About us & our story
Set in the heart of the County Down countryside with views of the Mourne mountains and the rolling fields, this was once the bakery for the local area. An ideal tranquil location for exploring the Mourne Area of Outstanding Beauty but also with easy access to Belfast. Whether you want to relax and unwind in peace and soak in the 6 person hot tub or explore the numerous local attractions The Bakers Cottages is your perfect base.
Fully refurbished in 2019, many of the original site features have been sympathetically restored, including the Bakers Hole well. Beautiful granite kerbing entices you along the drive leading up to the private accommodation and grounds. An idyllic location where tradition meets modern 5* awarded accommodation. The Bakers Cottages has it’s own private wild flower gardens, sweeping towards the restored well. A covered BBQ area means you can grill outside whatever the Northern Irish weather may bring. Across the courtyard brings you to the hot tub house, with it’s 6 seater tub. This building also offers a cosy sitting area with a wood burning stove that opens out through double glass sliding doors to an outdoor dining area overlooking the tranquil rolling hills, with the Mourne Mountains in the distant background. The perfect setting to relax and enjoy the sunset. An outdoor play area for the children is located within sight of this outdoor living space, and the dog building is also here, allowing your whole family to enjoy making memories at The Bakers Cottages.
Memories of The Bakers Cottages
"The Lundys got their baking skills from their mother. Each morning for their daily bake water was brought fresh from a spring at the upper gable end of their home. This spring was called, "The Bakers Hole". The bucket they used was white enameled which had a lot of chips and dents in it, as the bakers hole was shallow you would be scraping on the stones to fill it.
The bread was baked on a griddle and varied from soda to wheaten to tatie farls. Seasonly they made Rhubarb and apple tarts. The produce of their labours was wrapped in flour bag sacking and packed in shelved boxes and placed on a horse cart. Each day they left their premises and sold their bread from Dundrum to Ballykinler to Clough to Seaforde. Loughinisland to Edendarriff, Drumaroad to Ballywillwill, Aughlisnafin to Killmegan. Each area was visited in rotation so their customers knew when to expect them, it was done faithfully winter and summer with no holidays as people needed fed, and it was a steady income for the Lundy family. In the spring water, cress grew in the hole and tadpoles and water beetles where seasonal visitors.
During the Blitz on Belfast in the second World War, people were evacuated to the countryside. Lundy's home was one such home that housed a family. Two young brothers in their 20's came to stay here, their names where Robert and Adam Boyd from East Belfast. One of them found love with a neighbour and they married and lived their married lives in Belfast."