looking to relax on the beach, explore the Boyne Valley or explore Dublin and the north of Ireland from a secluded base where you can forget it all if you want. Next trip? Now that we have explored the area, I will bring my golf clubs and get to know the golf courses, starting with Layton and Bettystown course a nice unspoilt walk up the beach. My wife is already planning to bring the whole family.

Room Tip: For a smaller party, Rose Cottage was perfect. Little Orchard has more room! We hope to stay in Th...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 24, 2013

This was our fifth visit over the past ten years and the experience is better each time and it was perfect the first time ! We stayed in Little Orchard with our son, his wife and our 16 month old grandson who had an absolute ball in the gardens and in the play area but mainly on the beach which was his absolute favourite. Hard to find anything to criticise as our hosts were exemplary and did everything they possibly could to make sure our stay was as pleasant as it could have been. There are still two cottages we haven't stayed in and they are on our to do list hopefully in the not too distant future. If visiting the Dublin area for any reason (leisure/golf/business etc) we would give the strongest recommendation we possibly could to using The Cottages as your base. Our photo shows the bbq area which we used on two occasions.

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 6, 2013

Just home from the two most amazing days ever at "Seabank Cottages". Having arrived at our cottage we were welcomed by "Mel" who gave us a complete tour of the cottage and explained how everything worked, she also gave us tips on where to eat and what to see in the local area, we appreciated all her help but after 5 minutes in the cottage we decided that our car was having a rest for 2 days and we were not moving. We stayed in "Rose Cottage" which had everything you need for your stay and luxury that you think you only have at home. We had a wonderful view of the sea and were a 30 second walk to the beach. The cottages are so secluded and safe and maintained immaculately. Liz the owner was so welcoming and warm and whilst we needed nothing I am 100% sure nothing would have been a problem to her! If you are looking for a wonderful traditional Irish home and welcome (scones and jam and other essentials on arrival) with amazing views and beach on your doorstep you have found what you are looking for and now it is time to book your cottage. We are already checking our calendar to book our next break. 100% from Co Kildare and thank you Liz and Rodger again for allowing us to share you wonderful home. Pat & Denise x

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 15, 2013

I have just finished my second stay at the cottages with my partner and 2 year old son and we are already planning our next visit! Apart from are child loving it and their amazing children's garden, its a truly great place to relax and unwind, the cottages themselves are beautiful, cosy, spacious and have lots of character. They cater for everything, and the staff couldn't have given us a warmer welcome. Cant wait to get back and i cant recommend a stay at the cottages enough.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 10, 2013

Can't recommend enough... The cottages covered every corner we could think of, comfortable, relaxing, scenic, and great fun. Perfect for kids too! A Few pubs and shops a short stroll from the house but the area remains secluded and private with it's own access to a stunning beach. Will definitely be back.

Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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Carlow, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 7, 2013

After our second stay since December, I just had to share the wonderful experience that my partner and I had at The Cottages. Less than an hour from Dublin, they are an oasis of calm, right on the beach and just a short walk from a variety of restaurants and bars.

The Cottages themselves are fully self catering, so if you want to stay in (which we did mainly), you have everything you need. They are spacious, very clean and comfortable.

The staff at the cottages are very friendly and happy to help with anything to make your stay more enjoyable. I'd highly recommend a stay at this accommodation if you plan travelling to Laytown/Bettystown or even if you're visting Dublin and wanted a change!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 3, 2013

Had a wonderful 2-night stay at Rose Cottage with my partner. The cottages and surroundings are really well kept and situated in a lovely secluded location with private access to the beach. The scones, jam and pot of tea on arrival is a lovely touch and the cottage is equipped with everything you need for a relaxing break. Perfect for getting away from it all for a few days.

Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: The Cottages
Address: Coast Rd, Bettystown, Ireland
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Location: Ireland > Province of Leinster > County Meath > Bettystown
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Specialty Lodging in Bettystown
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
5 Star Luxury Thatched Seaside Holiday Cottages on Ireland's East Coast. Private, gated, hamlet-like setting directly on 6 miles of sandy beach. Explore the mysterious and ancient beauty of the Boyne Valley with easy access to Dublin City. Dublin Airport is just 25 minutes away. ... more   less 
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The Cottages Hotel Bettystown

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