Sunday, June 14, 2015

Spice Cottages in Dungannon, Northern Ireland

Spice Cottages in Dungannon
On my recent trip to Northern Ireland for Rebecca and Thomas' wedding we stayed in a wonderful self-catering cottage, Clove Cottage one of the Spice Cottages in Dungannon.  Joan and I stayed in Clove and the rest of Rebecca's family stayed in Nutmeg Cottage next door to ours. 
Clove Cottage in what once was a stable.

This was a perfect place to stay.  The Cottage was renovated from 150 year old stables on the property.  You would never know this had once been a stable!!!!  It was outfitted with everything one would need and the hosts, Olive and Perry, had left a "welcome" package for us: milk in the fridge, bread for toast, butter, jam and tea.  We added a few things from a local grocer---fruit, orange juice and scones.  We had breakfast there every morning, but ate the remaining meals out---often at Thomas' house. 

The resident cat, Marmalade, was friendly and often sat on the ledge outside our window.
Marmalade outside our window.
Joan in the living room of Clove Cottage.

In the back, Olive had a wonderful garden with lettuce, peas, strawberries (not yet ripe).  And two Shetland ponies had a small fenced pasture out back. 
Lettuce and beets.
Shetland ponies.
Lupine in the garden.

The main house where Olive and Perry live has a thatch roof.  That was very interesting to see. 
Main house in background with thatched roof. (Photo from the Web.)

If you should be traveling to this part of Northern Ireland, I heartily recommend that you consider staying at Spice Cottages.

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