Bridge Cottage, Green Tourism Gold award winner. A rural retreat on the Ards Peninsula which boasts art and crafts, fantastic local produce, history, heritage and natural beauty. Guests are welcome to hire our studio space or arrange to do a class.
At Bridge Cottage guests can enjoy the spacious feel and benefits of a contemporary build with accommodation all on one level which at the same time provides a cosy, comfortable home from home.
For relaxing evenings the family sitting room has a feature fireplace with woodburner and Smart TV and DVD. The second sitting room has aTV/DVD and a games console, a small library and toys and games. It has French doors opening onto a child-friendly enclosed rear garden with patio, lawn and mature planting. There is furniture for al fresco dining and a BBQ.
The cottage has a fully equipped spacious kitchen diner with a range cooker (plenty large enough for a family get-together), microwave, dishwasher and DAB radio. Tea, coffee, sugar, oil and condiments are provided along with washing up liquid, dishwasher tabs and washing detergent and fabric conditioner. The additional utility room has a washer and dryer and provides further access to the rear garden.
The cottage sleeps five in three bedrooms, a large double with en suite, a bright and airy twin and a single. A cot, highchair, baby bath and safety fireguard are also available. Bed linen and towels (plus beach towels) are supplied.
The family bathroom has bath with electric shower over and the en suite is equipped with a power shower.
The cottage is available in its entirety for the private use of our guests including the enclosed rear garden, patio with furniture and a BBQ, drying facilities and off road parking (for 2+ cars) the garden also has a lockable shed for guest use it also houses a badminton set, boules and buckets and spades for the beach.
Interaction with guests
The cottage is situated opposite our own house and the studio so we can be on hand for our guests. We welcome other artists and craftspeople to make use of our studio space for their own projects, it has all facilities and can be made available by arrangement for a small fee.
Guests can visit the studio to see our work in progress or even arrange a workshop to learn a little about willow basketry, sculpture or other heritage coppice crafts like spoon carving or pole lathe turning.
Other things to note
To help our guests settle in we provide a welcome pack of local produce and a starter pack of fuel for the wood burner. There is ample tourist information and recommendations provided for places to eat and things to do or see on the doorstep or further afield.
We have also made special provision for Families, Walkers, Golfers, Cyclists and Bikers as we participate fully in the Northern Ireland Tourist Board 'Welcome Schemes'.
Pets by arrangement.
I am lucky to live on a five acre smallholding in the countryside between Portaferry and Cloughey from where my partner Clive and I run our small business, Welig Heritage Crafts. We grow our own willow and hazel which we use to produce anything from large figurative sculpture to potato baskets.