This month, we gave a bit of focus to our properties in the county of Antrim. To help you know more about both the properties and the area, here is some feedback from our house managers. We also have some staff picks from head office.
Monica from Magherintemple Lodge told us that guests say they don’t want to leave. They love the sound of the birdsong in the morning. There are cows and rabbits on the lawn. The sunsets are stunning. People love the light and airy kitchen. There is a good view of the sea and the town of Ballycastle from the lodge. The property is surrounded by green trees.
Brenda from Drum Gate Lodge said that guests find the property cosy and snug. They don’t want to go home. They love sitting in the round tower, looking at the sun on the leaves and the squirrels running along the lane. Brenda loves how the sun comes in through the arch window, how the architects connected the round tower to the rest of the property and said that the sofa in the hall is a good spot for reading.
Penny from The Barbican said that guests love to walk in the tranquil grounds, enjoy the quietness and explore nearby village life. The location of the property is pastoral, with sheep and cattle grazing. They feel like they are entering another world. Tranquil is the word Penny hears most frequently from guests. There is no TV or wifi. The property presents an opportunity for relaxation, to unwind and unplug. Penny also highly recommended a restaurant in Portstewart called Harry’s Shack.
Pamela, who is the house manager of our Blackhead Lightkeepers’ cottages says,
‘I love the cottages at Blackhead with the gorgeous sea views from every window and the smell of fresh, clean linen on the beds.’
Corin from Ballealy Cottage says,
‘I love our regular visitors… the herd of fallow deer, the pheasants, and all the other wildlife. The wild garlic is in full bloom, and soon the mint & spearmint will be appearing all through the flowerbeds and around the edges of the lawn. I always tell the guests that they can make their own fresh mint tea. Ballealy is also a perfect location for visiting Belfast, or a day trip through The Glens of Antrim, and the North Coast. Rathlin Island is another brilliant place for a visit, especially to see the puffins.’
‘I love it for the peace, its tranquillity and total lack of light pollution. To be able to stand outside at night and see the night sky in full Technicolor was just incredible. Plenty of room and great fun playing board games late into the night in front of a roaring fire.’
‘I love Blackhead, because I love to be where I can see and smell the sea. It invigorates me.’
‘I would love to stay at Magherintemple Lodge. As a keen amateur bird watcher and nature lover to take the ferry over to Rathlin Island and spend the day spotting Sooty Shearwaters, Puffins, Razorbills, Red-Headed Buntings and many other wonderful wildlife would be a dream come true. Someday!’
‘I have never been to Bushmills so I would love the chance to stay up there in the Kiln Wing – located within walking distance of the village. It looks like a great base for exploring the Giant’s Causeway and going walking.’