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The Old Flax Mill, Coleraine- unique heritage stay

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Very Good 4.5/5 Score from 3 reviews

Watermill | 6 bedrooms | sleeps 18

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 12 km
  • Suitable for children over 5
  • Car essential
  • Pets welcome
  • Private garden

The Old Flax Mill, Aghadowey, County Londonderry, Causeway Coast

Please ask about special deals for longer stays as these are best rates

Beautiful new apartments in a very unique historic building fronted by an amazing river. The Old Flax Mill is a fantastic stone building originally dating from 1786 that has been renovated to a very high standard.

A combination of antique features and modern amenities makes this a very special place to stay. The enchanting noise from the river and the surrounding countryside makes this a peaceful and relaxing break. Riverside walks and the wow factor of the Old Flax Mill building will be an experience you won't forget.

The Mill is a unique holiday offering as a touring base close by the attractions of the Causeway Coast. It aims to host large group parties, family reunions, birthdays, corporate training retreats and in weddings in late 2015. We can also cater for weekends away in the country, though the minimum stay is currently set at 3 days.

Its newly landscaped grounds of four acres with steps down to the River Rhee offer a tranquil spot for a groups to relax in private.

Various permutations & choices of bedrooms are available as below and the rooms are mainly ensuites.

All the ensuites come with mini fridges and kettle for coffee/tea making.

Room configuration

Ground Floor

The ground floor has a spacious lounge and bar by the fireplace [overlooked the mezzanine map room on first floor], one double bedroom that could serve less well able bodied persons who don't wish to climb stairs and with shower room adjacent.

To the east of the entrance lobby there are two further lounges/dayrooms and a full kitchen on the east wing. The kitchen as a full range of appliances, including fridge/freezer, gas stove, microwave and toaster. There is enough tableware and gasses for a party of 20+.

Clothes washing facilities are available in the utility room, by request only for a modest additional. charge.

Second Floor

The second floor has five bedrooms, four of which are ensuites and one of which is the bridal/master bedroom suite in itself over 600 square feet with a walk in wardrobe. The master bedroom has views over to the river.

This floor has a small library cum map room with a collection of literature with some interesting information on the locality and its by gone days.

Top Floor of the Mill

We also have a suite of rooms on the top floor of the Flax Mill that might best suit the needs of a medium-sized group, up to ten persons.

The top floor comprises:, two large ensuites; a further larger family bedroom with four single beds and a corridor bathroom; a large reception/dining room with an adjoining toilet and a kitchenette.

The kitchenette has a fridge, a two ring gas stove, microwave, toaster, kettle and equipped with crockery, cutlery etc. This suffices for breakfast but is not really suitable for main meals preparation on account of its limited size. There is ample dining space in the adjoining reception.

The run of these top floor rooms is about 4,000 sq feet, its more than ample room for a gathering in the reception/dining room space of 16 persons.

Old Flax Mill Guest Annex

The mill can be partitioned off to accommodate two groups of guest at a time. Guests who book more than six bedrooms may enjoy exclusive use of the mill.

The Guest Annex is the east wing of the Flax Mill. On the first floor we can offer a very generous master bedroom ensuite, another ensuite bedroom and one further bedroom with bathroom opposite.

Pls note the same property is also listed under the name Collins Fax Mill on a parallel entry on the advice of Holiday Lettings as the mill is large enough to accommodate more than one party at any one time. Each website entry allows one booking at any one time, thus we have two sister web entries for the same property.

Pets Policy

Pets are more than welcome, even inside the Mill, so long as you clean the dogs off before they come inside. The Mill has some lovely polished reclaimed wood which we are trying keep in top condition.

Car Parking

There is ample secure car parking for all guests and for larger functions we can manage parking to accommodate up to 60 cars at a time

Booking & Tariffs please also note

The Mill has nine bedrooms in total. We price according to the season; the number of rooms and/or the numbers of people checking in, so please be sure to ask for a quotation direct from the owners that suits your own particular needs,

Please state the ideal number of rooms required, and any relevant details, such as the number of adults, children & ages of children so we can allocate the best rooms accordingly.


You may only have exclusive use of the mill & its facilities when you book six or more rooms. The better room rates are for longer term stays given the cleaning costs 12,000 square feet and bed linen for 16+ for a one night visit is prohibitively costly at our end.

Sister Sites: The Old Flax Mill, Aghadowey & The 1786 Old Flax Mill

The Holiday Lettings website architecture does not allow us to book in two or more groups at peak times. Thus Holiday Lettings has advised us to set up parallel mini websites for the property on Holiday Lettings, these being The Old Flax Mill, Aghadowey & The 1786 Old Flax Mill [named for the year the mill was built]. If we are fully booked on The Old Flax Mill site, you may try these options as alternatives as the main site will not let us lease our extra rooms once the first booking is in the Holiday Lettings calendar. All clear, I hope!

Please Also Note Well

1. It strictly a No Smoking Mill

2 The second building at the Mill, the Mill Office Building adjacent is off limits and not open to the public before 2016.

Local Facilities

Ten minutes drive away is The Riverside Retail Park and it is the main retail development in Coleraine.

Riverside Retail Park consists Sainsbury's [and its petrol outlet], Argos and Currys, B&Q Warehouse, Dunelm Mill, B&M, Pets at Home, Halfords, Harry Corry, Harveys, Carpetright, Maplin, Starplan, Poundstretcher, Lidl, Frankie & Benny's and Costa Coffee. Close to this complex is McDonalds, Burger King and some further choices of restaurants.

Riverside has 650 dedicated car parking spaces.

The Jet Centre at the Riverside has a cinema complex and children;s play amenities.


The Park is a few minutes drive from the Mill. It is located 2 miles south of central Coleraine and can be accessed from either the A29 Dunhill Road or the A54 Castleroe Road, either side of the Strand Road Roundabout.

Alley Cats

Also at the Riverside is Alley Cats. is one of the largest Indoor Soft Play Centres in the Northern Ireland! Situated at The Jet Centre, Riverside Park South, Coleraine, it provides one and a half hours of healthy, expressive and creative play for 0 – 12 year olds/under 4' 10”. For 0–6 month olds it provides an extra-large playpen/ball pit where babies can safely play. For the 7 to 59 Month olds there is a two storey frame for them to climb, crawl and slide on. It includes a log ramp, slide, two ball pools, a boggle ball, a ball shower and a car wash. The three storey 60 month to 12 years frame includes a climbing wall, 3 slides, giant balls pit, rope bridge, look-out tower, sky gliders and cargo nets etc.

Local attractions

The Flax Mill is a short drive to the beaches and attractions of Castlerock, Portrush [East & West Strands] Portstewart and a little farther afield 25 mins away Bushmills and the Giant's Causeway.



We have a laundry facility in the Utility Room in the ground floor. Should you wish to use the laundry facility please alert the Flax Mill management so it can be opened. Charges Applicable

Size Sleeps up to 18, 6 bedrooms
Nearest beach Portrush 12 km
Will consider Corporate bookings, House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month)
Access Car essential
Nearest Amenities 3 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Belfast International 40 km, Nearest railway: Coleraine 5 km
Family friendly Suitable for children over 5
Notes Pets welcome, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire
General Central heating, TV, CD player, Telephone, Games room, Safe
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 6 bedrooms, 10 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms, 6 En suites and 2 Shower rooms
Furniture Single beds (4), Double beds (4), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 20
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available, Private fishing lake or river
Access Secure parking

About this location

The County Londonderry region

The mill is situated n County Londonderry but close to County Antrim and its numerous tourist attractions

County Londonderry makes up one of the six counties of Northern Ireland and is located towards the North West of the country.

The unique location of County Londonderry covers 4 key destinations. The iconic coastline is positioned within the Causeway Coast and Glens area and has been recognised internationally for its stretch of railway between Coleraine and Londonderry, admired by seasoned travellers such as Michael Palin. In the South East of the county is Ballyronan Marina, a picturesque visitor site located within the village of Ballyronan on the shores of Lough Neagh.

The Sperrin Mountains cover a large area of County Londonderry and can be experienced by exploring the Sperrins Scenic Driving Routes. Alternatively take a walk through some of the many forest parks such as Banagher Glen and the Roe Valley. If you want more of an urban feel, then there is always Derry~Londonderry, Northern Ireland's second city, home to the famous city walls and the first ever UK City of Culture in 2013.


The Mill is ten minutes drive from Coleraine

Coleraine is the largest and main town on the Causeway Coast with a population of 24,089. Situated on the banks of the River Bann, Coleraine has an attractive pedestrian town centre with award winning floral displays. Soaked in history, charm and character, the town offers a unique mix of old and new with first class shopping, historic buildings and several parks ideal for families. Follow the Walking Heritage Trail round the old 17th Century Plantation town.

Situated on Ireland's beautiful North Coast, Coleraine is home to the excavated Mountsandel site, the location of the first known human settlement in Ireland and is of great historical significance within the history of Ireland. The site can be found on the east bank of the River Bann, upon which the town of Coleraine lies. As a 17th century plantation town, Coleraine boasts a Walking Heritage Trail, 'Around the Ramparts'

Coleraine today is bustling university town which now offers every amenity and top-class shopping as well as fantastic recreational activities. As the largest town on the Causeway Coast, Coleraine is just a few miles away from the popular seaside towns of Portrush and Portstewart and of course, the awe-inspiring Giant's Causeway – the top tourist attraction in Ireland in 2004

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Review 1-3 of 3

25 Aug 2014


"Well Hidden Gem, a mill of a difference"

We did not know quite what to expect when we first went to this mill property. Its certainly different. Its big, its stunning and its by the river and its beautiful. I almost got lost within it, it took a few times up and down the stairs to get orientated.
A very unique place hidden away down a valley in middle of countryside [make sure you your check directions afore you go unless u have Google]. The great thing is that although it does not do catering, which is a drawback for some, its just short drive from the Riverside centre amenities in Coleraine. I made my own breakfast and disappeared for a day of sightseeing and touring. Its very close to the Portush , Portstewart, Castlerock triangle so ideal for family beach holidays and golf too!
The rooms are spacious and very well priced for what they are. My only complaint, no cable TV I would def go again.

22 Aug 2014


"Fabulously unique holiday house in a great location"

What an amazing place to stay! We were a party of 5 adults and 4 children over from Yorkshire to visit family and I'm so glad we found this house. We had the whole of the top floor (which is huge… More

17 Aug 2014


"Old Flax Mill"

We stayed at the mill for a week during Armoy races, work was ongoing to complete parts of the property, but did not disturb us.
Excellent host in Malcolm with all essentials & more when we arrived.
All rooms with onsuite or full bathroom next to rooms.
Only 5mls from Coleraine, 8-10mls from Portrush & Port Stewart all with excellent restaurents.
Ballymoney with Joey & Robert Dunlop memorials approx 8mls.
Easy to explore North Antrim coast from the property & Belfast just over 1hr by road

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