Swallow Cottage is a cosy, charming cottage set in quiet rural surroundings of North Antrim farmland, just 1 mile from the conservation village of Bushmills, home to the world's oldest licensed distillery, and 3 miles from the famous Giant's Causeway.
The cottage consists of three bedrooms (one of which is a loft bedroom, not suitable for children under 5 years) catering for up to five guests. There is one double, walk through, bedroom leading into a twin bedroom; a living room with dining area; kitchen and shower room with toilet. The property is centrally heated throughout and for those cold winter evenings there is a wood burning stove. In the living room there is a TV with DVD player and Freeview satellite.There is also a small selection of dvd's books and board games. All linen and towels are provided.
The kitchen is well equipped for self-catering with electric cooker with oven, microwave, fridge, freezer, washer/dryer, clothes hanger, toaster, electric kettle, utensils and cutlery etc.
For the use of guests there is shared garden (ideal for children) with a private patio and BBQ.
Swallow cottage is the perfect place to relax and unwind, as well as explore the many places of interest along the north coast of Antrim, right on your doorstep. The local village of Bushmills offers many facilities, including four small supermarkets, pubs, restaurants and cafes, fish & chip shops, chinese takeaway, a chemist, several churches, a post office, with money changer and ATM, and second-hand book/curiosity shop. There is also a small Medical Clinic with doctors available.
Just three minutes drive from Swallow Cottage, there is a petrol station with mini-mart/shop, selling basic provisions, and fuel, car accessories, as well as car servicing and car wash. There is well stocked and popular garden centre, with a cafe serving an excellent selection of hot meals, just 3 mins drive or 10 mins walk away.
For more comprehensive facilities, the town of Coleraine just 8 miles, or 20 minutes, drive away, has several banks with ATM's, mobile shops, a cinema and entertainment complex and major high street outlets and supermarket chains. The Coleraine Hospital has 24 hour Accident & Emergency facilities.
Also, nearby is the sea side resort of Portrush (20 mins) with shops, with amusement arcade and many entertainment facilities. Surfing equipment hire and facilities are available. The small coastal village of Portballintrae, where you will find the closest beaches, is 10 mins away.
For golfers, you couldn't be better catered for with the famous Royal Portrush Golf Club is 20 minutes drive, or the local Bushfoot Golf Club, in Portballintrae, just 10 minutes .
North Antrim and the Bushmills area has an abundance of places to visit, but, perhaps, the most famous is the Giant's Causeway, one of UNESCO's heritage sites of outstanding beauty. Within 10 minutes drive is the historic 13th Century Dunluce Castle pitched on the edge of the basaltic cliffs. Also, close by, is the picturesque Ballintoy Harbour and Carrick-a-Reade rope bridge. There are numerous white sandy beaches in the area, including the White Rocks Strand, perfect for a brisk morning walk along the beach to Portrush, or the panoramic White Park Bay. Just 10 minutes drive is the small coastal village of Portballintrae which has several small beaches suitable for children. A little further away, but still within easy driving distance, are the scenic Glens of Antrim, perfect for a days outing. If you enjoy walking, there are numerous coastal walks. One of the most dramatic walks, is from the Giant's Causeway to Dunseverick harbour.
|Size||Sleeps up to 5, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Portballintrae 3 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||1 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Belfast International Airport, Antrim 71 km, Nearest railway: Coleraine 13 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Log fire, DVD player, Sea view|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Satellite TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (3), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 5, Lounge seats for 5|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Shared garden, BBQ|
County Antrim is one of the six counties forming Northern Ireland, located in the north-east of the island of Ireland, within the historical province of Ulster. It is adjoined to the north-east shore of Lough Neagh, the largest inland lake in the United Kingdom.
The county covers an area just over 3,000 km2, with a population in excess of 600,000. The majority of Belfast, the capital city of Northern Ireland, is contained within the county of Antrim. There are many places of interest to visit nearby Swallow Cottage; including the Giant's Causeway, a UNESCO world heritage site; the beautiful nine Glens of Antrim and numerous white sandy beaches. It is the perfect place for you to relax with family or friends and enjoy a memorable holiday. If you like the outdoors, North Antrim is the ideal place with its many beautiful walks, magnificent coastal scenery with long white sandy beaches.
The Bushmills area, where Swallow Cottage is located, offers so much for you to enjoy a unique holiday. The magnificent coastal scenery, right on the door stop, is breathtaking. A must is to visit the famous Giant's Causeway, reputed to be one of the natural "Wonders of the World", with its towering basaltic cliffs and its unique rock formations, jutting out into the sea. The causeway is easily accessible - you can either walk down to the Causeway stones (20 mins) or there is a shuttle bus operating during the spring and summer seasons. Close by is Dunluce Castle, a historical medieval castle built by the 2nd Earl of Ulster, perilously on the cliff's edge, with superb views stretching along the white rocks strand to the seaside town of Portrush and the County of Donegal beyond. Park your car at the eastern end of the white rock strand, close by Dunluce Castle, and enjoy a brisk walk (30 mins) along the prestine, white, sandy beach to Portrush, where there is an excellent coffee shop waiting you at the end of the strand.
If you head along the coast eastwards from the Giant's Causeway, don't miss a trip down to the picturesque fishing harbours of Dunseverick, or Ballintoy, with its quirky house, built by an eccentric Queen's University lecturer, and a delightful tea house, located in a traditional fisherman's cottage (open during spring and summer). A bit further on, you can challenge yourself and others to cross the Carrick-a-Reade rope bridge, suspension bridge (only open during the spring and summer months) straddled between the mainland and a small sheep island.
Travelling further along the coast you will reach the small seaside town of Ballycastle, from where you can take a boat trip to Rathlin Island, the most northerly point of Northern Ireland. Located just off the coast, Rathlin has a population of just over 100 and is also home to tens of thousands of birds, including common guillemots; kittiwakes; puffins and razorbills - a absolute paradise for the wildlife photographer. Ballycastle plays host, on the last Monday and Tuesday of August, to the 400 year old, historic Lamas Fair, where you can buy amongst other things, live stock, the famous "Yellow Man" rock, similar to honeycombe, and dulse, an edible seaweed, with a very high content of vitamins, minerals and protein. In the town there are cafes and small restaurants to stop for lunch, or some excellent Irish pubs, serving cold lager.
From Ballycastle you can drive further east to visit the Glens of Antrim,. Consisting of nine glens (valleys), it is an area of outstanding beauty and one of the major attractions, for visitors, in North Antrim. A great place to stretch your legs or walk your dog.
Closer to home, in the town of Bushmills, take a tour of the Bushmills Distillery. Located on the banks of the River Bush, it is the oldest licensed distillery in the world, making Irish whiskey here since 1608. Spend time at Portballintrae, formerly a fishing villlage, just one mile from Bushmills. It is a great place to bring the children where there are two safe beaches to swim, and several restaurants and cafes over looking the sea. If you enjoy fishing, you can fish directly off the rocks.
If you're a golfer, you have no further to look than the 18 hole Bushfoot Golf Links, close to the mouth of the River Bush. During the spring and summer seasons, you can take a ride on the small railway for a short journey, which links Bushmills with the Giant's Causeway, passing through the golf links and crossing the River Bush. A great experience for parents and children.
About 10 minutes drive you can visit Benvarden, on the banks of the River Bush, with its woodland and rose garden, made between 1800 and 1820. The historic estate of Benvarden was built in the 1630's and owned since 1798 by the Montgomery family. The gardens are open from 1st June - 31 August.