This fabulous period home is a historic Irish country farm house. Set on wonderful gardens including an orchard, Tullymurry House is an ideal base for golf, fishing, hiking, walking, beach, and other outdoor pursuits.
Tullymurry House is the ideal holiday house for groups, families and couples. Its historic and traditional Irish country house style and atmosphere with its modern facilities will welcome you into a holiday let you will surely remember. It has magnificent gardens where you can relax and forget the world around you. The house is surrounded by wonderful parklands overlooking the Mourne Mountains in Northern Ireland.
Not only are there opportunities to relax in the garden, but there is also the option to avail of the Wellness Area at this House.
Please note that due to Health and Safety procedures the Hot Tub may not be available to use on the first night of our stay. Please contact the office for further details.
Tullymurry House has recently been awarded a Silver Level by Green Tourism.
Old maps of County Down show Tullymurry Cottage, the forerunner of the existing house. The cottage which still exists today was probably built in the early 17th century and was the precursor of an extension built ca. 1700 which comprises the present day kitchen area and bathroom end of the house.
In Georgian times - ca 1780 - the Weir family built on the imposing front section and resided at the house until 1828. In this year John Marshall, a member of a wealthy local family, purchased the house and married Charlotte Weir. The Marshall family were extensive landowners and owned much of the Tullymurry townland; they were also responsible during their residency for establishing the beautiful parkland in front of the house.
Marshall family misfortune led to an insolvency situation in 1895 out of which Joseph McMinn of Castle Ennigan was able to purchase the house and part of the Tullymurry farm. The McMinn family were a frugal, hard working farming family in the last century but did much to ensure that the fabric of the house was properly maintained. The house and yard complex are now owned by the fourth generation of the McMinn family since 1895.
2012 witnessed the very extensive refurbishment of the house and part of the large farmyard and its migration from a farming establishment to holiday accommodation now run by The Irish Landmark Trust. None of the unique character nor atmosphere of the beautiful dwelling house has been lost during the transition process.
2013: Alongside four larger construction companies all involved in significant town hall and civic centre projects across Northern Ireland, we were delighted that Messrs John McAleenan and Co, the builders entrusted with last year's extensive restoration of Tullymurry House, were also shortlisted for Northern Ireland's CEF Contruction Employers Federation's "Best Restoration' excellence award 2013. Tullymurry was the only residential property to reach the final.
Winners were Messrs H & J Martin for their involvement in the prestigious Derry Guildhall phase 2 project; the Guildhall is a key arrival and welcome hub; indeed, centre piece to Derry, 2013 European City of Culture. So we were in very elevated company and exceptionally pleased to have been singled out for the final.
The CEF jurors were particularly attracted to the fine detail and original methods of construction employed at Tullymurry to ensure that none of the unique character nor atmosphere of the beautiful old dwelling house were lost during the successful restoration process.
Donaghmore, Banbridge (8 miles) , County Down
GPS: 54.245687 , -6.298366
HEALTH AND SAFETY:
Our buildings were made to the standards of earlier times – and sometimes without the intention that they should be lived in. Consequently, you may encounter features that reflect their particular character but that deserve due care and attention, particularly by the young, elderly, less mobile or visually impaired. Examples of these are steps worn with age, uneven surfaces, low ceilings and beams, unexpected drops or changes in level, and by modern standards low or absent lighting. In all cases we have sought to make a sensible compromise between due regard for safety and the careful retention of the fabric of each building, which makes it an interesting place to stay. We ask you to appreciate and use the building with this understanding. If you have any queries about the property you are interested in and would like more clarification, please contact Irish Landmark at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Arrival and Departure Time?
Unless otherwise agreed with the House Manager the earliest time at which you can check in is 4.oop.m. Guests may NOT take over the property any time later then 9.00pm. Guests are requested to vacate the property by 10.00am at the latest on the day of departure.
Is there a TV?
No, but there is a radio, board games, cards and plenty of books.
Is there WiFi?
No, at our properties you have an opportunity to experience the best of a former way of life: beautiful architecture, fascinating history and a peaceful relaxed ambiance, without modern electronic distractions, where you decide the pace of your holiday.
Can I bring a dog?
No. This property is not suitable for dogs as there is a working farm next door.
Is linen supplied?
Yes – the beds are prepared and ready for your arrival.
Is there an open fire?
Yes. There is an open fire in the sitting room. There is a limited amount of fuel left for the fire (where applicable) so guests may want to bring more for the duration of their stay. Please contact the local House Manager for more information on what type of fuel is used at your chosen property.
Do I need a car to get here?
It would be preferable to have a car as otherwise it will be difficult to get to shops, etc.
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 15 mins drive to the town of Banbridge. Newry is another town that is within driving distance.
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 property has one twin room and two single rooms which are ideal for children. There is also a very large garden and orchard where children will love to play.
Is it suitable for older people?
Yes. There is a shower room and twin bedroom downstairs.
Does it have facilities for disabled people?
The downstairs shower room would be suitable for the assisted disabled.
Is it suitable for a wheelchair?
Is there central heating?
There is oil central heating with radiators throughout the house.
Is the cooker electric or gas?
There is an electric cooker
Is there a shower?
Yes - there is a walk in shower downstairs and a shower over bath in the upstairs bathroom.
How many bathrooms?
2 plus one en-suite bathroom.
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?
Yes. You would get a train or bus to Newry and a taxi or local bus could take you onwards from there to the house. 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?
Gas central heating.
Can I book for just one night?
What is your minimum booking period?
Irish Landmark Trust have a 2 night stay minimum at all of our properties. Some Special Dates will have restrictions on arrival and departure date which will effect the minimum number of nights.
Is there a garden at the house?
Yes. There is a very large garden and orchard where you can pick the fruit in season.
Is there outdoor furniture?
Yes, a table and chairs are provided.
How many cars can I bring to the house?
Is there parking on site?
Yes, there is parking for 3 cars in the courtyard at the rear of the property.
There are many visitor attractions in the local Mourne area. For a comprehensive list of attractions click here.
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LEISURE FACILITIES (swimming pools, fitness clubs, leisure centres)