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Gorse Hill Farm

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General

  • In the Mourne mountains with easy access to the Trassey Track
  • Close to Newcastle, the coast and Tullymore Forest Park
  • Well-equipped kitchen and communal barn with woodburning stove

If you've never visited or stayed among the Mourne mountains in N Ireland's Co Down, you've been mightily missing out.

With Northern Ireland's highest peak (Slieve Donard, but you knew that), the mountains are a designated Area of Natural Beauty – and did you know they inspired one Mr Lewis to write The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and that they've been one of the many viewsome backdrops for Game of Thrones? Go: they're fab.

After a long day's happy hiking and wildlife watching, rest up back at Gorse Hill Farm, a popular Mournes site ten minutes from seaside town Newcastle and with easy access to the Trassey Track, one of the best spots among the Mournes for hiking and mountain biking. N Ireland's first state forest Tollymore Forest Park is only five minutes' drive away.

The farm specialises in catering for youth groups like the Duke of Edinburgh awards, but is also a handy base for mountain stays for all ages. Camping is on grass tent pitches and guests have access to a well-equipped shared kitchen with a gas hob, an electric oven, a microwave, a kettle, a toaster and a fridge. Toilets are also available, along with two showers.

And another big bonus after a long day hiking or mountain biking? Gorse Hill also has a big communal barn comfortably fitting up to 55 people and equipped with a woodburning stove, for long cosy evenings socialising around the fire. The stove is free for all guests to use: just bring your own logs if you want to fire it up.

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Great site, excellent facilities, beautiful setting 07/08/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Ken M. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    The chickens and donkeys, the fully fitted kitchen, the new showers, barn and the beautiful setting. A great small campsite and relaxed very accommodating owners. The kitchen and barn in particular made for a very comfortable stay, as the kitchen is fully equipped and the barn has loads of seating and a wood burning stove if the weather is unsettled (as it was for part of our stay)

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    It was perfect.

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Great peaceful place to take the family 26/06/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Chris Q. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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    Easy excess to toilets and a kitchen

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    Nothing

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excellant site with clean facilities friendly hosts 12/06/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Daniel f. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

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    Peace and quiet, location,scenery

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    Nothing

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First time glamping and very impressed. Will def be back 12/06/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Elizabeth W. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

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    Pod was great, clean and warm. Great facilities and lovely surroundings. Very friendly owners. Wouldn't hesitate to recommend.

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    Nothing

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quiet campsite, clean toilets, fully equipped kitchen! 30/05/2017

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  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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    Facilities near by

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    Nothing!

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Very warm welcome, and were shown around the site. Beautiful ... 15/05/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom esther_m935996 Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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    Very warm welcome, and were shown around the site. Beautiful views across the mournes. Small campsite which I really like. Great little kitchen if needed.

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Beautiful peaceful site. Spotlessly clean facilities. Friendly staff 19/08/2016

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom LESLEY G. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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    Location, cleanliness, facilities

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everything you need to camp 09/08/2016

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom DAMIEN R. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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    Scenery and price

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    A bit hilly

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Excellent site, will be back! 08/08/2016

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom judy h. Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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    Loved the site, super having use of the kitchen, made it very handy!! Chickens & donkeys are very cute. Beautiful views.

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Clean, friendly, some pitches on slopes, great little kitchen 25/07/2016

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Chris M. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
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    Most things

    Disliked: 

    No shower , especially after hiking during the day

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Features

Leisure on site

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment

Fishing

Fitness centre

Games room

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool

Play area

Take away

Tennis

TV room

Watersports

Amenities on site

Bath available

Disabled facilities

Drying room

Food shop

Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Launderette

Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Public telephone

Shower available

Toilet block

Washing-up area

Wifi

Utilities

Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Rules

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

No dogs allowed

Themes

Budget/backpacker

Lake and/or mountain

Peaceful

Remote location

Spectacular scenery

Walkers' paradise

Wildlife haven

Nearby leisure

Climbing nearby

Cycle hire nearby

Cycling nearby

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Horse riding nearby

Indoor pool nearby

Mountain biking nearby

Outdoor pool nearby

Restaurant nearby

Groups welcome

D. of E. welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Public transport nearby

Type

Farm

Small (11-25 pitches)

Location

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  • 37 Slievenaman Road, Bryansford Newcastle, Co. Down, Northern Ireland, BT33 0QD
  • Timezone Europe/London GMT (GMT+00:00)   GPS 54.2084°N 6.0095°W

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Local attractions

This is a topping spot for outdoor days, hiking or biking around the mountains or meandering to the local dams like Fofanny Dam two minutes away and the Spelga Dam within five minutes' drive.

Tollymore Forest Park and the Tollymore National Outdoor Centre are also close by, and if you just must have more foresty walks or bike rides, both Castlewellan Forest Park and the Silent Valley are ten minutes by car.

The small seaside town of Newcastle is also ten minutes' drive away from the farm, at the foot of Slieve Donard. Head here for shops, a sandy beach, the famed Royal County Down Golf Club (one the faves of Tiger Wood) and, between Newcastle and Dundrum, the National Trust-managed sand dunes and beach of the Murlough Nature Reserve.

Must see

  • Castle Ward (19.9 miles)
  • Grand Opera House (26.6 miles)
  • Harland And Wolff Shipyard (26.9 miles)

National Trust

  • Derrymore House (15.0 miles)
  • Rowallane Garden (18.0 miles)

Cycle routes

Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel.

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Terms and conditions

Please read the park terms and conditions below and the Pitchup.com terms and conditions.

Admission
Admission is only permitted after registering at reception.

Arrivals and departures
Late arrivals must notify the park as soon as possible. Your booking will be held for 24 hours. After this period the management reserves the right to relet your unit.
No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.
Units will be allocated on arrival.

Dogs
Guide dogs are allowed on site free of charge.

Extras
Motorbike(s) can be brought instead of the car(s) included.

General
Bookings are nominative and non-transferable.
In the event of a complaint, please speak to reception immediately. Complaints which are not brought to the management's attention during your stay cannot be dealt with once you have left the site.
Quiet hours must be respected between 10 p.m. and 8 a.m..
Radio, music and TV players must be kept at a low volume. Car doors and boots must be closed quietly.
The management reserves the right to deny access or terminate the stay of those guests whose behaviour is deemed unsuitable. No refunds will be offered.
This site has no on-site shower facilities.

Occupancy
Group bookings of 26 or more units (e.g. tent, touring caravan, motorhome or accommodation hire) travelling together are not permitted via Pitchup.com.
Group bookings of 60 or more adults are not permitted (couples and immediate family members excepted).
No hen/stag parties permitted via Pitchup.com.
The site caters for families (immediate members) and couples only - bookings from all other forms of groups are not accepted.

Pitches
You must follow the management directives when pitching your tent/unit and related equipment.

Reception
Reception is open from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. between 01/04 and 30/09.
Reception is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. between 01/04 and 31/08.
Reception is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. between 01/09 and 31/03.

Safety
Barbecues are permitted but must be raised off the ground and attended by an adult at all times.

Taxes
This area is not subject to city tax.

Vehicles
No cars/motorbikes by the pitch/unit. All cars must be parked in the designated area.
No vehicle movement between 11 p.m. and 6:30 a.m..
Twin axle vehicles are not permitted on site.

Additional terms

The campsite operates a strict no-alcohol policy.

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