Old Flax Mill, Coleraine- a unique heritage stay
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Watermill / 6 bedrooms / sleeps 18
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Watermill / 6 bedrooms / sleeps 18
Superb base for touring Northern Ireland & a character tourist stay in its own right in a private riverside setting
• Comfortable, affordable, self catering, riverside accommodation
• Ideal for very large parties for holidays, birthdays & anniversary celebrations
• Huge space of 12,000 square feet makes this the best value proposition in the county
• Sleeps 20 on regular bookings, when seeking a quote specify the size of your party
• Five lounges on three levels for party gatherings
• Our specialty & best room rates are for longer stays for larger groups
• Exclusive use of all mill facilities & grounds when booking for parties of 16+
Tranquil Riverside Setting
Stunning flax mill conversion dating from 1786 sitting in a shallow tranquil valley in the townland of Collins, Aghadowey Parish, just five minutes drive from the buzz and all the amenities of Coleraine Riverside Centre.
This is an area of outstanding natural beauty with easy access to the many historic towns and excellent restaurants of the North West. It's just 15 miles from Portstewart and/or Portrush and 16 miles to Bushmills and 25 miles west to Londonderry.
This spacious mill conversion boasts 12,000 square feet of high quality accommodation and common facilities in the main mill building alone. A further 6,000 square foot in an adjacent mill building is designated for weddings and corporate events is planned to come on stream in 2016.
Unique Charm of the Mill
The Flax Mill manages to combine the wow factor of its setting, size, scale and its old features such as wooden beams & reclaimed wooden floors. Its charming period mill features also include the internal mill race wall with glass viewing pane from one of the guest annex rooms, the mill race tunnel underground connecting the two mill buildings and gothic windows. These features plus external stone walls and steps down to the river in the grounds complement luxury living accommodation in a secure, peaceful setting.
Mill Grounds & Riverside Environment
Bounded on one flank by the River Rhee and situated in a quiet gentle valley by landscaped stepped slopes down to the river, the Flax Mill offers serene views of the surrounding farmland.
From the grounds of the property, the tranquillity is broken only by the roar of the River Rhee after overnight rain.
The Rhee flows from uplands to the west to the River Bann a few miles further downstream. Fishing rights are available via the Honourable Irish Society.
NB The length of river in the mill grounds is unfenced and so not suitable for children unless strictly supervised
Accommodation Set Up
The mill has a welcoming mixture of traditional furnishings & decoration in the common areas with a more contemporary look of the nine bedrooms of accommodation which are available for lease in different permutations depending on the size of your group.
In its entirety, the mill can host parties of up to 22 persons but can be hired out in smaller packages, namely the Collins East Wing Annex & the master bedroom Wilson Suite or the Top Floor Suite. Each set of rooms has its own character and space. Let us know how many persons you wish to book in and the makeup of your party, i.e. the ages of your children or simply state how many rooms you require.
Layout of the Mill Facilities
The hub of the house is the large lounges either side of the central entrance lobby. The focus downstairs is on space to relax and meet fellow guests in the three ground floor lounges while upstairs, the emphasis is on the comforts of luxury accommodation & privacy.
There a further mezzanine gallery Library & Map Room on the first floor with views over to the river while the Top Floor Suite also comes with its own lounge for the exclusive use of the guests on the top floor.
In addition, we have set aside one ground floor bedroom with adjacent shower facilities for the less well abled.
If you love contemporary interiors and spacious living areas, this is the place for you! The beamed ceilings, reclaimed wood floors and stone wall surrounds add to the character of this former working textile mill. The east wing guest annex has distinct feel to it with gothic windows & doorways through much of this side of the old building.
Leather sofas and warming wood stoves in the lounges provide relaxing and spacious rooms for large parties to gather.
Catering & Kitchens
For those that need early morning coffee and/or a drink, we have kettles and minibars in those six bedrooms with ensuite bathroom facilities. The second floor suite of rooms also has a kitchenette/breakfast bar which can also serve for light meals and has a large dining room adjacent.
For those that want to test their gastronomy skills, there is a large well equipped kitchen on the ground floor with they added feature of a spectacular monastic stone table from which to eat your meals. Shopping for provisions is very close by as are some local warm and friendly down-to-earth restaurants should you wish to eat out.
Prime Tourism Location; Causeway Coast & much much more
The local area is quiet and relaxing as a destination in its own right but if you want to venture out, tourist attractions abound with enough attractions to keep visitors busy for a fortnight or more [providing you have a car].
The Flax Mill is centrally placed, close to the boundaries of Counties Antrim & Londonderry, making it ideal for trips to world famous UNESCO listed Giant's Causeway & Bushmills Irish Whiskey Distillery to the east which are 'must do' stops on any tour of Ireland. They property is also close to the busy seaside resorts of Portrush, Portstewart, Portbalintray & Ballycastle, giving you a huge choice to dine and/or entertain the family. The location filming of Game of Thrones TV series has added to the tourist interest in the area with the Dark Hedges being one of the most photographed.
To the west of the mill you may wish to try some of Northern Ireland's greatest natural & cultural treasures – the National Trust Properties of Downhill, Mussenden Temple, Benone Beach, Limavady, Castlerock and the historic, legendary City of Londonderry.
Further west still, excursions to the Republic of Ireland's beautifully rugged County Donegal can be reached on longer summer day trips with a ferry trips across Lough Foyle shortening the route.
Summertime Beaches Galore
A 20 minute drive takes you to the National Trust-run huge and impressive strand of Portstewart Beach which has received numerous awards for its cleanliness & natural beauty. White Park Bay Beach, Portrush East & West Strands, Portstewart, Castlerock Beaches, amongst many others, give you a huge array of choice for family entertainment in the summer months with car parking is generally proximate to the beaches and sometimes on the beach itself.
Convenience stores are dotted around the approaches to the mill while a five minute drive to the mall-style Riverside Shopping Centre gives easy access for bigger shopping needs. The historic Plantation town of Coleraine, the other side of the River Bann affords a further choice of outlets in a more traditional shopping environment with relaxing pedestrian zoned areas.
Titanic Quarter & Belfast
For visitors from overseas, mainland UK and Republic of Ireland on longer stays, the mill can also serve as a base for the attractions of Belfast, the capital City of Northern Ireland.
Previous guests of the Mill have travelled on day trips to Titanic Quarter, a must do trip if you not visiting N. Ireland which has no less than three separate Titanic exhibitions with the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum hosting a fourth Titanic memorabilia exhibition a further 15 mins to the east at Cultra, County Down.
Golf, Hiking Outdoor & Pursuits
This area is a golfers' paradise with more than top 25 courses within a 30 min drive from the mill. Proximity to world class golf courses such Royal Portrush, Portstewart make this a perfect base for golfers and their families. The mill itself has previously hosted participants in the Galgorm Manor Pro-Am Tournament in 2014.
For those seeking a more active holiday and wishing to explore the countryside, the immediate area is one of tranquil beauty with upland woodland and pine forest ideal for those who plan a getaway with their dogs. The legendary walks of the Glens of Antrim can be explored on a day trip.
The glorious River Bann, to which the Mill's own River Rhee flows, has well signed jetties with access and car parking for the official scenic Canoe Trail.
Please seek a confirmation of tariffs directly from the proprietor as rates vary with the circumstances of the booking. The best per night rates are for week or longer stays but there also might be reduced rates where there gaps in the booking calendar for shorter stays. Please ask!
Note some parts of the ground floor of the mill bill building are pending further refurbishment & enhancement later in the year. The second mill building in the grounds is currently off limits to visitors
|Size||Sleeps up to 18, 6 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Portrush 12 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|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
|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||King Beds (5), Double beds (4), Single beds (4), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 24|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available, Private fishing lake or river|
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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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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