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.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- The Cottages Hotel Bettystown