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The Red Door: a self-catering haven in Strangford village

8th April 2022 by David McIlroy Share

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With 84 five-star reviews (and counting) on Tripadvisor and a cohort of regularly returning guests, The Red Door has become one of the most popular accommodations in Strangford. Here, owner Marty Hamill tells us why you should swing by next time you’re in the village…

Marty, tell us about The Red Door.

The Red Door is a high quality, family friendly, NITB 4-Star graded self-catering property in the heart of picture postcard Strangford village.

And how did it come about? What’s the story behind it?

The Red Door had been derelict for many years when we completely rebuilt it as our family home in 2012. Melanie is an architect and we put a huge effort into the project.

Before long our expanding family outgrew it but having put so much into it we couldn’t bear to part with it.

Just as we moved out in 2016 we had family visiting from Scotland stay, they loved it and thought it was the most perfect holiday house they had ever seen – The Red Door was born!

How many guests can it accommodate?

The Red Door is something of a Tardis. It looks small from its traditional street frontage but is deceptively spacious with lots of clever design touches inside. It sleeps up to 7 in 3 bedrooms, 2 doubles and a third with 3 single beds – perfect for kids.

What amenities are provided?

We provide a generous welcome basket plus all the household essentials, including logs for the stove. There is a secure store for bikes or other equipment and we provide a BBQ for your use. The Red Door is modern and comfortable with fast broadband, smart TVs, and wireless speakers.

Can you recommend any nearby attractions?

We are spoiled for choice in Strangford. Without needing to drive you can choose from 3 great restaurants and a tearoom, plus a choice of local shops and bars.

There are beautiful coastal and forest walks around the village, and if you want to stretch your legs further you can walk into the neighbouring Castle Ward National Trust Estate (aka. Winterfell from Game of Thrones) and enjoy over 20 miles of trails to walk or bike.

The Strangford ferry is an attraction in itself departing every 30 mins for Portaferry where you can visit Exploris aquarium, see red squirrels at Nugent’s Wood, or walk up Windmill Hill for panoramic views of the Lough!

There are numerous beaches within a 5-10 min drive. Downpatrick is the nearest town with the St Patrick’s Centre, Museum and Cathedral. The Mournes and Belfast are also within easy reach.

And are you open all year round?

We are indeed. Of course, summer is always very popular but off-season when it is quieter is a great time to enjoy the stunning outdoor scenery before relaxing in front of a cosy wood stove.

Do you have any big plans for the future?

The honest answer is no – why change a good thing? That said, we are continually maintaining a high standard and making improvements. Just in the past 6 months we redecorated the entire house, installed smart heating and replaced the living room furniture.

Finally, what’s your favourite thing about The Red Door?

The Red Door is a high quality, modern and comfortable self-catering property, but its location in the heart of one of Ireland’s prettiest coastal villages puts it on another level. There are a range of restaurants, bars and local shops literally a stone’s throw away, as well as breathtakingly beautiful walks and wildlife in every direction.

Other things to note about the Red Door:

  • It’s not advertised as pet friendly but can sometimes accomodate pets on request
  • Discounts are available for weekly stays
  • There are still some full weeks available in July/Aug 2022

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