We loved our stay at Tollymore gatelodge
As hard working mental health nurses it was the perfect place to relax .it felt familiar and like home .it proved to be warm and cosy ..had everything we needed and immaculately clean .
We hope to make it a yearly event ...if we can wait that long !
Our family absolutely loved the Gate Lodge and the autumnal delights of Tollymore forest. I've been trying to persuade my husband for years to buy a caravan so I could return to places such as Tollymore & Castlewellan to relive my childhood now with our own kids but there's no way that will happen now that we have explored the forest whilst living it up in the Lodge. The cottage is beautifully restored and maintained with a unique Gothic touch and lots of love and care. It was the perfect little house for our family of four and so nice to be right inside the forest park and have our little dog stay with us too. The house is tiled/wooden floored throughout so very dog friendly. The only thing I would say is, we couldn't get the outside lights to work at all (even after dancing under the sensors and re-trying the switches) so it was very dark coming home or when taking the dog out in the evenings and if your dog is small and likes to explore, you might want to bring a lead/spike to tie them in the garden as they can just run through the gate or the big hole in the hedge to the right of the gate, out into the forest park or even out onto the main road! There is also a small enclosed yard area behind the cottage but our lil' furry pal is only happy when he's free to potter with the kids so we tied him in the garden when they were playing! It also would have been good to know beforehand to bring some washing up liquid/cleaning utensils for the kitchen (we only noticed that after having already been to the shop and cooked dinner - doh! and the little general store in Bryansford is currently closed) However, we really appreciated being able to just purchase a bag of logs from your shed and the kids enjoyed collecting fire lighting sticks from the woods at the end of our walks. Please don't see any of these points as complaints, we aren't complaining we just didn't want to leave such notes in your visitors book. We loved your house, are thankful you have chosen to share it with others and would love to return again some time if you'll have us! x
What a wonderful warm and cozy cottage oozing character. Has all you need as a base for an active holiday.....warmth, good shower, comfortable bed and nice garden to sit out in , when the sun shines. We soon realized that the poor TV reception was a blessing in disguise.
Tolllymore, Castlewellan and lots of other walks literally at your doorstep. Maghera pub was a handy local eating place...just a pity it was not in walking distance.
Dogs loved being able to meet the local dogs at the gate as they headed into the park for their walks, and of course had many wonderful walks themselves.
Wonderful days !!!