"Wonderful setting in the Irish countryside"
There's a whole lot to be said for waking up and looking out your window at a herd of sheep right outside, and behind them, Slieve Donard, the highest mountain in Ireland. If you're born and raised in the city, as I am, it's very restful change of pace.
The rooms are clean and well maintained, and Maureen, the proprietor, is very helpful with local issues. (Why do the local banks all print their own money, for instance, and where can you spend it? Are the speed limits in miles or km?) The included breakfast is quite reasonable, not overwhelmingly large, and can include oatmeal with cream and honey, which to my mind is one of the great inventions of the British Isles.
The grounds are pleasant to walk around in or eat outside at and include a table.
The mountainous area west of Newcastle is known as the high Mournes and is beautifully picturesque, sheep and cattle grazing on hillsides, straight out of James Herriott (who, I know, was actually in Yorkshire.)
For this and anything else, you'll want a car. Newcastle, the nearest town, is about a half hour walk away. If you're not used to Irish roads (or even if you are), they're twisty, narrow, often blocked by slow farm equipment, and, of course, driven on the left.
Traveller from Toronto