Have you ever ended up with a bevy of beauties in a hot tub outside Newry at 3am? Across muck and gullion (or at least over the butte of Slieve Muck and below the peak of Slieve Gullion) we stopped by to enjoy the rustic glamour of Primrose Cottage in south County Armagh. Owner Derek Johnston called over, “The two cottages, Primrose and Lavender, were converted from an aul’ barn.” Timber sash windows were inserted into the thick stone walls; slate and metal roofs reinstated. Architectural critic Martin Pawley’s 1981 essay What Does Vernacular Really Mean? concludes, “The vernacular image is much less important than the vernacular reality.” He argues that the vernacular appearance is down to economics – for example salvaged local materials – rather than arranged aesthetics.
In front of the cottages is a paddock filled with swans and pygmy goats. “Farmers are not as diverse about what animals they have as they were when I was growing up so I decided to do something about it,” he smiled. Derek Johnston is also coveniently landlord of Johnny Murphy’s pub a few metres away at the crossroads of Meigh, the local hamlet. So of course, we had to traipse along and support local business. It was a jolly and late and jolly late affair, the merits of vernacular over designed and image versus reality long forgotten. Back at Primrose Cottage, closer to sunrise than sunset, the party continued under the stars. So that’s how we ended up with a bevy of beauties in a hot tub outside Newry at 3am.
20 replies on “Primrose + Lavender Slieve Gullion Cottages Meigh Armagh”
Oooo this sounds a lot of fun…. I’ll bring my swimming costume when we tour Ireland ☺️x
Hey gorgeous 💖 I’m jealous 🥰 I will be interrogating you at Mary’s Christmassy show lolol KK 💖💖😂
Moi Aussi!! I want to know more….. Lots more…. Looks fabulous darling. Lady L 👄🍷
Such a fun blog post. Well done Stuart x
This is brilliant I love how the photos gradually change to night time. Hope you didn’t waken the neighbors! S X
This sounds like a lot of activity for a rural spot !
That’s a beautiful barn in the first photograph. The renovation of the barn to the cottages also looks good, authentically done with the bright painted sash windows. I see even the hot tub has an appropriately agriculture corrugated iron roof and is built of railway sleepers.
I wish more architectural reviews read like this….
Just spotted the hot tub someone else mentioned the sleepers. Chilly ??
Beautiful photos x
Vernacular at its best.
Sorry hun but I’m in the jealousy group 🤣 “bevy of beauties”?!! And I’m not there! 😂 Margate XX
Orderly queue! We’re glad you enjoyed our fun piece to launch Advent. LVB X
Big thank you to the wonderful Ailish. Great to meet Derek. And love to all The Girls and the extended LVB team back at The House of LVB X
I wouldn’t have said Newry was too on my list but this place looks great thanks for sharing
I love how you always publish obscure places.
It’s a conservation project in two senses of the word: heritage and animals. Derek sounds like a really good bloke.
I’m laughing at the title