Sea Glass Dog Friendly Holiday Cottage


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Sea Glass is situated in the bustling harbour town of Donaghadee, on the Co Down coast. The 1909 terrace cottage offers a fully equipped home welcoming dogs at no extra cost. The secure, fenced garden backs on to 16 acres of The Commons for fantastic, easy walks, a fenced children's play park, public tennis courts and bowls. The town has child and dog-friendly pubs and restaurants just a few minutes' walk away with the best ice cream! So the whole family can turn up, kick back & relax.

We cater for up to 4 guests. The ground floor offers an open plan sitting room with a wood burning stove, and dining room leading to the fully equipped kitchen. There is storage downstairs for suitcases etc and lots of room outside in a secure paved garden, with summer table and chairs. The first floor comprises of a bright and spacious double bedroom, a pleasant second bedroom with two single beds including a low rise bunk, plus a full bathroom upstairs with bath, loo, basin and a shower over the bath.

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Little Sea Glass has seen many changes down the years
Our cottage terrace home was built in 1909 and sits at the rear of The Commons in the harbour town of Donaghadee, Co Down.
It is about a three minute walk from the town centre and a two minute walk to the harbour and lighthouse.
It has stood witness to life in the bustling town for more than 110 years and has seen many things change, but many things stay just as they should be.

Donaghadee is currently the backdrop for the BBC's daytime TV crime series, Hope Street set in the fictional town of Port Devine. Crew, actors, directors and producers have made their base in the town very close to Sea Glass during filming, and many local locations will be seen on TV.
The show has been commissioned by BritBox North America and BBC Daytime. And locals have dug deep to help the TV team make the filming work, and the focus the show will bring to the town has been much welcomed.

Dog Friendly 'Dee
Donaghadee now rivals other coastal holiday favourites in its bid to be the most dog friendly town in Northern Ireland.
Almost all the pubs are dog friendly, even catering for the discerning pooch with treats and menus.
And more accommodations are opening their doors to dogs, allowing all the family to travel and holiday together.
Even Gordon's Chemist is dog friendly - you can't beat that!
Here are the nearby dog friendly hangouts, cafes, bars and restaurants which are dog friendly and how long it will typically take you to get there.

*Harbour & Co, 31 The Parade, Donaghadee - Ground floor bar and restaurant are a great spot for people and pooches. Great food and happy staff. (3 minute walk)

*Lighthouse Bar and Grill, 27 The Parade, Donaghadee: These guys LOVE dogs and are well prepared for yours. Treat galore and lots of cuddles. (3 minute walk)

*The Copeland Distillery, 43 Manor St, Donaghadee: Coffee and killer donuts with a view into the world of gin distilling. (2 minute walk)

*Pier 36: 36 The Parade, Donaghadee : Very friendly welcome in this bar/ restaurant situated right on the quayside of one of the most picturesque harbours on the coast. Dogs allowed in front bar and outside, covered area.

*Grace Neill's, 33 High St, Donaghadee: Said to be the oldest pub in Ireland. A warm welcome in the front bar with lots of atmosphere and plenty of craic. (3 minute walk)

*Stormy Cup 25 New St, Donaghadee, The. Best. Coffees. Seating outside. (3 minute walk)

*Wild Thing, 4a High St, Donaghadee: excellent coffee, cracking sweet and savoury treats and plenty of craic amid the coolest surroundings. (4 minute walk)

*Eden Pottery/Café: 218 Abbey Rd, Millisle : Very dog friendly, this is an access all areas café with a beautiful pottery. The bottom shelves have been cleared so tails can wag freely. The bottom shelves have been cleared for wagging tails at Eden Pottery. (9 minute drive)

*Teddy’s, 1 Castle St, Bangor: A lovely welcome awaits especially for waggy tails (12 minute drive)

*Esplanade Bar and Restaurant: 12 Ballyholme Esplanade, Ballyholme, Bangor: boasts a beautiful bespoke interior for posh pooches in the back bar. The front terrace is also open to pets with stunning views of the lough. (12 minute drive)

*Caffè Nero: Bangor (12 minute drive)

*Del Pieros, 1 Francis Street, Newtownards (15 minute drive)

*Petal Power, 64 High St, Newtownards - If you are looking for a florist and a cafe that serves fabulous soup and is pet friendly, look no further. Resident Great Dane. (15 minute drive)

*Caffè Nero: Newtownards (15 minute drive)

*National Trust, Mount Stewart, The cafe, Portaferry Rd (16 minute drive)

*The Wildfowler Inn, 1 Main St, Greyabbey: All stone floor with good area for dogs at the rear and friendly staff. (18 minute drive)

*The Cafe: Hoops Courtyard, 7 - 9 Main St, Greyabbey. Outdoors. (18 minute drive)

*Loaf Pottery and Coffee Shop, 24 Main St, Crawfordsburn: Good people, good food and fine things.. a real treasure. (19 minute drive)

*Trait Coffee, 33 Castle St, Comber (22 minute drive)

*Camphill Cafe, 8 Shore Rd, Holywood: Vegetarian and vegan restaurant and coffee shop. Relaxed and friendly (25 minute drive)

*Anchorage Bistro: 2 Sullivan Place, Holywood :Top nosh and a great spot for calm pooches in the bar area of the restaurant where the full food menu is available. Access to beer garden too. They say: “Absolutely no refusal to people with well behaved dogs.” (25 minute drive)

*National Trust, Castle Ward: Strangford. The Trailhead Cafe : The perfect spot for grabbing a cuppa after exploring the estate. (56 minute drive but worth it)

The Craic
The town has plenty of pubs, cafes and restaurants to keep everyone fed and watered and they all offer great quality food, excellent service in pleasant surroundings and a great atmosphere.
Pier 36, Lighthouse Bar & Grill, The Bull & Claw, Harbour & Co, Grace Neill's, The Moat Inn; they are all welcoming and unique.
And if you like top quality coffee, there are plenty to chose from. Real coffee connoisseurs tread a path to and from The Stormy Cup where the team can meet any coffee desire.
There is golfing, sailing, bird watching and fishing with daily trips to the Copeland Islands where bird and seal watching can while away a beautiful day.

Lip smacking
There are plenty of places to get good ice cream - but there's only one called The Cabin. Relying on a secret family recipe made for 100 years, The Cabin sells the very best, locally made and naturally good vanilla ice cream. It's reason alone to visit the town.

Donaghadee has a colourful history, first as an important port in the 1600s later a holiday destination and today a charming shopping town with locals and holiday makers happily mixing.
In 1625 William Pitt was appointed as Customer of the ports of Donaghadee, Newcastle, Dundrum, Killough, Portaferry, Bangor and Holywood.

The town also featured in the Irish Rebellion of 1798 when on June 10, a force of United Irishmen, mainly from Bangor, Donaghadee, Greyabbey and Ballywalter attempted to occupy the town of Newtownards. They met with musket fire from the market house and were defeated.

Donaghadee was used in the 1759–1826 period by couples going to Portpatrick in Scotland to marry, as there was a daily packet boat. During this period, Portpatrick was known as the "Gretna Green for Ireland".

Life savers
The lifeboat station at Donaghadee harbour, founded in 1910, is one of the most important on the Irish coast.
RNLB Sir Samuel Kelly - which sits under its protective cover behind Sea Glass Cottage, is a famous lifeboat once based in Donaghadee and now on show and preserved at the harbour for her gallant efforts more 50 years ago. On 31 January 1953 the lifeboat rescued 32 survivors in the Irish Sea from the stricken Larne–Stranraer car ferry, MV Princess Victoria.

Rising voices
Donaghadee Choir was founded in 1932, starting as small local chorus performing in churches and other local functions. The choir's reputation for excellence extends far beyond the shores of Northern Ireland and Great Britain. Today it is known internationally – having performed on stage, radio and television as far afield as the US, Canada, Malta and Bulgaria, where it was the first choir from Ireland to perform behind the former Iron Curtain.

Ghostly goings-on in Ireland's oldest pub
Grace Neill's was established in 1611 and became the hub for revellers, sailors and traders in over hundreds of years.
And Grace Neill herself would have given today’s young ladies a run for their money.
The pipe smoking mother-of-five born more than 200 years ago, was wife and landlady, businesswoman and hostelry disciplinarian with grit at her core and a glint in her eye.
Today her name is synonymous with the bar renamed in her honour in the genteel Co Down seaside town.
Reported to be one of Ireland’s oldest opening in 1611, Grace Neill’s today welcomes families for civilised lunches and dinner, and pals for pints.
But when Grace Jamieson was born into the bar trade in 1817, Donaghadee was far from genteel.
The main sea port to both the Isle of Man and Portpatrick in Scotland, it was a hectic, hardworking town with labourers and traders, and witnessed so much drunkeness, theft and violence that the laneways opposite the pub that led to the habour became known Murder Lane.
And it was in this atmosphere of hard knocks and tough folk, that Grace’s father Hugh handed her the King’s Arms in High Street as a wedding gift in 1842.
With her husband John Neill, she ran the bar day and night, welcoming sailors and settlers, fishermen and farmers, traders and even the odd taxman with none of them apparently ever getting the better of her.
She was, it seems, a thoroughly modern woman, well able to handle the rowdies and rabble who visited the busy port on the cold east coast of Ireland.
And she welcomed each of them inside, reportedly adhering to the custom of the day with a welcome kiss on the check, her pipe jammed firmly in the side of her mouth.
In the deep window sills of the bar still sit antique glass and stone bottles she may well have handled, including Comber Whiskey and Belfast mineral water bottles.
The cosy snugs have changed little over the years, now a place for visitors and tourists to imagine the smugglers and horse-thieves who plotted and schemed in the gloom.
After her husband’s premature death in 1866, Grace continued to work the bar and over time it came to be referred to as Grace Neill’s and has remained so for more than 150 years.
In the 1901 census Grace was recorded as still living above the pub with her only surviving son James, who was named as landlord.
But it was Grace who remained in charge and in 1911 when James died, Grace then aged 94 simply carried on.
Listed as landlady, she continued to welcome her guests, offering them grog and a listening ear in exchange for a few coins.
After 60 years of hard work, burying her husband and each of her five sons, Grace herself went to glory aged 99 in 1916.
She left the small fortune of £434 10s 0d - the equivalent of around £45,000 today.
And although she died more than 100 years ago, it seems the now infamous Grace Neill may live on.
There are some in the town who take her ghostly presence seriously, respect her history and choose to accept without question.
There are those who scoff at the possibility that her spirit appears in the upstairs rooms above the old front bar and the snugs, the beams of which are made from ships' timbers.
And then there are those who claim a seance in the building showed evidence of the spirit moving.
Whatever the truth, Grace Neill, is still the boss for the workers in her old place.
Careen Burgess who deals with the company’s finances, and Luke Maloney, the assistant bar manager, both say they have experienced the inexplicable while alone in the building.
Careen, who works upstairs in the offices explained: “Oh Grace is here alright. I was never one for ghost stories or wind ups and I didn’t take any notice of the talk about Grace Neill still being on the premises.
“But I’ve no other way to explain the calendar falling off the wall, the drawers opening on their own or the sudden drops in temperature.
“Sometimes it gets so cold so suddenly, it’s unbearable. I believe there are spirits here and I think of them as Grace.
“When it happens I just say, ‘Morning Gracie, everything is OK, I’m just working’ and then the room warms up again or I put the calendar back where it's meant to be.”
Cold spots pit the otherwise cosy atmosphere, and some have reported seeing the ghostly figure of a black-clad woman wandering the snugs of the front-bar, others have reported seeing the ghosts of men moving around.
The current workers have reported hearing banging, sweeping noises, footsteps and say they have witnessed items falling from shelves for no apparent reason.
Could it be the ghost of Grace or others who have wandered through the old pub even before her time?
Writer and journalist Daniel Defoe who died in 1731 was a customer, composer Franz Liszt who died in 1886 was also on site and the poet John Keats who died of TB in 1821, is also known to have frequented the pub.
Could Peter the Great of Russia enjoyed a tipple in the barthat became Grace Neill's in Donaghadee?
There is even a claim that Peter The Great of Russia stepped inside the bar in 1698. Irish Slavonic studies recorded his stay in the Blair Arms in Portpatrick before he took passage to Donaghadee.
The 1984 study states: “There was a room in the hostelry that was always referred to as the Emperor’s room. Peter, the story goes, had a great desire to study the methods of shipbuilding in Warrenpoint which was renowned at the time for its fine wooden ships.
“Peter the Great, Czar of Russia, disembarked [at Donaghadee] to stay at Grace Neill’s in the High Street.”
It is known Peter the Great was in England in 1698 and his journal from March 9 to March 16 shows a gap when he may have traveled to Donaghadee.
And although the weather conditions were severe in that week, and Warrenpoint harbour didn’t even exist in 1698, the myth merrily continues.
Bar manager Luke though is clear on one thing; spirits other than the boozy type stubbornly remain inside the Grace Neill's building to this day.
He recalls a number of times he has been locking up and felt the spirit move.
He said: “I was cashing up and had my back to the filing cabinets which were all closed.
"I was alone in the building and suddenly I heard a sound behind me and when I looked around I saw the drawer of the filing cabinet had been pulled fully open.
“I reckon it’s the spirit of Grace. It doesn’t bother me in the slightest. She was here before us and she’s probably just keeping an eye on things to make sure we’re doing stuff right.”

Whether you want to visit for the sea air and relaxed atmosphere, the company and the craic, the ghostly goings on at Grace Neill's or just some down time with a book and a beer, the team at Sea Glass Dog Friendly Cottage will make you welcome - and so will Donaghadee.

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