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Milller's Barn - Self Catering Cottage Downpatrick

The Miller's barn is a 17th century stone building built originally to house the sacks of grain and flour produced by the Tobermoney corn mill.

It was beautifully restored in 2007 under the careful instruction of architect Marcus Paton OBE of Hearth housing along with the team of local builders under the direction of Mr Alfie Malcolmson. Miller's barn is one of the only two storey vernacular cottages in the district and affords magnificent views of the rolling drumlin countryside which surrounds it in the heart of St. Patrick's country.

The cottage was stone built from local fieldstones and has been rendered on three sides with traditional champagne coloured lime mortar. The outside stonework has an unusual feature of pebbles inserted in a decorative manner into the lime render which our builders carefully preserved. A large stone was discovered at the threshold to the cottage and is now incorporated within the desert sandstone patio area where the garden table, chairs, BBQ and patio pots of flowers situated. The cottage has its own fenced garden and flower bed, parking areas and pebbled paths.

Step in through the large front door and experience the cosy quaint living room with its reclaimed pitch pine floor boards and contoured walls. A central feature is the original 370 year old chimney breast constructed from hand made brick. A Jotul wood burning stove now sits in the original fireplace opening on a hearth of reclaimed stone flags. The walls at painted with distemper , an original paint which allow the lime rendered walls to breathe. The cottage is tastefully decorated with cosy Indian checks and raspberry red coloured damask soft furnishings. The farmhouse kitchen and four country chairs sit beneath a shuttered window. The sofa pulls out into a four foot sofabed to accommodate an extra two guests. There is a chest of drawers in the living room for additional storage for guests.

The wooden staircase rises from the living room with a large wardrobe at the turn of the stairs.

A Walk Through Miller's Barn self catering cottage

From the front door turn left into the single storey section of the house. First come to the bathroom with the wood ceiling pitched to the roof and black and yellow quarry tile floor set on the diagonal. Relax in the enamel steel bath - hot water comes on instantly at the turn of the hot tap or enjoy the power shower, which sits over the bath, if you prefer.

Along the corridor past the coat hooks is the kitchen - look out over the Belfast sink to a beautiful view from the window. The wooden units were hand crafted to fit the quirky shaped walls. All modern conveniences are to be found in the kitchen including a washing machine/dryer, dishwasher, microwave and fridge with freezer compartment. The ceramic hob, two oven electric cooker is set in among the Baltic brown granite worktops and glows against the pine cupboards and floor of reclaimed stone flags. The wooden ceiling pitched to the rafters adds to the charm.

The Miller's barn is the only self catering cottage that we know about in the locality with an upstairs bedroom and the beautiful views that this affords.

Enter the upstairs bedroom via a solid oak door and experience the old world charm of a wooden ceiling pitched to the original wood beams, a picture window with a Lloyd loom chair beneath it to sit at and enjoy the panoramic view. The old chimney breast adds an interesting feature as it passes up to the ceiling through the bedroom.

The king sized 5 foot bed is zip and linked and can be divided if required. The area above the wooden railed headboard is open to the stairwell allowing light and a view from a small and very ancient window and allows even more heat to travel up from the wood burning stove - very cosy indeed in the wintertime.

There are in addition two velux windows on each side of the sloping roof to afford even more light and views of the rolling drumlin countryside. The bedroom has a large open wardrobe and is well fitted with pine bedside tables, a chest of drawers, and pine dressing table, mirror and stool. A wooden slatted single bed is available to sleep an extra guest. Lots of people have remarked on the bedroom "its just like Anne of Green Gables " - very peaceful, bright, airy and restful with wonderful views.

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Millers Barn
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