Escape the cold
Looking for the unique cottages in Northern Ireland? Unwind and escape to another world of woodlands, mountains and peace here at Birch Cottage. A unique, cosy, romantic, rural self catering holiday cottage to rent in the Mournes, Co.Down. Leave the grid behind.
Birch Cottage is hidden on our organic smallholding.It sits in the unique County Down landscape of rolling drumlin hills. Overlooking woodland, bog and heather to the west contrasting with Mourne Mountains to the east. The cottage is a quiet haven that invites guests to engage more deeply with the landscape and our heritage by taking a small stake in its conservation. Our guests tell us that being able to walk straight private woodland is something that they value very highly. Small but beautifully made to be a natural, healthy environment we’ve created a cosy, personal 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.
Low environmental impact
Everything has been handcrafted using local timbers and reclaimed materials to create a truly unique visitor experience. We are careful to minimise the environmental impact of the cottage, and to ensure that we use only materials and products that have been ethically produced and sourced. Powered entirely by solar and wind power, with a wood burning stove and solar hot water to provide underfloor heating and hot tap water, we are proudly carbon neutral. Comfortable, cosy and quirky, guests often don’t want to leave. We are perfectly located for Mountain Bike trails in Tollymore Forest Park, Castlewellan and Rostrevor, as well as the Life Centre in Castlewellan, and National Outdoor Centre in Tollymore.
“The beauty of the cottage and the amazing surroundings are such a joy, and I can safely say that opening the curtains on the first morning to see the forest all frozen and quiet in its splendour will remain with me for a long time.” Tara & Ellis, 2016
“Thank you for providing such a wonderful cozy retreat. It was just what we needed – all the creature comforts in a peaceful and joyful place. Wonderful!”Joan & Tina, 2017
“Thanks for creating such a special place and sharing it for others to enjoy. We had a wonderful stay – relaxing, peaceful and inspiring. We especially loved the view of the mournes and the forest, the extras like lovely toiletries and the fresh coffee and the guitar.”Heidi & Matt, 2017
“What a lovely, refreshing, relaxing place. We have experienced probably the hottest weather this year and it couldn’t have been anywhere better. The horses were a joy to watch and cuddle and the fruit and veg patch was a godsend.”Joan & Dave
Discover another world
Birch woodlands, beautiful mountains and horses on the doorstep. Come and visit the most eco friendly holiday cottages in Northern Ireland.
Birch Cottage sits in the middle of our off grid smallholding next to the woods
Hand crafted comfort
A unique space, made with care from natural materials with all the comforts you’d expect.
Mountains to one side, a forest to the other. You will always have a wonderful view.