Killough, Co Down
Located on the St John’s Point Lighthouse station in gorgeous County Down, Ketch offers holiday accommodation with all of the spectacular appeal of the rugged coastline. St John’s Point Lighthouse's strikingly tall tower beside Ketch is marked with vibrant bands of yellow and black. (The colours which distinguish it from other lighthouses are known as its daymark).
You can now live the life of a lightkeeper in this remote and beautiful spot. Enjoy very comfortable and characterful self-catering accommodation in either of the two lightkeepers’ cottages, JP Ketch or JP Sloop, restored by Irish Lights and now cared for by Irish Landmark Trust. St John’s Point is the perfect place for a quick visit or time out to refresh and revive. It’s also a great base for walking, discovering the likes of Strangford Lough, an area of outstanding natural beauty, the Titanic Museum in Belfast or the early Christian church in nearby Killough.
Please note the following important information:
St. John’s Point Lighthouse was designed by George Halpin Senior, one of the most famous civil engineers of the time, the light was first exhibited in 1844. The original lighthouse was painted white. In 1902 three black bands were added. Its current markings of black with two yellow bands have been in place since 1954.
The colour of the light was changed from white to red on 1st July 1860. The tower was originally only 14m tall. It was extended to its current dizzying height of 40m in the 1880s and is now the tallest onshore lighthouse on the Irish coast. (Fastnet is the tallest offshore lighthouse).
The lighthouse was automated in 1981.
St John’s Point has a curious connection to Irish playwright Brendan Behan. Behan’s father was contracted to paint a number of lighthouses across Ireland and enlisted Brendan to paint St John’s Point in 1950. However, Brendan’s efforts were reported to be less than impressive!
St John’s Point is one of the places mentioned in Van Morrison’s song ‘Coney Island’.
The Commissioners of Irish Lights operate 70 lighthouses around the coast of Ireland, all of which continue to provide a vital role in maritime safety today.
GPS: 54.229036 , -5.656329
Can I bring a dog?
No. As the properties at St, John's Point are adjacent to one another, they are not suitable for dogs as not all guests are comfortable around animals.
Is linen supplied?
Yes – all beds are prepared and ready for your arrival.
Is there an open fire?
Do I need a car to get here?
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?
20 mins drive to Killough or Ardglass.
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?
Yes but please note there is a dog on site that has free access to the entire location.
Does it have facilities for disabled people?
Is it suitable for a wheelchair?
Is there central heating?
Oil fired central heating.
Is the cooker electric or gas?
Is there a shower?
Shower in wetroom and a shower over bath in bathroom.
How many bathrooms?
Do you supply towels and bed linen?
Yes. The beds 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?
No. You definately will need a car to get to this property.
Can I book for just one night?
What is your minimum booking period?
Our minimum booking period from 1st January 2017 our minimum booking period will be 2 nights. Some Special Dates will have restrictions on number of nights and arrival date.
How many cars can I bring to the house?
1 car allowed
Is there parking on site?
Is there a tv?
No, but there is a radio, board games, cards and plenty of books.
Is there a WiFi?
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