The Property


The Beach House is spacious, four bedroom accommodation with a large garden, private off-road parking and stunning sea views. Only a few minutes’ drive from Strangford village, It is situated next to Kilclief Castle, at the mouth of Strangford Lough, County Down. It was built in the 1930s by the parents of the Hollywood actor/film star Errol Flynn. Step straight from the garden onto Kilclief beach to enjoy the sand, rocks and sea with friends and family.

The Beach House Aerial View

There is much in this fascinating and beautiful area to do and explore, including the National Trust properties Castleward (Game of Thrones location) and Mount Stewart (on the Ards Peninsula). The Strangford ferry travels frequently between the beautiful villages of Strangford and Portaferry. There is a small, but stunning golf course at Ardglass and further down the coast Newcastle is home to Royal County Down (host to The Irish Open, 2015). From Newcastle there are many beautiful and varied walks in the Mourne Mountains. Downpatrick (claimed to be the burial place of St Patrick) is only a short drive away. See the Activities page for more suggestions.

Relax in the lovely house or mature garden, have fun on the beach, watch the seals, or venture slightly further afield to explore this beautiful and fascinating part of Northern Ireland. You will find something to suit everyone.

The following are extracts from a beautiful piece written by Dr Jane Ryan whose family purchased the property from Erroll Flynn's parents in 1941. Enjoy reading all of it in the house.

The Beach House, Strangford

"They came in over the bar on a full tide, running their shallow ships over the soft sand. They stowed their oars, furled their striped sails and stepped ashore at Kilclief strand. It was May 935 AD. They were the Vikings…

…The monks were there before them, had built their monastery overlooking the cove and laid their line of rocks across the mouth as a fish trap...

The Anglo-Normans came , de Lacy and de Courcy, and built Kilclief Castle to look out over the lough and pass a fire-wrought beacon message on to Portaferry and Audley's Castle that danger was at hand…

… Today fishermen come for the shrimps, in among the rock pools… Children look in the big rock pool for a crab called Black Magic, sinister and always illusive, he reigns among the darkest seaweed…

… Out on Killard Point was the wreck of the Georgetown Victory, lost in WW2, when it went aground the local people streamed over the rocks and stripped it bare, every cottage boasted crockery or blankets or utensils from the ship…

…The house nestles behind rocks so close to the beach that sand and grass are intertwined, seaweed in the grass and daisies in the sand. The highest spring tide laps the steps of the garden. When the tide is full, the tip of Chimney Rock in the middle of the bay is just visible. Children climb up the steps in the rock and jump off into the rising tide...".

Dr Jane Ryan