On arrival the stove can be lit by request, homemade scones are to be found in the welcome pack along with the makings of an Irish fry. Fresh flower posies are in each room. The cottage is very warm with comfortable beds and it is squeaky clean. As well as the modern mistress stove the original gas light fittings are still in place in some rooms. The deep walls and old red floor tiles are also reminders of the original cottage c.1700. Altogether there are three bedrooms. We have one double with ensuite off the living area. At the opposite end of the cottage is a large bathroom with roll top bath and separate shower. This serves a double bedroom and a twin bedroom with two antique single beds. Towels and bed linen are of high quality cotton and the mattresses very comfortable. There are feather duvets and the choice of a non-allergy duvet.
For the children there is green space to explore, build huts, hide and seek, a basketball net, badminton and swing ball. I can leave a ride on tractor and other toddler toys by request. There are games, DVDs and books in the cottage and a supply of welly boots and nets for wet days or to explore the 2 small islands at the shore line.
Wake up each morning to green fields, our guests tell us the closest thing to an alarm call is if the resident pheasant taps the window looking for a treat. After breakfast, we supply eggs from our own flock of hens, a short stroll to the Lough takes you past the pond with our resident duck ‘quackers’ and a wild mallard who are now an item! They love any treats. You can fish on this pond, guests have caught perch, trout and although the pike has been pulled in ‘on tow’ with another fish he lives to fight another day. The private walk to Lough Neagh takes five minutes ending at a picnic table. Holly and Star our two ponies wander about this area. Along the walk an old tree trunk and large stones are good stopping points to enjoy the peace and observe the goings on in nature. From here there is a choice of paths through 20 acres of our ASSI shoreline.
In the summer months cattle graze the adjoining fields, which can be seen from the kitchen and bedroom windows. The area is rich in flora and fauna. Readily spotted are siskins, bullfinches, buzzard, kingfisher, reed bunting, dragonfly, butterfly, orchid and I have seen owls, badger, fox, rabbits, mink, stoat, newt and the highlight was on two occasions I saw two otters, one time playing with their tea, an eel!