Margaret’s Cottage

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.

Ardglass History

Ardglass has seven castles, including four medieval tower houses, more than any other town in Ireland, which reflects its importance as Ulster's busiest port in the 15th century.

Margarets Cottage, Ardglass

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Our History


In 2015 we swapped our busy life in Northumberland to move back home to County Down and begin the work of transforming Margaret’s Cottage into a beautiful place for guests to stay.



Dating back to the 1700s, Margaret’s Cottage has always had a maritime history and has been the ballast office, lighthouse-keepers’ cottage and the base for the local coastguards and their families.


Together, my daughter and I created a luxury B&B with two double rooms and one twin/family room, each with its own unique character and each accompanied by a beautiful ensuite or private bathroom. Throughout the house you’ll find many references to the sea, our own local and long family history and the heritage of the building. Our own family dates back seven generations in this part of Ireland, and the local pub, The Old Commercial has been in our family since 1824. My grandmother even owned the Downs Hotel, next door, which is now the wonderful Aldo’s restaurant.


I love to bake and cook, which is a skill that has been passed down through the generations of our family and a tradition that I happily enjoy. I can think of nothing more satisfying than creating gorgeous chocolate fudge cakes, sticky sweet desserts, dainty afternoon teas and our extensive breakfast menu. Being gluten-free and sugar-free myself, I can happily create sweet treats and healthy options for you and am always wanting to make some comfort food for those of us with a few dietary requirements.


It is my pleasure to welcome you to stay in Margaret’s Cottage, whether it’s for one night, or a week-long golf trip. We want you feel you can relax here whether you want to put your feet up with the Sunday papers, enjoy some of our delicious baking or chill-out in front of the fire with our resident cat, Mr O’Shea.


Maybe, why not do all three…we look forward to welcoming you as our guest.

Margarets Cottage, Ardglass

We don’t do ordinary

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.


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