Child friendly cottage, Co. Meath – Seabank, Laytown/Bettystown, Co. Meath
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About The Cottages
If you ever needed a reason to discover the charms of Ireland just cast your eyes on this idyllic place. Fantastic child friendly cottages that have the wow factor on the shores of County Meath and conveniently just 25 minutes from Dublin Airport. And as they say it's all about the location - well this certainly ticks the location box but much more besides. The six 300 year old luxury holiday cottages have been lovingly renovated to provide an exceptionally high standard of self catering accommodation with stunning sea views or picturesque gardens and direct access to a 6 mile sandy beach - just perfect for family holidays!
It was a very excited little gang that pulled up to the tall wooden gates just outside the village of Bettystown a short drive from the centre of Dublin. The automated gates opened to reveal the postcard perfect scene and our eyes were immediately drawn through the pretty thatched arch to the sandy beach and lapping waves just a stones throw away. As the gates closed behind us busy Dublin and the outside world felt a million miles away!
We received such a warm and friendly welcome from Liz who chatted with the boys and talked about the history of the cottages as she showed us to our home for the next few days. Once inside she made us a very welcome pot of tea which we enjoyed with the jam and homemade scones she had laid out for us in the kitchen.
The location is stunning! ‘The cottages’ are a collection of 300 year old thatched fisherman’s cottages tastefully converted into self-catering accommodation set in a beautiful garden complete with picnic tables, swings and thatched play houses packed with children’s toys, books, and beach essentials.
The Child Friendly Cottages
The six whitewashed cottages are of various sizes, sleeping between 2 and 6 people. Along with the home of Roger and Liz the complex of cottages is gated with a gate leading out onto the road at the top and a gate at the bottom leading onto the lovely long sandy beach. Both gates are opened with a code and make for a secure and safe location to let the kids run about and explore which in turn makes for a very relaxed mum and dad!
We were in the largest of the cottages Thatcher’s Rest which is in an absolutely stunning position on the edge of the little complex nearest to the sea. Thatcher’s rest really makes the most of its position with a window wrapping around the whole of the curved gable end, you could lose days sitting on the comfy window seat taking in the panoramic view of the sea just a few meters away. Inside it is beautifully decorated in a traditional cottage style giving a cosy warm feel. The kitchen, living room and dining area are large and open plan with a traditional fire place and two very comfy sofas. Despite the traditional interior Thatcher’s Rest has all the mod cons of a luxury holiday destination from wi-fi connection to large flat screen telly to under floor heating and everything you could ever need in the kitchen. There is also a laundry room complete with washing machine and tumble dryer which was a godsend with a nine week old baby.
There are three large bedrooms two of which are en-suite with a bath and a very good shower. Our boys (four and three) shared the twin room and were delighted with the fact that they had their own bathroom and French doors onto the garden. We were in the master bedroom with en-suite bathroom, walk-in wardrobe (joy!) and a vast queen sized bed.
Things for Families to Do and Visit in the Area
After allowing us to settle in Liz returned and talked us through many of the local child friendly attractions and nice places to eat in the area. There were certainly plenty of nearby attractions to choose from…however it was on with the wetsuits and down to the beach with body boards at eight o'clock on the first morning of our holiday and the children (and us) had a ball splashing in the waves and building sand castles. It turned out that we began and ended each day of our holiday on the beautiful beach playing, collecting shells and finding crabs.
We did manage to tear ourselves away from the beach and cottage eventually and spent a fun packed morning at Newgrange farm which is a family run open farm situated right next door to the Neolithic necropolis Bru Na Boinne, or as farmer David called it ‘the tooth fairy’s castle’ much to the wonderment of all the children. The boys had the opportunity to hold a tiny chick, feed a pet lamb, ride around on little tractors and much, much more.
Liz had directed us to a few places with good adventure playgrounds. We particularly enjoyed the one in the grounds of Malahide Castle. Amazingly it is free to go into the grounds and playground. The boys’ eyes lit up when they saw the fantastic climbing frames and spent ages playing and climbing and generally having a whale of a time. As we drove back up the coast we stopped in the village of Skerries which was very pretty and full of nice little shops and cafes - the perfect spot for an ice-cream.
On our last full day we went to the newly opened ‘Tayto Park’ which is a potato themed park with lots of different animals to see including a herd of Buffalo, brilliant climbing frames and much more. We particularly enjoyed having an ice cream in the tree house tea shop where the boys could play high up in the branches of an oak tree while we sipped tea and enjoyed the view.
The area is great, beautiful, historic and full of pretty seaside villages, sandy beaches and places to visit to keep the whole family entertained. Spending time in beautiful Thatcher’s rest with its jaw dropping view and watching the boys run around the gardens and playing in the waves is something we will never forget.
Thank you to The Pritchard family who kindly reviewed The Cottages on behalf of Away with the Kids.
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