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Yes, plumbing can be sexy(ish)

Plumbing it has to be said, isn’t terribly sexy, (unless you’re *really* into plumbing). But what if I told you that you could have a plumbing setup that let you wander around on lovely warm floors, and have a plentiful supply of hot water without the need...

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Surrounded by trees

Lowering the ecological impact of Birch Cottage doesn’t only involve the cottage itself. Around these parts we’re not blessed with great public transport, and so for the majority of visitors, getting here by car is the only option (although we have had people arrive here who have cycled from the USA (with occasional boat trips), and hitched from as far away as Austria). We also realise that many people will have flown into the country to get here. The solution? We offset the carbon emissions generated by planting a tree or trees for every visitor.

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Living in the future

Birch Cottage has no electricity bills, no oil or gas for heating, just a small woodstove, which can be fuelled inexpensively from a fuel source that is infinitely renewable. High levels of insulation and an efficient thermal store heating system then make the most of the heat generated to give a low cost, comfortable and healthy living environment.

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Green Tourism

We’re proud to be part of the Green Tourism scheme, which the most trusted eco tourism brand in the UK and Ireland. We are always striving to reduce the impact of the farm and Birch Cottage on the environment, and our Gold rating reflects that.

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New adventures

The amazing Life Adventure Centre is just 6 miles away from Birch Cottage and offers a huge range of outdoor activities  Kayaking, Climbing, Archery, Mountain Biking, and more. The Mourne area is the outdoor capital of Northern Ireland, so why not try some new...

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Newry City Music Festival

Iúr Cinn Fleadh 2016 will take place from Thursday 8th September to Sunday 11th September 2016. This four day event embraces all aspects of Irish Culture and Traditions. Running for the third year Iúr Cinn Fleadh will highlight the immense musical and dancing talent...

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Permaculture Course Offer 28-28 August

Book Birch Cottage for the weekend of 26 – 28 August and get 50% off the price of 1 place on our Introduction to Permaculture course, with tutor Hannah Mole. A total price of £220 for 2 nights in Birch Eco Cottage including 1 permaculture course ticket. Just email enquiries@birchecocottage.com or call us on 02840650273 to take advantage of this offer. Up to 1 additional ticket for the permaculture course is available at the same discount.

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Special basket making course offer

On Saturday September 10th we’re running our popular Willow basket making course here at Lackan Cottage Farm. Experience basket weaving with locally sourced willow to make your own traditional skib which is a simple round basket, and get 25% of the usual price of a course when you book a 2 night stay in Birch Eco Cottage.

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Tollymore Forest Park

One of our favourite places to visit locally – Tollymore Forest park lies just 9 miles from Birch Cottage. The Shimna river runs through the 1600 acres of forest park – the oldest in Northern Ireland. As well as lovely walks along the river, you will find the oldest arboretum in Ireland, and an excellent play area for children.

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