Just outside the traditional seaside holiday town of Newcastle, and close to the championship links of the Royal County Down golf course, this friendly hotel on the edge of the Mourne mountains has a pleasingly remote atmosphere and spacious public areas, including the homely Cottage Bar with an open log fire, welcome on chilly days.
Well-appointed accommodation includes some family rooms and some newer superior rooms that have lovely views and are furnished to a higher standard, including air conditioning, but all rooms are well-equipped with the usual amenities.
Head chef Ciaran Sansome and his team are an asset to the hotel, serving good seasonally led and locally sourced food in both the informal Cottage Kitchen Restaurant and the evening restaurant, Vine.
Well-trained, courteous staff are efficient in all areas of this well-managed hotel, making this a pleasant place to stay.
Golf is a major attraction to the area, and the hotel is also a popular conference venue.