Bangor, Co Down.
Helen's Tower perched high above the rolling hills of Co Down, is an enchanting three storey stone tower nestled deep in the woods of the Clandeboye Estate.
Standing on top of the world with panoramic views of the surrounding landscape, one can see as far as distant Scottish shores from the top of Helen's Tower. Visitors to the area can enjoy walking routes, known locally as Clandeboye Way (Helen's Bay to Whitespots Country Park). Other places of interest include Ava Gallery, Ireland Off Road Experience, Andrew Jackson Cottage and US Rangers and Clandeboye Estate.
Special Notes: This property had a narrow spiral stone staircase.
Helen's Tower perched high above the rolling hills of Co Down, is an enchanting three storey stone tower nestled deep in the woods of the Clandeboye Estate. Standing on top of the world with panoramic views of the surrounding landscape, one can see as far as distant Scottish shores from the top of Helen's Tower.
Built in 1848 by Frederick Lord Dufferin, 5th Baron of Dufferin and Ava in honour of his mother Helen Selina Blackwood, Helen's Tower has since been immortalized by Tennyson in the poem of the same name. Designed by architect William Burn and constructed in 1848-1850 as a famine relief project, Helen's Tower helped relieve unemployment at this time.
The tower has taken on an unforeseen poignancy, as an almost exact replica of it, the Ulster Tower, was built at Thiepval in 1921 to honour the men of the 36th (Ulster) Division who fell at the Battle of the Somme. Clandeboye Estate was used for army training during the First World War, and the 36th (Ulster) Division trained beside Helen's Tower before leaving for France.
A Game Keepers Tower, the interiors and fittings of this building were unique to this period. An octagonal room on the third floor with its paneling throughout with poems engraved on metal plates are set into the walls.
Helen's Tower is equipped with 1 double bedroom, shower room, separate bathroom, kitchen, living room, dining room and rooftop reading room.
Visitors to the area can enjoy walking routes, known locally as Cladeboye Way (Helen's Bay to Whitespots Country Park). Other places of interest include Ava Gallery, Ireland Off Road Experience, Andrew Jackson Cottage and US Rangers and Clandeboye Estate.
Two well known poems by Tennyson and Browning about Helen's Tower
HELENS TOWER by ALFRED TENNYSON
HELEN'S TOWER, here I stand,
Dominant over sea and land.
Son's love built me, and I hold
Mother's love in letter'd gold.Love is in and out of time,
I am mortal stone and lime.
Would my granite girth were strong
As either love, to last as long
I should wear my crown entire
To and thro' the Doomsday fire,
And be found of angel eyes
In earth's recurring Paradise.
HELENS TOWER by ROBERT BROWNING
Who hears of Helens Tower,
may dream perchance
How the Greek Beauty from the Scaean Gate
Gazed on old friends unanimous in hate,
Death-doomd because of her fair countenance.
Hearts would leap otherwise, at thy advance,
Lady, to whom this Tower is consecrate!
Like hers, thy face once made all eyes elate,
Yet, unlike hers, was blessd by every glance.
The Tower of Hate is outworn, far and strange:
A transitory shame of long ago,
It dies into the sand from which it sprang;
But thine, Loves rock-built Tower, shall fear no change:
Gods self laid stable earths foundations so,
When all the morning-stars together sang.
GPS: 54.622755 , -5.694462
Can I bring a dog?
No, this property is not suitable for dogs.
Is linen supplied?
Yes – the bed is prepared and ready for your arrival.
Is there an open fire?
Yes. There is an open fire in the sitting room.
Can I light a fire?
Yes. You can light the open fire in the sitting room.
Do I need a car to get here?
It would be preferable to have a car otherwise it will be difficult to get to shops etc as the lodge is situated within the Clandeboye Estate.
How do I get the keys?
When you complete your booking, you will receive an email giving you information about arranging access on your arrival date.
Can I arrive early?
Only by special arrangement with the bookings office and agreement of the local House Manager. A charge is made if you are requesting a morning arrival, as this means we cannot take a booking for the night before your arrival date.
What is the latest departure time?
10.00am. The House Manager will discuss arrangements for your departure on the day you arrive.
How far to the nearest town?
About 5 mins drive to the town of Bangor.
Is there a caterer who will come in to cook meals?
We do not know of anyone who can go in to cook meals at this property.
Is it suitable for children?
This is a small property that only sleeps 2 people with a stone winding staircase which would not be suitable for young children. However a travel cot can be provided on request for babies.
Is it suitable for older people?
This property does not suit anyone with mobility issues. There is a narrow stone winding staircase up to all the floors.
Does it have facilities for disabled people?
Is it suitable for a wheelchair?
Is there central heating?
There is electric central heating at Helen’s Tower. There are storage heaters throughout the building.
Is the cooker electric or gas?
There is an electric cooker.
Is there a shower?
Yes – there is a shower over bath in the single bathroom.
How many bathrooms?
Do you supply towels and bed linen?
Yes. The bed will be made up on your arrival and you will be provided with a bath towel and guest towel according to the number of beds in the property.
Can I get to the house by public transport?
Yes. You would get a train or bus to Belfast and then a local train to Bangor. A local taxi could take you onwards from there to the tower. However, you would need a car to get to local shops, etc.
Where is the nearest train station?
What type of heating is in the house?
Electric storage heaters.
Can I book for just one night?
What is your minimum booking period?
Our minimum booking period from 1st January 2016 our minimum booking period will be 3 nights. Some Special Dates will have restrictions on number of nights and arrival date.
Is there a garden at the house?
No. However there is a roof terrace with outdoor furniture.
How many cars can I bring to the house?
Is there parking on site?
Yes, there is parking for 1 car in front of the lodge.
Is there outdoor furniture.
Yes, a table and chairs are provided on the roof terrace.
Is there a tv?
No, but there is also a radio, board games, cards and plenty of books.
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