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“Great cottage in perfect rural location !”
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Bearnagh Cottage Live-in-kitchen
Happy Vale Entrance, Bearnagh Cottage to right of driveway
Bearnagh Cottage, Bedroom 1, King size bed
Bearnagh Cottage patio area and car port
Bearnagh Cottage, wood burning stove and wide screen TV
Meelmore Cottage bike shed and drying room
Bearnagh Cottage, Bedroom 2, Double bed (also a single bed in this bedroom)
Bearnagh Cottage sun room - living area with 4 large sofas
Friendly sheep at entrance
Mourne Mountains - Slieve Bearnagh Summit Tor
Mourne Mountains - Mourne Wall, Slieve Bearnagh
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3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 7
Newcastle, County Down, Northern Ireland

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Winchester
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
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“Great cottage in perfect rural location !”
Reviewed June 25, 2015 for a stay in June 2015
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We just spent a week at Happy Vale cottages and had a wonderful time. We stayed in Bearnagh, which is the larger of the two, and which comfortably sleeps 7. When we arrived, we were met by Gerry, who is the owner. He is really helpful and friendly, and was always available if we needed anything or had any problems. There were cakes and milk in the fridge, which was great, and also washing powder/dishwasher tablets/tea/coffee/salt and pepper.

The cottage was clean and well presented. The view from the living area is out of this world! And there is a huge seating area outside for bbqs etc. It has free wifi, TV with DVD player, coffee machine and a lovely wood burning stove (which we didn't use as it was June but I imagine would be so cosy in winter).

The cottage is very Eco friendly too, which is a great feature. It actually win an award while we were there.

The location is fabulous-very rural and peaceful, with loads of walking nearby, but not far to the beach/towns if you need anything.

Perfect holiday, would certainly return again!

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Management Response
25 Jun 2015
The location close to the mountains really suited you. Make sure to bring the fell running shoes next time so Jon will win the race down Slieve Meelbeg as well as he won the race to the top. Gerry
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Shopgi
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Fantastic accommodation, Beautiful location”
Reviewed May 11, 2015 for a stay in May 2015

This cottage is superb. The accommodation is extremely well equipped, with comfortable beds, TVs in all the bedrooms and a lovely wood burning stove (more for atmosphere than heat as with under floor heating throughout the cottage is really cosy). It is in a very peaceful area with the only noise being the adjacent stream and is in the heart of the beautiful Mourne mountains. Our only regret is that we weren't staying for longer...hopefully next time!

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Travelling group: Young Children
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Management Response
11 May 2015
Great that you enjoyed Happy Vale and you will be very welcome to stay again. Next time we have to get you up to the viewpoint on the ridge of Slievenaman..
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Aaron S
Belfast, United Kingdom
2 reviews
“Superb accommodation in the Mourne Mountains”
Reviewed February 2, 2015 for a stay in December 2014

I stayed at Happy Vale with a group of friends in December 2014. We occupied both cottages and had a great weekend, taking in some hiking and running in the nearby Mourne mountains.

The panoramic views of the surrounding area are breathtaking, with Slieve Meelmore in clear view from the sitting room. I could not recommend Happy Vale enough as a base to explore the Mourne mountains.

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Liked best: The cottages & the location.
Liked least: Having to leave.
Travelling group: Friends
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
2 Feb 2015
The cottages were designed to suit families and groups who enjoy mountain running/walking, cycling etc. Great to see your group enjoying the facilities.
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Mo K
Geneva, Canton of Geneva, Switzerland
1 review
“Superb, comfortable cottage - excellent facilities and stunning views.”
Reviewed January 18, 2015 for a stay in December 2014

We stayed in Bernagh Cottage in December. We had travelled from Switzerland with 3 small children and were joining a larger family gathering at the Cottage. All facilities are first rate - comfortable bedrooms, modern bathrooms and a large open plan kitchen (well equipped) / dinning / living room with stunning views out into the Mournes and a beautiful open hearth fire. The weather was great, so we enjoyed numerous walks out the front door and into the surrounding countryside and it was always lovely to return to the warm, comfortable cottage! With two cottages on the site, its works perfectly for one family, a group of friends or an extended family group. We'll definitely be back!

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Liked best: Comfortable open plan kitchen / dining / living room with stunning views.
Liked least: Nothing
Travelling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway People with disabilities
Older travelers Families with young children
Large groups
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Management Response
18 Jan 2015
Great that you found Happy Vale a suitable location for a family gathering. Hope to see you here again.
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Jim B
Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Fantastic base for exploring the Mourne Mountains”
Reviewed January 17, 2015 for a stay in December 2014

We stayed in the Bernagh Cottage with two other families over the new year period while another family occupied the adjoining Meelmore cottage. The weather was not great, but this enhanced the top class facilities of this new built complex. The underfloor heating and wood burning stove created a cosy atmosphere, and the spacious lounge area worked well for socialising and as a kids play area. The kitchen and its large table were perfect for group meals. If you had a grading system for drying rooms, then five stars would have to be awarded for this underfloor heated room, large enough for loads of outdoor gear plus bikes if required. Access to the heart of the Mournes is just a short walk up the road, and the mountain bike trails of Castlewelland and Rostrevor are near by. All round, a fantastic base for getting into the best of the Mournes.

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Travelling group: Large Group
Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway People with disabilities
Older travelers Families with young children
Large groups
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Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
18 Jan 2015
Great to see several families enjoying both cottages on site
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Jack M
Belfast, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Stunning Happy Vale cottages in the heart of the Mournes, an excellent place to stay”
Reviewed January 13, 2015 for a stay in December 2014
1
person found this review helpful

Fantastic location for exploring the Mournes and other attractions. Luxury accomodation with eco friendly theme, ample parking. Excellent well appointed layout with modern fittings and plenty of warmth. Had a great stay here in December and will be back. Thank you

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Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
18 Jan 2015
First group to stay in Bearnagh Cottage - great that everything worked well and you enjoyed the location in the Mourne Mountains
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