Staying at the Boathouse on Sketrick Island was truly a beautiful experience for my family. We stayed for a week and wished it could have been a month - or more. The house is spacious and even though we had two families staying (total of 4 adults and 4 children) there was plenty of room to find solitude if desired. We enjoyed using the piano and perusing the library.
The kitchen is the crowning jewel - complete with an Aga stove that felt like something from a fairy tale to us. It was fun to learn to use it (instructions provided) and it is so toasty and pleasant to stand by after being out by the sea or first thing in the morning. The dining table and outdoor enclosed patio are ideal for entertaining. We hosted two dinner parties for local relatives while we stayed and even a group of 20 did not overwhelm the space at hand. A review of the house would not be complete without at least mentioning the master bathroom. It was larger than my childrens' bedrooms at home and contains a vast bathtub which everyone staying tried out at least once.
Charming beyond belief is the actual island. Sketrick is a tiny island in Strangford Lough and has houses along one side and fields in the center. The small paths between the fields let us wander about and take in the beautiful surroundings. We had a lovely meal at Daft Eddies, the island's pub - and incidentally the name you should enter in your GPS if you are trying to find the island. Our favorite menu item was the Seafood Pie - complete with crab claws from the lough surrounding the island, but everything we ordered was good and the staff was very friendly.
Finally, the owners of the house live next door and were so gracious, helpful and friendly to us. Before our arrival, I requested suggestions of activities for our children nearby and was very pleased with the things we tried from the list provided. We also requested use of some children's life vests and a row boat during our stay and had a fun time with those. You will not go wrong staying at this property.
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