Birch Eco Cottage
A peaceful eco retreat
Birch Cottage – A green off grid retreat
Birch Eco Cottage is part of our organic smallholding near Ballyroney where it sits amidst the unique County Down landscape of rolling drumlin hills. With views of our woodlands on one side and the Mourne Mountains on the other, the cottage is a quiet, rural retreat.
You can expect a cosy, well crafted space that has the highest environmental credentials but which doesn’t compromise visitor comfort. This is what makes Birch Cottage one of the few cottages in Northern Ireland to hold a Green Tourism Gold award and a 4 star Tourism Northern Ireland rating.
Sleeping two people in a super-king size bed with views of the birch wood, the cottage has an ensuite bath/shower room, comfortable living-dining room with a woodburning stove and views of the mountains, as well as a well equipped kitchen. Organic cotton bed linen and towels are provided, as are basic essentials such as tea, coffee and kitchen condiments. Guest parking is outside the cottage, and you are free to explore the woodlands.
You might also like to wander in the gardens and meet our horses. We offer free range eggs and seasonal vegetables when possible, and all guests get a full supply of firewood for their visit.
Powered entirely by solar and wind power, with a wood burning stove and solar hot water to provide underfloor heating and hot water, the cottage is proudly carbon neutral.
There are a number of lovely walks close by the cottage, through Lackan Bog Area of Special Scientific Interest, and Annahunshigo lake. Local shops, pubs and restaurants are five miles away.
The beautiful Mourne Mountains and seaside town of Newcastle are also close by.
We are perfectly located for Mountain Bike trails and National Outdoor Centre in Tollymore Forest Park, as well as the Life Outdoor Pursuits Centre, Maze, Arboretum, and walks in Castlewellan Forest Park.
Please note – we are 100% off grid for energy and so our systems cannot support electric car charging
We want to live here! Your cottage is a dream, absolutely gorgeous and has left us feeling relaxed and also inspired. The woodburning stove was super fun to use. Your kind and friendly welcome was also very appreciated. As many others have said, the only downside is that we can’t stay longer and explore the local area.
What a treat it was to stumble across such a haven of happiness. We have thoroughly enjoyed our short stay in the eco cottage. From the initial warm and welcoming introduction we knew we would enjoy our stay.
Thank you so much for letting us share a little part of your country paradise! Was a perfect weekend and wish we didn’t have to go! Two days is not enough. Also thank you to all the feathery and furry friends we made here. Best birthday weekend ever.
We have absolutely loved staying in this beautiful cottage (its even better than the pictures show). We wish we were staying longer but we will definitely be back! We loved meeting all the animals. Thanks for everything.
What a magical way to spend our first wedding anniversary. You’ve thought of everything and you’ve inspired us to make some small eco changes at home. Cannot wait to come back! Thank you.
Our trip for discovering Co.Down and the Mournes area was really special, but topping it off with this spectacular cottage made extra special and an experience we’ll never forget. Everything about the cottage and it’s surroundings is unique and clearly built with love and hard work. We will be recommending this beautiful place to all our friends and family.
Thanks so much for letting us stay in your perfect little cottage – we couldn’t have enjoyed it any more! We loved everything about it here, especially being able to pick fresh raspberries for breakfast and have had such a lovely relaxing time. Will definitely be back.
We adore your cottage and land, the amount of hard work and love that has gone into it is obvious. We wish we were staying longer because we have loved our time here but you will be seeing us again! Many thanks for letting us stay.
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Woodburning stove – with firewood
FREE Wifi on request
Bedding and towels provided
Off grid – powered by solar and wind