Front yard and Tullyquilly Cottage.The backyard of Tullyquilly Cottage and some local residents.
18th Century Irish Stone Cottage

Entire home/apt

4 guests

1 bedroom

2 beds
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Old fashioned, rustic Irish cottage and gardens, featuring all the traditional elements you expect --like a wood stove, wildflowers and chickens -- as well as many modern luxuries you will love, like high-speed wireless, underfloor heating and a hot tub! The host lectures in European history and speaks many languages fluently: Wir sprechen Deutsch! Nosotros hablamos español! Nous parlons français! Falo portugues! Ya magu govorit rusiski yiazik!

The space

Behold Tullyquilly Cottage, where you'll enjoy nature, animals and the splendour of a lost way of life. You'll never find another like it, and you'll never forget your time here. The heart of this rural smallholding is a renovated, traditional stone cottage, built in 1758 and located in south County Down, roughly between Belfast and Dublin. Situated in the foothills of the Mourne Mountains and only twenty minutes from the Irish Sea, the farm sits on a 2 acre site which is given over to an exotic arboretum, orchard, native woodland and an organic vegetable garden, including polytunnel. The host lives in an eco-studio located 100 yards from the main house. Though the property is fairly rustic, all amenities are here: central heating, power shower, wifi etc., to say nothing of the Johnny-on-the-spot host and his charming daughter, never mind the salt-of-the-earth farmer neighbors who will stop in on horse or tractor for a cuppa (or the hens who are always up for a treat or a fuss!). AirBnB accommodation is in the main cottage, which has a sleeping loft for two adults and a few children (king-sized bed plus futon) and more sleeping space below the loft on a day bed. Bringing an even bigger crowd? Ask about use of the Country Cottage - pictures attached. You will also find a fully stocked country kitchen with an aga and a generous-sized dining table. For heat, there is a wood stove, and underfloor heating throughout. The bathroom is modern, clean, pine-paneled and features a shower, toilet, radiator and a sink window that looks across a field with sheep and cows grazing. For your musical enjoyment you will find a tuned upright piano and vintage twelve- and six-string guitars, a banjo, mandolin, violin, cello, mountain dulcimer and xylophone. For the children, a wide range of toys is available, including an enormous set of vintage Fisher Price Little People. We have attached pictures of a few of our sets but many more await you. Taking advantage of the enormous main room in the cottage, it is possible to create an entire Little People civilisation. This is our favourite rainy day activity.

A word on the bed and bedding. You will be sleeping on a recently purchased, high-end, medium-firm, pocket spring mattress that is combined with a 75mm 'pillow top' layer of gently supportive memory foam. This is serious mattress for sleeping and many people have commented on its superlative comfort. Bedding is 100% French linen plus natural feather and down pillows and duvets (non-allergenic alternatives also available on request). We clean the cottage thoroughly prior to the arrival of new guests, but we never use chemical air fresheners. Fresh cut flowers are much more our style.

Outside, enjoy the hot tub and help yourself to garden produce year-round, plus fresh eggs from the hens. Jump on the trampoline! Play ping pong! Try the tree swings. Pick some flowers or aromatic herbs at your leisure and bring them in to the kitchen to add your own finishing touches to this charming home. Watch out for Vixen, our friendly resident fox. You might see her early in the morning when she makes her rounds. At night, you might be lucky enough to spot one of our owls who make their home here.

This is a comfy/cozy cottage out of a storybook surrounded by the quintessential child's dream of a Secret Garden. Enjoy delicious, healthy meals based around ingredients grown in the numberless permaculture vegetable, salad and herb beds, or in the forty-foot polytunnel. In season, have a campfire under the stars; a complete cook-out can easily be organized. As an added bonus, you will find bicycles en site for your use and even two open Canadian canoes.

This address requires some effort to reach (40 mins by car from Belfast; 80 minutes from Dublin, a bit longer by bike or train/bus), but thus far no one has been disappointed. Be sure to bring in some groceries, as the nearest shop or restaurant is two miles away. We keep stocked all your basic cooking ingredients like flour, spices, oil, etc, and usually there is plenty of garden produce for salads and sides. You can save a lot of money by cooking in and eating from the garden.

Sitting far from the road, Tullyquilly Cottage possesses a rare, old-world charm in an idyllic setting that is heart-breakingly beautiful. Everyone who comes here immediately falls in love with the place and is sad to leave.

Summer and Autumn 2017 are now open for bookings. Wonderful fruits and veggies are currently aplenty in the garden, help yourself.

Guest access

The cottage and the farm -- everything. Hot tub too but there you're in charge. It is wood-fired. I will clean and fill and you can heat it at your leisure. You will need to source your own wood (easily done locally). It's a year-round outdoor activity, extremely pleasant and rare, and nothing like stepping into a plastic container of hot chemicals in an airport hotel "leisure center". In the kitchen, we stock all essential staples so just bring in some fresh groceries and you'll be ready to cook or bake anything. We also believe in drinking only the best coffee, so if you're into good coffee, expect to find a coffee grinder, freshly roasted beans and various brewing systems to suit your tastes.

Interaction with guests

It really depends on our work situation. Sometimes a lot, sometimes not so much. If you want your privacy you will have it. If you want to hang out, we'll try to be available.

Other things to note

Hot tub is wood-fired and the guest must organise as s/he sees fit, i.e. source wood for heating. This is not difficult but requires some planning ahead. This is a rustic cedar tub that you heat with a submerged stove. To heat for a weekend might require twenty-five pounds worth of firewood and kindling. We used to heat the tub for visitors, but many neglected to use it and for that reason we now leave it to the guest. The weather largely determines the attractiveness of the tub and this can change rapidly in Ireland...

Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 king bed
Common spaces
1 sofa bed

The space
Accommodates: 4
Bathrooms: 1
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 2
Check In: 2PM - 9PM
Check Out: 12PM (noon)
Pet Owner: Other pet(s)
Property type: Other
Room type: Entire home/apt


Cleaning Fee €29
Security Deposit €117
Weekly Discount: 15%
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House Rules
No smoking
No parties or events
Check in time is 2PM - 9PM

Pets may not run free anywhere on the property. All pet messes must be cleaned up immediately. No pets in the loft or on the furniture. Pets may not be left alone in the cottage.

You must also acknowledge
Must climb stairs - One flight up to the sleeping loft, but a day bed in the main room is provided for anyone unable to climb stairs.


Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector
First aid kit
Safety card
Fire extinguisher

1 night minimum stay

32 Reviews

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Jamie User Profile
August 2017
We've really enjoyed the break and couldn't have had a better time than exploring these beautiful cottages and gardens with the kids. Quails eggs for breakfast and hens eggs for lunch! Fantastic! Daniel has been wonderful to deal with and here he has created a little oasis with the most stunning plants and nature trails. The hot tub is the perfect way to unwind in the evening looking up at the stars. This is our first Airbnb experience so we're off to a good start!
Daniel User Profile
Response from Daniel:
We were so pleased with your visit and really appreciate your kind words. Please do come back soon!
August 2017

Borja User Profile
August 2017
Truly amazing time at Danny's, always looking for a farmhouse listing for our daughter and by far this is the first listing we felt so free, we enjoyed so much picking up fresh eggs and feeding the hens every morning, also picking up fresh veggies from Danny's garden, nothing to complain about it but to enjoy the wild of this place.
Daniel User Profile
Response from Daniel:
Thank you! It was great to meet you and I hope we see each other again soon.
August 2017

Greg User Profile
June 2015
Fantastic, helpful host. Nothing is too much trouble. Cottage is wonderfully rustic. I must warn you though, come prepared for a relaxing, quiet and peaceful time far from the hassle of normal day to day life.
Daniel User Profile
Response from Daniel:
Dear Greg, Many thanks for your very generous feedback, all the more so since, during your stay, the shower was on the fritz. I've since repaired it, and have also seen to some other things you kindly (and very thoughtfully) brought to my attention, so thank you for that, and for your visit. I hope you return.
June 2015

Darragh User Profile
April 2015
Danny and his daughter Ruby Mae couldn't have been anymore welcoming as hosts. On arrival we were greeted by them both and given the grand tour of their incredibly picturesque organic farm. If like us you are looking for somewhere to escape & recharge you couldn't pick a better place in Tullyquilly Cottage. There is more to do than just recharge though, simple pleasures such as feeding and hanging out with the donkeys, rounding up the chickens and even feeding them if you wish, scenic walks, talking with the friendly locals in Rathfriland (it seems everyone knowns Danny), collecting the hens eggs, playing board games (there are lots) or one of the many musical instruments in the cottage (piano, banjo, guitar, trumpet, violin and cello). In short there is quite a lot to see and do that is just a short drive from Tullyquilly but our advice would be just stay put and soak it all up. By far our best Airbnb experience to date. Danny and Ruby Mae have set the bar high.

Kelli User Profile
March 2015
Daniel's cottage is a true rural treat! Our group of four adults spent a perfectly tranquil and fun long weekend here, feeding the chickens, playing the instruments and soaking in the fabulous hot tub. The cottage packs in tons of 18th century charm but has all of the modern conveniences you would want. The bed upstairs is very comfortable and by all accounts the sofa bed was too. The sweet country setting is only made sweeter by the flock of busy chickens stirring about in the greenery. We hope to return soon! Thank you Daniel for giving us such a warm welcome and the perfect setting for some great memories!

Siuan User Profile
February 2015
Danny was very quick to respond and thorough in his communication. We enjoyed our relaxing break at Tullyquilly very much. I can imagine how beautiful the grounds are in summer, but even in winter we enjoyed relaxing in the cottage, playing with the toys, playing on the swing and evenings in the hot tub.

Caroline User Profile
January 2015
We couldnt have asked for a better time. Danny was the most wonderful host and made us feel so a nice little surprise of a bottle of wine for my birthday stay was just so sweet. The house was gorgeous, the surrounding scenery was breathtaking and the vibe all round was perfect..couldnt have asked for a better two day break...we lounged beside the fire, cooked on his wonderful range, drove up through the Mourne Mountains and then onto the cost for a long walk with the dogs...spent the mornings feeding the chickens and talking with them before a morning dip in the hottub...i'd go back in a heartbeat...thanks daniel for such a wonderful stay!

Northern Ireland, United KingdomJoined in September 2012
Daniel User Profile

I'm a lecturer in history teaching at a university in Belfast. I also have an organic farm in South Co Down.

Response rate: 100%
Response time: within a few hours

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