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The Studio Helen’s Bay

6A Church Road, Helen's Bay, Bangor, Co Down, BT19 1TP
The Studio Helen's Bay- Open Plan Living space


A modern, beautifully designed, tourist board certified cottage located in Helen’s Bay. Situated just 5 minutes walk from a sandy beach & walking trails at Crawfordsburn Country Park. 

The interior has been thoughtfully curated to create a tranquil, relaxed space. There is a beautifully maintained private courtyard garden. Featured in Ireland’s Homes Interiors and Living Magazine and House and Home Magazine .

Located in Helen's Bay; named by 'The Times' as Northern Ireland's 'Best place to live', the Studio is a 5 minute walk down a picturesque road to the beach and access to Crawfordsburn Country Park.
Positioned on a quiet residential street, in the grounds of our family home (one of the oldest original properties in Helen’s Bay) our modern cottage is ideally located, just a few steps from the sandy beach at Helen’s Bay, the North Down coastal path, and walking trails at Crawfordsburn Country Park

The Studio offers a perfect base to explore the North Down Coast, Strangford Lough, and Belfast. Helen’s Bay train station is 1 minute's walk away with trains getting you to Belfast City Centre in 20 minutes.
We’re conveniently placed for guests attending weddings in The Old Inn at Crawfordsburn, events at the SSE arena and just 15 minutes drive from George Best Belfast City Airport.

The Studio is the perfect place for couples, new parents or those travelling alone and wanting a secure cottage. Immerse yourself in the local culture, whether it be a pottery class, sunrise yoga with ocean views or a paddle board lesson on Bangor beach. End the day by picking up some of the areas distilled craft spirits or locally brewed craft ale to enjoy on the patio.

Local activities:
On the beach there is the opportunity to hire paddle-boards and book sunrise/sunset yoga and Ocean dip experiences. Boat charters for fishing or wildlife cruises are available a few miles down the coast at Donaghadee. Helens Bay golf club is situated a short walk away, with bar & restaurant access included in green fee's and offering one of the most stunning views in the area.

Walking and exploring: 
Access to Crawfordsburn Country park is a few hundred metres away and affords over 3.5 km of beach and riverside rambles. With spectacular scenery and views across Belfast Lough, tranquil walks through peaceful meadows, wooded glens and a stunning waterfall.
The Park is intersected by the North Down Coastal Path which takes you out to Bangor, Ballyholme Bay, the fishing villages of Groomsport and finishes at National Trust Orlock Point.

Fine Dining: 
‘The Old Inn’ in nearby Crawfordsburn has been in situ since 1614, hosted CS Lewis on his honeymoon and continues to offer one of the best dining experiences in Northern Ireland. The pub / bar area is also a great place to stop in for a cosy fireside drink.

Further afield:
Helens Bay train station can take you east to the Victorian Seaside town of Bangor where you can visit an extensive range of restaurants, bars and venues. Or follow the trainline West to the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum in Cultra, the affluent commuter town of Holywood or the City offerings of Belfast in just 20 minutes. 
if travelling by car the fishing town of Donaghadee, further East of Bangor is well worth a visit; boasting a pretty harbour, 19th Century lighthouse and the Copeland Distillery. 
To the South follow Strangford Lough, to reach the National Trust sites of Mountstewart estate (ancestral home to the Londonderry family) and Castle Ward (Winterfell from HBO's Games of Thrones). The pretty towns of Comber, Greyabbey, Portaferry and Stangford are all within 1hrs drive.



  • Bar - We supply a small honesty bar stocked with local spirits
  • Cooking / bbq facilities for guests use
  • Local Produce - A locally sourced breakfast pack is provided on arrival
  • Packed lunch available
  • Serve breakfast

Children & Infants

  • Accept children (Minimum age)
  • Baby changing facilities
  • Child seat available
  • Cot & Highchair Available
  • Facilities for children
  • Highchairs Available

Establishment Features

  • Cater for females
  • Cater for individuals
  • Cater for males
  • Central heating throughout
  • Hairdryers
  • Ironing facilities
  • Linen provided
  • Lost property
  • Prior Booking Required
  • Private Garden
  • Real log/coal fires - Our stove is an eco friendly bioethanol stove in addition to energy efficient underfloor heating
  • Robes available
  • Showers
  • Toilets
  • Towels available
  • Washing & Drying facilities on site

Leisure Facilities

  • Access to golf course - Helen's Bay Golf Course located 4 mins walk away. Pre booking/payment to be arranged independently with the golf club
  • Television in lounge/TV room
  • Wifi

Parking & Transport

  • Parking (free) - Free on street parking

Payment Methods

  • All major credit/debit cards accepted
  • Midweek breaks
  • Monthly rates available - Please contact us directly to arrange discount for longer stays
  • Short breaks available
  • Weekend breaks

Provider Preferences

  • Al fresco dining
  • Coastal
  • Max group size - Sleeps 3 maximum 1 king size bed plus 1 sofa bed/travel cot provided
  • Village Location

Room / Unit Features

  • CD Player in all bedrooms - A Robert bluetooth enabled radio in the bedroom
  • Central heating in all units
  • Freezer in all units - Ice box located in Kitchen Fridge
  • Ground floor bedrooms available
  • Hairdryer Available
  • Hairdryer in all bedrooms
  • Ironing Facilities
  • Ironing facilities in all units
  • Microwave
  • Microwave in all units
  • Non smoking rooms available
  • Radio in all bedrooms - Roberts Digital Radio provided in bedroom
  • Sleeps 2 - Sleep 3 with Sofa bed/Cot
  • Tea & coffee making facilities
  • Tumble Dryer
  • TV - Samsung Frame TV in Living Space

Specialist Features

  • Activity breaks
  • Marketed as gay friendly
  • Marketed as green/environmentally friendly - The Studio Helens Bay is an active member of the Ards and North Down Sustainable Giants Network

Travel & Trade

  • Packed lunches available - if you would like us to arrange a packed lunch for you, please get in touch and we will be happy to arrange this for you

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Map & Directions

Road Directions

Located just of the A2 in Helen's Bay Village

Public Transport Directions

By Train - Helen's Bay train station is located 1 minute walk from The Studio, with Belfast City Centre only 20mins away 

By Plane - The Studio is situated just 10 minutes from George Best City Airport and 40 minutes from Belfast International Airport

By Ferry - Belfast (Stenaline)  Operate an HSS ferry from Stranraer to Belfast. Journey time 1 hour 45 minutes

Larne (P&O Port)  Operates a high speed jet liner service from Cairnryan to Larne. Journey time 50 minutes



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