Banbridge Cottages, County Down

Banbridge was named after the first bridge built over the Upper Bann river in 1712.

 

The main street is very unusual, and rises to a steep hill. Banbridge used to be an important stop on the Belfast to Dublin stagecoach route and the town's best known feature is the underpass constructed in 1834 known as The Cut. It is thought that this was the first underpass ever built, and was done to allow horses to pass through the centre of the town without fainting before they reached the top of the hill.

 

Patrick Bronte, father of the famous literary sisters, was born here. It was his tales of the Mourne Mountains that appears to have inspired the bleak setting for Emily's Wuthering Heights.

Magherally Cottage

Prices: £450 - 650

 

A listed 18th Century thatched cottage that has been sympathetically restored.  Attention to detail and comfortable fittings make this a real home from home.

 

Previously the farmstead belonging to generations of the owners family this traditional cottage has retained many original features including an open fire, crane and Jamb Wall. The restored traditional thatched roof and cottage half door add to its character. High ceiling bog oak beams add to the ambience.

 

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Coolnacran Cottage

Price: £500

 

Coolnacran is situated behind the historic Loughbrickland House which has been in the possession of the Whyte family since the early 1700's.

 

Coolnacran is beside a crannóg originating as a place of refuge and retreat from potential invaders in Celtic times. Its position has been strategic since earliest times on this main north-south route which ran originally from Tara, Co. Meath, site of the court of the High Kings of Ireland, to the north coast.

 

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