Our quaint black & white cottage sits on the higgledy-piggledy hill that overlooks beautiful Ardglass harbour. Look to the side and you have another priceless view – the world class Ardglass Golf Club.
The 15th Century tower house of ‘Margaret’s Castle’ is actually attached to our cottage – hence its name. Walk through our ‘always-open’ black stable door and you’ll be forgiven for thinking you’ve fallen down the rabbit hole.
We like to think we offer something a little extraordinary. For starters, our cottage is ‘upside down’. We’re perched on the side of the hill you see, and we believe that the best views are to be had the higher up you are.
So you can sit in our upstairs Drawing Room beside the roaring open fire and take in the stunning views for miles and miles and miles. And should you fancy a little company, our resident moggy Michael O’Shea, will happily, if somewhat lazily, oblige.
Ardglass has four medieval tower-houses, more than any other town in Ireland, which reflects its importance as Ulster's busiest port in the 15th century.
Ardglass, meaning 'Green High Place' is utterly steeped in history
Jordan’s Castle is the most dominant of seven castles within the small town. King’s Castle, Cowd Castle and of course our very own Margaret’s Castle all played an important role in the then Anglo-Norman trading post.
The harbour itself wasn’t built until 1812 by William Ogilvie. A pier and lighthouse also featured. However, in 1838, a severe storm destroyed the lighthouse and it fell into the sea. The piers, North and South, were re-built in 1885 and remain in use to this day.