Shoemakers Cottage - Bangor/Ballyholme - County Down - Northern Ireland

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Shoemakers Cottage

Three BedroomsCot & HighchairGuide DogsInternet AccessOpen FireTraditional

  • 3 bedrooms sleeping up to 6
    - double bedroom
    - double bedroom
    - bunk bedroom
  • bathroom: bath, shower, basin & toilet
  • living room with open fire, tv & dvd player
  • wifi internet access available
  • kitchen & dining has additional lounge area
  • fully equipped modern kitchen
  • electric oven & hob, microwave, fridge freezer, dishwasher
  • utility room with washing machine & drying area
  • dining seating for six
  • large enclosed garden, garden furniture available
  • electricity & central heating included
  • bed linen & towels included
  • starter fuel for open fire, welcome pack
  • guide dogs welcome only, no smoking indoors
  • ample car parking space
  • former shoemaker cottage recently restored

ShoesShoemakers Cottage is a recently restored shoemakers workshop and residence in Ballyholme/Bangor. The original workshop is now the large kitchen/dining area with 3 bedrooms (2 double, 1 bunk, sleeps 6), cosy lounge with open fire, spacious, secure garden and off-street parking.

Ideal for families or couples it has shops, restaurants and beach on its doorstep and is 15 minutes walk to Bangor town centre, Ballyholme Yacht Club, Aurora Aquatic Centre, Bangor Golf Club and Pickie Fun Park. The cottage makes an ideal base for visiting friends, touring and exploring the rest of Ireland.​

The Story of Shoemakers Cottage

A piece or parcel of building ground was purchased on the 19th of February 1923 by Frederick John Brice, Property Broker and James Finlay Brice, coal merchant and Lester Irving, building contractor all of Bangor in the County of Down in the Barony of Lower Ards. The land was situated in the town land of Ballyhome in the Town of Bangor. The land was sold to Jacob O’Neill, Hackney Motor Car Proprietor and Hugh Kyle Druggist, in 1923 both of Bangor in the County of Down.

ShoesJacob and Hugh built Shoemakers Cottage, originally as a small residential cottage on a strip of this land facing Waverly Drive. It was sold to Edith Dent, widow from Shandon Drive Bangor on 28th day of November 1923. Edith assigned the property to her son Albert Dent (shoemaker) and his wife Catherine Gault Dent on 10th day of January 1928.

It appears that Edith never lived in the property but was involved in its construction, bought it and then assigned it to her son and daughter-in-law. Albert set up and continued to run his boot and shoe repairs shop from the premised in the wooden rooms until in February 1959 when he and Catherine sold the house to Ida Love, spinster of Mullagh, Dungannon in the County of Tyrone.

The cottage was extended by Ida Love to include a new bathroom and kitchen. There are now two old kitchens, the larger of the middle right rooms and the utility room. The kitchen was moved to the workrooms in 2011 and a major refurbishment completed in 2014.

The original shoemakers sign – 'A Dent Boot and Shoe Repairers' and a few shoe lasts where found during renovation and are now displayed. The laneway which runs beside the house is called Shoemakers Lane.

We hope you enjoy your stay.


Prices per week unless stated otherwise
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Booking Details

£100 deposit secures booking with balance payable 4 weeks prior to arrival.

- check in 4pm, check out 11am or by prior arrangement
- rental Saturday to Saturday or by special arrangement
- damage deposit £100 payable 4 weeks prior to arrival, returned within 10 days of departure if no damage
- 4% added to balance for PayPal processing fees

What's Included

- linen/towels supplied free of charge
- electricity included
- central heating included
- welcome pack

What's Not Included





Submitted by owner from cottage guestbook:


Great location and cottage, loved the shoe theme.
C. Allan, Dublin: May 2014

Shoemakers Cottage is truly delightful we have stayed in many places before but this is by far the best! Clean, tidy and wonderful colour schemes, particularly the kitchen, and absolutely wonderful thank you so much.
Hugh and family, Ireland: May 2014

Beautiful cottage, very spacious clean and tastefully decorated. Beds comfortable and lovely garden, well positioned for all of Bangor Amenities. Will definitely be back.
John and Jackie and 3 children, England: June 2014

Thank you it was a great place to stay, would like to return.
David and family, Australia : August 2014



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