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40 reviews
View from main bedroom
The Glen, moored in front of the house
Trasnagh -  the island in front of the house. Picnic here after a boat trip.
View from the deck
The Kitchen
View from the Sitting Room
The Main Bedroom
View from Main Bedroom
The Garden with dry stone wall
Main Bedroom
Main Bedroom
View from the Main Bedroom
The Bathroom
View from Main Bedroom
The Second Bedroom
View from second Bedroom
The Sitting Room
The Sitting Room
More of the Sitting Room
View from the Sitting Room
Looking onto the Deck
Fireplace
View from the Sitting Room onto the Deck
The Kitchen
The Deck
The kitchen
The kitchen
A good place to sit
Some flat stones on the deck
The Beach
A wee seat
The Beach in front of the house
Aerial view of The Boathouse
The Boathouse from the Lough
The Boathouse
The Boathouse
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Holiday Rental House -
2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 4
Killinchy, County Down, Northern Ireland

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Evelyn B
Londonderry
Level 3 Contributor
22 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“A superb house in a fantastic location, ideal for a relaxing break away from the 'madding crowd'.”
Reviewed 13 July 2014 for a stay in July 2014

The Boathouse has a fantastic location on the shore of Strangford Lough, tucked away on the beautiful Sketrick Island. The house is luxurious and fully merits it's NITB 5 star status. Mornings and evenings were spent admiring the beautiful views across the Lough to Greyabbey and beyond. The peaceful surroundings ensured a very restful holiday. The owners, Lindy and Henry, were extremely helpful and hospitable during our stay. The Boathouse is definitely one location we intend to return to in the future.

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Liked best: The comfort of the house, privacy and the views.
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children Large groups
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Management Response
14 Jul 2014
Great to see you both and I am glad you enjoyed your stay with us. I hope you will come back soon.
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Elizabeth...
Huddersfield, United Kingdom
2 reviews
“Amazing house!!”
Reviewed 10 July 2014 for a stay in July 2014

I spent a week in the Boathouse along with 7 other people. The setting is idyllic, the views beautiful. The house is a joy to stay in. Even with 8 of us, there was loads of room. I would totally recommend it. Just a note: to get there drive right to Balloo before you turn left down to the Lough!

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Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
14 Jul 2014
Thank you for your lovely review. We hope you will come back to Sketrick soon.
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G M
Belfast
Level 2 Contributor
4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“perfect retreat”
Reviewed 25 April 2014 for a stay in April 2014

I can't praise this place enough.
We had booked as a big family group and as the house was so spacious we each had plenty of rooms to relax in. The views were stunning and lovely walks right on the doorstep. We got out on the boat with our young sons which they really enjoyed. The outside fire was lovely one evening to sit there after dinner as we were very lucky with the weather! The aga was amazing and we really enjoyed cooking with it. This place has got everything right........... lovely owners and a luxurious house that manages to feel homely at the same time!

We loved it and would recommend to all age groups for a relaxing break in a beautiful home.

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Liked best: the house
Liked least: nothing
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
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Management Response
28 Apr 2014
Thank you very much for your wonderful review. We loved having you to stay and I hope you will come back soon.
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maureench...
Glasgow, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
54 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Beautiful, peaceful & family friendly”
Reviewed 19 April 2014 for a stay in April 2014

Just returned from six days in the beautiful Boat House at Sketrick. We were very fortunate to have mostly good weather, but with such a beautiful comfortable house & stunning views a wee bit of rain didn't dampen our break. The house easily accommodated granny, papa, daughter, son-in-law & three children ages 6. 8 & 11 with lots of nooks & crannies to amuse the children we particularly liked the courtyard & enjoyed sitting with cocktails in front of the fire with children toasting marshmallows.

I loved cooking on the big AGA & used four different local butchers & fruit shop in Killyleagh to cook big dinners & breakfasts for the gang! There were plenty of pots, cooking & serving dishes & a lovely big dining table from which you have a fabulous view of the lough.

My husband has some mobility problems following surgery and he found the house a challenge at first as there are a few steps up into house & three steps between entrance hall & living areas with single step into kitchen & master bedroom. By the third day he had just about mastered these, but may not be easy for some people with mobility limitations.

Any wee queries were quickly dealt with by Lindy or Henry jnr / Snr. There was a problem with broadband but we were provided with a dongle which kept the children happy!

The library is amazing & we enjoyed browsing.lots to do & see in the area & very friendly locals.

This is a beautiful part of Ireland & well worth a visit.

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Liked best: Space & views
Liked least: Small shower in main bathroom
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children Large groups
  • Was the property as advertised?
  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
  • Did the property offer wi-fi/internet access?
  • Was your security deposit returned on time?
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
14 Jul 2014
So glad you all enjoyed your stay and thank you for a lovely review.
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flanna
coventry
Level 5 Contributor
37 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“A very tranquil place to stay”
Reviewed 15 January 2014 for a stay in January 2014

We spent 4 nights in this beautiful home, we enjoyed stunning sunrises over the loch and hope to return during the summer months next time.
Lindy and Henry were perfect hosts , they live next door but were only there when needed.

This property is the best place we have stayed in N Ireland by a very long way.

Travelling group: Extended Family
Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
17 Jan 2014
Thank you for your lovely review. I am very glad the house was tranquil for you all and I hope you will come back to stay in the summer.
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