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08th Mar 2020

You can stay in this enchanting old tower in County Down

Brian Dillon

Helen's tower in county down

Fancy living like they did in the olden days? Well, staying for a night or two in this round tower in County Down will do the trick.

It turns out, you can actually book a stay for two in the gorgeous historical site, located deep in the woods of the Clandeboye Estate, County Down.

Giving you incredible panoramic views of the surrounding landscape, you can actually see as far as the Scottish shores from the top of Helen’s Tower.

The tower consists of three stories and is surrounded by loads of things to do and see, but it’s the accommodation itself that’s going to attract you here.

Spread over the three floors, the tower contains one Double Bedroom (adults only), electric storage heating, an open fire in the sitting room, a beautiful reading room, a roof terrace with spectacular views, a narrow stone staircase and all the essentials you’ll need for a self-catering stay.

helens tower

You’ll really get to transport yourself a couple of hundred years with this little vacation.

When visiting the area, you can enjoy a walking route known locally as Clandeboye Way (Helen’s Bay to Whitespots Country Park) as well as other local attractions such as the Ava Gallery, Ireland Off-Road Experience, Andrew Jackson Cottage and US Rangers and Clandeboye Estate.

The property was originally built in 1848 by Frederick Lord Dufferin, 5th Baron of Dufferin and Ava in honour of his mother Helen Selina Blackwood. The tower also used as a famine relief project.

And what’s even better? There’s no TV or WiFi. I know, that might make you panic a bit. But the property owners want visitors to properly enjoy the best of this former way of life: beautiful architecture, fascinating history and a peaceful ambience, without modern distractions.

Helen’s Tower is just 30 minutes from the buzzing town of Bangor where there are spots to eat and have a tipple or two.

To find out more details about the property or to book your stay in this insane tower in County Down, you can check it out here.

Imagine it: staying in your very own castle!

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