FROM TRIVAGO MAGAZINE :: Experience the magic of Northern Ireland with our ‘favourite bed and breakfast’ in Newcastle County Down.
Surrounded by the wild and rugged beauty of the Irish coast, you’ll start to relax under the serene influence of nature before you even arrive at the ‘country house’. With local produce on the menu and a cosy bar, this is a truly indulgent experience.
Awaken to dramatic views of Northern Ireland’s highest mountain range, before ambling downstairs for a hearty Irish breakfast at the 18th-century Briers Country House. Fill up on local produce, like free-range eggs and grilled Ulster bacon, accompanied by freshly made soda bread and steaming mugs of tea. After all, you’ll need the energy for your morning of adventure among the granite covered peaks and windswept moorland sitting on your doorstep.
Dotted with brightly coloured cushions and trinkets, the stone-walled guest lounge provides a warm and welcoming retreat from the great outdoors. Help yourself to the abundance of coffee and biscuits that sit on the sideboard awaiting the hungry explorer’s return, before sinking into an overstuffed purple sofa. For a taste of real Irish life, tuck into a home-cooked meal, carefully prepared by the B&B’s owner and served in the light-filled dining room, amid the polished wooden floors and elegant glass chandeliers.
Wander amid the tranquil gardens, where you’ll come across wizened apple trees, topiary hedges and fragrant rose bushes that lend a real sense of natural serenity. The gently sloping lawns adjoin the Tollymore Forest Park and provide a glorious place for a summer picnic, perhaps egg and cress sandwiches and ginger beer? They stand at the foot of the wild and craggy Mourne Mountains, so they’re ideally positioned for a sojourn in County Down. Later on, you can let the fresh country air lull you into a peaceful sleep, as you unwind in the cosy surrounds of a Deluxe Guest Room – individually decorated with glossy wallpaper, oak dressers and locally inspired artwork.