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Geoff and Hilda

Member since: 2012
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Speaks: english

Well presented Semi-det House ideal for relaxing break - Scenery, Golf, Beach

51 Reviews
Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Overview

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3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, sleeps 6

The property is a three bedroom semi-detached house. It is situated in the attractive town of Portstewart on the majestic north coast. The town has a picturesque harbour and promenade with a two-mile long beach. On the Promenade you will find a children play area, paddling pool and more. The house is off the main road , literally about a six minute/0.8km walk to the Promenade.

There is an open plan Living/Dining Area and a separate Kitchen downstairs, with two double and one single (with sturdy bunks) bedrooms upstairs. The living/dining area, hall and upstairs bedrooms all have wooden floors. The stairs and landing are carpeted. Outside there is a garage where you can hang your wet suits, store your surfboards, bicycles, etc. There is quite a large front side garden and enclosed side and rear gardens to keep the little ones safe. On the rear patio there is garden furniture (table and chairs). Fuel for the fire is also available in the coal-house. Wi-fi is available.

There are so many things to see and do in the area and beyond. Here are a few suggestions;

- Stroll down to the Promenade and peruse the shops

- Walk from the house, over the hill to the coastal path, the Strand, Barmouth or the Promenade and beyond.

- Play bowls, tennis, putting, golf or surf on Portstewart Strand Within a few miles there are Golf courses in Portstewart (3), Portrush (2), Bushmills and a 9 hole course between the two Ports.

- to the east visit Dunluce Castle, Bushmills Distillery, Giants Causeway, Carrick-a-rede rope Bridge and Ballycastle and Rathlin Island. (Bring your National Trust Card)

- to the west visit Mussenden Temple and Downhill Demesne for a walk.(One of the most photographed scenes in Ireland)

- Travel by train from Coleraine to Derry/Londonderry, one of Michael Palin’s Great Railway Journeys. Walk on the historic Derry walls.

- A ferry will take you from Magilligan to Greencastle in Donegal where you can go for a wonderful days drive round the Inishowen Peninsula.

- You must check out the Antrim Coast Road, described as 'one of the top 5 driving trips in the world'.

- A day trip to our capitol, Belfast, is only 1 hour 15 minutes away.

- In Portstewart there are many restaurants,or try Portrush for a change.

- The nearest Tourist Information Office is in Coleraine; the Library situated below the Townhall on the Promenade has a little information, the Library also has internet access, which is free to members or a small charge if not.

Please Note: We respond promptly to all enquiries, usually within a few hours. If you do not receive a reply from us within 24 hrs we recommend you check your junk/spam mail box or telephone us. Thank you.

More Details
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Geoff and Hilda (Owner)
Member since: 2012
Call Owner
Speaks: english

About Geoff and Hilda

I am a retired Civil Servant, and for most of my working life I was in the computer software and security business. I was born in Portstewart and lived there until I got married to Hilda in 1971,

when I moved to Belfast. Hilda trained and nursed in the RVH Belfast before and after we had 3 children. Hilda has now been a counsellor for the last 20 years. We have four grandchildren.

Why Geoff and Hilda chose Northern Ireland

1 Seafield Park was Hilda's family home from 1966 after moving from Belfast. Two years later Hilda moved back to Belfast to train as a nurse in the RVH. We have owned the house from about 2001. It has been fully renovated and fitted out with high quality furnishings, kitchen appliances and units.

We try to ensure that the property in kept in 5 star condition, not only for our own use but to share with you, our guests.

What makes this house unique

We have 3 grown up children and 4 grandchildren. They have all spent many happy holidays in this house which is now fully equipped and modernised for present day living. The property is in a peaceful location yet very convenient to the beach, our promenade and all the magnificent scenery of the North Coast and Donegal. We have private parking and an enclosed back garden

Guestbook comments from the owner

We spent a great time in the Porstewart area, partly thanks to your sympathetic and friendly welcome, comfort, and quality of your home; we felt there (almost ...) like at home (worry less). Thank you for having so much thought to the welfare of your tenants! Everything was perfect for us.

The very pleasant weather, the uncrowded period with tourists, beautiful places, very welcoming and warm irish people (which should still learn French!). Everything was there for a great stay, despite an unpleasant red car and moving on the left!

We have not had time to discover Derry or Belfast especially; it’s a pity, but we intend to return to Ireland a fourth time!
Sep 2015
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based on 51 traveler reviews

Well presented Semi-det House ideal for relaxing break - Scenery, Golf, Beach
average rating of 4.980392 based on 57 reviews
5

Perfect holiday home

  • 5 of 5

I stayed at this lovely house with a group of friends for the North west 200 motorbike races 8th _ 15th May.

This was our second visit to the house having stayed at the house for our visit to the 2014 races.

This year we had a full week of full sunshine !

Yet again the house was lovely and clean, well maintained, fresh and bright. Again everything you could possibly need was provided. The provision of towels was again appreciated as we were on our bikes so space on the bike is a premium.

Two double beds and a set of bunk bed, bathroom has an excellent shower, kitchen has everything including microwave, cooker, washing machine etc. Garage is secure and gives access to the tumble drier. The rear garden is private and during our stay managed to have a BBQ. The property comes with garden table and chairs. In the garage were deckchairs, wind breakers and a number of fun bits for the kids to take to the beach.

We made the most of the good weather and had several great days out on the bikes around Northern Ireland, there is so much to see. Port Stewart is a ten minute walk from the house and offers a lovely town with shops, pubs and take away. A large Tesco is a five minute drive. A fifteen minute walk takes you to The Strand which is a lovely wide beach. Alternatively walk along the coastal path from The Strand into Port Stewart.(great restaurant with a massive selection of cakes!!).

What has never ceases to impress me when I have visited Northern Ireland is the very warm welcome from everyone you meet. You feel genuinely welcome and I always look forward to my visits to this great country.

I can whole heartedly recommend this house for a summer holiday and hope it is not too long before I am back.

  • Submitted: May 26, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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Perfect

  • 5 of 5

Second time I have been to this house and it was just as before - clean, comfortable, and with all utensils to not have to worry about a thing. Wifi and towels a bonus as we were on a motorcycle trip - garage meant the bikes were tucked away for the night.

Neighbours and anyone that passed as friendly as ever.

Brilliant location for amenities and day trips, walking distance to the beach.

Everywhere we went people wanted to talk - such a friendly country to visit.

Highly recommended holiday home.

  • Submitted: May 25, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was lovely to see you and your friends returning to us Pete, we are pleased you still found our home to your liking. Our friendliness possibly comes from the bracing fresh sea air coming off the Atlantic, very healthy! Thank you for your recommendation. Looking forward to seeing you again soon.
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Home from Home

  • 5 of 5

A true home from home.Well maintained,clean and with everything you could wish for. Conveniently located in a quiet area close to the beach and all amenities.This was our second visit to the house and no doubt will be returning.

Neil Smith

  • Submitted: May 25, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Neil, it was a pleasure to have you back again. Our location in Portstewart is ideal for walking to the very nearby shops and restaurants. You also have easy access to all the beauty of the coast whether you travel east or west. We look forward to welcoming you again.
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Property that ticks all the boxes.

  • 5 of 5

Returned to this house and it was just as before - clean, comfortable, and with all utensils to not have to worry about a thing. Wifi and towels a bonus as we were on a motorcycle trip - garage meant the bikes were tucked away for the night.

Neighbours and anyone that passed as friendly as ever.

Brilliant location for amenities and day trips, walking distance to the beach.

Everywhere we went people wanted to talk - such a friendly country to visit.

Highly recommended holiday home.

  • Submitted: May 23, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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Great holiday home for a young family

  • 5 of 5

We had a great stay in this holiday home in Portstewart. The house was exceptionally clean and very well equipped. It had a lot of little touches that can make all the difference in a self catering place - plenty of towels, tea towels, dishwashing cloths, boxes of tissues etc as well as a cot and highchair and good wifi.

Our young boys particularly enjoyed the novelty of having bunk beds and making use of the garden (and things like the swingball set were a great touch).

The location of the house was good. It was about a fifteen minute walk into Portstewart centre and we could have walked to the strand too (but instead we drove to make use of the on-beach parking!). We had some lovely meals out (Harry's shack and Amici) but the restaurant literally across the road from the house (Kargo 56) was also decent enough and we went there twice due to its handiness. There was a spar shop on the way into town (10min walk) but also a reasonably large telco less than 5min drive away.

All in all a well equipped, comfortable house that made a great base for a stay at the beautiful north coast.

  • Submitted: May 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
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Caringly stocked with every comfort.

  • 5 of 5

Second time the boys and I have stayed at the property. Would like to keep it a secret as it's that good but know Geoff is almost destitute and needs the income, so I have to tell you without doubt that you won't find a better home from home. The house has every comfort you need to make a stay away stress free and enjoyable, just don't book it when we want to return!

There are numerous shops nearby and the north coast is on the doorstep. I could go on and on about how good it is, just visit Portstewart and find out for yourself, book it, read the guest book and you'll see everyone loved it. Thanks Hilda and Geoff.

  • Submitted: May 20, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind comments Colin. With a recommendation like that you better check your diary for your next trip. It was great to have you stay another year. You and the boys (slightly mature gentlemen) are welcome anytime.
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Map

Nearest Airport
76 Kilometres
Belfast International
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Kilometres
The Anchor Inn
Nearest Ferry
93 Kilometres
Belfast
Nearest Golf
1 Kilometres
Portstewart Golf Club
Nearest Train
7 Kilometres
Coleraine
Nearest Motorway
44 Kilometres
M2 Junction 12
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Kilometres
The Anchor Inn
Nearest Beach
1 Kilometres
Portstewart Strand (Blue Flag)
Car: not necessary

Portstewart is a quite, sedate resort, with a picturesque harbour and promenade and to the west is the sweeping two-mile stretch of Portstewart Strand. Great golf courses including Portstewart and Royal Portrush which was the venue for Irish Open 2012. Travel east and within 20 minutes you can visit Dunluce Castle, Bushmills Distillery, Giant's Causeway. Travel a little further see Carrig-a-rede ropebridge and Ballycastle and a little boat trip to Rathlin Island and do a spot of Bird Watching. Portstewart has wonderful coastal walks to Blue Flag beaches, swim, surf or lie in the dunes and soak up the sun. If you want to play, there is Tennis, Bowls, Putting, Sea Fishing trips from the local harbour, surfing on Portstewart Strand or for a change try Portrush and of course Championship Golf courses in Portstewart and Portrush. Go west to Derry / Londonderry (was UK City of Culture 2013, about 1hr. drive) and Co.Donegal for more magnificent scenery. Come during May for the International North West 200 Motor Cycle Race Week; July for the N.I. Milk Cup football Tournament and 'Keswick at Portstewart'; September for the N.I. International Air Show. These are just a few of the highlights. Remember each season gives a different experience.

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Rates & Availability

County Londonderry House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Mid Season 3
May 15 2016 - Jun 24 2016
5 night minimum stay
$132
$719
 
 
High Season
Jun 25 2016 - Sep 2 2016
7 night minimum stay
$807
$2,788
 
 
Mid Season
Sep 3 2016 - Oct 28 2016
4 night minimum stay
$132
$719
$2,201
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$132
$719
$2,788
 

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

A weekend night refers to a Friday, Saturday or Sunday.
A 30% deposit is required to confirm the booking. The remaining balance must be paid 8 weeks before rental commences.
There is a £200 damage deposit payable with the remaining balance. This will be returned within 14 days of departure.
Cancellation Policy: Dep. and balance will be re-paid in full if the property can be re-booked.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Northern Ireland House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house (semi-detached)
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 900 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Town
Theme:
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • The bathroom has an electric shower in the bath and a small bathroom cabinet. Toilet step for small children.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - Sturdy Bunk Bed and Travel Cot
  • In each bedroom there is a built-in wardrobe and a four drawer chest. The double bedrooms have two 3-drawer bedside cabinets. There are two chairs in each room for your convenience. there is a radio in the double bedrooms.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Patio
  • 8 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
The hob in the kitchen is a four ring gas hob. The music available is a small number CD's of different genres of music, a number of DVD's are also available. Elderly are of course very welcome, however you will have to consider that all bedrooms are upstairs.

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