Magherintemple Lodge is located in the beautiful seaside town of Ballycastle on the north Antrim Coast. It is a wonderful get-away for the family. There is a great feeling of quiet and peace, yet it is only 5 mins drive to the beach. The very spacious dining and kitchen room is full of light. The living room is very comfortable and on cooler evenings you can enjoy the warmth of a real log fire. Hidden away at the top of the house is a quiet space where you can sit and read a book, or just gaze out the window as you relax and enjoy the peace and quiet which surrounds you.
Magherintemple Lodge was built in the Scottish Baronial style in 1874, possibly by the architect S P Close. At the same time as the lodge was constructed, an extension was added to the main house also in the same style. The family believes that the main house was designed by John Lanyon but no definite evidence for the name of the architect survives. The original Georgian House was relatively modest but contained good reeded ornamentation with the Victorian addition containing much fancy pine detailing. It was John Casement, the father of Sir Roger, who built on the Victorian wing, adding a date stone and his initials over the drawing room window. The Scottish Baronial style he chose was very plain. However, the stepped gables, finials and chimney stacks break up the austerity of the building. This Victorian addition considerably improved the value of the estate. We know that in 1834, the house was valued at only £11.15.0 and between 1851 and 1879, the house and outbuildings were valued at £25. In 1878 it was shown as "rebuilding", and in the following year the valuation had shot up to £60.
John Casement inscribed over the front door of his home, "In all thy ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct thy paths" and later in his life decided to take the pledge. Many of the next generation of the Casement family took to seafaring while the fate of another member of the family, Sir Roger Casement, is well known.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Ballycastle Beach 7 km|
|Nearest Amenities||7 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Belfast 90 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
The north coast of County Antrim, west of Ballycastle, is dominated, from a tourist perspective, by Northern Ireland's most famous tourist attraction, the bizarre formation of basalt columns at the Giant's Causeway.
In the area are several pleasant diversions, not least the precarious rope bridge to Carrick-a-rede Island. West of the Causeway, you can sample some whiskey at Bushmills and visit the imposing and well-preserved remains of Dunluce Castle, the stronghold of the local MacDonnell clan. The coastline west of Dunluce is another major holiday spot, with the resort of Portrush filled with tourists in July and August and students the rest of the year.
Ballycastle means town of the castle, the name derives from 1609 when the third known castle was built by the Earl of Antrim, this existed close to where the Holy Trinity Church is in the Diamond, though nothing really remains of it. An older castle existed on the cliffs overlooking the present day ferry terminal and was known as Dunineeny or Dunaneanie
The beach at Ballycastle is a sandy beach.
Regular boat trips to Rathlin Island leave from Ballycastle Pier.