We recently chatted to Catherine Cummings of Kiltariff Hall about why her accommodation is a great option for those wanting to explore the Mournes this summer.
So Catherine, how did Kiltariff Hall come about?
I always knew growing up on the edge of the Mourne Mountains that they were special. The view of them from Kiltariff changes everyday and when you explore the area you realise there are many hidden beauty spots. With the increase in tourism to N Ireland I wanted to be able to share my passion for this beautiful area. My family home was built in 1880 and retains most of the original Victorian features. It was the perfect place to start offering Bed & Breakfast from April 2019 in a traditional Irish Country House to guests from all over the world and from the UK and Ireland.
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What does it offer to those wanting to explore the Northern Irish outdoors?
If you are planning to walk in the mountains, cycle on the roads or the many forest parks, or just amble through the forests and on the beaches, Kiltariff is a perfect base for you. There is secure parking for your equipment and bikes, and I can provide drying facilities for any wet gear. There are many local golf courses including the world class Royal Country Down Club in Newcastle.
What kinds of food and drink do you serve?
Whether you like a hearty Ulster Fry or more healthy options, most dietary requests are provided including gluten free and vegan options. Dinner can be requested for at least 2 people with 24 hours’ notice. Our aim is to reduce food miles and provide as much locally produced seasonal produce as possible. During the summer fruit and vegetables from the Kiltariff garden are available and we make our own preserves. Locally made Whites Oats and granola are provided and some of their oats are even grown on the Kiltariff townland.
What are the main attractions/sights nearby?
The Mourne Mountains are 5 miles from Kiltariff and Kilbrony, Castlewellan and Tollymore Forest Parks are all a 20-minute drive away. These parks provide great scenic walks as well as a wide range of bike trails. The award winning Murlough Beach Nature Reserve and the seaside town of Newcastle are 25 minutes away. If you like history, Hillsborough Castle and Castleward are within 45 minutes. There are many other historical sites in the area, and I would be delighted to provide you with suggestions which may include dolmens, stone circles and Norman Castles. For the Bronte Sisters enthusiasts, The Bronte Homeland Trail is just 3 miles outside Rathfriland.
Is it suitable for families?
Families are welcome and our Blue Room is big enough for 2 adults and 2 children.
How private is it for those staying?
The house is a B&B and is my home. However, I will endeavour to allow you as much privacy as you would like. Guests are free to use the garden and the terrace area.
As the owner, what’s your favourite thing about Kiltariff Hall?
I grew up here when it was a working farm and as my great grandfather built the house there is a lot of family history. There are many old family photos on display in the dining room and many guests enjoy hearing the stories about the family in years gone by. I love the historic features of the house, but most of all I love the spectacular view of the Mournes from the south facing Kitchen Garden. I have had many enjoyable gardening chats with guests in this tranquil space.
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Why should visitors choose it as their accommodation?
Kiltariff Hall is a great central location for a visit to South Down. It is only 15mins from the A1 which links Dublin and Belfast. It is also a perfect location to explore the Mourne area. In the post Covid 19 world, Kiltariff is ideal for those who would like to avoid large gatherings and your comfort and safety is our priority. Our aim is to adhere to the hygiene rules without losing the character of the house. flexibility with . You can have a room only rate and also a rate for continental breakfast served to your room or in the dining room. You can also have a cooked breakfast in the dining room.
I love meeting people from all over the world and my aim is for you to want to come back to this beautiful corner of Ireland.
To Book please contact Catherine on 07793 021609 or email@example.com.
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About the author
I grew up on the farm at Kiltariff on the edge of the Mournes and after spending 30 years living in Scotland ,I moved back to Rathfriland 3 years ago. . Being passionate about showcasing this area to visitors I decided to open the house as a B&B . I aim to produce good ,home cooked local food much of which is grown in the Kiltariff garden.