Hemp Cottage - Downpatrick / Crossgar - County Down - Northern Ireland

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Two BedroomEco FriendlywifiLake/River ViewsLog BurnerWheelchair Access

  • 2 bedrooms sleeping up to 4
    - ground floor double bedroom
    - ground floor bunk bedroom
  • bedrooms with views over garden & river
  • fully accessible ground floor wet room adjacent to bedroom
  • living area with view of orchard and sliding door to veranda
  • wood burning stove
  • tv and internet broadband
  • dining table with 6 chairs with views of river
  • modern kitchen with electric oven & hob, microwave
  • fridge & separate freezer
  • washing machine
  • iron & ironing board
  • enclosed garden with patio area
  • garden furniture & charcoal bbq
  • orchard, herb garden & organic vegetable
  • garden river & wildlife - red squirrels, kingfisher etc
  • sorry no pets & non smoking
  • fully accessible for wheel chair users

Hemp CottageArchitect designed eco house built from innovative locally sourced timber frame and natural insulation materials, this cottage has featured in several magazines. Provides a healthy and relaxing get away from the stress or urban life. The river can be heard from the house and the setting is peaceful.

Suitable for a family of 4-5 with generous sitting & dining kitchen area with lots of natural light. Ample outside furniture to sit and eat on the deck in the garden. Level access to the house and shower is provided so is suitable for wheelchair user. Natural paints and cleaning products have been used and are available.

2 miles from Crossgar village with pubs, cafes and excellent wine shop. 10 minutes from Strangford Loch and not far from Mourne Mountains and beaches. Local golf course 2 miles away. Discount offered to anyone arriving on foot or by bicycle. Will arrange pick ups from Crossgar bus service. Read more about the construction of the cottage which incorporates locally sourced Douglas Fir, hemp lime walls, two mono-pitch roofs with a turfed north face and more. See article below.


Prices per week unless stated otherwise
£ stg
Easter/Christmas/New Year
Rest of Year
Weekend (2 nights)
Weekend (3 nights)

Special Offers

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Booking Details

£100 deposit secures booking with balance payable 2 weeks prior to arrival by cheque.

- check in 4pm, check out 10am or by prior arrangement
- rental dates flexible by arrangement in advance

What's Included

- linen/towels supplied free of charge
- electricity included
- central heating included

What's Not Included






Submitted by owner from cottage guestbook:


Enjoyed our stay immensely. Hemp Cottage has everything. Will definitely come again. Thanks for everything.
September 2012, Gibraltar


Great design and techniques in this building! A privilege to stay here!
September 2012, Scotland


Enjoyed our stay, very peaceful. The cottage is excellent, very comfortable – a perfect place to relax! Would happily recommend it to friends and family.
August 2012, Edinburgh


Had a wonderful week here, baby (aged 5 months) sleeping soundly in his cot and trying out the highchair for his first time! Thank you for an amazing stay!
July 2012, Manchester


We are all in love with Hemp Cottage. Everyday was truly beautiful. Thanks for all your ‘extras’ – the hen eggs, the fresh lettuce and all the logs.
June 2012, Craigavon, NI


We had a wonderfully, relaxed & peaceful break here. We love it here & have feel very at home, cosy & inspired! We hope to be back sometime and will spread the word about hemp cottage! Loved the garden, space, light, natural beauty, sound of the river, birds and watching the hens.
May 2012, Belfast, NI


Thank you very much for a lovely few days. Your house is gorgeous and certainly loved pottering around your garden.
April 2012, Kells


Truly remarkable! We had such a warm peaceful stay and enjoyed every minute of it. Thanks to Rachel & Tom who were very warm & friendly
March 2012, Crumlin


Thoroughly enjoyed experience, information and felt very welcome. Thanks!
January 2012, Monaghan


What a find! It has been a real treat waking up here every morning. We will most definitely be returning in the summer. Special thanks to Tom & Rachel & look forward to seeing you again soon.
January 2012, Glasgow


A superb house in a beautiful place! Thanks for allowing us to ‘share’ this environment.
September 2011


We have had a wonderful time. Thank you so much. This is a beautiful and comfortable house to stay in.
August 2010, Spain


Many thanks for exceptional hospitality, and a beautifully crafted, comfortable, hemp-crete house to enjoy. A wonderful introduction to Ireland. Thanks!
June 2010, New Zealand


What a pleasure to stay in this warm and cosy place! Muchas gracias and Vielen Dank!
January 2012, Germany & Venezula

Reviews submitted by users of IrishCottagesDown.com:


  Item Rating
  Cleanliness Five Stars
  Location Five Stars
  Rooms Five Stars
  Sleep Quality Five Stars
  Service Five Stars
  Value Five Stars

ReviewThe perfect place for a family-friendly break: review by heidi

HolidaysHemp Cottage is a real find. We were made so welcome - offered a box of toys for our boys to borrow during our stay, and treated to eggs - freshly laid by the hens in the garden. Our boys loved playing on the tyre swing in the owners' garden, and the couple were wonderfully helpful in recommending places to visit and things to see in the local area.

The setting is magical - falling asleep to the sound of the river bubbling away was a real treat, and the children loved playing in the garden and doing Olympic running laps around the house. The fab decking means the children could enjoy being outside even when it rained. Lovely indulgent shower and very comfy bed which is difficult to drag yourself out of!

There is lots to do in the surrounding area - Castle Ward and the Wetlands Centre at Castle Espie both great for kids - and the cottage is the perfect place to unwind after a hectic day of fun. The garden is especially lovely - we had spectacular weather and ate outside every day, soaking up the evening sun. Who needs France or Italy?! We definitely plan to come back next year, if not before ...

Date of stay 06.08.12
Travelled With: Family with young children
Would you recommend this accommodation to a friend? Yes



  Item Rating
  Cleanliness Five Stars
  Location Five Stars
  Rooms Five Stars
  Sleep Quality Five Stars
  Service Five Stars
  Value Five Stars

Relaxing & innovative retreat in an amazing setting: review by mattm

Straight fives across the board for a reason - such a lovely place, brilliant house & great hosts. Comes highly recommended from us, especially for a chance to unwind.

Date of stay 17.05.12
Travelled With: With Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this accommodation to a friend? Yes



  Item Rating
  Cleanliness Five Stars
  Location Five Stars
  Rooms Five Stars
  Sleep Quality Five Stars
  Service Five Stars
  Value Five Stars

A New Experience: review by cathie

I was recommended Hemp Cottage by a friend. I was in great need of a break. This was ideal, the cottage was beautiful and very comfortable. I was interested in the concept of the building. The weather was good and I was able to enjoy the garden. The owners Rachel and Tom were very helpful and friendly. I enjoyed local walks. I would go back and have no hesitation in recommending it to friends.

Date of stay 05.04.12
Travelled With: Solo Traveller
Would you recommend this accommodation to a friend? Yes


  Item Rating
  Cleanliness Five Stars
  Location Five Stars
  Rooms Five Stars
  Sleep Quality Five Stars
  Service Five Stars
  Value Five Stars

Beautiful and inspirational cottage: review by louisa

Hemp cottage is stunning. In January it was warm and cosy. The children enjoyed the riverside setting and Belfast was within easy reach for a day out. If you have an interest in sustainable building a stay here will fill you with ideas and confidence.

Date of stay 16.01.12
Travelled With: Family with young children
Would you recommend this accommodation to a friend? Yes



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Hemp & Lime

Hemp & Lime is a lightweight construction material that can be used for walls, insulation of roofs and floors and as part of timber-framed buildings. It also can provide very good thermal and acoustic performance, and offers a genuinely low-carbon contribution to sustainable construction. Hemp-based solid wall construction is breathable and is able to absorb and emit moisture, leading to much healthier buildings. The small dwelling currently under construction uses the technique of casting hemp & lime around a centre-wall timber stud frame, to form a monolithic construction (i.e. containing various materials but not separate layers). The hemp & lime casting-work was filmed during its construction in November 2008.

Objectives of the Hemp Cottage project

In addition to providing a dwelling the objectives were:

  • To demonstrate how natural and low-impact materials can be used to create energy efficient buildings
  • To learn more about the use of hemp crete (hemp & lime) composites walling with timber frame construction
  • To understand the build-ability issues for both builders and designers: considering both crucial sequence and detail-design aspects
  • To find out how easy or difficult it would be to specify other compatible natural and low-impact materials
  • To create an air-tight but "breathable" building envelope that can be tested on completion, to discover how successful we'll have been in achieving good energy efficiency standards.

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Contact the owner:

Contact the owner by phone:

Rachel Bevan or Tom Woolley


(028) 4483 0988 uk
+44 28 4483 0988 intl









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Property listed here since: Sept 2010

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