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Newcastle, Great Britain

Spring time view from the house

Spring time view from the house

Lough Shannagh is a favourite mountain walk

Lough Shannagh is a favourite mountain walk

Several local Forest Parks and Nature Reserves

Several local Forest Parks and Nature Reserves

Stepping stones, Tollymore Forest Park

Stepping stones, Tollymore Forest Park

Official Area of Outstanding Beauty

Official Area of Outstanding Beauty

View of Mourne Mountains across Dundrum bay from Norman castle

View of Mourne Mountains across Dundrum bay from Norman castle

The local area inspired CS Lewis' Narnia

The local area inspired CS Lewis' Narnia

Titanic Quarter Belfast

Titanic Quarter Belfast

Murlough Nature Reserve with the Mourne mountains behind

Murlough Nature Reserve with the Mourne mountains behind

Newcastle, sea and mountains

Newcastle, sea and mountains

Slidderyford Dolmen

Slidderyford Dolmen

Annalong Village

Annalong Village

Cycle to nearby Dundrum Castle

Cycle to nearby Dundrum Castle

Irish cottages near Kilkeel

Irish cottages near Kilkeel

Strangford Lough, County Down

Strangford Lough, County Down

Rowallane, National Trust Gardens, Saintfield, County Down

Rowallane, National Trust Gardens, Saintfield, County Down

Quiet places for picnics, from Greencastle you can now get a ferry across to beautiful Carlingford.

Quiet places for picnics, from Greencastle you can now get a ferry across to beautiful Carlingford.

Kilkeel Harbour, working fishing port

Kilkeel Harbour, working fishing port

Greencastle

Greencastle

County Down countryside

County Down countryside

Countryside with Hawthorn Blossom at Easter

Countryside with Hawthorn Blossom at Easter

County Down is full of walking trails in muntain, forest and by lakes and the sea.

County Down is full of walking trails in muntain, forest and by lakes and the sea.

Spring time view from the house Lough Shannagh is a favourite mountain walk Several local Forest Parks and Nature Reserves Stepping stones, Tollymore Forest Park Official Area of Outstanding Beauty View of Mourne Mountains across Dundrum bay from Norman castle The local area inspired CS Lewis' Narnia Titanic Quarter Belfast Murlough Nature Reserve with the Mourne mountains behind Newcastle, sea and mountains Slidderyford Dolmen Annalong Village Cycle to nearby Dundrum Castle Irish cottages near Kilkeel
Strangford Lough, County Down Rowallane, National Trust Gardens, Saintfield, County Down Quiet places for picnics, from Greencastle you can now get a ferry across to beautiful Carlingford. Kilkeel Harbour, working fishing port Greencastle County Down countryside Countryside with Hawthorn Blossom at Easter County Down is full of walking trails in muntain, forest and by lakes and the sea.
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Exchange dates Duration
October 01, 2018 - November 04, 2018

Dates approximate at present, need to be confirmed. Also potentially interested in Autumn break somewhere warm. Non simultaneous may be possible - get in touch and see if it might work!

1 weeks
July 01, 2019 - August 20, 2019

Summer 2018 now arranged

3 weeks

In Northern Ireland - a modern, luxury house in Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Newcastle is a beautiful seaside town in County Down, NORTHERN IRELAND. The town is surrounded by the scenery of the Mourne mountains. It is an official Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
For a quick introduction, here are two films:
Mourne Moods: A Timelapse Journey Through the Kingdom of Mourne:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H8NutFll4_U
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AjZXFw9iWkw.

Newcastle has all the facilities you will need - shops, cafes etc. It is home to the famous Royal County Down Golf course - one of the world's top courses. Nearby there are lovely Irish stone walls and numerous walking trails. There are short and long walks on mountain tracks, nature reserves, forests and beaches. Local forest parks have exciting mountain bike paths and specialist bikes for hire.

Northern Ireland’s best kept secret is the fabulous food which you will find in the countless independent restaurants and cafés, serving many local products. From the house you can walk to several great ones in Newcastle. Our favourite one is "Brunel's" where the kitchen won top Chef in Ireland 2018.

Belfast is a bus ride away (50 km), where you can visit the famous Titanic visitor attraction and many other places of interest. In 2016, National Geographic praised Belfast’s vibrant food-scene, picking out Northern Ireland in its top ten culinary destinations!

Our house is a modern, comfortable and spacious townhouse with three floors. We have planned it to be a welcoming space which is easy to clean and look after. It is within a short walking distance (0.5km) of shops, restaurants, bus station, and the lovely seaside promenade which goes round the bay to the harbour.  Friends enjoy relaxing here with the mountain views or just curling up by the stove with a book. 
We leave lots of suggestions for days out and the tourist information office is only 1km away. Within easy driving distance there are lovely harbours, castles, Historic Houses, Forest Parks and Lakes, seaweed baths, kayaks for hire and spas. And of course, there are 19 Golf courses in County Down! Longer day trips are possible, for example to the Giant's Causeway (A world Heritage site).

Getting There
Nearest Airports:
Belfast International (77km) and George Best (Belfast City, 53km).  Both accessible by public transport.  
Dublin Airport (100km) – transfer by car or coach to Belfast.
Ferries: approximate distances
Belfast – Stenaline ferries (53km), Larne – P&O ferries (70km), Dublin  -from Liverpool, Holyhead, directferries.com (100km), Rosslare – from Pembroke, Fishguard, Cherbourg, Rosscoff (270km), Cork – from Rosscoff (330km)
Buses from Belfast go every half hour Mon-Fri, and take one hour. See http://www.translink.co.uk/Timetables/
 
House facilities: see Our Family tab and lifestyle. Guests can easily access Internet at the local library (5 mins walk) or free wifi all along the promenade/ cafes. The house is located in a BTopenzone hotspot and we can normally leave a laptop for you to access wifi this way.

Key information websites:
Discover Northern Ireland.
http://www.discovernorthernireland.com Type name of town/activity in the search bar.
Mournes overview: http://www.discovernorthernireland.com/48-Hours-in-The-Mournes-A2273
Local tourist site:http://www.visitmournemountains.co.uk/
Mourne live: http://www.mournelive.com
National Trust: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/visit/local-to-you/northern-ireland/

Belfast City blog: www.belfastvibe.com/big-stories

Virtual visits show a panoramic video of places: see http://www.virtualvisit-northernireland.com/
Drone film of scenery from local beach: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i3dE15FGXSo

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Our Family

  • 2 Adults
  • 0 Children
  • 12 Exchanges made

Occupation

  • Professional /Teacher
  • Artist/ Homemaker

Our Home

  • House Type: House
  • Floor: 3
  • Environment: By the sea
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 4
  • Sleeping Capacity: 8

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In my house

  • Pets - Not allowed
  • Small children - Not allowed

Exchange Types

  • Non-simultaneous exchange
  • Home exchange

Indoor

  • Central heating
  • Fireplace
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Clothes dryer

Outdoor

  • Garden
  • Balcony
  • Park / playground
  • Bicycles: 4

Facilities

  • No smoking
  • Seclusion/Privacy

Our Destination Wish List

  • Open for all offers
  • Isle of Man
  • Balearic Islands, Spain
  • Canary Islands, Spain
  • Apulia, Italy
  • French Riviera, France
  • Vienna, Austria
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Haarlem, Netherlands
  • Hamburg, Germany
  • Lisbon, Portugal
  • Porto, Portugal
  • Madeira, Portugal
  • Netherlands
  • Gelderland, Netherlands
  • Jersey
  • Zutphen, Netherlands

Spoken Languages

  • English

Occupation

  • Professional /Teacher
  • Artist/ Homemaker

Children

  • We do not have children.

Pets

  • We do not have pets.
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