Old Essmore Cottage
Old Essmore Cottage

Guest comments

We want to make sure our guests leave Old Essmore Cottage feeling happy and content. Here is a sampling of the feedback we've received from our guests over the years.

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A wonderful and relaxed stay in a lovely area

Left on Aug 9, 2017 for a stay in Aug 2017

We are thankful that we could stay at this beautiful home. The cottage had everything one could ask for. The location of the cottage is a great starting point for many different activities like biking round cooley peninsula, hiking in the mountains nearby or visiting Dublin, Belfast or some sights on the penisula like the megalith Proleek Dolmen and the medieval nice town of Carlingford with its fine pubs. And we really appreciated the welcome cake from our very nice property owner.

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Mary Ellen O

All the comforts of home in a unique, beautiful setting.

Left on Jul 10, 2017 for a stay in Jun 2017
Old Essmore cottage is the perfect vacation rental. Its location is convenient to many attractions and the view across the street never gets old. The owner, Gerald, made us feel like old friends. He was on site when we arrived after a very long journey from the USA and greeted us with a table set with a beautiful breakfast and many necessary food items to get us started. We thoroughly enjoyed the extensive music selection as well as the very well equipped modern kitchen. Having wifi was a bonus! We have family in the area so when we return to Ireland, we hope to be able to stay in this wonderful cottage again.

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May 2016 - D.Sloan

Loved this cottage, home from home; what more would you want?
Great location with shops nearby, the weather was good throughout our stay which was a bonus
Upon arrival we were met by both Gerard & Maureen who couldn't have made us feel more welcome & had essential items available for us, tea, milk, butter etc
music for all tastes was on hand with a vast selection on the server, which was great to listen too while sitting in the garden having a drink & wifi available too
Could not fault in any way & hope it will be available for us to return to next year

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Laxmi - Northern Ireland
5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago for a stay in April 2014

A group of 5 of us booked Old Essmore Cottage for 2 nights and we had a fantastic time! Gorgeous house, very comfortable beds and everything u could possibly need is here. Great modern kitchen and lovely log fire made for a memorable and relaxing stay. Our host Gerard and his wife were available to contact with any issues/ questions and very prompt in sorting them out. We felt very much at ease here and will definitely be back again very soon!

5 of 5 starsValue 5 of 5 starsComfort
5 of 5 starsLocation 5 of 5 starsCleanliness
5 of 5 starsService
Would I recommend this vacation rental to my best friend?   Yes.
Colette - Ballymoney - Northern Ireland
5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago for a stay in April 2014NEW

My parents,husband,7yr old daughter and myself stayed in this cottage for easter it is absolutely gorgeous and set in beautiful countryside we loved catching up with family and being out and about. owners Gerard and Maureen are such a friendly welcoming couple who couldn't do enough for us they have thought of all needs, couldn't ask for better perfect getaway just an hour from Belfast or Dublin and 5min from the beautiful village of carlingford,and 2min from omeath itself ..stunning views ,hopefully we will return sometime would highly recommend ;-)

5 of 5 starsEase of booking 5 of 5 starsDirections to the property
5 of 5 starsKey pickup/access to the property 5 of 5 starsOverall condition
5 of 5 starsQuality of bedding/mattresses 5 of 5 starsKitchen/utensils quality
5 of 5 starsCleanliness of bathroom 5 of 5 starsQuality of facilities/amenities
5 of 5 starsService
Liked best: the "old rustic wee irish cottage feel"........
Liked least: no shower upstairs
Traveling group: Extended Family
Would I recommend this vacation rental to my best friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children People with pets
  • The property was "as advertised".
  • I recommend the location.
  • The property was a good value for the price paid.

Cozy, quaint and well situated. 02-Jul-2013


Well situated to visit the wonderful sights in both the North and South. The house itself was spacious and the sun room wonderful warm and inviting. I loved the turf to burn, as it gave the warm feeling of being in the country. The house was well maintained and all the amenities. I would recommend the property to anyone wanting to see all sides of Ireland, and would go back myself to the same spot


Loretta Fennel - Quebec - Canada

Review Submitted: 26 August 2012 Date of Stay: July 2012

We spent two weeks in Old Essmore Cottage in July and had a wonderful time. The cottage itself was beautiful and cosy and we quickly felt at home in our surroundings. The owners, Gerard and Maureen, met us on arrival to show us around and had a very welcome tea and scones ready for us, which was lovely. Everything we could have possibly needed was provided in the cottage including logs for the fire and barbeque outdoors - we even got the weather to use it! 
The location of the cottage was ideal for us to walk into Omeath to the local shops and to just admire the breath taking scenery and we also took the boat over to Warrrenpoint. 
The charming town of Carlingford is only five minutes by car and has some wonderful eating places as well as the harbour, the castle and mountain walks to explore. We drove to nearby Dundalk and discovered Fitzpatricks restaurant along the way which is a must for great food and to see. We drove back over the mountains and came across 'The Tall womans grave' and mountain walk area. 

Overall we had plenty to do and see in and around the area and the cottage was great. We certainly hope to return and would have no hestition in recommending this property

Pauline F - Ireland

April 2012 - U.S.A.


Me and my friends were so excited to find this cozy, charming cottage a few minutes out of Carlingford Village! The location is PRIME! Our goal on this trip was to spend more time in the countryside rather than the bigger cities so it was perfect. With the cottage an hour from Dublin and an hour from Belfast every day was a new and exciting adventure whether you wanted to experience the countryside or have access to city life. With the lough and mountains both in site the view was truly spectacular - especially the day the rainbow reach from the mountains and arched over the lough. The listing was 100% accurate, the property clean and well maintained. The property owner provided excellent customer service! He was professional, polite and gracious and took all the time we needed to answer our questions. In fact, all the Irish people we ran into were helpful and kind. I would highly recommend this property to family and friends and have already done so! I hope to return to Ireland with my husband and rent this charming cottage. A few of the trip highlights included driving from Carlingford Village up the Irish Seacoast to Newcastle then returning to the Carlingford Village through the mountains. We wanted to experience the Irish countryside and it was a delightful experience. Spending time in Carlingford Village was really fun. I would recommend stopping at the Carlingford Visitor Center. The locals were friendly, gracious and seemed to truly wanted to make our experience in Ireland enjoyable. Every restaurant we ate at in the Village had great food and excellent service. We did a lot of the "main tour" attractions, i.e., New Grange, The Hill of Tara, Trim (Talbot's Castle) because we love the history. I would recommend making the trip to Inniskeen, the home of Patrick Kavanagh. The pub in Inniskeen was fun to "drop in" and visit too. What pub isn't fun to drop into in Ireland? Can't wait to get back to Ireland and see some it's "city life". So much to do, so little time - I highly recommend Old Essmore Cottage and I highly recommend visiting Ireland!!! Sandy Nemcek




What a treat it was to get away for a romantic weekend. I will definitely recommend Old Essmore Cottage to my friends."



Gerry McCrudden

Review Submitted: 23 April 2012 Date of Stay: February 2012
I have had the pleasure of staying at Little Essmore Cottage on a number of ocassions. It is a delight. The cottage is beautifully situated for both coastal and hillside walks. Close to the historic village of Carlingford. Easy to get to from Belfast or Dublin airports. The owners have tastefully refurbished the property - maintaining its original cottage feel but with all mod cons. I have had many restful stays . But when in need of 'craic' and a good meal I just popped up the road to the delights of Carlingford with its many pubs and eateries. I can thorougly recommend it for either family or more active holiday experience.. 

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