Bushmills, Co Antrim
The sound of water cascading past pervades this converted corn mill, where the original character of the building has been beautifully preserved.
Kiln Wing at The Old Corn Mill, which sleeps 2 in a double bedroom, is part of a restored 19th century corn mill on the River Bush in Bushmills, Co.Antrim. This beautiful wing is full of character, integrity and with a real sense of warmth and welcome.
Please note there is no open fire or wood burning stove in Kiln Wing, Old Corn Mill.
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For almost 400 years the water from the Bush River has been used by the world’s oldest licensed distillery for its distinctive whiskey, Old Bushmills. Until 1949 it also provided the electricity to power the tramway which took generations of tourists along the spectacular Antrim coastline to marvel at the Giant’s Causeway.
But the river has had another important function in the history of the village of Bushmills. It falls some 18 metres in its descent through the village and in the last century provided water power for several mills.
Palmer’s Corn Mill looked like a hopeless case when Sam Huey and his American wife, Jan, first saw it in 1986. Gaping holes in the roof, crumbling walls and nesting birds would have deterred most, but Sam Huey had a soft spot for the area – his father was born in the nearby village of Dervock - and he was prepared to rise to the challenge of transforming the mill into a home. He was also prepared to devote the considerable amount of time and money he knew the project would require.
Built in the 1830s, the corn mill was listed in 1977 by Historic Monument and Buildings (HMB) of the Environment Service in Northern Ireland, because of the Bush River’s significance in the evolution of power wheels and because it formed an integral part of the village. The mill’s status as a B1 listed building meant that Sam Huey could benefit from advice from the HMB architects as well as some grant aid.
In return, Sam proved just how successfully a building such as this can be re-used as a home and that, even in a mill, it is possible to strike a happy balance between conversion and restoration.
The fact that so many of the original elements – including the machine components – have been retained, is central to this success. The cogs and wheels are still at the core of the building, and glimpses of its former life have been left exposed in nooks and crannies all over the house.
That Sam Huey personally supervised the transformation of the 740 sq.metres buiding is clear in the attention to detail. As a retired engineer, he says that the project has given him an enormous respect for the engineers and builders of the past.
Original door heights have been maintained, even though Sam Huey is a tall man and has had to resort to pinning ribbons to the door frames to remind himself and others to duck.
Having spent many years living in California, Sam Huey was at first surprised by the draw Northern Ireland (from which he had emigrated many many years ago) had for him when he retired. His love of the local heritage is clear in his choice of vernacular furniture and ornaments - farm implements, framed 19th century documents about salmon fishing (for which the Bush is famous), Old Bushmills bottles from yesteryear and black and white postcards of the long established tourist attractions in the area.
In the basement bedroom one of the original bench seats from the Giant’s Causeway tramline, opened in 1887, sits against the cogs and wheels of the mill. Sam Huey has happy memories of travelling on the tram as a child.
The results of his passion for recycling are everywhere: the tiles in the kitchen were made in Scotland over a century ago and rescued from a house in Portrush; the timber flooring and the huge beams which support the roof were salvaged from quay side warehouses in Derry; you can still see the marks where oysters once clung to the posts which were sunk into the Foyle; and the simple blue lamp shades throughout the house were plucked from a skip.
The overall effect is one of a warm home, full of character and integrity.
(Christopher Hill – article in ‘Select Furniture & Interiors of Ireland’ 1995)
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HEALTH AND SAFETY:
Our buildings were made to the standards of earlier times – and sometimes without the intention that they should be lived in. Consequently, you may encounter features that reflect their particular character but that deserve due care and attention, particularly by the young, elderly, less mobile or visually impaired. Examples of these are steps worn with age, uneven surfaces, low ceilings and beams, unexpected drops or changes in level, and by modern standards low or absent lighting. In all cases we have sought to make a sensible compromise between due regard for safety and the careful retention of the fabric of each building, which makes it an interesting place to stay. We ask you to appreciate and use the building with this understanding. If you have any queries about the property you are interested in and would like more clarification please contact Irish Landmark at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Arrival and Departure Time?
Unless otherwise agreed with the House Manager the earliest time at which you can check in is 4.oop.m. Guests may NOT take over the property any time later then 9.00pm. Guests are requested to vacate the property by 10.00am at the latest on the day of departure.
Is there a TV?
No, but there is a radio, board games, cards and plenty of books.
Is there WiFi?
No, at our properties you have an opportunity to experience the best of a former way of life: beautiful architecture, fascinating history and a peaceful relaxed ambiance, without modern electronic distractions, where you decide the pace of your holiday.
Can I bring a dog?
Is linen supplied?
Yes – the bed is prepared and ready for your arrival.
Is there an open fire?
No. The only heating in this section is by oil fired central heating.
Do I need a car to get here?
It would be preferable to have a car as otherwise it will be difficult to get to shops, etc.
How do I get the keys?
When you complete your booking, you will receive an email giving you information about arranging access on your arrival date.
Can I arrive early?
Only by special arrangement with the bookings office and agreement of the local House Manager. A charge is made if you are requesting a morning arrival, as this means we cannot take a booking for the night before your arrival date.
What is the earliest and latest arrival time?
4.30pm / 9pm. Your actual arrival time MUST be agreed with the local House Manager prior to your holiday start date.
How far to the nearest town?
The property is located in the town of Bushmills.
Is there a caterer who will come in to cook meals?
We do not know of anyone who can go in to cook meals at this property.
Is it suitable for children?
This is a small property that only sleeps 2 people. However a travel cot can be provided on request for babies.
Is it suitable for older people?
This property is not suitable for anyone with mobility issues. Access to the front door is by means of some steps and lose gravel path.
Does it have facilities for disabled people?
Is it suitable for a wheelchair?
Is there central heating?
There is oil fired central heating with radiators throughout the house.
Is the cooker electric or gas?
There is an electric cooker.
Is there a shower?
Yes - there is a shower – but no bath.
How many bathrooms?
Do you supply towels and bed linen?
Yes. The beds will be made up on your arrival and you will be provided with a bath towel and guest towel according to the number of beds in the property.
Can I get to the house by public transport?
Yes. You would get a train or bus to Coleraine and a local bus to Bushmills.
Where is the nearest train station?
What type of heating is in the house?
Oil fired central heating.
Can I book for just one night?
What is your minimum booking period?
Irish Landmark Trust have a 2 night stay minimum at all of our properties. Some Special Dates will have restrictions on arrival and departure date which will effect the minimum number of nights.
Is there a garden at the house?
No. There is a gravelled area where you can park your car.
How many cars can I bring to the house?
Is there parking on site?
Is there outdoor furniture.
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