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The Bothy at Balnaholish


Excellent 5/5 Score from 10 reviews

Escape in the tranquility and rural beauty

Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 5 km
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

A charming, cosy, traditional farmer's cottage set in the quiet rural surroundings of North Antrim farmland. A wealth of oldie-worldy furnishings including exposed beams, feature fireplace and woodburner. The cottage offers comfortable accommodation for families or friends wishing to explore the Causeway Coast.

First opened in March 2014 following an extensive renovation and conversion the Bothy recently featured in an article in 'Farm Week' which describes it as "a cottage of unusual appeal …. Fabrics and wall colours of pale pastel greens, subtle, soft light shades which merge with the atmospheric dimensions of this incredible building, don't overpower the senses yet leave one with the comfortable feeling of being immersed in a homely cottage ….. Each room is a journey into the dream world of relaxed charm and restfulness."

The Bothy dates back to the 1700s but has recently been fully modernised whilst retaining all its original charm. The thick walls, modern insulation and central heating ensure that it is beautifully warm throughout the year whilst the fully equipped kitchen has an energy efficient oven/hob and appliances that are all A-rated or higher.

Graded 4 star **** by the Northern Ireland Tourist Board the accommodation is all on the ground floor. There are two bedrooms, one with a double bed and one with twin beds (or super king size). A bathroom with loo, bath and a sensational thermostatically controlled deluge shower! A living and dining room with a prominent chimney breast and heavy wooden shelf, beamed ceiling, wicker basket and stove. A long hall and fitted kitchen with pleasing design, colour schemes and all 'mod cons'.

Oil central heating with woodburner in lounge. Electric oven & hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine/dryer, dishwasher, WIFI, TV, DVD, radio/CD, iPod docking station, library of books, games & DVDs, cot & highchair, hairdryer, fresh flowers and welcome pack of locally produced bread, preserves, fresh eggs, milk and butter.

Bed linen, hand and bath towels are included along with all environmentally friendly bathroom and kitchen toiletries. A starter pack for our eco friendly wood burning stove is included together with oil fired central heating and electricity. Dogs and smoking are not allowed as we pride ourselves on keeping a healthy clean environment for people who may be sensitive to air pollution and allergies.

There is a lawned garden and woodland. Patio with furniture and BBQ.

There is ample lockable storage for bikes, golf clubs and surf boards.

Size Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms
Nearest beach Ballycastle 5 km
Will consider Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 5 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, Internet access, DVD player
General Central heating, TV, CD player, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms
Furniture Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ
Access Parking

The County Antrim region

The seaside town of Ballycastle offers many facilities, including four small supermarkets, pubs, restaurants and cafes, petrol station, fish & chip shops, chinese takeaway, a chemist, butcher, several churches and a post office.

The many activities available include an excellent 18 hole golf course, marina, tennis courts, traditional music, a children's playground, pony trekking, sea fishing, beaches, surfing and coastal walks.

Go west along the Causeway coast to the picturesque Ballintoy Harbour and Carrick-a-Reade rope bridge or continue a little further to the Giant's Causeway and Bushmills Distillery.

Go east through the scenic Glens of Antrim to Cushendall, Cushendun and Glenariff. Or go north to Rathlin Island, Fairhead and Murlough Bay where you can enjoy some stunning wildlife, fishing and diving.

There are numerous white sandy beaches throughout the area, including Ballycastle Strand, perfect for a brisk morning walk, or the panoramic White Park Bay.

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8 Oct 2014


"If I could give it six stars I would!"

The Bothy is, quite simply, an absolute gem! Fabulous location near all the sights of the North Coast, but nestled in the quiet countryside about four miles from Ballycastle. April and Neil have tho… More

I am completely overwhelmed by your lovely review and thrilled you all had a wonderful time.
Very much looking forward to seeing you again soon.
Warmest regards from us both,

12 Sep 2014


"Memorable trip."

We have just returned home ,from a delightful and relaxing week staying at The Bothy I cannot praise it enough.There were tea and scones made for us on our arrival. The decoration and furnishing we… More

Firstly I would just like to say a huge thank you for leaving The Bothy so clean and tidy also for stripping the bed ,such a kind thought and much appreciated.
It is always such a joy to hear that our guests have enjoyed their stay in The Bothy and found the beds and bedding so comfy.
It was lovely meeting you and we hope you will come back again and explore more of the beautiful coastline.

Warmest regards,

11 Aug 2014


"Relaxing and peaceful - superb!"

If I could find a fault it would be this: it is so quiet and comfortable, we woke up late every day! This lovely cottage is tastefully decorated and furnished in understated colours, with flowers in… More

Delighted you found The Bothy so quiet and comfortable.
Thank you for your kind and helpful review.
Kind regards

27 Jul 2014



This cottage was as little gem hidden in northern Ireland. The hostess couldn't have been more helpful. Arriving to tea and scones just made this stay special. The area the cottage was in was ver… More

Fantastic news to hear you had a lovely time and that you will definitely be back again,we look forward to it very much.
Warmest regards,

2 Jun 2014


"Lovely very charming and comfortable cottage with a very warm welcome by April."

The cottage is charming, tastefully decorated and kitted out with everything you could expect. tThe location is quiet and rural. The proprietor, April, was very welcoming with various goodies to greet… More

We are so pleased you found the Bothy so comfortable and charming but also enjoyed exploring the coast.
Thank you for your most helpful comment about the towel storage which is now in hand!
Hope to see you all again sometime.

Kindest regards,


6 May 2014


"Idyllic cottage!"

My husband and I booked The Bothy for the bank holiday weekend and we were both extremely pleased that we did. Upon arrival, we both agreed that the pictures online did not actually do the cottage ju… More

I am so happy to hear that you found The Bothy 'utterly delightful 'and that you were able to fully relax. I cant begin to tell you how thrilled we are to hear this and thank you so much for your lovely review.
Looking forward to seeing you again soon.

Warmest regards,

24 Apr 2014


"The ultimate cottage experience. We absolutely loved it!"

We booked our stay at The Bothy over the Easter break with our 2 young children. It certainly had the wow factor! On our arrival our host April welcomed us into this amazing little cottage and had mad… More

Thank you very much for your kind words,it is very much appreciated and we look forward to seeing you again sometime.

5 Apr 2014


"This cottage has 'wow' factor!"

We only stayed the weekend but we wished we could have stayed the whole week. Every need had been considered. April had laid out tea for our arrival and we were warmly welcomed. The kitchen was kitted… More

It means so much to us to know that you had a lovely relaxing time at the Bothy and that you wished you could have stayed longer.This is really wonderful to hear as it is exactly what we hoped to achieve; by providing a place of tranquility in which to escape from the mad rush of everyday life!

21 Mar 2014


"We thought a place like this didn't exist!!"

"What could we improve?" is what the extremely kind and helpful owners of the Bothy, Neil and April, asked us as we were leaving the place after a wonderful stay. And to be perfectly honest,… More

Thank you for leaving everything so clean and tidy and for your super review.
We are delighted you had a wonderful stay in The Bothy and look forward to seeing you again soon.
Warmest Regards,

7 Mar 2014


"An amazing escape created by welcoming hosts."

The Bothy exceeded our expectations and it's with thanks to both April and Neil for not only sharing such a special place but also for their welcoming hospitality. The cottage is beautifully deco… More

It was lovely to meet you all and we are thrilled you enjoyed your stay so much and thank you for your most kind review.It is lovely to have feedback.
Do please come back again soon!
Kindest Regards

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