|Cathedral Cottage, No. 16 London Street, is situated within the historic walled city of Derry/Londonderry. Records show that there has been a house on this site from the mid-eighteenth century and possibly earlier. The property dates from 1767 when Henry Darcus Esq. acquired the lease from The Honourable The Irish Society. London Street, called after the city of London by the founders of the walled city, retains much of the charm and character of past centuries. There is a lovely view from the house of St. Columbs Cathedral and its grounds. St. Columbs is the oldest building within the walls and it lies at the heart of the historic city. Across the street from No. 16, there is a plaque to Sir Robert Montgomery who was born in London Street. He was one of the great colonial governors of the Punjab and grandfather of Field Marshal Viscount Montgomery of Alamein.
No. 16 is a tastefully restored three-storey terraced house. It has all the convenience of the twenty-first century for discerning people who opt for self-catering accommodation in an old building. Despite many alterations over the years, this charming house retains much of its former character and elegance. We feel that Mr. Darcus would have approved of its most recent restoration!
Heritage colours have been used in the rooms. Fine old pieces of furniture add to the ambiance. One cannot fail to be captivated by this lovely house and its unique setting.
Cathedral Cottage is close to the Verbal Arts Centre, the Millennium Forum Theatre & Conference Centre and two main shopping malls. There are restaurants, coffee shops and bars close by.
The house consists of a living room, toilet, fully equipped kitchen, one double bedroom, one twin bedroom, a bathroom with a bath/shower, and a small study. It can comfortably sleep four people.
Cathedral Cottage the ideal base from which to explore nearby Donegal, (Donegal Town is one hours driving time and Sligo two hours away). The Giants Causeway and the Sperrin Mountains are an hour to an hour and a half drive. Buses to Belfast go hourly (ninety minutes journey time) and Derry Airport is fifteen minutes driving distance from the Cathedral Cottage.
Northern Ireland Tourist Board classification: four star.