Fodor's Expert Review Dufferin Coaching Inn
33 High St., 10 km (6 miles) north of Downpatrick, Killyleagh, Co. Down, BT30 9QF, Northern Ireland Fodor's Choice
An elegant Georgian inn dating from 1803, this historic building sits next to picture-perfect, grandly gracious Killyleagh Castle—reputedly the longest-inhabited castle in Ireland and arguably the country's prettiest. Formerly a bank, the inn happily retains original fittings, with Art Deco windows, mahogany doors, and a Wells Fargo door on the gent's toilet (formerly a strong room). The design is tasteful while the lush and cozy rooms are individually styled; three have king-size four-poster beds and whirlpool baths. The owner supplies tourist information and gives you a map to discover the dreamy shores of Strangford Lough on foot, by bike, or by car. The restaurant-bar next door—a separately run business—has a rustic feel to it with friendly snugs (cubicles), and Cajun and jazz music keeping things lively on Saturday afternoons and evenings.
- ideal for exploring Strangford Lough attractions
- good value for the money
- far from the bright city lights
- no elevator
Rate Includes: Free breakfast