About


Kribben Cottages

A cluster of five luxury four star cottages nestled against the magnificent back drop of the Mourne Mountains, in a rural picturesque area close to the bustling seaside town of Newcastle.

A prime location for golf enthusiasts, hill walkers and hikers, with the Royal County Down Championship Links Golf Course only 10 minutes away and the Mourne Rambler bus route right on your doorstep!

The spacious cottages are ideal for families or groups and can accommodate either 4 or 6 persons with a total of 24 beds. Surrounded by traditional stone ditches, and with a central green area, the cottages offer plenty of scope for children to play safely. The quaint interiors are finished to a very high standard and provide all the modern facilities expected whilst still retaining the old traditional charm.

So whether you enjoy the great outdoors or prefer to relax by a cosy wood burning stove, guests at Kribben Cottages can enjoy the ultimate in luxury living set amongst some of the most spectacular scenery in Ireland. It really is something pretty special.

Located only 1 hour from Belfast and 2 hours from Dublin, Kribben Cottages offer a great base to discover the magic of the Mourne Mountains.

The Story

We are a family owned self catering business, launched by John and Myrtle Haugh in June 2014.

Living in the area most of our lives, we wanted to share our passion for the Mournes, and create a haven where guests can relax in luxurious accommodation, whilst experiencing this area of outstanding natural beauty.

Our name "Kribben Cottages" is derived from the once thriving granite industry in the Mourne area. Each cottage has been individually named to reflect this period of history.

During this era stone was extracted from many small local quarries including Moolieve, Crannoge and Millstone. Horses and carts were used to carry the granite off the mountains using various tracks. One of these tracks was via Seefin, along Rourke's Park, and descending into Annalong Harbour, where it was formed and dressed by local stone masons into granite kerbstones, known locally as "kribben". The kribben was then exported by schooner, a small sailing boat, to Britain, where it can still be seen today lining the streets of many major cities.

"Local stone mason, Andy Newell working kribben at his own stone yard in Mullartown, Annalong, circa 1960."
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