Ballydorn Stay's primary accommodation is a Shepherd Hut that sits atop of the hill overlooking Whiterock Bay offering spectacular views of Strangford Lough. We have added a fabulous bell tent for during the warmer months to sleep an additional 4 guests - this can be added at check out as an Add-on and is only bookable alongside the hut. As well as the Shepherds Hut we offer Ballydorn Lodge for Easter, Summer and Christmas dates- please email me at email@example.com to enquire about dates if you cant find something that fits in your calendar. The Lodge sleeps up to 8 in 3 bedrooms.
We have such a unique location to be in close proximity to Belfast that you can easily visit the city for the many sightseeing opportunities available and yet be right where all the water sports and other outdoor activities are right on your doorstep. Strangford Lough offers e-foiling, sailing, paddle-boarding, kayaking, boat tours, swimming, birdwatching as well as being on the route down to the Mournes for fantastic mountain walks.
The Shepherd Hut interior has a bespoke design. As a family there are few places that offer glamping accommodation to this standard - many are aimed at couples. I wanted to fill that gap- particularly as our location is perfect for families with all the outdoor activities available as well as a great restaurant- Daft Eddys and Little Eddys café right on our doorstep.
Ballydorn Stay Shepherd Hut is a traditional hut with a bespoke high end finish offering accommodation for a family of four with a king size bed, bunk beds, a kitchenette and a bathroom. It has central heating and on demand hot water. The Hut sits at the back of our property overlooking Whiterock Bay with the most spectacular views of Strangford Lough. You have your own area with stone firepit, overhanging firepit grill, picnic table and comfortable Muskoka chairs all the way from Canada.
The Bell Tent bookable only alongside the Shepherd Hut sleeps four with a king bed and two super comfy pullout beds and guests in the bell tent have their own bathroom in the adjacent building.
The outside area for the shepherd hut has a picnic table as well as comfortable Muskoka chairs settled around the firepit where you can relax and enjoy the fantastic view. The property offers free onsite parking and is a stones throw from the famous Daft Eddy's restaurant and Little Eddy's Café as well as a short drive from Balloo House, Poachers Pocket, Old Post Office Lisbane, Picnic & The Dufferin Arms in Killyleagh and Fodder of Finnebrogue Woods.
Many local operators provide the chance to get out on the waters of Strangford Lough offering kayaking, paddle boarding, e-foiling, boat tours and the area is renowned for cycling. The Mourne Mountains are a mere 45 minute drive and the spectacular beaches and Giant's Causeway of the North Coast are 90 minutes drive.
There are also many beautiful wedding venues in the area: Finnebrogue Woods, Tullyveery House, Dufferin Coaching Inn & Hall & The Mill at Ballydugan
We provide marshmallows and biscuits for your firepit experience as well as a few breakfast provisions for your first morning including homemade Granola, milk, OJ, tea and coffee.
You will also have one load of firewood waiting for you however if you need any more there is plenty available for a small charge of £8 a load to be paid in cash.
Dogs are welcome for an additional fee to be added at checkout . Please be aware they must be kept on a leash at all times and are not to be left unattended in any of the accommodations. We have our own dog who is very sociable and I have young kids but there may be guests in the other accommodation who are not canine lovers so please respect this!
We offer a variety of high quality add-ons at checkout from local suppliers Millbank Farm Shop, Rachel Bakes & Were Wolf Food (our furry friends cant be left out). Orders need to be placed 48 hours before arrival in order to be prepared and delivered to Ballydorn Stay in time- contents will vary according to availability. Should you book last minute we can take an order over the phone - please call directly to see if they are available: