Rural setting, three bedroomed, two bathroom family home with character.
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About Louise Nelson
Not so recently retired teacher and partner, John, a retired businessman who owned a local construction company. That's us in the picture at my daughter's wedding held in Ballintoy, June, 2017. Bit by bit and quite accidentally we have built up a three unit holiday rental business. We began ten years ago with our holiday property in Sablet, France. Three years ago we stumbled upon a small beachside cottage in the popular seaside village of Ballintoy on the Causeway Coast. This year we have decided to list our main residence in Galgorm Area, Ballymena as we felt we had something special and unique to offer the traveller. All our properties are listed via the HomeAway, and associated, web sites.
Louise Nelson purchased this House in 2006
Why Louise Nelson chose Ballymena
To begin with, Fallhead, name of the townland in which our property is located, is conveniently placed within one hour travel to and from our local airports, Belfast International, Belfast City (George Best) and City of Derry, our sea ports, Larne and Belfast. Dublin Airport, where many international travellers arrive on our island, is a comfortable two hour drive away, motorway virtually all the way. This location is less than one mile where I grew up and wandered through fields with sisters and friends, exploring areas that perhaps we shouldn't have ventured. It is approximately three miles from where I spent most of my married life and where my kids grew up. I have ended up in a rural setting, a place close to my heart, mid way between these two places. I couldn't believe when this site was listed for sale. Our relatively new property was lovingly designed and constructed by ourselves. Many hours were spent in the planning to create a home full of comfort and charm. We chose materials to add character such as the old terracotta tiles sourced in Marseille France. The stone fireplace provides the focal point of our living room and looks as if it's been insitu for a century due to the regular fires lit in our large wood burning stove. We didn't forget about local talent, our kitchen was manufactured less than a mile away and the wooden sash windows by a reputable carpentry company not much further away. I can't deny we are not influenced by our life in France and our little wine cellar welcomes a fresh supply of Cote du Rhone wine at the end of each summer. Furniture and accessories have been acquired throughout the years from many places that we visited world wide and, as a result, we have ended up with a blend of new and old that I believe sit well in the theme we have attempted to create to make this house a family home.
What makes this House unique
Peaceful, countryside location close to road and rail infrastructure, in short the perfect base for exploring the beauty that Northern Ireland has to offer: Tourism: World Heritage Site, award winning, The Giants Causeway. Causeway Coast and Glens, Carrick-a-rede Rope Bridge, Ballintoy. Picturesque Ballintoy Harbour. Game of Thrones locations, Ballintoy and The Dark Hedges, to name but a few. Bushmills Distillery. Dunluce Castle. Glenarm Castle. Carrickfergus Castle. Arthur Cottage (Cullybackey). The Crosskeys Inn, Ireland's oldest thatched pub. (Toomebridge). Ulster American Folk park, Omagh. Derry/Londonderry, City Walls, Guildhall, Peace Bridge, pubs, traditional music, culture. Belfast: Titanic Experience, City Hall, Belfast Castle, Grand Opera House, Crown Saloon, Botanic Gardens, Queens University, Ulster Museum, Victoria Square Shopping Centre, St George's Market. Black Taxi Tour, Belfast Food Tour, McHugh's Bar, Ulster Folk and Transport Museum. Ulster Orchestra, Traditional Irish Music. Stormont. Golf: Galgorm. Royal Portrush (British Open July, 2019). Portstewart (Dubai Duty Free Irish Open 2017). Ballycastle, Castlerock, Royal County Down, Malone. Templepatrick, Moyola. Weddings: Galgorm Resort and Spa. Ivory Pavillion, Galgorm Castle, Lissanoure Castle. Sport: Swimming/Spa (Galgorm Resort and Spa), Clay Pigeon Shooting: (Carnview Farms Clay Target Shooting Complex) Fishing (River Bush, Bushmills), Ulster Rugby, (Kingspan Stadium Belfast) Six Nations Rugby (Aviva Stadium, Dublin) Football (Windsor Park, Belfast). Sailing (Cushendall and Coleraine Yacht Clubs) Cycling, Walking, Running, hiking. Family reunions, family history, genealogy, public records office, communities, friendship, craic. Business, manufacturing, service, infrastructure, networking, farming, education, schools. film location. Food, restaurants, slow food, coffee, cafes. We take pride in presenting Northern Ireland from the comfort of our much loved home.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Near to the Galgorm Hotel
Brilliant property very near to the Galgorm hotel where we were attending a wedding. Very spacious, tasteful decor & everything you could need. Owner extremely attentive & obliging. Highly recommended.
We were absolutely thrilled with the house, property and location. The hosts were very easy to deal with and were readily available to answer any questions we had. I would not hesitate to suggest this rental to anyone. If we could rate it more than 5 stars we certainly would.
Beautiful spacious property
Would highly recommend this property. Beautifully presented, spacious with excellent facilities. We loved the sun lounge, cooking on the aga and dining on the terrace. Location is perfect for day trips to the north coast, Derry and Belfast whilst the immediate location is tranquil yet within 10 minutes of Ballymena. Would definitely stay again.
Beautiful, spacious and comfortable home located in a beautiful setting.
Beautiful home that provided our home base for our week long stay in Northern Ireland. House was spacious and very comfortable and the setting was beautiful, set in the rural countryside of NI. And yet, the house was very close to local shopping and restaurants. Louise was great to work with. Any questions we had were answered quickly, and Louise made sure our stay was both comfortable and enjoyable. The property is located within an hour of everything to see in NI, and was a welcome place to call home after a busy day of travelling NI. If we ever return to NI, I would not hesitate to rent this property again. Our overall experience was excellent!!
Amazing property and location
Thank you for sharing your beautiful property with us. House is perfect and well layed out.
Absolutely beautiful, extremely spacious house with lovely French interior design. Very clean and comfortable and everything provided. We especially liked the sun room and open plan lounge-dining-kitchen area. Pity it was too hot for the Aga, but cooking with hot plates, separate oven and microwave worked fine! Thank you so much for such an enjoyable stay in your wonderful accommodation.
Galgorm Resort and Spa - on doorstep
Galgorm Castle Golf Club
Fairhill Shopping Centre
Junction One Outlet Shopping
Raceview Golf Club
Ivory Pavillion Wedding Venue
Causeway Coast and Glens
Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge
Royal Portrush Golf Club
Portstewart Golf Club
Cushendall Yacht Club
River Bush - fishing
Game of Thrones Locations
The Dark Hedges,
Arthur Cottage (Cullybackey).
The Crosskeys Inn, Ireland's oldest thatched pub. (Toomebridge). Ulster American Folk park, Omagh.
Derry/Londonderry, City Walls, Guildhall, Peace Bridge,
Grand Opera House,
Victoria Square Shopping Centre,
St George's Market.
Ulster Folk and Transport Museum.
Traditional Irish Music.
Clay Pigeon Shooting: (Carnview Farms Clay Target Shooting Complex)
Fishing (River Bush, Bushmills),
Ulster Rugby, (Kingspan Stadium Belfast)
Six Nations Rugby (Aviva Stadium, Dublin)
Football (Windsor Park, Belfast).
Sailing (Cushendall and Coleraine Yacht Clubs)
Glens of Antrim