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Traditional charming Irish country cottage with beautiful sea views.

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Space 322 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights

Overview

About the property

Causeway coast hide-a-way, traditional cottage on the North Coast of Ireland

Traditional Irish country cottage hidden on the beautiful causeway coast close to the Giants Causeway, Bushmills Distillery, Royal Portrush Golf Club and the Carrick a Rede rope bridge. Secluded and close to miles of beautiful National Trust sea shore walks. Sea Fishing trips where the Irish Sea and the Atlantic meet offer great fun days and fresh water salmon fishing on the Bush river are available by arrangement. Visit Rathlin island to see one of the most important sea bird nesting areas in western Europe. Rent fast sea going RIBS in Ballycastle to tour this magnificent coastline. See the Giants Causeway from the sea or visit Robert the Bruce's cave on Rathlin the choices are endless. From your base in Ballintoy self catering will be a pleasure, fresh fish off the small boats fishing these waters and good resturants in abundance. Fine wines may be ordered in advance and be ready for you when you arrive at your self catering cottage. Please request details when you book.


Owner
Clem & Jayne FitzGerald
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english, french, german, spanish, Swedish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
May 28, 2017

About Clem & Jayne FitzGerald

PRIVATE FAMILY RETREAT

Clem & Jayne FitzGerald purchased this cottage in 2006

Why Clem & Jayne FitzGerald chose Northern Ireland

ITS A TRUE GET-AWAY. WE ALWAYS FEEL PROPERLY RELAXED AFTER WE STAY AT NORTHERN STAR COTTAGE.

What makes this cottage unique

LOCATION IN THE CENTER OF THE CAUSEWAY COAST, ONLY A SHORT WALK FROM THE HARBOUR, CAFE'S AND THE PUB.

VERY, VERY QUIET AND PEACFULL.

Ballintoy harbour is one the great location sets for the SKY TV epic GAME OF THRONES..

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you for a great wee cottage. Very comfortable beds and a lovely log stove. We wished we had booked a longer stay. The location is amazing with great coastal walks and a restaurant on our door step.

We will be back.
Apr 2017
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Amenities

Ballycastle Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Floor Area:
  • 322 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , Bunk bed/tracel cot
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • bay/sound
  • caves
  • churches
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Bicycles need to be booked in advance. Bicycle child trailer also available on request.

Reviews

Excellent! 4.6/5 -
(62 traveler reviews)

Traditional charming Irish country cottage with beautiful sea views.
average rating of 4.629032 based on 64 reviews
5

Our little slice of heaven

  • 5 of 5

Where to start with this amazing little cottage... We first booked to stay here 3 years ago. From the start clem and Jayne were fantastic and so helpful! We had been to ballintoy several times and had never seen the cottages tucked away. From the minute we arrived we knew we would be back again and again. The cottage has everything you need and more, it makes you realise you do not need all the clutter back home. Breakfast, lunch and bbq's in the garden (weather permitting) and cozy nights infront of the wood burning stove was just perfect. 10 minute walk down to the harbour and beach with the beautiful o'rourke's cafe and the red door at the end of the driveway, As well the the Fullerton arms in the village if you are away to escape cooking you are spoilt for choice. Our daughter enjoyed the body boards and fishing rods and we enjoyed the wine!!! Phone signal may be poor but I actually loved that and my phone stayed off the entire week! We slept better here than we do at home, long lazy days and nights or walks to watch the sunrise or sunset at the beach, it's just heaven.

We loved the northern star cottage and ballintoy harbour so much that we were the first people to get married on the little hidden beach at sandy port in August last year. If it wasn't for this little peace of heaven and having the time to stay here and find this beach we wouldn't have gotten our dream wedding!

Can't wait to August to spend our 1st anniversary in the northern star cottage xx

  • Submitted: Jan 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Great to hear your story, we will keep the standard high for your return visit in the summer.
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5

Excellent value for money. Fantastic location to explore the North Coast. Great for a family break

  • 5 of 5

Great Easter week with the family. Great to escape from X-Box for a week!

  • Submitted: Apr 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Fantastic

  • 5 of 5

Just as advertised and very comfortable. Cosy winter in front of the log fire, crisp sunny days by the sea it was fantastic. Coming back again in the Spring.

HF

  • Submitted: Feb 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

New Years Family Break

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful location, excellent base to tour North Coast. Cottage small, but very cosy and quaint.

  • Submitted: Jan 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, always super to hear from our guests. At this time of the year we use the quieter time to update and refresh the cottage. Paint brushes, new linens and spring cleans. Its the 'out with the old and in with the new' time of the year. Clem
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A not so charming trip back in time.

  • 2 of 5

The cottage is small, cute and old.

Initially the small cute aspect was charming, but fairly quickly the old aspect took over.

Other ratings mention the positives, so I'm going to point out the serious negatives of the cottage.

I suspect that when it was first set up it was probably much better and the owners put in a little extra effort, but it seems like over time they have given up.

We were immediately caught off guard by the fact that there was no phone service at the cottage (3 mobile). This left us completely unable to contact anyone. I understand that it is sometimes charming to be removed from technology, but being there to catch up with a friend in Portrush we were forced to walk down to the harbour to find phone service to make contact. The addition of WiFi would solve this issue.

The next issue was the bed. Wow. That mattress is OLD. That is by far the most uncomfortable bed I have ever slept in. It is completely worn out, sinks right down and all you can feel are springs in your back. We tried sleeping in the bunks, but being a married couple that doesn't exactly fit into our idea of a nice week away. My wife had back pain from it the entire time, and it's continued since leaving. A new mattress really isn't that big of an expense and I felt not replacing it showed the attitude of the owners.

Next was the shower. Old house, zero pressure. Near impossible to do something like wash your hair in. Bad.

The washing machine worked, but the dryer function didn't and the cottage doesn't have the space to hang out clothes. We were lucky no one was staying in the other cottage with the clothes line out the back, though there were no pegs so we couldn't hang up any smaller items anyway. Again, owners attitude if something breaks is clearly to not bother fixing it.

On booking I was sent an email explaining what was available in the cottage and area. I'm not sure when this was last updated, but most of it was no longer applicable it seems and just led to more disappointment.

The bikes mentioned were not available, the 'wee shop' in Ballintoy that is mentioned never once opened leaving us with no easy way to get provisions, nor did the Red Door Café or seemingly anything else in Ballintoy. There were also several mentions of wine available to us in the cottage, including a complimentary bottle on arrival, but that also wasn't there.

Owners seriously need to get this place back up to scratch, because our stay was really unpleasant.

  • Submitted: Nov 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your feed back. We do respond to and acknowledge feedback as appropriate. Any relevant issues raised have already been addressed. We want our guests to have a beautiful holiday experience. If our guests have any questions or problems during their stay we offer 2 mobile numbers and an email contact so you are sure to be able to contact us. If there is a problem we will fix it and if it is necessary we will relocated you. Our belief is that your holiday time is important so do contact us while on holiday so that we can assist you. Our devotion to our holiday makers is evidenced in the fifty eight, 4 and 5 star reviews that we have received. Many of our guests re book and refer friends. Regarding telephone, there is a perfect signal on most networks, sorry to hear that there is still a net work with poor local coverage. Mattresses are changed regularly and we deep clean mattresses several times a year. We have now replaced a faulty mattress which has not lived up to the luxury price tag we paid for it. We take a lot of pride in the quality of our linens and the cleanliness of our cottages paying premium prices to our staff to ensure you have a great stay. We do not promote Wifi in this cottage. We do offer addresses for local wifi, one is a cafe only 40 metres away. Yes we feel the charm of being away from constant wifi can make a holiday complete. However for guests who have got to keep continuous wifi connection we do offer an O2 dongle service (advanced booking required) . Remember it is necessary to call us if you need anything and we are always delighted to help you have a great stay on the North Coast.
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4

Great location

  • 4 of 5

As has been said the cottage is small but was fine for us, just two adults and a dog. Had everything we need. Was nice having the bit of garden to sit in when the weather was good and we ate outside at the table.

Great location, can walk to harbour and to excellent pub which again was dog friendly. Fantastic walks nearby.

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
75 Kilometres
International Airport / George Best City Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Kilometres
Ballintoy
Nearest Ferry
80 Kilometres
Larne
Nearest Golf
8 Kilometres
Nearest Train
9 Kilometres
Coleraine
Nearest Restaurant
100 Metres
Ballintoy, Red Door
Nearest Beach
1 Kilometres
Beach
Car: recommended

The Causeway coast is rich with natural beauty and good places to eat. Only a few minutes away from your traditional Irish cottage you find such wonders as the Giants Causeway, Whitepark Bay, Torr Head, Rathlin Island,

The White Rocks Portrush and the Bush river that feeds the famous Busmills Irish Whisky Distillery. Great resturants and traditional pub fare helps to replace the calories lost on the beautiful coast walks. The National Trust has protected many miles of beautiful walks along beaches that join cliff tops to headlands from where you can watch the flow and ebb of the great tides that sweep in an out of the Irish sea from the North Atlantic. Fishing is rich as is the sea bird life on Rathlin, reached by regular daily ferry crossings or with fast RIBs that offer tours of the area. Some of Ireland's most famous golf clubs such as The Royal Portrush are only a few minutes away from your base in Ballintoy. To the south the majestic 7 Glens of Antrim are only half an hour away.

Other Activities: coastal sea trips, nature trails.

Golf: Ballintoy is located between the world renowned Royal Portrush and Ballycastle Golf Club. The beautiful Bushfoot Golf Club is a few minutes drive. All three clubs boast North Atlantic beach fronts. There are some 7 Golf Clubs in the area.

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Rates & Availability

Ballycastle Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
GBP
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
SPRING
Mar 4 2017 - Jun 9 2017
3 night minimum stay
$97
$466
$1,811
 
 
High season
Jun 10 2017 - Sep 15 2017
5 night minimum stay
$97
$634
$2,587
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$91
$466
$2,070
 

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $38.81
Pet Fee $25.87

Security deposit of £200 or 50% of rental applies to all bookings.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
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