1. Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  2. Northern Ireland
  3. Downpatrick (County Down)
  4. Hemp Cottage

Hemp Cottage

Location and atmosphere

This sustainable and carefully constructed cottage is located right beside a river in the grounds of the converted mill of Rachel and Tom. They are architects and build this house from locally sourced FSC-timber and natural insulation materials, such as hemp and lime for the walls and with a grass roof. The house was in several magazines! It offers you a healthy and relaxing place for your holiday.


The cottage is suitable for four to five persons. It’s generous and has lots of natural light. It has a living room, a modern kitchen, one bedroom with a double-bed and one bedroom with a bunk-bed. Due to the underfloor heating and the high levels of insulation it is a very comfortable environment. Besides you also have a wood-burning stove to your disposal. A small TV and broadband connection is available. There is level access throughout the cottage and the shower is a level access wet-room. The cottage has a veranda to the south and west, where you can enjoy the sun and hear the sounds of the river and the birds. It's set in a natural attractive garden with a young orchard and an organic plot, and has access to the river bank. Shorter stays than a week are also possible and a 5% discount is offered to anyone arriving on foot or by bicycle.

Surroundings and activities

Ten minutes by car and you are at Strangford Lough, a big lake that is connected to the Irish Sea. Because of the tides a special flora and fauna has developed. Here is also the world's first commercial tidal stream power station, Sea-Gen. Sailing and kayak hire is possible and you can book boat tours to watch the seals. The highest mountains of Northern Ireland, The Mourne Mountains, are a 30 minutes drive away. 2 Miles from Crossgar village with pubs and restaurants.

General information

Opening times accommodationyear roundReservationNecessary during whole year

Languages spoken

English, German

Selfcatering housingunit

Number of persons4Number of holiday units1Price smallest unit per week£ 450 per unit


Distance to supermarket3 kmDistance to restaurants3 km



Facilities for playing outside

Facilities and activities in the surroundings (< 15 km)

Marked trails

Guided nature tours



Indoor swimming pool

Tennis court


Small live stock for children



Special target groups

Working on the farm (in exchange for board and lodging) possible

Member of WWOOF (Willing Workers On Organic Farms)

(Partially) wheelchair accessible (ramp, doorsteps, stairlift, elevator, etc.)

smoking restricted or prohibited

Pets are not allowed

Landscape characteristics

Farm production

A part-time farm

Organic or biodynamic farm


Route description

Nearest cityBelfast (25 km)Nearest villageCrossgar