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Hillcrest Cottage

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Very Good 4.5/5 Score from 7 reviews

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Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4

Key Info
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car essential
  • No pets allowed

Situated in a rural location 3 miles from Carrickfergus town 15 miles from Belfast this converted 19th century stone barn has been beautifully renovated to maintain its original charm but with all modern facilities. The cottage has been graded four stars by NI Tourist Board and sits on a hillside overlooking Belfast Lough.The cottage has a double king sized bedroom downstairs with a full kitchen and full bathroom. The first floor has a twin room with en-suite and a sitting room. Located next to the owners home, on a 5 acre small holding, it is ideally situated for visiting Belfast and touring the Causeway Coast.

Size Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms
Will consider Long term lets (over 1 month)
Access Car essential
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Belfast International Airport 32 km, Nearest railway: Carrickfergus 5 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Internet access, DVD player, Sea view
General Central heating, TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites
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 Shared garden
Access Secure parking

The County Antrim region


The marine drive north from Carrickfergus, and then west past the Giant's Causeway to the resort of Portrush, follows 60 miles of the most beautiful coast you could imagine.

The first 28 miles were blasted out from the chalky cliffs in 1834. Soon after, when the road was opened right round to Ballycastle, all nine glens suddenly became accessible and the farmers could get to market. The road passes by the foot of each of the glens. If you resist the temptation to turn inland, and stay instead with the road and the sea breezes, a splendid marine drive lies ahead.

Each of the coastal villages has a distinctive character. The castle at Glenarm is the home of the Earls of Antrim, and Carnlough has a famous inn which was once owned by Winston Churchill. The red curfew tower in the middle of Cushendall was built in 1809 as 'a place of confinement for idlers and rioters', and the National Trust village of Cushendun has pretty Cornish cottages and a beautiful beach. The road runs under bridges and arches, passing bays, sandy beaches, harbours and strange rock formations. As you turn Ulster's top right-hand corner, the green crescent of Murlough Bay comes into sight before the climb to the eerie tableland of Fair Head, and a bird's eye view of Rathlin Island.

From one of these harbours, it's said, sorrowful Deirdre and the sons of Uisneach embarked for Scotland to escape the wrath of King Conor.

The biggest annual event is the Oul' Lammas Fair in Ballycastle. In the old days it lasted a week when there was plenty of match-making as well as horse-trading. Today the fun is packed into two hectic days at the end of August.





Carrickfergus is an exciting and beautiful place to be. Many people return again and again to experience its welcome, charm and wonderful fusion of old and new.

A superb coastline setting along Belfast Lough with views to Scotland, home to a wide diversity of wildlife, including seals, eagles and guillemots

•an imposing and renowned 12th Century Norman Castle that overshadows an ancient Harbour

•an historic town centre, enclosed within 16th century stone walls, complemented by contemporary shops, cafes and restaurants

•smart public promenades, walkways, parks and piazzas with public art and stunning civic floral displays, multiple winner of 'Ulster in Bloom'

•an impressive and vibrant new Marina and Waterfront development

To find out more about these attractions and so much else as well you simply must contact the Carrickfergus Tourist Information Centre which is located in the Museum and Civic Centre in the heart of the Carrickfergus town. With friendly, informed staff, a popular gift shop and a wide range of brochures and tourist information, a visit to the Tourist Information Centre will help you make the most of your time in Carrickfergus.

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Review 1-7 of 7

6 Sep 2014


"lovely location, quaint cottage"

We were met by Bob on arrival who kindly showed us around, lovely welcome. The cottage was a typical country cottage with amazing views over carrickfergus and Belfast lough. The upstairs was very well… More

we are glad you enjoyed your stay in our cottage. As we are in the country you tend to get more insects. However we are surprised you found any spiders or indeed any cobwebs. My wife and I clean the cottage ourselves and we are very thorough and remove dust, cobwebs etc., giving the cottage a final check shortly before handover. All I can think is that they occurred during your stay.

23 Feb 2014


"Fantastic location."

I found the surroundings interesting, near the sea front, which would be great in the Summer. The cottage had everything included and was close to all shops an supermarkets. The Family as a whole were… More

thank you for taking the trouble and time to write a review. We are pleased everything was to your satisfaction and hope to see you in the future. Norma and Bob

30 Dec 2013


"Pleasant cottage, good views, requires some updating."

Spent a week at this cottage visiting family over the Christmas period 2013. Met by the owner on the first day and given a tour etc. Thankfully the owner had put the central heating on it was cold and windy outside and was very welcome. It was explained that the heating was set for all day and only went off at night after 11pm. We were also advised that the thermostat was faulty all I can say to this was that as the thermostat could not be altered it was either uncomfortably or freezing if it was turned off and nothing in between. Clearly this is an issue that needs sorting and should have been sorted before arrival. The cleanliness of the cottage on the whole was ok although there was a lack of attention to detail hairs on toilets and in bath etc and some general dust etc. With the exception of the washing machine which was clearly new the kitchen appliances/utensils could do with some updating. Also we did have some issues with the electric showers re temp, boiling hot at times could be an issue iparticularly if used by younger users. The mattresses on the beds upstairs were uncomfortable again it's suggested some updating is required. Bearing in mind it was Christmas and it just so happened that on a couple of days it was some of the worst storms/gales to hit the UK and this location for many years apart from one further contact orchestrated by me an enquiry re bins the owner made no further contact not to wish seasons greetings or to check that everything was ok after the storms we did find this surprising particularly after some previous reviews. Most of the review has been negative thus far however on a positive side the cottage it self was really quaint with unusual features and windows. The views of Belfast Lough and Carrickfergus were stunning particularly at night. The location was ok although would be an issue in snow. All in all it served our purpose in terms of location.

I must apologise for the heating thermostat in the cottage not working. Unfortunately we were not able to get an electrician over the Christmas period. Regarding updating, the washer/dryer, fridge freezer, cooking pans, cutlery and stair carpet are all new this year. In addition the downstairs bedroom was completely refurnished in quality solid oak. The twin room will be updated this year. Our cottage is assessed every year by the Northern Ireland Tourist Board and our 4 star grading was confirmed in August. Regarding the electric showers the temperature needs to be set before you get into the shower. Regarding the lack of contact,it was winter with short days. It was also Christmas and your family and my family were busy doing what one does at Christmas so we were both not there a lot. The cottage is close to our house and you will recall I did say when showing you around the cottage not to hesitate to call us if you needed anything. In our years of renting our cottage we have found that you have to be careful not to be intrusive of guests privacy so there is a fine line to walk. We try to get it right and hope we generally do. We hope you will stay with us again in the future

30 Sep 2013


"Cottage stay at Hillcrest"

Overall a great location with all you could want ample parking lovely location with stunning views the off the road location is not isolated but quiet and peaceful within easy reach of Larne or Belfas… More

Thank you for submitting a review. Look forward to seeing you in the future. Regards Norma and Bob

27 Sep 2013


"A wonderful place to stay"

stayed here with family for 3 nights and it was a truly wonderful little gem set in countryside just out of town. the owner and his family were very welcoming and the cottage had everything you could… More

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We are glad you had a pleasant stay at our cottage and you found it good value and found it clean and tidy. Look forward to you staying with us again. Regards Norma and Bob

9 Jun 2013


"Clean, well appointed, warm and comfortable cottage."

A clean, well appointed, warm and comfortable cottage. Exactly as described. Friendly and welcoming owner. Lovely location. Book with confidence

We are glad you enjoyed your stay in our cottage and your short holiday in Northern Ireland. Hope to see you again. Best wishes Norma and Bob

23 Apr 2013


"Comfortable, clean & friendly like our own home."

We strongly recommend Hillcrest Cottage. It is centrally located and served us as a base while touring Ulster. It is easy to access & the roads are excellent. We slept extremely well - probably due to the sound-deafening effect of the 24" thick walls. Norma & Bob are friendly & helpful hosts - even going as far as to supply a son-in-law to help dig us out when we became stuck in the snow dumped by the worst weather system in 75 years. Our daughter & family stayed at Hillcrest Cottage in 2010 and strongly echo our sentiments. The high quality is the same now as then. We wish Norma, Bob & their family success for many years to come. Thank you for looking after us.

Hello Sam and Bonnie, thank you for your review. Sorry about the weather but glad you enjoyed your stay. Hope to see you in the future. Norma and Bob

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