There are beaches, parks and play areas close by. Shops, cafes/restaurants and pubs within a few minutes walk and superb views over The Narrows of Strangford Lough. The Exploris Aquarium is just across in Portaferry and reached in 15 minutes on the ferry. The kids thought the ferry was really exciting! Te National Trust park at Castleward is close by and Downpatrick is only 15 minutes drive. Lots to see and explore in the immediate area and Harbour View is a first class base.
Visited for a wedding. Lovely location, super views, overlooks the ferry with all its activity. House clean, comfortable and well equipped, cooked in a couple of times with ease. Local hostelries handy and utilised. First visit to Northern Ireland, how beautiful.
This time I arrived in plenty of time to be warmly welcomed to Harbour view by Judy and her husband and I was not at all surprised to discover that they are also very keen into preserving our built heritage and environment . As I was lucky to to have invited a friend from the Ards area to stay, I was introduced to some of the her local friends and was shown more places to explore. As before I had no interest in the TV as there was so much to see from the kitchen window and also from my bedroom on the top story.
Being a member of The Irish Georgian Society, This time I joined The National Trust at Castleward, so I now have free access to miles of walks there and to all of their historic properties, along with many here in the south that are free for I.G.S. members
I used the new Carlingford Ferry this time with all of it's wonderful views to add to those I had crossing Strangford lock. On my last morning while watching the ferry slip its mornings for it's first crossing at 730 am, I was delighted to see a sealine for the first time ever, popping its head out of the water only yards from the shore. I can't wait
till next year to visit this wonderful part of this island where I was made to feel at home and all I need to get there is my car.
Superb rambing old house. Clean and well equiped. The garden area is lovely. Lots of good restaurants in easy walking distance. Great base for seeing the sights. I would highly recommend.
The house in itself was worth the journey to Strangford. A stones throw from pubs , restarants and local shops the Harbour View was so charming that I feel tempted to return in the winter and just spend time looking out over the water and enjoying the house.