Holiday Cottages in Greyabbey, County Down, Northern Ireland
Self Catering Holiday Accommodation
Greyabbey derives its name from Grey Abbey, a Cistercian foundation located on the north side of the town, dating from 1193. It was founded by Affreca, daughter of Godred, the King of Mann and the Isles, and wife of John de Courcy, Anglo-Norman conqueror of the province of Ulster. The site of the abbey was on the Ards Peninsula, seven miles from Newtownards, at the confluence of a small river and Strangford Lough.
Architecturally it is important as the first fully gothic style building in Ulster; it is the first fully stone church in which every window arch and door was pointed rather than round headed. The abbey is located in the parkland of Rosemount House, home of the Montgomery family.
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