Booked this cottage for six nights from 4th July to Monday 10th July for my wife, 19 year old son and 12 year old daughter. My son and and I arrived first on the 4th July as my wife was working and was coming up later in the week.First impression was a lovely wee cottage with mourns to rear and lovely sea view at front. We were met by owner who showed us around and I ask I few questions as you do about dish washer,washing machine TVs boxes etc then the owner told us to watch out for the light fittings in living room and kitchen as they hang rather low, a bit of a concern as me and my son are both 6,3 ..she was sharp at me at me asking a few questions about the running of the cottage keeping referring to a manual stating everything you needed to know was in it ,I said no problem she then left ..My wife and younger daughter joined us later in week and had a good time out of the house but not relax in and around the house one of the reasons being neighbours watching every move and asking questions .The first night I was there also a dog cried and barked from approx three in the morning till dinner time next day ..Also in the mornings it stood at bedroom window barking giving us a rude awakening ..On the Sunday morning my son was cooking breakfast and turned and hit his head subsequently breaking the light in kitchen which was a hazard in the first place ..I tried ringing the owner later in day to explain that this had happened but could not get her ..Next morning we got up cleaned house and prepared for leaving ..My son and cleaned house as best we could as wife left night before as she was working ..I also cleaned and hoovered house each and every day during our stay as to make it easier on last day ..Any way owner arrived at 11 and as I tried to explain that we had a accident with light in kitchen she refused to give me time to speak saying that we where warned on arrival and that this would cost approx 30 pounds ,stating that this had happened before ..As I tried to explain she kept talking me down so I decided best to leave house as quickly as I could ..On arrival home I explained to my wife what had happened and she immediately rang the owner to be told from day one she didn't like my husband as upon arrival he asked too many questions, ( re:cooker etc), he was told the light was broke previously an made aware of it, the bedsheets were full of sand, our bed had make up stains on it, the fairy liquid had been diluted, cleaning products were used an he was the worst occupant that had ever vacated the premises. Obviously cleaning products were used as everyone cleaned up after them!!To me I was shocked as a caretaker he was immaculate in all areas of his work, has a great reputation an is highly thought of an respected in his hometown. To bring closure to this nightmare of a holiday I wouldn't recommend this place to a family with children or elderly people as the back garden is all steps, the neighbours are unfriendly an when I rang about the dog barking the owner said that wasn't her/his problem. My son carried stones an little pieces of granite home from his daily walks which was noted an I was made aware of an told this was forbidden. To make a long story short due to the light breakage in the kitchen an making the owner aware of these issues the owner seemed to twist an add things endlessly to make myself & family to be troublesome.
We booked Anne's cottage in Widow's Row for the weekend as a present for my mum for her 70th. Anne was extremely friendly and helpful, initially with ensuring that our booking was confirmed and then with our show around on arrival - and coming promptly to let us in when we managed to lock ourselves out at one point.
The cottage was absolutely gorgeous and quaint, had gorgeous views, was so homely and comfortable. There was everything that you could need in it with lots of wee touches thought of, from fully equipped kitchen, board games and dvds, child gate / cot and even a fan in the bedroom.
We really do hope to get back here to stay sometime soon as we had a really great time. Definitely recommended with no negatives to speak of. Thanks very much Anne!
Warm welcome and introduction to cottage by Anne. Great location in Newcastle, walking distance to shops, restaurants and pubs. Clean, bright well appointed quiet cottage- Anne has thought of everything one needs on vacation.Phenomenal outdoor areas front and back with sea views. Planning another stay next year!
The sea to your front and the mountains of mourne behind , the highest peak in Northern Ireland slieve Donnard to be precise. There is a small harbour along the road and a RYA club there. Easy access to Newcastle and its many restaurants and ice cream shops.
Great poney trekking at mount pleasant around the castlewellan forest park, or if your more adventurous a fast hack on fit horses with an experienced group.
Our stay at Anne's cottage on Widows' Row, Newcastle was perfect- from the spotlessly clean cottage to the furnishings and the warm welcome; we were so well-looked after. A great visit and we look forward to returning.