Unplug and unwind in our off-grid horsebox here at Lackan Cottage Farm, in the beautiful County Down countryside with great views of the Mourne Mountains. Tucked away in a private corner of our smallholding, this truck – once our home – has been lovingly refurbished with recycled and local materials. A cosy, comfy hideaway you won’t want to leave. This is proper off grid life, so no mains power, and no wifi.
The truck has a well equipped kitchen, full size gas cooker and large dining area with plenty of storage, as well as a wood or gas heated shower. The cosy living room has a woodburning stove, and the box bed looks out of a large circular window with views of the fields and mountains beyond. There are LED lights throughout, powered by solar panels – this is true off-grid living. Even the outdoor compost toilet – a few yards from the truck, had a great view. The truck has 12volt sockets for phone charging, but this is a proper off-grid getaway and you won’t find wifi or mains electricity. There is also no fridge, but we provide a cool box which can be plugged into the truck, and ice packs can be changed daily.
You’ll have your own private deck area to sit out and admire the views, and guests are welcome to explore the farm, walk in our private woodlands, and vegetable gardens.
We live and work on site, and are always happy to show visitors around, as well as providing information on places to visit during their stay.
We’re situated in rural County Down, just a few miles from nearby forest parks, the amazing Mourne Mountains, and of course, the sea. Visitors can enjoy the tranquility of our own birch woods, and walk in the gardens. There are also a number of great local walks, one through the Lackan Bog Area of Special Scientific Interest where you will find the highest number of dragonfly species anywhere in Ireland.
We have on-site parking, and bike hire is available from the Life Centre in Castlewellan Forest Park. The nearest bus station is Rathfriland, 5 miles away, and we can arrange pickups from there or Castlewellan if you are travelling by public transport.
Other things to note
The truck has an outside compost toilet, which is just nearby.