Avoid the winter blues this year and treat yourself by hitting the road and enjoying a mini break right here in NI.
There are so many places to visit over the winter months and it doesn’t need to break the bank either as let’s face it times are tough right now. So we have shared some of our favourite places where you can get festive, cosy up and delight in all the wonderful things that come with winter... mulled wine, roaring log fires, and stunning scenery.
Bakers’ Cottages are the perfect self-catering base for exploring the Mournes, though if you’re after the convenience of a local town for coffee and dinner too they’re only a 10-minute drive from the picture-perfect seaside town of Newcastle.
The cottages are characterised as "traditional mixed with 5-star luxury" and are ideal for all kinds of retreats – family, romantic, or just catching up with friends!
Guests can unwind after a day of adventure in their "hot tub house" and take in the stunning scenery while sitting by a wood-burning stove.
Things to do that are close by:
Royal Down Golf Course.
Silent Valley and Spelga Dam
The cottages are also dog-friendly, so all furry friends are welcome!
This wee Airbnb is fantastic value and super adorable. Situated in Dungannon, this "tiny house" is the perfect novelty for a romantic break. With beautiful walks a mile away as well as Parkanuar and Knockmany forests close by, you’ll have plenty to do whilst immersing yourself in nature.
The inside is cute, quaint and looks overwhelmingly cosy with a wood-burning stove at the heart of it. Check out the snow photos - they're stunning!
These 14 self-catering two-bedroom lodges are located on the edge of Lough Erne, next to the Killyhevlin Hotel, and each one has its very own private deck. Visitors may take in the lakeside vistas, and the hotel's private jetty makes it an excellent base for boating and fishing.
All lodge guests have complimentary use of the Killyhevlin swimming pool and spa too!
With Enniskillen town just 1km away, there’s so much to do right on your doorstep, whether that’s exploring, hiking, or having a nosy around the shops.
This has been on our wish list for a while. We can’t wait to take a trip down to the spectacular Glasson Lakehouse in Co. Westmeath.
Guests can enjoy a range of activities such as boat tours, fishing, kayaking, paddle boarding, and golf, and if you just want to relax, you can enjoy their hot tub and outdoor heated pool overlooking the lake...bliss.
And let’s not forget about food and drink. Bonnies is notably the best restaurant in Athlone which offers a rustic dining experience overlooking the lakes of Lough Ree.
Their rooftop terrace is the perfect place to unwind after a day of strenuous activities. Cosy up at the fire or wander next door to the shebeen style pub, Tom’s Fish and Tackle.
They also have dog-friendly rooms, so you can bring your furry friend along too.
This is a new one and one that won’t break the bank.
This 10 bed guest accommodation is part of the stunning Mourne Seafood Bar in Dundrum, so you can head out for a fresh walk on Murlough Beach and visit Castlewellan Forest Park before sitting down to a yummy dinner at Mourne Seafood, get booking!