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Turnip House Tea Room and Craft Workshop

64 Dromara Road, Ballyward, Castlewellan, County Down, BT31 9UF
Turnip House Tea Room and Craft Workshop


Craft Workshop, Tea Room, Garden Restoration and Vernacular Renovation Project.

We make hand crafted Celtic knitwear and felt products. Visitors are welcome to see the making process, buy from our range of goods in stock, or commission a special piece.

Tea Room
Our Tea room is situated in the Mournes Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
Looking down from the Dromara Hills we have with stunning views over the landscape to the Mournes. We offer a selection of homemade soups, bread and cakes.

Felt Workshops
We run one day courses in the magical art of felt making. Whether you want to start learning, or advance your skills, you will have a fun, fulfilling, creative day that you'll remember, and some lovely artefacts to take away with you.

We are in the process of restoring the gardens around Turnip House, and converting the land into native woodland, vegetable and fruit gardens.

Vernacular Renovation
We are the proud, but slightly amazed owners of what was once a great farm situated in the heart of County Down. Over the last couple of hundred years, this would have been a thriving, lively place full of animals, people, their lives and activities. Much evidence of this is still around us.
Abandoned almost 40 years ago, the buildings have slowly deteriorated, some disappearing altogether, others almost unrecognizable. It is our task and privilege to rescue and renovate what is here and create new purpose for the place, as Craft Workshop, Tea Room, Bed and breakfast destination,and family home.

Visit Us
We are only 1 hour from Belfast or 2 hours from Dublin, situated in the heart of the Mournes AONB.
Visitors are welcome to stroll around and watch the developments.

Weather - For those interested or curious in Weather Data, John now gathers weather data for that location and records on his new weather station - this you can check out on our website.

In 2015 the Turnip House were awarded a Gold Award in the Green Tourism Business Scheme.

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  • Cater for vegetarians
  • Dogs Accepted Inside
  • Dogs Accepted Outdoor Dining Area
  • Local Produce
  • Serve afternoon tea
  • Serve lunch
  • Take away service

Children & Infants

  • Accept children (Minimum age)
  • Child seat available
  • Children's outdoor play area
  • Facilities for children

Establishment Features

  • Chef
  • Exclusive hire of restaurant
  • First Aid
  • Gift vouchers
  • Pets accepted
  • Private Garden
  • Real log/coal fires
  • Shop
  • Toilets
  • Tuition Available
  • Wi-fi available
  • Workshop

Leisure Facilities

  • Wifi

Parking & Transport

  • Car parking

Payment Methods

  • All major credit/debit cards accepted
  • American Express accepted
  • Euros accepted
  • Maestro accepted
  • MasterCard accepted
  • Visa accepted
  • Visa Debit Accepted

Provider Preferences

  • Al fresco dining
  • Dogs Welcome Inside
  • In countryside
  • Non smoking establishment
  • Open by appointment outside normal opening times
  • Out of town

Specialist Features

  • Marketed as green/environmentally friendly

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Opening Times

* Open throughout the year Saturday and Sunday 11:30 to 17:00
Open extra days in the Summer and other Holidays, please check our website for up to date details.
Also groups by appointment outside these times.

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Road Directions

Directions from Town: GPS Coordinates: +50degrees 18'26.18", -6degrees 1'41.92"

Directions From Belfast Take the M1/A1 South towards Dublin.

Just past Hillsborough turn left and follow signs to Dromara.

Go straight through Dromara towards Rathfriland.

About 3 miles out of Dromara turn left at the junction signposted Castlewellan/Leitrim.

We are 2 miles from the junction on the right hand side, No. 64 at the gates.

Directions From Dublin Take the M1/A1 North towards Belfast

On the A1 near Banbridge take the A50 signposted Newcastle.

Continue for 14 miles

Take the left junction signposted Leitrim 2 miles.

Keep straight on this road through Leitrim.

We are 2 miles from Leitrim, on the left hand side, No. 64 at the gates.

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