Nestled amid the rugged and inspiring County Down landscape, Blackwell House, an intimate rural idyll is home to three quintessentially Irish bedrooms. Rocky hillsides, along with heather and bracken covered plains await beyond the country house, ready to be explored. However, this haven of tranquillity also lets you admire Mother Nature at your leisure, sipping tea from the garden room, as you catch glimpses of the free-range chickens pottering outside. Unwind amid the antiques and family heirlooms, before uncovering the magical scenery that’s provided inspiration to many an artist and writer.
Escape to the sumptuous Blue Room, with its super king-sized bed, richly-coloured wallpaper and far-reaching views across the flower-covered pergola to the green fields beyond. Situated on the western side of the house, you’ll have front-row seats for every mesmerising County Down sunset. After dark, luxuriate in the hot water of the 6ft roll-top bath, before wrapping up warm in a soft bathrobe and slippers. Spend a peaceful night in your warm and cosy room, with DVDs and books from the hotel’s well-stocked collection, so you’re ready to explore tomorrow.
With family recipes handed down through the generations and Irish cuisine cooked on a good, old-fashioned Aga stove, this place provides a welcome burst of nostalgia. In summer, partake in a picnic lunch on the lawn and bask in the sunshine. For a warm winter treat, indulge in a candlelit three-course meal in the garden room, with tasty produce from the award-winning local butcher and neighbouring farms. It’s the extra special touches, including the cream tea served upon arrival, that make this B&B one to remember.