Visited for a wedding. Lovely location, super views, overlooks the ferry with all its activity. House clean, comfortable and well equipped, cooked in a couple of times with ease. Local hostelries handy and utilised. First visit to Northern Ireland, how beautiful.
This time I arrived in plenty of time to be warmly welcomed to Harbour view by Judy and her husband and I was not at all surprised to discover that they are also very keen into preserving our built heritage and environment . As I was lucky to to have invited a friend from the Ards area to stay, I was introduced to some of the her local friends and was shown more places to explore. As before I had no interest in the TV as there was so much to see from the kitchen window and also from my bedroom on the top story.
Being a member of The Irish Georgian Society, This time I joined The National Trust at Castleward, so I now have free access to miles of walks there and to all of their historic properties, along with many here in the south that are free for I.G.S. members
I used the new Carlingford Ferry this time with all of it's wonderful views to add to those I had crossing Strangford lock. On my last morning while watching the ferry slip its mornings for it's first crossing at 730 am, I was delighted to see a sealine for the first time ever, popping its head out of the water only yards from the shore. I can't wait
till next year to visit this wonderful part of this island where I was made to feel at home and all I need to get there is my car.
Superb rambing old house. Clean and well equiped. The garden area is lovely. Lots of good restaurants in easy walking distance. Great base for seeing the sights. I would highly recommend.
The house in itself was worth the journey to Strangford. A stones throw from pubs , restarants and local shops the Harbour View was so charming that I feel tempted to return in the winter and just spend time looking out over the water and enjoying the house.
I unfortunately did meet the owner of this wonderful ancient building with its lovely
Georgian interior and stunning staircase, which will be corrected when I stay there
again very soon. Being one who has lived in period buildings for all of my life, once
my sister, her artist friend and I looked inside the front door, it realy felt like home.
This place oozes with character along with all of the necessary modern conveniences one could desire very tastefully catered for. When I managed to lock us all out, upon
contacting Judy, she had that situation accounted for and we were all back in within minutes. I had no desire to watch the TV during my stay as we were kept entertained watching the very busy ferry from the Kitchen window not to mention from the windows above. I watched the most amazing sunrise over windmill Hill which over- looks Portaferry, amidst the dawn chorus of sea birds, before closing the window and getting a few more winks. There was so much to see both old and new within minutes of Harbour view, before we ventured on the ferry.
Besides Strangford being such a beautiful place with the finest of cuisine within yards of the front door, the people were so warm and friendly with plenty of desire for a good chat.
My only regret was not having booked our stay for longer.