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“Excellent time at The Boathouse!”
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View from main bedroom
The Glen, moored in front of the house
Trasnagh -  the island in front of the house. Picnic here after a boat trip.
View from the deck
The Kitchen
View from the Sitting Room
The Main Bedroom
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The Garden with dry stone wall
Main Bedroom
Main Bedroom
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The Bathroom
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The Second Bedroom
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The Sitting Room
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Looking onto the Deck
Fireplace
View from the Sitting Room onto the Deck
The Kitchen
The Deck
The kitchen
The kitchen
A good place to sit
Some flat stones on the deck
The Beach
A wee seat
The Beach in front of the house
Aerial view of The Boathouse
The Boathouse from the Lough
The Boathouse
The Boathouse
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Holiday Rental House -
2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 4
Killinchy, County Down, Northern Ireland

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Excellent - based on 37 reviews
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Susan2507
Southampton Parish, Bermuda
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
“Excellent time at The Boathouse!”
Reviewed 5 January 2014 for a stay in July 2013

We had the honour of being Lindy and Henry's first guests last summer. Our experience at The Boathouse was first class from beginning to end. From the booking process to check-out we found Lindy to be most accommodating of our requests, one involving them having to rearrange a room to provide additional bedding to suit our large group. The house is so very comfortable and has an excellent location with amazing view. We were lucky enough to enjoy warm, sunny weather and made good use of the lovely courtyard for bbqs and late night drinks sitting by the outdoor fire. All in all, a wonderful holiday at The Boathouse, and we hope to go back again soon.

Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
6 Jan 2014
Thank you for your lovely review. You were great guests and we hope you will come back soon and perhaps enjoy a round of golf at Royal County Down!
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dylan1020
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Great location, Great hosts = Great house”
Reviewed 25 November 2013 for a stay in November 2013

Just had a wonderful weekend staying at the Boathouse. Henry and Lindy were very welcoming and as soon as we stepped through the door and felt the heat of the open fire I knew we had made a good choice. The house itself is certainly five star standard with all the mod cons (wifi, full sky+ package) superb large kitchen with balcony and open fire, modern bathrooms and high quality linen. The outside court yard is a bonus with a large fire which the kids enjoyed toasting marshmallows on.

The location is superb with great lough views and 5 mins walk to local pub. There are plenty of places to visit locally including Castle Espie, Delamount Park and Castle Ward.

I would highly recommend this house.

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Travelling group: Large Group
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway People with disabilities
Older travelers Families with young children
Large groups People with pets
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Management Response
26 Nov 2013
Two lovely families and great children. I am so glad the house suited you all and thank you for coming to see us. I hope you will come back in the summer.
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marylouis...
Strangford, United Kingdom
1 review
“The perfect house, the perfect setting.”
Reviewed 25 November 2013 for a stay in November 2013

A group of friends wanted to go somewhere special to celebrate a 50th birthday. Fed-up with the usual hotel/spa thing decided to rent this magnificent house for the weekend. Lindy's welcome was an indicator of how the weekend would go; warm and fun. Would thoroughly recommend this house for its luxury and the beauty of the area and convenience of restaurants. Altogether an unforgettable weekend !!

Travelling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
26 Nov 2013
We are very grateful to you all and so glad you enjoyed the house and Shetrick Island. Thank you for a lovely review and please come back and see us again soon.
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suziemak
1 review
“Absolutely amazing house and lindy was so welcoming and helpful”
Reviewed 18 November 2013 for a stay in November 2013

I stayed here for the weekend with a group of friends. We fell in love with the house as soon as we arrived. Absolutely stunning and Fantastic Location. We were able to enjoy a coffee and scone in the afternoon and a drink and meal in the evening in daft eddies which was only a 5 min walk. Lindy was so welcoming and helpful. Would definitely go back.

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Management Response
26 Nov 2013
Thank you for your very kind review. It is so appreciated. We loved having you all and hope you will come back soon.
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jctm1948
Ottawa, Canada
1 review
“Luxurious welcoming family friendly home.”
Reviewed 5 September 2013 for a stay in August 2013

Our family (six adults and two 13 year old boys) had a wonderful time at The Boathouse. From our first meeting with Lindy showing us around the house, we knew we were in warm, family-friendly beautiful accommodation. This lovely house is superbly located on Strangford Lough with everything that this beautiful area has to offer nearby. The view from the spacious, comfortable kitchen and dining area is so calm and peaceful with picturesque sailing boats in the foreground and a verdant island in the background. We had many lovely breakfasts there. There are also glorious views from the sitting room and master bedroom. The delightful conservatory affords a different but still lovely view of an enclosed artistically designed courtyard complete with extensive seating areas. On a beautiful sunny day we were able to host eight other extended family members. Through fields accessible from the courtyard, we were able to walk around the island on rural paths and see 2 friendly donkeys.

The bedrooms were spacious bright and clean. The master bedroom was particularly pleasing with its early morning view of the lough and a spacious luxurious bathroom nearby. Lindy and Henry are lovely hosts. All their welcoming gestures were much appreciated from the wheaten bread and coffee supplies to greet us on arrival, to their loan of the row boat and life jackets and the use of their library. The sharing of this beautiful home was much appreciated.

Jim and Anne Martin, Ottawa, Canada

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Liked best: Luxury and view
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway
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Management Response
14 Sep 2013
Thank you both for your wonderful review. So much appreciated and we hope you will come back soon.
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Stephanie...
Rothes, Scotland, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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“Impossible not to relax in this beautiful house and location”
Reviewed 18 August 2013 for a stay in August 2013

I stayed at the Boathouse with my six children ranging from 3 to 16 and we had a wonderful holiday. We didn't get all the things done we'd planned as they were just having too much adventure and fun. With the use of the row boat it was like a slice of Swallows and Amazons exploring the lough and watching the seals and heron.
There are plenty of places to visit and do locally for all ages such as the Castle Eskie Wetlands which is a must and the Aquarium in Portaferry a ferry ride across the lough from Strangford we also visited Newtonards which has a petting farm - Ark farm, the Somme Heritage centre, and Scrabo Tower in the country park, further afield there is the Giants Causeway about 2 hrs drive away as is Dublin and there is of course Belfast and the titanic experience.

The house is absolutely lovely the large kitchen and dinning area is perfect With views over the lough and a veranda to sit and enjoy them lovely in the morning, The facilities in the kitchen are fab and the aga is fantastic to cook on although for those who don't want to there are alternate methods available.

The house was a home from home and was obviously a family home, there is so much space you can all have a piece of quietness. There are numerous sofas in the 3 lounge areas all good for curling up on. The piano was also a hit with the children who enjoyed a little tinkle and the book shelves hold a numerous selection of books to read / look at.

The bedrooms are clean and comfortable and the master bedroom is massive with a dressing area and it's own veranda with views to the lough too. The main bathroom is huge and the bath perfect for an indulgent soak.

The courtyard area is nice and secluded and has a super fireplace which was another hit with the children, there a also a BBQ, and plenty of seats to choose from. The field accessible from the courtyard is also a great area to play in and leads out to the pathway which goes around the island.

Daft Eddies restaurant and the Island Cafe are on the island and we found the staff to be incredibly friendly and the food good too.

The owners live next door and there is part of the house sectioned off for their use but you would not know it was being used and it certainly isn't intrusive in any way.

The owners could not be more accommodating and happy to help and were completely charming.

We had a wonderful time in wonderful surroundings and all the children has asked to go back, which I really hope we manage to do.

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Liked best: what was not to like, the location, friendly accommodating owners and the space
Liked least: the dishwasher could be a little
Travelling group: Young Children
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
Large groups
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Management Response
21 Aug 2013
Thank you we loved having you and the children. We are delighted you were able to enjoy so many of the great things this area has to offer and hope you will come back and stay with us soon.
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Ali L
Salt Lake City, Utah
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“I would have stayed all summer if I had the time!”
Reviewed 15 August 2013 for a stay in July 2013

Staying at the Boathouse on Sketrick Island was truly a beautiful experience for my family. We stayed for a week and wished it could have been a month - or more. The house is spacious and even though we had two families staying (total of 4 adults and 4 children) there was plenty of room to find solitude if desired. We enjoyed using the piano and perusing the library.

The kitchen is the crowning jewel - complete with an Aga stove that felt like something from a fairy tale to us. It was fun to learn to use it (instructions provided) and it is so toasty and pleasant to stand by after being out by the sea or first thing in the morning. The dining table and outdoor enclosed patio are ideal for entertaining. We hosted two dinner parties for local relatives while we stayed and even a group of 20 did not overwhelm the space at hand. A review of the house would not be complete without at least mentioning the master bathroom. It was larger than my childrens' bedrooms at home and contains a vast bathtub which everyone staying tried out at least once.

Charming beyond belief is the actual island. Sketrick is a tiny island in Strangford Lough and has houses along one side and fields in the center. The small paths between the fields let us wander about and take in the beautiful surroundings. We had a lovely meal at Daft Eddies, the island's pub - and incidentally the name you should enter in your GPS if you are trying to find the island. Our favorite menu item was the Seafood Pie - complete with crab claws from the lough surrounding the island, but everything we ordered was good and the staff was very friendly.

Finally, the owners of the house live next door and were so gracious, helpful and friendly to us. Before our arrival, I requested suggestions of activities for our children nearby and was very pleased with the things we tried from the list provided. We also requested use of some children's life vests and a row boat during our stay and had a fun time with those. You will not go wrong staying at this property.

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Liked best: Kitchen, Master Bath, Conservatory roof, enclosed patio
Travelling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children Large groups
  • Was the property as advertised?
  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
  • Did the property offer wi-fi/internet access?
  • Was your security deposit returned on time?
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Management Response
16 Aug 2013
Thank you. We loved having you all and very much hope you will come back to stay next summer.
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
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